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Old 10-27-2015, 01:02 PM   #21
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That will be the trip of a lifetime for your kids. We did this when I was growing up - 7 weeks - NY to CA and back. If you are totally new to the rv world, I would really recommend finding an rv show or a large dealer lot and spending a good amount of time looking at all the options. Once you figure that out, you can find an appropriate tow vehicle.


But, after reading this, my suggestion would be to look at a class C motorhome as well. Maybe a gently used one. No SUV can compare to the comfort & convenience of a MH when traveling with kids. Plus, for the type of trip you are planning, you will be moving a lot. The setup and pack up of the MH is easier, and that leaves more time for sight seeing.


If you keep the length reasonable, you don't need to mess with a toad (towing a car). All the big sightseeing attractions have RV parking. And in reality, we have found with trips like this, you end up stopping along the route sometimes, so we frequently end up parking the truck and trailer at places we stop and its no big deal usually. If you hit a major city or something, you can always rent a car for a day.


Anyhow, planning the trip should a lot of fun. Check out a lot of options before you buy, and consider a class C. That solves the truck issue as well. You could even stick with a minivan then if you wanted to.
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:08 PM   #22
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You may not be aware, but many RV parks (KOA in particular) rent cabins for not much more than the cost of a full hook-up site. It might make more sense in your situation. You could use a 3 row SUV just to transport people and some gear without the hassle and expense of towing a trailer.

Without committing to a new vehicle and camper, you can try a few days in a nearby cabin and see how the family likes it.


Another possibility is a small pop up that is easy to tow, and have an conventional tent to set up for the girls. Gives more privacy for everyone. My hardside A-Frame is well equipped, and at under 2500 lbs. is easy to tow with my Acura MDX.







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Old 10-27-2015, 01:20 PM   #23
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I've seen SUVs tow 24 foot trailers before but not a roo, due to the fact they are extremely heavy in the front the nice soft suspensions can't handle all that weight, I have seen a older style Dodge Durango pull a 30 ft trailer but then again they have leaf spring suspensions, not sure if the newer ones do or not,


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Old 10-27-2015, 01:26 PM   #24
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Get off your wallet.
Infiniti QX80 has 9500lb towing.
Seats seven, right around 100k.


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Old 10-27-2015, 02:13 PM   #25
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I believe the ultimate would be:

If you're not opposed to "pre-owned", look for a cream-puff 2003 Ford Excursion with the 7.3-liter diesel. 4WD need only optional, as the 2WD units are a first-class "family" tow vehicle. Add an additional transmission cooler, and you're set for almost anything in the future.

Avoid the 2004s and '05s, as they have a far-less-reliable diesel engine.

Tows anything but a fifth-wheel.

There's safety in size, too.

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I believe the ultimate would be:

If you're not opposed to "pre-owned", look for a cream-puff 2003 Ford Excursion with the 7.3-liter diesel. 4WD need only optional, as the 2WD units are a first-class "family" tow vehicle. Add an additional transmission cooler, and you're set for almost anything in the future.

Avoid the 2004s and '05s, as they have a far-less-reliable diesel engine.

Tows anything but a fifth-wheel.

There's safety in size, too.

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Old 10-27-2015, 04:12 PM   #27
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Here is an example with my proposed setup:

2012 Tundra Crewmax 4x4 w/ Tow & 2016 Roo 23IKSS

Tundra GCWR: 16,000
Tundra GVWR: 7,200
Tundra Cargo: 1,575
Tundra GTWR: 9,000
Tundra Tongue: 1,010

Est. 23IKSS GVWR (5,311 UVW + 1,309 CWR): 6,620

Total Combo Tow Check
GCWR-GVWR: 8,800 > 6,630 (23IKSS GVWR)

Total Towing Check
23IKSS GVWR @ 6,620 < 9,000 (Tundra Gross Trailer Weight Rating)

Tongue Check
6,629 (23IKSS GVWR) * 15%= 993 < 1,010 (Tundra Tongue Max)

Tundra GVWR Check
1,575 (Tundra Cargo) - 993 (15% @ Roo GVWR) = 582 (Tundra Max Cargo)

From the above you can quickly see the Cargo Weights of the Tundra & Roo are the major factors as the Crewmax GVWR (7,200) is the limiting factor for my setup.

NOTE: Toyota Recommend a Tonge Weight between 9 to 11% of GVW of the trailer.



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Old 10-27-2015, 04:15 PM   #28
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If you are a little nervous about towing, and you are headed out west, you need to have plenty of tow vehicle. You also have the concern of lots of people and cargo carrying capacity. I think the best vehicle for what you are planning is a one ton van. A new Chevy/GMC G3500 with the 6.0 L V-8 has a tow capacity of 10,000 with lots of people room. You may even find a leftover with the Duramax diesel which is even better. Used you have the Chevy/GMC as well as the Ford E350 with the gas V-10, or even the Powerstroke diesel. The long wheel base, frame construction, truck tires and suspension, and sheer weight make the big vans great tow vehicles. In addition to the regular passenger vans, there are the conversion vans that have all the comforts.

With a substantial tow vehicle to carry the harem, you can go for a roomier trailer with a separate bedroom for the adults and a bunkroom for the kids.
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:20 PM   #29
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The biggest issue is the Sequoia's payload capacity and its soft suspension.
v-8 SUVs have good towing capacities but lower payload capacities, compared to comparable trucks.
With a family of 5 and the amount of cargo they'll take in the car, plus the 100lbs of the WDH, will eat up that 1250lbs of the Sequoia's payload real fast.
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Old 10-27-2015, 04:37 PM   #30
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Don't compromise on the safety of your family ( not suggesting you would). I would suggest you search for a smaller camper like a roo 183. Still has 3 queen beds so sleeping won't be a problem. Not as much space inside due to shorter length and no slide. But if you are like most campers, majority of time you'll be outside anyway. Then you can get your 3 row suv for more comfort during the driving portion of your vacation. Check out a Tahoe or a Durango. Properly equipped, they will be suitable for the smaller roo. Good luck
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