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Old 06-22-2014, 06:35 PM   #1
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What to get?

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.

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Old 06-22-2014, 06:40 PM   #2
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Have you tried towing with what you have?
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Noisy?
A new diesel is just about as quiet as a gasser IMO.

I would not let a few dB's sway me.

If you decide to step up to a fifth wheel the 250 would be good but a 350 is better and for the price difference worth it.
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Yes Old Coot. I towed from Santa Fe to Las Vegas, NM, from Las Vegas, NM to Coyote Creek State Park, back to Las Vegas and then back to ABQ. It doesn't overheat, but the trailer kind of pushes the SUV around. When I'm hooked up even with weight stabilization bars, the back of my SUV sinks way down making the steering unstable. Very little power going up hills. If I get over 50, even with the sway bar, it fish tales. I just do not feel safe AT ALL. And I'm always afraid my transmission is going to blow.
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Yes Old Coot. I towed from Santa Fe to Las Vegas, NM, from Las Vegas, NM to Coyote Creek State Park, back to Las Vegas and then back to ABQ. It doesn't overheat, but the trailer kind of pushes the SUV around. When I'm hooked up even with weight stabilization bars, the back of my SUV sinks way down making the steering unstable. Very little power going up hills. If I get over 50, even with the sway bar, it fish tales. I just do not feel safe AT ALL. And I'm always afraid my transmission is going to blow.
Definitely time to upgrade.
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:43 PM   #7
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Do you like your Toyota Sequoia? If so go with a Tundra with a 5.7.....
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I think a proper question is to ask yourself if you plan on keeping your current TT for a while or changing out for a larger/smaller unit in the next few years. We already agree that your current TT is too much for your sequioa. But try to look ahead a few years to keep from having this dilemma again. If you plan on going bigger, then a 3/4 ton pickup (diesel) would be a good choice. If you are going to keep current trailer or go smaller, then a 1/2 pickup could fill the bill.

Our Tundra did fantastic this weekend pulling our 31' @ 7700lbs to Big Bear lake. Only hiccup was that I took the short way and had 16% grade while turning corners which even in 1st gear struggled.
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Trading Toyota for a Toyota will probably get you the best deal price wise!
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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.

ShutterBugBev
Get a F150 with the max Trailer Towing Package, Ecoboost and if you can find it without ordering from the factory (as we did) the 3.73 axel. (this is VERY hard to find used or new it is a factory order...sorry )

We can tow 11,800 with this setup and you should have no problem with your "dinkey" rig
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