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Old 11-04-2009, 09:05 AM   #15
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This is the kind of shell you need on your pickup.


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We were tired of climbing in and over stuff.

It's a Vista with Windoors.

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Old 11-04-2009, 05:54 PM   #16
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I also have an Odyssey Minivan I work out of at home and I know a lot of us tow with this vehicle ...
I haven't had the pleasure of packing up a wet campsite in the rain... yet. So I don't know how I would feel about loading wet stuff into my Honda Odyssey. I bought the Odyssey because it was the most versatile vehicle for my needs... which also includes needing seating for 6 when not towing on occasion. It is also a good truck with the seating stored away.

I have never felt that the Odyssey wasn't up the towing task, and I have used it for multiple trips between California and New York under all sorts of circumstances. The only question I ever have is how much am I willing to pay for fuel, for I have found that it has no problem towing the Fiber Stream up the Rocky Mountains at 75 miles per hour. It sucks a LOT of gas doing that, but it has no problem maintaining that speed under that load. I find keeping my speed to 55 is much more economical.
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Old 11-04-2009, 06:08 PM   #17
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We started with a Jeep Liberty and switched to the 2007 Nissan Titan(pictured below) in May after numerous more experienced RVer's and full-timers gave us advice to switch to a PU to better match our camping style. The Titan was equipped with full factory tow package and a locking hard bed cover.
After a summer of camping (including being out the entire month of July) with the new PU, hands down the PU wins over the Liberty for us. Better gas mileage towing with the V8 Titan as well vs the Liberty.


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Old 11-04-2009, 07:56 PM   #18
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We love our Honda Element and Boler combo. It it a small, compact and economical set up.
We are two adults, one child, and dog and everything fits. I like the Element because the back seats remove completely, so we take one out (saves weight) and the dog sits on top of the cooler and plastic tub.
I also have a pod on top of the Element which is perfect for large, not too heavy things, like the awning, sleeping bags, etc. I hardly ever use it, but it's nice to have. And comes in really handy for the awning when it's wet.
For me, less space means less stuff to bring along....which can be a good thing!
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Old 11-05-2009, 08:12 AM   #19
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We have an 83 full size Blazer and a 78 1/2 ton 4wd Chevy pickup.

The short wheel base of the Blazer is great for tight parking lots, gas stations and dead end roads. But on a long run, the pickup is more directionally stable and rides nicer.

We don't mind wet stuff in the back of the Blazer because it just has a rubber mat over the metal floor. However, the noise level is annoying. The pickup wins on the noise level issue.

If I could only have one? I would choose the pickup if I had a second car for passenger use. If not, I would choose the Blazer, since it has a back seat.

Since both rigs are rather ancient, I think often about what I might do should one of them completely collapse on a trip at some faraway place. I think I would purchase a 4wd 1/2 ton short wheelbase pickup. My choice would be a Chevy or GMC with a 5.3 liter V8, no extra cab. But that is just an opinion at the moment.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:05 AM   #20
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This is a question I have been wrestling with for a while. Two years ago, decided to buy a new vehicle for a cross country move. I wanted something I could sleep in the back of on the way on shorter trips. I also wanted maximum cargo capacity for the gas mileage and high ratings for safety/reliability. I picked a V6 Nissan Frontier king cab and added a deluxe cap made by Leer with stepped up roofline, sliding windows all around and matched to truck paint. I also added more tie down points to the bed. Now, I wish I had gotten the door option that Donna recommended. Much easier to access than the heavy tailgate and it lifts all the way up to open access to the back of the truck.

I did lose most of the contents in the back during the trip. When I stopped for the night at a motel, I didn't double check the locks and I had locked one handle on the cap but forgot the other. The thieves pried open the back window on one corner then popped out the other lock. I lost most of my camping gear, winter clothes, bedding, purse, dog food and supplies (!) and many other irreplaceable personal treasures. No insurance coverage as I was between houses. I double check all locks now, but I don't trust anything locked in my truck anymore.

Now that I have a trailer to stay in, I don't feel that I have to have a 6ft bed to sleep in. I would rather have something that I can comfortably haul 4 adults in and get better gas mileage. I am thinking about a RAV4 V6. Cargo trailers can be had pretty cheap for hauling wet and messy things or those 4x8 sheets of building supplies. Maybe when I sell a house I will have the cash to make up the difference in value between my truck and RAV4 (I don't have a car payment and don't want to go back to that).
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Old 11-06-2009, 11:21 PM   #21
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It's a Vista with Windoors.
Is that the new Windoors 7?

