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Old 08-01-2013, 09:44 AM   #31
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There is nothing quite as nice as sleeping comfortably while listening to the rain. Congratulations on the new camper.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:45 AM   #32
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Nope, nothing like it. Thank you.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:37 PM   #33
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My wife is out organizing the inside of the new camper. She's going through everything we pulled out of the old camper and is eliminating anything we haven't used. I'll be heading out after work to load/organize the front storage trunk.

We're going to camp at Camp Wojo this weekend...a shakedown run so close to home that it's in our yard. We're going to play around with some organization mods, and we'll have easy access to tools. I'm also going to play around with options for the EZ Up that we'll be using like an awning. My wife wants it to be "connected" to the popup. I have a small section of Pop Up Gizmos covers, the slideout cover for our old Viking. It may work out well, with it secured between the camper and the EZ Up. It works in my head, anyway.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:30 PM   #34
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Congrats, I am just starting to look at the A frame models.
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Old 08-05-2013, 08:51 PM   #35
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i stand corrected then ... i was almost certain that explorers came with a v6 and a very light towing range ...most likely thinking 11 and up ..

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Yes, the redesigned Ford Explorer year 2011 and up now only comes with a V6, but I believe the towing capacity is 5000 lbs (but down from the 7000 lbs that the V8 would have given you in the earlier models). The specs for this now look like the Toyota Highlander. I was looking at the Explorer when I was upgrading my TV in 2011 and crossed it off the list when this one came out.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:46 PM   #36
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Having moved from the Trail Cruise hybrid to the A frame, I might be putting the Explorer back on the list when shopping for a new TV in the spring. I have 140,000 miles on my '09 Explorer, mostly work miles, and it's nearly time to start shopping. I'm really leaning towards a pickup this time, though.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:09 PM   #37
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The pickups do have the advantage of the open bed to stuff lots of stuff. My noncamping life style was more suited by an SUV and I was after a tow capacity of 7000 lbs. as I wanted extra (my loaded weight is 3800 lbs). I found for the money, the durango was the best buy over the explorer. They were about the same price but I could get the v8 and more tow capacity with the dodge. I also looked at the nissan pathfinder but would have needed to get the top trim to get the v8 and tow capacity I wanted.
If you are looking for only a 5000 lbs tow capacity, there are a few more choices to consider in the SUV. I found shopping for my TV was a lot of fun.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:22 AM   #38
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My next TV will likely be a Tacoma. I was looking for one initially but somehow my kids talked me into bringing home a Tundra. A 4x4 pickup with a bed cap is a very flexible camping vehicle. The V6 Tacoma has a 6500 lb tow rating that gives ample ability for anywhere you need to tow or go.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:34 AM   #39
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I was checking out the Tacoma online yesterday. I can speak from experience on their quality. We have a 2002 we bought new and have handed down to our son. It's been one very solid and dependable vehicle. I like the look of the new ones, too.
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Old 08-06-2013, 04:48 PM   #40
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I pulled my A122S with a 2005 Chevy Equinox V6 with a weight dist hitch once...was a bit of a strain...car had 90,000+ miles on it...upgraded my vehicle to a 2012 Jeep V6 with factory installed tow package (makes all the difference in the world that I saw the build sheet and it was factory installed)...do not need the WDH any longer..will be selling after using once...the Jeep pulled the popup down the road to the rally like it wasn't even there....and I got 19.8 mpg....so many salesman were telling me I could add a hitch...not only was that not true, but warranty would have been voided and there would have been all kinds of issues...thanks to forums like this I was able to research and do my homework...Thanks everyone !!!
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