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Old 11-01-2009, 09:43 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:14 PM   #2
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The reason that I bought a trailer is the same one that my folks used decades ago -- if it rained there was no tent to blow over then get drenched.

What's the point of having a nice dry trailer if you're going to set up a tent (screenhouse) anyway?

We do carry some mesh folding chairs that we set outside -- if they happen to get wet they don't hold much water and do dry quickly. But the main reason we moved from a tent to a trailer was to avoid the whole "what do we do with all this wet stuff" issue.
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:21 PM   #3
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Karalyn,

1. For every positive thing you can say about a pickup, I can think of one for an SUV.
2. For every negative thing you can say about a pickup, I can think of one for an SUV.
3. For every positive thing you can say about a pickup, I can think of a negative one.
4. For every negative thing you can say about a pickup, I can think of a positive one.
5. For every positive thing you can say about an SUV, I can think of a negative one.
6. For every negative thing you can say about an SUV, I can think of a positive one.

My advice to you is the same that I have been giving friends and family for many years. Go and look at as many different types of TV you can find, new and used. You will find one that just cries out to you, "BUY ME, BUY ME, BUY ME".
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:21 PM   #4
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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.
I have an SUV and a pick-up and find each has advantages, here is a partial picture of the back of my truck which has a four section hard cover which is lockable and also keeps the weather out.the advantage of the SUV (Escape) is that we can carry passengers when we go to group gatherings with our trailer.
I guess the best of both worlds would be a Sport Trac with a cover, but they don't offer a stick shift.
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Old 11-01-2009, 10:47 PM   #5
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Karalyn Ask for an opinion on this forum and you will certainly be obliged. I am willing to bet you will get numerous responses on this subject. My wife and I have been "trailering" for about 35 years with numerous trailers, pop ups, tag alongs, fifth wheels etc. and every kind of TV you can imagine. My ultimate choice would be the pickup. Each type of TV has it's advantages and of course disadvantages. We have towed with SUVs, Honda CRV and Jeep Cherokee, an Astro cargo van and pickups to numerous to mention. Advantages and disadvantages are as follows. The Van was really nice in that you could have everything at hand while going down the road, cooler for drinks or even sandwiches and even the porta potty for those emegency roadside stops in high winds or downpours but as you noted any wet or yuky items must eventually come inside. The cargo van even with extra windows had visibility issue which were tough to deal with on crowded interstates or in heavy city traffic. The SUVs are my least favorite, wet and yucky stuff inside and even in closer proximity than the van. So my choice is the pickup. Almost all of our pickups have had camper shells but this time around (we just got a new to us truck ) I will be going with a truck box and locking bed cover. Does everything we need without blocking visibility or impairing it with reflections through multiple layers of glass. In this scenario everything is in back seperate from us in the cab and the bed can be hosed out when at home. Also the pickup is the only one of these that I am comfortable hauling a little firewood along in. We just stockpile firewood at home and load what we need before each trip (not easily done with either the van or suv ). Well that about sums it up for me. In my opinion each type , properly sized and equiped for the task , will do a perfectly acceptable job of towing . Lee
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Old 11-01-2009, 11:02 PM   #6
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We have a Honda Ridgeline.This and other 5-6 passenger pickups give the good balance. We have room in that back seat for the dog or guests. We can use the back seat for bicycles and other large gear if we need to. The Ridgeline is unique because it has the trunk under the truck bed, which gives a secure place to put a fair amount of gear. We have a roll up tonneau cover, which keeps things from blowing and provide s "out of sight" security. For large items, we can roll it up to the cab or remove it with two levers. It does not keep al lof the water out but it does keep things fairly dry.

Had a PU with a cap - hated getting things in and out and having the view blocked.

Had an Astro van - loved it too. Very flexible but would not carry extra tall items.

We use a utility trailer for hauling brush and such to the dump.

My vote is for maximum utility while maintaining comfort.