On a more serious note; right now we are happy towing with my Ranger that has a locking roll top tonneau and locking tailgate. The extended cab is just right for the dog, the truck is big enough for the odd jobs around the house but too small to help people move. Yet still holds all the camping gear we need for a few weeks. Though I'd like a newer one with the 1/2 rear doors that open, the others comments on this thread are worth considering when replacing. Especially Bookers utility trailer.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:25 AM   #22
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OK
Here is a shot of my truck and shell to get an idea of the kind of access this type of shell can provide.
With my long Momkey arms I can almost reach anywhere in the bed from the sides.
I also like the rear doors as I can still h\get full size stuff in the bed but do not have to work over the tailgate to do things.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:28 AM   #23
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Is that the new Windoors 7?

On a more serious note; right now we are happy towing with my Ranger that has a locking roll top tonneau and locking tailgate. The extended cab is just right for the dog, the truck is big enough for the odd jobs around the house but too small to help people move. Yet still holds all the camping gear we need for a few weeks. Though I'd like a newer one with the 1/2 rear doors that open, the others comments on this thread are worth considering when replacing. Especially Bookers utility trailer.
OK I really liked this one,wonder what that says about me?
I did have Windowss Vista at first with standard sliding windows that I traded at the factory for the Windoors Vista I have now.
Now of course they have come out with new Windoors that have standard sliding windows inside them making them Windoors 7 in my book.

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Old 11-11-2009, 09:28 AM   #24
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I'm not really qualified to post in this thread, as I tow with a station wagon, however that does mean I end up putting wet/dirty things into the car, which has been discussed.

I have one of those huge Rubbermaid tubs (you know, the style they keep making year after year but just changing the colors), and into that goes all the stuff that touches dirt, or that might be wet: Stabilizers, extension cord, chocks (I keep one out and just inside the rear driver's side door for using when I stop at rest areas and stores along the way), folded tarp, welcome mat, greases/sprays, etc.

Granted, there would not be room for a full-sized wet/dirty EZ-Up, but most things do fit in.

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Old 11-11-2009, 10:35 PM   #25
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We've towed our trailer with an all-wheel drive Volvo suv, a two-door and two-wheel drive Silverado, and now a Dodge Ram half ton 4x4 quad cab pickup. My hands down favorite is the Dodge.
Towing, all three get about the same mileage. In town mileage is best in the Volvo.
The 4x4 Dodge is great on small mountain roads. It does not have the turning radius of the littler Silverado or the Volvo, but it has great seats, almost as good as the Volvo, and more power than either of the other two. It's not as cute, but it does the job well, and we can travel with four people when necessary, carry a lot of cargo, and never have to carry wet or dirty stuff inside.
We need a truck for our other work, so truck vs. suv is not a big decision for us. Around town, the 05 Silverado is the easiest to drive (my daughter enjoys it now), the Volvo second, only because of the big blind spots, and the Dodge third, because of its size and parking in smaller spots.
Basically, most vehicles, if not underpowered, and not deisel, get close to the same mileage. Pick what's comfortable for you to carry enough passengers and gear, and drive and park. Then, enjoy it.
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Edit: I forgot to add that we have an Undercover tonneau cover on the Dodge, which locks, but is light and easy to remove when we need to do it. It can also stand, on end, in the bed, tied down,with the 4x4 ATV. We carry our little Honda generator cable -locked to the truck, with or without the tonneau cover.
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I am loving all these suggestions I have a lot to think about here.
Many good reasons for what people are using. I do think the pick up truck with a back seat is winning for me. I have to have a place for the dogs, and that is why the wet stuff had to go in my camper.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
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Old 11-12-2009, 08:10 AM   #27
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Plus/minus. Wondering what you all prefer

If it rains and you own a pick-up truck, all the wet things including screen house, wet chairs, etc. can be piled into the back of a pick up. Hose down the back of the pick up when you get home
If owning a SUV those wet things go into the camper and the back of the SUV (Wet mess).

If it is nice weather those items will stay dry either way (yup)

Do you find that if owning a pick up you have less in the camper when traveling down the road?

If having a pick-up what kind of a cover do you have on it (so that things don't blow away going down the road and so that the racoons don't raid the coolers.)?

Do you worry about theft more so in the back of the pick up (like if stopping at a grocery store, shopping center in route)?

Is it harder to get things out of the pick up bed than the SUV?

Pondering new TV here as last yr I spent days drying out the camper floor after a down pour rain fall with wet things piled into the center of the rv heading home.
We pull with a Chevy conversion van. Advantages include space for a portapotty in the van. Easier than getting out in the rain and running back to trailer. Also, hanging space in our U-Haul 13 CT is nonexistant. We have a hanging rack across the back of the van. Van with 350 doesn't even know the trailer is there. We previously had a 25' Airstream which we pulled with van. No problems. Dropped down to U-Haul because working with the Airstream was a bit much for a 70 year old with bad knees.
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I am loving all these suggestions I have a lot to think about here.
Many good reasons for what people are using. I do think the pick up truck with a back seat is winning for me. I have to have a place for the dogs, and that is why the wet stuff had to go in my camper.
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
For me there is no bigger wetter item I could imagine than wet dogs!
When there is water the 2 Newfs will find it and use it,every time.

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