Crap guys, I don't know what to do
. I have the "dreaded" Element. You know the car that was made to haul four burly guys to the beach with all their sports equipment, food, drinks, etc. EXCEPT it can only tow 1500 pounds, and the weight
limit inside the car is 685 lbs (approx.). Put me, hubby, 2 pugs and a 50 lb screen room in the back of the car, and we're already at almost 500 lbs!
I belong to the Element Owners Club and have read all their opinions. And I've read as many of the towing threads as possible on here. But I'm nervous---now that I've finally gotten to camp in the Pacer, I'm learning what kind of camper I am----------------I'm not a minimalist---I like all my fun cutesy stuff, LOVED my screen room with my camp kitchen inside, tend to take way too much food, etc. And I read a post on here that really hit home---I want most of my extra "stuff" to be in the tow vehicle. So that the Pacer is camping ready when we stop. I don't want to be hauling all the stuff out before I can make supper, take a nap, whatever.
So, we're thinking about changing our tow vehicle. I'm keeping my E, because I love it. My husband has a Civic that he doesn't mind parting with.
I've read the Truck vs. Jeep vs. SUV vs. Van vs. Just Stay Home (J/K) threads.
I know you can't tell me what to do, but I'm leaning towards a truck. I can put most of the stuff in the back and be done with it. Is this stupid??? We are going to be paying for it at the pump, aren't we???? And who knew there were soooooo many trucks out there???
And there's always that possibility of going to alittle bit bigger camper sometime in the future. So I'm thinking something with a 3500-5000 lb. towing capacity.
I'm sorry for starting yet another thread about tow vehicles, but if anyone has anything else they can add about pros and cons, best mileage trucks, (I've been reading the articles, but would like to hear from a real person), or anything else I may not have thought of----I'd sure appreciate it.
We'll probably start looking next week.
Thanks seasoned campers---you're the best!