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Old 06-27-2014, 04:01 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by ShutterBugBev View Post
As posted in my Welcome Mat comment, my Toyota Sequoia is rated at 6k pounds to tow. My trailer weighs in at 7360. I've got to get a new tow vehicle if I can't sell my Forest River or trade it on a smaller trailer. And I really don't want a smaller trailer. So I'm looking at Ford F150's 2011 or newer, or Ford F250's. Don't really want a diesel. I know the gas mileage is better but I hate the noise.

I'd appreciate suggestions as to what would be the best tow vehicle to get.

Thank you very much.

I agree with an earlier poster, that the new diesels aren't much noisier than a gasser, but I prefer a gasoline-powered truck for several reasons: 1. Difference in mileage on gas vs. diesel when towing is not as great as everyone believes. 2. Despite what happened at the pumps here today, diesel is (generally) higher than gas. 3. Cost of maintaining the truck is significantly higher with a diesel than with the newer gasoline engines.

I'm a Chevy guy, but I was seriously temped by the new Rams last time we upgraded.

Good luck, whatever you decide to do, but if pulling with your SUV is that much of a nerve-wracking (and potentially dangerous) experience, for heaven's sake, do something.

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Old 06-27-2014, 07:01 PM   #32
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they're the only dealer that's been willing to take my upside down trade-in
& from your other post...

The trip from Las Vegas to ABQ was a nightmare.... I can't tow this with my 2005 Toyota Sequoia and feel safe. So I'm selling the trailer and getting a smaller one or I'm selling the SUV and getting a big truck. I'm stuck right now in ABQ and absolutely MISERABLE. My summer is ruined. My life is ruined if I can't trade or sell one or the other because there will be no traveling for me. Can't trade in either because I'll lose so much money if I do. Especially the SUV. Just bought it in February, $16k owed on it. and can only get $9k trade in allowance. Not a happy camper AT ALL.

Since you are upside-down on the Sequoia, personally I would keep the Sequoia & get a TT that has about the same space, but weighs less… If you plead your case to Camping World, IMO you will take less of a hit trading-in your recently purchased (used 2011) TT for another (newer) TT. They are not going to lose money on you, but I think you will end-up less upside down than if you trade the Sequoia for a huge loss (Apply the $7K loss on the Sequoia to a newer, lighter TT & Camping World will likely work with you…)

However, if you are set on not getting rid of your TT, I think you should consider trading-in your Sequoia for a 2010+ Ram 2500. Rams are more affordable yet IMO just as good as Ford, etc. these days. Gas companies, etc. lease hordes of Rams for 3 years & then they hit the auction/used lots more-so than other trucks... Look for the white ones, they are typically the off-lease company trucks & then have a 3rd party mechanic look under the hood to make sure they didn’t abuse it mechanically…

In 2013 I bought a 2011 Ram 2500 ST crew cab w/5.7 Hemi (gas) for $14K. It had some cosmetic issues, like a few dents here & there, but no mechanical issues - plus balance of manufacturer's engine/powertrain warranty. Every mechanic knows how to work on a Hemi & Ram/Mopar parts are easy to find - so no long waits for diesel service when you are far from home, etc... Mine is just the very basic ST crew cab 2WD, but it comes with Tow/Haul mode which uses different shift points to help you up & down hills. I had no trouble controlling my 8,000 (loaded) TT plus 800 lbs. of people & gear up & down very, very steep (back curvy roads) in S. Ohio. In fact, I feel I did better going up one very steep incline in the middle of the campground vs. older diesel 3/4 tons...

Since you are out West, a Ram 2500 w/Cummins diesel would get you up the mountains faster, but you will pay much, much more for a newer, reliable one (2011=$30K+), or risk higher maintenance costs for an older one. For 5 years I drove 1 ton trucks with diesel engines & they required more regular inspections & (very) prompt maintenance vs. any gas engine we owned...

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Old 06-29-2014, 03:14 PM   #33
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I pled my case to every RV dealer there is in ABQ - where I'm stuck! OK folks - here's the deal. As I said, I tried trading in the TT and would have lost a TON of money on it. So as you know, I've been trying to trade the SUV without losing my shirt as well. The ONLY way to pay off the $16k owed on the SUV was to buy NEW with a rebate to help erase the $16k. So that is what I had to do and I couldn't afford the big powerful truck - couldn't make those payments. What I ended up with is a 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 with a 5.3L 350 HP and a towing package. Yes - this TT is the most I can tow with it but I'm ok with that because I really like my TT - it's plenty of room for just me. Unless I meet Mr. Right and he's an RV'er! LOL!! This isn't as much power as I wanted, It's not as big of a truck as I wanted, but in the end I didn't lose my shirt on it because the SUV was paid off and I didn't finance nearly as much as I would have if I'd bought used and had to eat half the $16k of the SUV. There was simply no way to finance anything bigger - the payments would have kept me sitting still and that's not what I want to do!! it is rated to tow 9900 pounds and I'm going to have this TT down to 7k by the time I pull out next week as I'm eliminating anything and everything that I "THINK" I need but haven't used or know I won't use. And I love the truck. Transmission fluid monitor, tire pressure monitor, towing package, ecopackage, decent gas mileage, lots of toys . . . it'll do.
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:27 PM   #34
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Glad you could upgrade your tv you should be much happier towing your tt.
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:13 AM   #35
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Congrats on your new 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500! I can relate to doing 'what's is best' for you.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:48 AM   #36
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Congrats on the new Truck!! Keep us posted - 6 Actual and I hope to meet up with you some day--I am a semipro photographer myself
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:59 AM   #37
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Chevy is offering 0% financing for 72 mo. this weekend. Thinking about trading in my current TV, a 2014 Tacoma, for a 1500. The Tacoma does fine towing my Rockwood 2604 and I love the smaller size when it comes to parking and commuting, but I'm within 200 lbs. of maxing out the payload hitched up with DW and accessories, so might be a good move.

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