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Old 04-07-2014, 10:07 PM   #11
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Just about any 1/2 ton truck would work..Ford,Chevy,or Dodge..with a V8

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Old 04-07-2014, 10:25 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Punxsy1994 View Post
Thanks everyone. I will try to upgrade tires and until I can upgrade truck, will stay at local (1-2hour ) trips. May even have the family take the minivan separate.
Another item that no one has noted make sure to load the trailer with the bulk of the weight over the axles or towards the tongue. Loading too much weight to the rear will decrease tongue weight and increase the sway factor. Most trucks this is not a problem but with your weight and length compared to your truck it can create a real problem for you.

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Old 04-08-2014, 05:44 AM   #13
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yep anything in a crewcab half ton with a V8. Make sure its equipped properly for towing. Lower (higher number) gear ratio, trans cooler, etc.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:09 AM   #14
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I would look for a vehicle that has the factory tow package as an option on the vehicle. This should provide for a more reliable vehicle. Assume all weight when picking a vehicle (people, gear, ~%25 water load, hitch gear, etc) Also as someone else stated buy a good 4pt WDHS you will need it.

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Old 04-08-2014, 05:24 PM   #15
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Thanks again everyone. I already have the WDH and sway bars, now I feel a lot better not having to find some 3/4 ton now. Loving the information that all of you provide. What a great resource this forum is.
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:49 PM   #16
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Super cab, one ton of your brand flavor.

Room in the truck for everyone and the one ton will allow you to go with a bigger trailer later.
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Old 04-08-2014, 05:54 PM   #17
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If you want to stay in the 1/2 ton market...make sure to get one with the most payload/towing capability that you can find...that way you'll have a little room to move up in size on future camper until you hit the 3/4 ton crowd or larger ,)
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Old 05-12-2014, 04:12 PM   #18
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Tundras come with 4.30 rear ends (only gear ratio available) with the 5.7v8. Although I'd consider a 3/4 ton. 1/2 ton is STILL a light duty truck.
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Old 05-16-2014, 01:28 PM   #19
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Tundra or Sequoia. It you want to stick with Nissan I've heard good things about the Titans.
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Old 05-16-2014, 02:06 PM   #20
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Tundra or Sequoia. It you want to stick with Nissan I've heard good things about the Titans.
actually, i've heard a lot of negatives on the Titan and have a close friend who owns one.
they are infamous for their poor gas mileage, compared to all the other v-8 1/2 ton pickups.
and they haven't been updated since they first came out, while all the other brands have updated theirs.

but they can tow! just don't expect mpg like the other brands.

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