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gbopp

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Posted: 10/10/20 11:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A full size van, E-350 or 3500 series, to tow your TT.

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Jas1317 wrote:

A van to tow with? I never thought about that! Or just a van to go camping in? I don’t think that would have the space we’re looking for - were planning to travel for several months. Hm...


My Dad camped in van for years, and towed TTs for much longer. Most vans have the wheels set near the corners which makes a better TV than a pickup with the same drivetrain.
Mount a small bed (kid or 2 nap) in the back with room for luggage under, but low enough the soft seat back stop the kid in disaster. Then a bench seat back to it, leaving floor space for cooler and play between seats.

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I definitely agree with a van as your tow vehicle. Two adults, three kids, and two "medium sized" dogs, I don't think your passengers would ever be happy on a long trip. Some of the E350/3500 vans are rated to tow up to 10,000 lbs depending on the model. And room for the kids to stretch out and nap on long trips. Never towed with one, but used to use Chevy 3500 15 passenger van for 6 adults and 3 kids and all our luggage on yearly 750 mile each way family trip to Colorado and back. Worked great.

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Years ago I towed travel trailers with vans. I also burned up the transmission on 2 of the vans.

I strongly suggest a crew cab pickup with fiberglass camper top over the bed for the dogs.


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A trailer that HUGE will be a weight issue waiting to happen. Even an E350 van only tows a measly 10k pounds....and the hitch weight will easily exceed its limits.

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We used an excursion but they are getting hard to find.





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We towed a 33’ travel trailer with a 12 passenger Ford E350 with the V10 gas engine. Family of 7, plus two dogs. Should be enough payload capacity with a 1-ton van unless the trailer is excessively heavy. And plenty of room for everyone. In the Ford I’d avoid the 15 passenger because of the rear overhang. In the GM 3500 vans I don’t think that’s an issue as the wheelbase is longer...I could be wrong.

They don’t make the E350 anymore so look at the used market.

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My friends dad had a dually crew cab. But they removed the rear window, and installed this extension back there. We would drive to the river and the dogs would be in that cubby spot. I would guess it went back a good 3 feet. Still left plenty of room in the bed he was a general contractor and hauled material constantly. Can slide long things under the cubby spot.

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New Expeditions with heavy duty towing package tow ratings are up to 9,000 lbs or more. And you can find ultra lite TTs in the 30’ range with GVWR of 8,000 lbs and under.

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Jas1317 wrote:

2 adults, 3 kids (ages 3-9), and 2 medium sized dogs.
How do we do this? Can we make a pickup truck work? Super interested in any experienced feedback!

I don't think the dogs would like riding on the floor for hours on end. You would probably have to stop and let them out every 2-4 hours.

Jas1317 wrote:

I know a large SUV is an option but will not tow the size travel trailer we’re really interested in.

Define "large SUV" and just what size trailer are you looking at.

An Expedition MAX has room for the 3 kids in the second row and plenty of room for the dogs in the back (everything would have to go in the trailer). Properly equipped, it can tow a combined weight of over 15,000 lbs, 9,000 lbs trailer, but I would try to keep the LOADED trailer weight under 8,000 lbs.

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