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Old 10-21-2011, 10:31 AM   #15
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We finally made the decision. We did buy at used Trailblazer. It will fit our needs for now-which doesn't involve camping for a while. The truck was good for what we needed it for-towing the camper. Not running to work, running around town and soccer/field hockey games. Not when you get 9 miles to the gallon around town and 11 on highway. My insurance wasn't bad at all-and in the end I'll save on the plates here where I live(if you call a added MTA $25 fee savings). Commercial plates here in NY aren't cheap(mine are vanity)-they cost me $280 every two years-and I don't even have a business that I needed commercial plates for-just our family vehicle.

The hubby's got a Dodge Dakota-all heavy duty-etc. It can also do some towing if needed with something. But to keep a vehicle for 2 years with the "hopes" of getting back out camping-well sometimes you just have to get smart and decide what's more important for the now-not the future. We could hit lotto in the next year and never worry again either.

Actually, my youngest would love to be back in a pop up again. We may do just that-think it will look funny with a Hensley Hitch on it?

Thanks for the advice! Happy Camping!
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Old 10-21-2011, 12:59 PM   #16
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Or for now? Until you are able to go more full time RV'ing? Start a teardrop project in your garage. Customize it how you see fit. Something to take pride in, and yet functional. Then when ready you could sell it and move back up.
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Old 10-21-2011, 08:29 PM   #18
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Or for now? Until you are able to go more full time RV'ing? Start a teardrop project in your garage. Customize it how you see fit. Something to take pride in, and yet functional. Then when ready you could sell it and move back up.

No, we don't plan to full time RV. We have always just done 2-3 weeks a year and about 5 weekends or so when the kids were younger-harder now with one in junior high-the others are grown.

We'll have to see how things play out here in the next year. Working on paying off some small debt so when we do-that's going to be the only thing we'll have to pay for. Small steps to get back to where we were.

The teardrop looks interesting-something to consider.
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I've just purchased a 2011 Tundra double cab, to pull my coachman Freedom express it's 24' with a slide. I camp with just my wife and I, so it's perfect for the two of us. Kinda like a little love nest. The Tundra pulls this trailer with no effort at all.
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What we'll more than likely do is when my hubby's truck needs replacing-he's got a 2002 Dodge Dakota Quad Cab Sport with the 4.7, he'll get the bigger truck to tow something with. Since he's got his own business, it won't hurt to have a bigger truck for the air duct/dryer vent equipment he lugs around. He's talking about getting a F-250, that should do us, we both didn't need to have pick up trucks right now since we aren't camping for a bit.
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There is no money saved in trading down a truck to a car.
1. The truck has depreciated to the fullest while the car drops like a stone.
2. The gas savings will look attractive, but the cheapest vehicle to drive is the one already owned.
3. Those lite trailers are advertised light but the wind drag is always the same and you will need the 2500 to keep it on the road. I would rather pull a heavy TT than one of those lightweight units. The wind tiped one of my friends lite TT, and he was saved by his heavier 2500.
4. There is no cheap pulling trailers, My F250 Diesel and the 15K trailer in tow has been my best performer as far as MPG, and I towed a 5th wheel with a 2.9L Ranger before.
5. We drive a small car to keep the truck that is paid for, and it gives us freedom to go each our own way. But it is a luxury.
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There is no money saved in trading down a truck to a car.
1. The truck has depreciated to the fullest while the car drops like a stone.
2. The gas savings will look attractive, but the cheapest vehicle to drive is the one already owned.
3. Those lite trailers are advertised light but the wind drag is always the same and you will need the 2500 to keep it on the road. I would rather pull a heavy TT than one of those lightweight units. The wind tiped one of my friends lite TT, and he was saved by his heavier 2500.
4. There is no cheap pulling trailers, My F250 Diesel and the 15K trailer in tow has been my best performer as far as MPG, and I towed a 5th wheel with a 2.9L Ranger before.
5. We drive a small car to keep the truck that is paid for, and it gives us freedom to go each our own way. But it is a luxury.
We thought about all of that and more. We ended up with a swap out-with no money out of pocket except for tags. In two years, we'll replace the hubby's truck and get a new camper-he's going to get a F-250 at least. But for now-to keep paying out all that money for 2 more years-it wasn't wise-we are banking the savings on gas and will put that towards the down payment on a camper. It maybe on already on a lot in a campground-that way we don't even have to worry about towing anymore.
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I have a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 5.7L Hemi, trailer package, that is rated for 7200 lbs with a class IV hitch. Pulls an equipment trailer of 2000lbs with a 4500lb tractor with no problem.
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