My tow vehicle isn't quite a classic YET but it would be hard for me to replace. I have an old (2003) Dodge 3/4 ton short bed, quad cab with a cummins diesel in it. I had it set up with decent brake controller, air bags, towing chip, good shocks, good E rated tires
and such for towing a 5th wheel. Well, we downsized from the 5th wheel to a 17' Casita
. I figured if it towed the 5th wheel it could handle the Casita
. What I didn't expect is just how well it works for a tow for the little trailer. This truck would have a street value of around $10k, so it's relatively cheap, everything about it is cheap except an oil change.
Last weekend is a good representative outing. We towed 512 miles round trip. About average for us. Mileage was just over 20 mpg, that's a bargain even considering the surcharge for diesel (My v6 van gets about 10mpg towing). It has enough power to pass anything a sane person might need to pass. In West Texas the speed limit is 80 on the freeway and I tow at 70 without ever having the transmission kicking out of OD. We have decent hills to climb too. The 3/4 ton trucks have bigger brakes
, bigger radiators, bigger trans coolers, bigger everything that counts. Casita
doesn't add much to the wear and tear (not going to void any warranty for sure). I use it for a daily driver so it saves me money again. I love having to use the mirrors to tell if the Casita is still back there.
I'm sure there are a lot of perfect tow cars and everyone is going to have a different idea of what that is.. For now an old Dodge diesel is it for me. Maybe if I ever get a diesel swapped into my old AWD Astro van or could afford the 2014 Jeep with the new Diesel, I'd change horses. Don't see that happening anytime soon.
A small 4-wheeler in the bed of the truck might be a nice addition for goofing around on some of the trails. Hmmm, I could do that! Could you do that with an SSR?
I've never had to complain about too MUCH tow vehicle. (-:}