Dave

PS, I met a family towing a Scamp with a Dodge Sprinter van with a Mercedes diesel. They were getting about 25mpg. It was a window van and it look comfortable, lots of headroom.
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Old 11-02-2009, 05:56 AM   #7
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I have a 2000 Ford F-150, bought it new and love it. It's not only my tug for the trailer but an everyday driver. I bought a truck because I'm a homeowner and find I need to haul stuff for my home. Just went to the recycle place with a pickup load of leaves over the weekend. I haul firewood, bags of manure for the garden and have loaded it down with pea gravel for landscaping. I couldn't or wouldn't do that in any enclosed vehicle. The bed is covered with an ARE canopy with a separate smaller opening door which eliminated the heavy tailgate. This is a picture from the manufacturer. Yeah, getting stuff in and out close to the cabin is a PITA, but it's not something done constantly and as long as I'm able, I don't mind.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:06 AM   #8
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When choosing my TV I drove a lot of different vans, pickups, and SUVs.

I chose the Escalade because it has all the options you have to pay extra for if you buy something different. Also, it has the most comfortable ride when compared with all the others, with the exception of the Cadillac Deville we owned before.

I would like to have a truck (other than the Escalade), but I found they ride to harshly.

The reason I chose the Cadillac Escalade rather than one of the other manufacturers is that Cadillac has fewer new car complaints than any of the other manufacturer's trucks or SUVs.
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Old 11-02-2009, 12:12 PM   #9
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I bought a pickup (2008 Tundra Crew Cab) because I got sick of having to worry about beating up the inside of the several SUV's I have owned. When loading the SUV for a camping trip (we were tent campers for 25+ years), I would put the back seats down flat and lay one of those quilts that movers use to wrap furniture in the back for protection against scrapes and scratches and to catch the debris. With the pickup I don't have to worry about bangs and debris - the bed liner protects the truck bed from the firewood and whatever else that gets thrown in there. Once back at home, the truck bed gets swept or hosed out. The snap-on tonneau cover keeps everything dry, provides out-of-sight protection (I don't leave anything expensive in there anyway) and is reasonably easy to access to remove items in the front. The Crew Cab provides plenty of room for our two dogs, additional passengers or anything we might not want to put in the truck bed or trailer. Plenty of room and plenty of towing capacity - works for me.

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Old 11-03-2009, 09:30 PM   #10
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We have a Jeep Liberty and a Dodge Dakota with a shell. We have settled on the Dakota as a TV:
More room for extras, wet and dirty things.
Longer wheel base makes for smoother ride.

We like the idea of a comfortable back seat in the Liberty and the mileage is a little better. However, the smoother ride and extra cargo capacity and utility make the Dakota the choice for us.

BTW, we may change to a duel fuel (CNG and gas) Ford Pick up in the near future.

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Old 11-03-2009, 09:34 PM   #11
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I bought a Forester SUV and replaced our truck with it. We need to do a lot of hauling stuff around so we also bought a good quality utility trailer. The advantage of this is you get a low bed, high capacity 'pickup' replacement without the gas mileage hit of a full time truck.
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Old 11-04-2009, 04:23 AM   #12
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I have towed with a Land Cruiser at first,A suburban and now a Tundra P/U with a Utility Shell.
I also work out of the vehicle especially when a long distance from home and the PU with shell is just a lot more convenient for me.

I never even thought about the wet/dry part of it till seeing this thread. If I need to haul something it just goes along whatever vehicle or condition.

I also have an Odyssey Minivan I work out of at home and I know a lot of us tow with this vehicle but I feel a lot more confident that I have a larger margin of safety using my bigger truck.

The shell I have also has Windoors on the sides so I have good access combined with my long "Monkey Arms".
There is a French door on the back which is handy too.

Actually I traded my truck in last week while at home when I found the exact same year Tundra with the V8 and 4WD and less miles.
It is a Lot!!! more powerful than the V6 model I had before and seems more stable towing for the short distance I have tried.

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Old 11-04-2009, 08:51 AM   #13
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Morning Donna,
Nice shell on your pickup. Who is the manufacturer, please.
Driving old 1991 Dodge D150 and looking to upgrade to newer truck and shell.

I like using the shell as a garage for all that extra stuff... bicycles, firewood, tools, etc.

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Old 11-04-2009, 08:59 AM   #14
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Morning Donna,
Nice shell on your pickup. Who is the manufacturer, please.
Hi Larry, it's a great canopy. I upgraded to a moon roof (at the front), it's insulated with marine headliner (not like rat fur) and the single back door that lifts, plus the smaller all glass door in the middle. It's manufactured by A.R.E. Canopies They have a dealer locator and I was able to order mine locally.
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