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Andrewmart

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Also, is there any range/restriction on mileage or how old the vehicle model should be if we get a 3/4 or 1 ton pick up? In my price range, we are looking at vehicles between 2002-2008 with mileage of 170k+.

Also, this is a bit vague, but would any 2500 pull it? I would definitely look at the numbers and axle etc, but, in general, would they tow better than our expedition?

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If I had that trailer and that family I wouldn't look at anything but an excursion or a 3/4 or 1 ton van with seating for all. travel together its more fun that way

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When I was towing a TT with 4 (then 5) kids, I had a 1-ton van. Ford E-350 with 6.8L V10. My trailer was 33’ long but the 12 passenger van was a very stable towing vehicle. Comfortable to drive, and plenty of room for the family to stretch out. Plus plenty of payload capacity. Did it have the image of a truck or SUV? Heck no. Lol. People joked that I was driving a church van or prison bus. But i loved that van. Plus, pull the seats out and you can move practically anything. Finally...they are relatively inexpensive in the used market.

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Any 3/4 ton gas job will work. Look at the 2001-2007 GM 2500 HD 6.0 or rare 8.1, both are bullet proof. Just my thoughts.


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The newest U.S. Excursion is sixteen years old. If properly maintained...big if. Most have been beat up badly.


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https://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/detail/806644947/overview/

I'm thinking something like this might work? It's a 2500 with 6.0.

Thanks for all the help so far!

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Almost any vehicle can “pull” that trailer. Think “carry the weight” (payload)...tongue, hitch, people, stuff...first. Tongue weight alone will be about 1100 pounds.

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Andrewmart wrote:

Also, is there any range/restriction on mileage or how old the vehicle model should be if we get a 3/4 or 1 ton pick up? In my price range, we are looking at vehicles between 2002-2008 with mileage of 170k+.

Also, this is a bit vague, but would any 2500 pull it? I would definitely look at the numbers and axle etc, but, in general, would they tow better than our expedition?


A couple years back we picked up a nice no rust 2008 V10 F250 with 120k miles. No issues to speak of for the last 2 years. I'm sure if you do a little looking, you won't be stuck with a 2002 with 170k miles for $10k.

The biggest issue with suburbans & vans is finding them as there aren't many produced. If you can find a nice one in your price range, go for it but the 4 door pickups have largely come to dominate the RV towing market.

I think with relatively short 200 mile travel days, if you can find a 3/4 ton with a bench front seat it's a reasonable option. Then again how old are they? If they are stuck in car seats, a van/suburban isn't going to be a whole log better.

Yes even with the 3/4 ton trucks it's worth running the numbers for a specific truck. With 6 of you plus presumably bikes, firewood, etc...in the truck, it is still very much possible to exceed the payload rating of the truck


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Stock to stock, the Expedition will tow better than the Excursion at the same weight. Of course, the Excursion has a higher ultimate towing capacity, but it2s stock payload is barely better than the Expedition. Plus, the modern suspension under the Expedition will drive far better the rest of the time.

Vans are great too. I have one. But E350s with the V10 are getting very hard to find without very high miles. The Express 3500 is good for trailers under 9,500 pounds, but that's barely an upgrade in tow rating over the Expedition. The Nissan NV3500 is such an overweight pig, it only matches the Expedition, while sucking down an extra 3-5 MPGs when solo. And Transits just don't have enough GCWR. And it doesn't sound like your family needs the monster payload of a full-size van.

One big problem with ultralights is the sail area, and the lack of gravity holding it down. They move around a lot more than the same size but heavier trailer. That's why a ProPride would be so advantageous.


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