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Old 07-15-2014, 01:53 PM   #1
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Is your TV also your every day driver?

A shiny new Ram 3500 Dually Diesel 4 door (50-60k?) showed up in the company parking lot a week or so ago. I drive past it every morning coming to work in my old Toyota Corolla Wagon. All this while my TV, an old 2003 F-150 (long, I say long ago, paid for), sits at home. Iím thinking that it is probably more reasonable for small trailer owners to get double-duty out of their Tug than it is for behemoth 5er owners.

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Old 07-15-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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Mine does double duty which is why I went with only a V6 mid size. I can see where owning two vehicles might pay off over the year in gas money if you have a long commute but if only a short commute of say under 20 miles or so total a day it sure wouldn't pay off to own two vehicles when you take in the cost of maintenance and insurance on both of them.

Bottom line is my newer mid sized V6 truck gets about 17 miles to the gallon in the city while by older Outback 4 banger only got about 19 mile to the gallon in the city.... no brainer financially to go with only one vehicle. I do admit though that the truck doesnt do as well mpg's wise when towing as the Outback did but again once you consider maintains and insurance cost on the second vehicle the difference over the year is not a biggy.

Was pretty easy adjustment getting use to driving a truck in the BIG city as well. Back up camera helps a lot with that.

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Old 07-15-2014, 02:19 PM   #3
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Mine is, but ideally I'd have a hybrid for around town and a pickup for towing (and other uses.)
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:46 PM   #4
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We tow with the Safari mini van at the moment. This is my wife's daily driver. But, a Savana 1500 is our intended tow vehicle. It is currently stuck in Ontario, along with the trailer that we usually use.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:17 PM   #5
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Different people, different situations. We only have ONE vehicle, a 2005 Dodge Dakota. It's not an issue since we're retired and the Dakota sometimes sits for a week or more without moving. No daily commute. Every day is Saturday.
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:46 PM   #6
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2013 Ford Escape SE 2.0 Turbo AWD with tow package is also my daily driver.
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:29 PM   #7
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Yep, I think that was the whole idea when they came out with the Scamp!
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:29 PM   #8
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We have only one vehicle, our 2004 Honda CRV. we get 20+ towing and 30 on the highway and 25 around town, not a city.

It has a manual transmission and has towed our trailers all over North America for 7 years.

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Old 07-15-2014, 07:44 PM   #9
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Red face Is your TV also your every day driver?

Originally Posted by floyd View Post
Yep, I think that was the whole idea when they came out with the Scamp!
My 2003 Honda Odyssey LX with 160,000 miles on it is the most versatile all-in-one do everything vehicle I could buy. In my socioeconomic class I often remember my Mom holding out an entire bag of sweets and saying "ONE!" with a stern voice.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:09 PM   #10
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...presently two tow vehicles.

An '06 Dodge Dakota H O with a modified hemi and the second is our hot-rod, a 600+ hp '37 Plymouth which is a Dodge powered rod (all Mopar)
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:14 AM   #11
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Gee Doug your TV's seem like they might be a little weak for long uphill grades .
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Old 07-16-2014, 03:28 AM   #12
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We have two tow vehicles as well, Gail's 2013 Escape Ecoboost with factory tow package (3500# capacity), and my 2001 F150 4.6L that I added a class 3 hitch to and a 7 pin connector to go get our ParkLiner last October (5400# capacity). Until I figure out the 7 pin problem I have with the Escape, the F150 does the trick. Both these cars are used for commuting, the Escape maybe 30 miles/day, the F150 maybe 45 miles/day.

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Old 07-16-2014, 03:53 AM   #13
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2002 Ranger 4dr, 4.0L all options, everyday driver and just turned 84K.
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Old 07-16-2014, 05:46 AM   #14
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I held onto a 1993 Chevy Blazer S that I bought in January of that year. It now has over a quarter million miles on it and is frankly on its last legs, but when the Burro needs help to get to its next site, the old Blazer now does that job. Otherwise, I blast around town in my Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder most days. I'm looking at a Honda CRV to possibly give the Blazer an honorable retirement.


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