Originally Posted by Chris24
Again if it won't make much difference in towing, I won't switch. Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks.
It won't make much difference if you stick to a half-ton SUV. And nobody makes a 3/4-ton SUV today. Back in the day, both Ford and GM made 3/4-ton SUVs that would tow your trailer without bein overloaded, but nobody makes one today.
A crewcab pickup with fancy trim is probably your best bet. Have you looked at a 2017 Ford F-350 SRW with King Ranch or Platinum trim? They're as nice as your Lincoln. Add a camper shell over the bed, and you have a really nice hauler, with no concerns about overloading your tow vehicle.
But if you need room for more than 4 adults to ride comfortably, then consider one of the new European-type vans, such as the Ford Transit.
Just for grins I build and priced a 2017 Ford Transit commercial van on Ford.com the way I would order it for me. Lots of other options are available, but I'm not willing to pay for them. This van has leather front seats, but a bare metal floor behind the front seats. You would need to add floor covering and another row of seats if you went this way. I did that back in the day, and had a wonderful family hauler/towing machine for a small camper. That Transit van is also available as a passenger van with 8 or more seating positions, but the GVWR of the passenger van is limited to a lot less than the one I "built" on Ford.com.
With the interior upgrade pkg and the front/rear AC, the interior is finished the same as a passenger van, except for no back seats and the bare metal floor behind the front seats. On my family van, I added a layer of plywood to smooth the rear floor, then a layer of 2" high-density foam, then covered it with high-dollar plush carpet to result in a nice bed for my two kids. Then in a bone yard I found excellent back seats that matched my front seats. Then I added a separate sterio system with headphones, so the kids could blow out their brains with their rock music while DW and I enjoyed our "elevator" music.
Here's the 2017 Transit commercial van I built on Ford.com:
$36,805 Base MSRP
$6,275 Total of Options
$1,195 Destination Charges
$44,275 Total MSRP
$36,805 2017 Ford Transit Van XL, Low Roof, Regular Wheelbase, 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 Engine, 6-Speed Automatic Overdrive with SelectShift® Transmission, 9500 GVWR, 3.73 Limited Slip Axle Ratio
$1,495 Interior Upgrade Package
$360 Exterior Upgrade Package
$485 Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package
$300 Privacy Glass
$175 Rear-Window Defogger
$0 Spare Tire and Wheel
$0 Tow/Haul Mode with Trailer Wiring Provisions
$450 All-Around Windows, Fixed $450
$220 Long-Arm Power Heated Mirrors with Turn Signals (tow mirrors)
$0 16-inch Steel Wheels with Full Silver Wheel Cover
$0 235/65R16C 121/119 R BSW All-Season Tires
$0 Front and Rear Vinyl Floor Covering
$0 Vinyl Sun Visors with Illuminated Vanity Mirror
$230 Trailer Brake Controller
$0 Cruise Control with Message Center
$0 Lane-Keeping Alert with Driver Alert
$0 6 Speakers (4 Front / 2 Rear)
$1,270 AM/FM Stereo with SYNC® 3 and Navigation
$1,290 Pewter Grey Leather, 10-Way Power Driver and Front-Passenger Seats