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Old 01-15-2013, 06:22 PM   #29
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Francesca,

Our parameter for picking our first trailer was that it had to be tow-able by our only vehicle, our Honda CRV. We originally only planned to tow for two months in order to cross Labrador. Five years later and our third trailer we're still happily towing and have passed 180,000 miles.

For us, operating cost is important, including fuel consumption and maintenance.
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Yeah- I know that little Honda's been as much of a workhorse for you folks as my Kia's been for me- Ain't it great?

My old gray mare's breathing down the neck of 190,000, too, and still going strong.

It's funny-there are definitely two opposite approaches, towing-wise: matching tug-to-tow and the other way around. Widely separate philosophies goin' on there...

That might make a real interesting thread topic sometime, figuring out who did which in that department!

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Sorta like the 'Chicken or egg quandary"
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My tug's my daily driver, too.
....as much as I love driving my Frontier, you guys really can't believe what an awesome daily driver the F350 PSTD CC dually is......
( I'm not kidding....that thing is awesome.... )
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Hi: All... I've found that the one variable, when you have a fiberglass trailer that could last many years, is the tug. We now have our second tow vehicle and I wanted a full 4dr. pickup but not one of the massive ones. I think we have the ideal combo now IMHO!!!
Your mileage may vary.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:36 PM   #34
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The OP had me convinced! I'll never understand why a SRS was purchased after all that sober thought!
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The OP had me convinced! I'll never understand why a SRS was purchased after all that sober thought!
Who said anything about sobriety?
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Part of tow vehicle selection deals with parameters you are trying to control, for us its cost.

When we had a motorhome it was gas vs deisel. The deisel guys would always use the ability to charge up hills, really a small percentage of driving. In all our travels last year we probably had less than 50 miles of significant hills, long runs to 6-7,000 ft. In no case were we holding up traffic.

If one is rarely traveling the choice of tow vehicle is not important and probably defined by your job or budget. As an old retired couple on the road a good part of the year during unsure and inflationary economic times, cost is the over riding consideration.

As I have stated before there are fewer traveling RVers. Fortunately fiberglass owners are in a stronger position with cost effective rigs.

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Part of tow vehicle selection deals with parameters you are trying to control, for us its cost.

When we had a motorhome it was gas vs deisel. The deisel guys would always use the ability to charge up hills, really a small percentage of driving. In all our travels last year we probably had less than 50 miles of significant hills, long runs to 6-7,000 ft. In no case were we holding up traffic.

If one is rarely traveling the choice of tow vehicle is not important and probably defined by your job or budget. As an old retired couple on the road a good part of the year during unsure and inflationary economic times, cost is the over riding consideration.

As I have stated before there are fewer traveling RVers. Fortunately fiberglass owners are in a stronger position with cost effective rigs.

Safe travels
I am surrounded by higher ground being in the San Diego area, but I probably worry too much about holding up other drivers. The freeways going East and North are wide enough to accommodate slower trucks and trailers. The two lane roads though are blocked by slow traffic. When I am not towing and am on the two lane rural roads I will always come up on slow trucks or trailers anyway, so if not me someone else will slow things down. I probably put too much importance on power, but it is nice to have in certain situations. I won't try towing with the Honda Fit though!
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[COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]I am surrounded by higher ground being in the San Diego area, but I probably worry too much about holding up other drivers. ]
Legal tow limit in all of California is 55mph - dont worry about holding folks up
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....as much as I love driving my Frontier, you guys really can't believe what an awesome daily driver the F350 PSTD CC dually is......
( I'm not kidding....that thing is awesome.... )
As someone who benefits in a small way from oil stocks, I heartily approve of your choice of errand-runner! However, using my dividends to buy more gas than I need to bring home a gallon of milk would sort of crimp the mirth, profit-wise.

I guess I'll just stick with the Kia for my errand/camping needs and as for the rest of our "workhorse" vehicles:
Ford F-250
Ford F-350
Ford 555 D 4WD Backhoe

They can stay parked 'til necessity calls!

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Now we know why Ford is the #1 truck seller, what happened, did you get made at the salesman when looking at the F150's? Then you would have a matched set!!!
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Now we know why Ford is the #1 truck seller, what happened, did you get made at the salesman when looking at the F150's? Then you would have a matched set!!!
Truth is, there's a 1965 Ford Falcon wagon in the only parking spot left, and since it will haul just about anything an F150 will we decided to keep it instead of "completing the set"!

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