Great forum! correspondence with members has been very positive. Thanks so much for all your help. And thanks to some members of another group, RVing Women, I have now located a 16' Casita
near where I am planning to be for the summer (NW USA) so I am leaving to stopover in N. CA with my family and pick up the trailer. I now find that I need to replace my little 4 cyl truck for a tow vehicle more reliable and adequate for this purpose.
Locally I have found a Chevy Silverado xtend cab, with camper shell, 1998 w 73,000 miles. V8 engine & full towing package, price seems pretty reasonable and it suits my personal comfort needs + 2 dogs on board.
Also looked at 2001 Toyota Tacoma V6 w/ ext cab & extra suspension, mileage 44K but no camper shell & no towing package....it's not very comfortable for me climbing in and out etc.
Any comments welcome on these two options.
But if I don't take them, I would be shopping (en route) for either a little larger (V6) truck with a camper shell, trying for low mileage and good gas mileage as I keep my vehicles for as long as possible. Possible: ROO with a tow package that is adequate, or something similar. Any suggestions welcome.