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KC10Chief

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Posted: 07/06/18 10:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife and I are still a few years away from RVing full time but I was wondering if anybody travels with two vehicles? I have a Jeep problem. I've had Jeeps for years. Currently have a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon that I bought new. It's a pretty useless vehicle for anything but off roading. It gets terrible gas mileage, is big on the outside but small on the inside, drives like a dumpster in the wind, can't tow anything bigger than a pop-up, etc. I know a class A could pull it no problem. But I'd really like a 5th wheel for full timing. Our idea for full timing, is to move short distances and stay for a couple weeks or more before moving on. I'd tow the RV, and my wife could drive the Jeep. I just feel like I get a lot more RV for my money with a 5er. Anybody else full timing and moving occasionally with a tow vehicle and another vehicle?

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trade the Jeep for a 3/4- 1t tow truck, keep her car. Even set it up to tow her car behind the 5er After a couple weeks having a pickup you wont miss the Jeep, wonder why you ever had one.

In your post I surmise you were going to keep the Jeep, trade her car. Hmmm.

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We've been using two vehicles for the last eight years except when going to Alaska. Our chase car is getting old 190000+ miles and we're debating whether to replace it. Oh and Sandi hates driving it.

The best part of the chase car is that if I put on the blinker to change lanes she'll make the lane change and give me the space I need.


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Posted: 07/06/18 11:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Why would you need a Jeep if you have a truck? Do you do that much off-pavement exploring where a 4WD truck does not go?


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I follow driving our Jeep. Hubby pulls a utility trailer with motorcycles behind the class A. We do 200 or less miles if possible on days we travel. Like stickdog said I can be of assistance in lane maneuvers and watch the trailer, tires, awnings etc to alert him if something isn't right.

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It can be done because we know people who have done it. It's not something we would like to do especially on a full time basis. We prefer to travel together. I agree with another poster about considering a four wheel drive truck as a toad.


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There are some of us who tow the large 5th wheels with class 8 tractors then modify the truck to carry whatever vehicle you want. Now grant it for a Jeep it makes for a long set up but possible, I suggest looking at the HDT Resource Guide web site for more info. This is not for everyone but just another option, good luck on whatever route you choose.


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KC10Chief wrote:

Anybody else full timing and moving occasionally with a tow vehicle and another vehicle?


Forget towing the Jeep behind a 5er. In most (ALL ??) states, tandem towing is illegal....and dangerous and pretty much impossible to back up if you get in a bind.

Actually having someone drive each vehicle is the only good plan.


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We've been full-time for three years now and use a second vehicle (tow vehicle and rig in signature). Until this May, the second vehicle was a 2009 Toyota Corolla. My wife liked driving it but the seats weren't good enough for my back when we wanted to day trip, etc. A couple of months ago we sold it and bought a 2018 Honda CR-V EX-L. We're loving it! Both cars have made it much easier navigating inner cities (family in Baltimore, San Diego, etc.) and places like National Parks.

You might want to read these threads over on RV-Dreams.com:

http://rv-dreams.activeboard.com/t64640311/second-vehicle/

http://rv-dreams.activeboard.com/t57786019/is-there-a-need-for-a-second-vehicle/

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We have friends that began full timing last year. He towed the 5ver and she followed in the car. This year they bought a Razor, sold her car and bought a small pickup. Now he still tows his 5ver and she follows with the pickup towing the Razor on a trailer. We would not enjoy that, but it works for them. To date, though, they pretty much rotate between wintering in AZ, and seeing their kids in CO, AR and TX. We travel full time all over the country other than our winter 3-5 month stop.

Having the smaller pickup gives them a more comfortable and fuel efficient 2nd vehicle. Of course I understand wanting the 2nd vehicle which is why we FT in a Toy Hauler and have our Goldwing with us. Good luck.


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