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Old 07-20-2015, 02:27 PM   #1
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What will your next TV be???

I think a number of us tend to look ahead and plan for the future.

Our 03 car is getting older and we now have the 09 Sienna with only 132,000klm's on it. We will still use the car once we get the trailer back on the road but for sure the Sienna will be the next TV if the car gets too long on the tooth.

Any one else got their next TV in mind? Suv, van, car, or truck??
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:04 PM   #2
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I really like my 2012 Frontier. It's a simple no frills pickup that is the perfect tow for us. So far it has not seen road salt. If I can keep it that way it should last me many years. But if and when the time comes the next generation Honda Ridgeline will get a close look. It is due out this fall and by the time I'm looking they should have worked all the bugs out. Raz
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:04 PM   #3
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Every time I think of this subject, it makes me sad. I have the perfect truck which will soon be 15 years old and has nearly 170,000 miles already.
Ford no longer makes the Ranger and there is no decent sized truck being made.
I suppose I will keep my truck for at least another ten years , then (or in the mean time) search for a low mileage used Ranger.
I liked the Adrenalin Sport Trac (maybe I will need a handicap transmission someday)
For my Scamp13 I might consider a Ford Escape 2.0 Ecoboost or maybe a Transit Connect.

Fact is there is not likely to be more TV for less money than a Ford Ranger any time soon.
At any rate, I simply refuse to spend anything close to $40,000 on anything with wheels. The other day I saw a 2007 full sized Chevy with 154,000 miles on the lot for...
$19,.

Maybe a third generation shortbox Econoline 6CYL manual with overdrive.
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I have a 2010 Ford Ranger Sport (4.0L V6) with the factory tow package. I'm babying it, it has around 31,000 miles on it now. When I bought it off the dealers lot, it was with the intention that it would be the last brand new vehicle I'd buy in my lifetime. I hope to tow a snazzy little fiber glass egg with it someday during retirement.

I do have to say that I've been nagged more about selling this truck than I have for any other vehicle I've owned. At least once a month someone stops me wanting to know if I'll sell it.

My sister has a Honda Ridgeline...she adores that truck and pulls a small stick camper behind it to NASCAR races.

Sorry to go off topic, but Floyd's post about his Ranger inspired me. **grin**
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Old 07-20-2015, 04:23 PM   #5
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But if and when the time comes the next generation Honda Ridgeline will get a close look. It is due out this fall and by the time I'm looking they should have worked all the bugs out. Raz
My friend just bought a lightly used Ridge last year and she luvs it. Thnxs for the heads up about a new one coming out. I wasn't aware of that.
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I've just upgraded my TV this month. Found a used 2008 Lexus GX 470 with half as many miles as the Highlander (the HL is now for sale). We just got back from a 2800 mile trip to and from Michigan with the Lexus, and my wife and I were pleased with the comfortable ride. The self leveling air suspension is nice to have, too.

I'd been hot after a 2011-2013 Grand Cherokee, but the Lexus was priced right and I felt better about buying a higher-mileage Lexus than a higher-mileage GC. Both have full time 4WD, a feature I insist upon.
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I've had S-10 family GM's for 12 years (1 new, the other used) and find them perfectly suited to my needs. As my current 2003 Blazer is just ticking over 70,000 I expect it to last at least another 75,000.


All that said, if I come across a "Barn Find" 2001-2003 S-10 family, Extended cab pick up or 2 dr. Blazer, I just might grab it to redo, just in case something untoward happens to my current ride.


And, with the current "Average" sales price of a new F-150 somewhat north of $42,000 (Per FoMoCo), I could do a lot to make an old S-10 into a new S-10, and still have a lot of $$$ left over.


BTW: Size is perfect for up to 4500 lb FGRV's, No compensation needed.
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A 3/4 ton ,4 wheel drive ,diesel powered crew cab pickup truck with lots of bells and whistles.
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Tow vehicle

Just purchased a 2015 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe ( will be born on 28Sep15) and am considering a Ford Explorer as the tow vehicle. Front wheel drive vs All wheel drive is the question of the day. Any observations?
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A 2018 Land Rover Defender diesel - as soon as they come out I'm ordering one. My 2007 Land Rover LR3 will probably only have around 150,000 miles on it by then - young in Land Rover lifespans. I really like all wheel drive for any towing applications - especially heavy rain. The mileage penalty is usually only 1 or 2 mpg for a lot of added safety.
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A much less expensive answer to 4wd when driving in heavy rain is to simply stop for a while. I had to in Montana last month, took all of an hour to blow through.
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Keep the recommendations coming folks.
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Awd, instead of fwd..there will be times you wish you had power to the rear wheels

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Just purchased a 2015 17' Casita Spirit Deluxe ( will be born on 28Sep15) and am considering a Ford Explorer as the tow vehicle. Front wheel drive vs All wheel drive is the question of the day. Any observations?
I'd seriously consider AWD.

I pull a 13' Scamp with a FWD Honda Pilot. We spend one week each year at a local lake, and the access road is a 3-mile graded (more or less) gravel road. At one point on the way out the road makes a sharp bend and then ascends a 200 yd. grade, maybe 7-8%, with some washboard surface toward the top. First time, the Scamp unloaded the front wheels of the Pilot enough that wheel spin caused the stability control to kick in, resulting in all kinds of things with braking and throttle that brought the whole rig to a standstill. I had to back down and take another run- one of those white knuckle towing moments. I have since learned to turn off the stability control and allow some wheel spin to get to the top.

If you plan much off-highway towing with a heavier trailer like the Casita 17, you will be glad for AWD.
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