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Old 01-14-2020, 05:33 PM   #1
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3/4 ton'er in a dense urban city

hi irv2, we're in the very early phase of researching if and how we can become an rv family. we think we're decided on a tt / tv, and based on what we're looking at (somewhere around a 25-28'', --wife wants to be able to have friends stay with us), it seems the general consensus in my research is a 3/4 ton truck is the way to go.



the thing is, we live in a very dense / urban city (fishtown / philly), where parking can be a real pain even with a small car. our 6yo has various regular therapies in a couple nearby children's hospitals and we're in parking garages every week. was wondering how that's going to work out with a big 3/4 ton truck. i've seen regular 1/2 ton'ers in the lots but haven't noticed and 3/4's since i started paying attention. right now we have a mini and an audi a3 and are planning on getting rid of the audi for the truck.



we're thinking we should be ok during the day during the week with coming and going (i work 2nd shift but commute to work by bike), but on the weekends and evenings i see having to end up parking pretty far from the house on the occasions we need to drive the truck during these times. we haven't figured out where, but we're planning on keeping the tt at an rv resort when not traveling. definitely won't be trying park that on the block!



just wondering if anyone else is doing a 3/4 ton in a dense city--- or if we're nuts even considering going this big living where we live.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:04 PM   #2
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While a 2500/250 series is really no bigger than a 1500/150 any crew cab even with a short bed is going to be daunting parking downtown. Have you considered buying an older well maintained teuck strictly for towing? Then you can have a small car for commuting.
Another thing to consider, where are you going to park the trailer? Are you planning to park it at a storage lot? You might think about a class C motor home instead.
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Old 01-14-2020, 06:34 PM   #3
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not sure about the other major brands, but i saw that tfltruck video comparing f150 to f250 and the 250 with the standard bed is like 2 feel longer than the 150. the 3rd vehicle idea did come up, but got shot down because it's a 3rd vehicle to insure. the motor home seems like it would work, but we wanted to avoid that. i've been reading finding somewhere to get them repaired is harder and the thought of having it break down and getting stranded somewhere is scary. seems it'd be easier getting a pickup fixed if we broke down far from home.
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Well yes and no. Most class Cs are built on Ford cutaway chassis. This is the same as Ford vans. So basically any Ford garage with with tall doors should be able to handle them.
I understand your concerns about MHs, but honestly in your situation concerning big citits it may be the best option. The only downside to a class C and a TT is you will probably want to tow a small car to get around in.
As for size? Are you sure your comparing apples vs apples? A 6 foot bed on a 150 or 250 crew cab are basically the same size. There is however a huge difference between the two trucks as far as how their built.
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If I had to drive my 3/4 ton truck into baltimore city (where I work) every day I wouldn't own it. Pain to park. Doesn't fit in any type of parking garage.
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definitely some things to consider. at this point i can't say i'm sure about anything.. :-)
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I would advise looking hard at the lot you need to park in and make an initial judgment to see if you think the truck will fit. If you do, rent a 3/4 ton and take it into the parking lot you need to park at to make sure. I used to drive a 3/4 ton for my daily, but I now drive a 1 ton DRW as my daily and don't generally have insurmountable problems parking, unless I need to go to the city and use under ground parking. I can tell you there are some underground lots you simply can't take a 3/4 ton into and expect to get them out without an excavator.
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New trucks are tall and are not conducive to the overhead maximums of parking garages. I would check out the clearance numbers of the garages you frequent and do some comparisons. We drive a dually around our town which is new with large empty parking lots; no problems except we have to walk some. Wouldn't consider our truck in the city.
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3/4 ton trucks look bigger than 1/2 ton trucks, but they aren't really. They are significantly more robust, but not bigger in any way that would make them harder in the city. A dually is wider and harder to park, but not SRW. Parking garages might be an issue because a 3/4 probably is taller. That being said, I've taken 1 ton SRW trucks into garages before without any clearance issues at all. I've also driven a dually through some very tight areas before. It feels tight, but the lanes are wider than the truck so it all works.
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3/4 ton'er in a dense urban city

I think the suggestion of a few year older truck is a good one. Then you could leave the truck with the trailer if you are going to leave it at a resort and take the car when you need to get it. Insuring it should actually be very reasonable since it is a third vehicle with only two drivers in the house. I would suggest getting an insurance estimate based on the few year older truck that you would consider. The total cost of insurance will likely be less than swapping out a car for the new truck. Also, are you sure that a 1/2 ton truck does not have the capacity for the trailer you are considering?
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thanks. we're not even sure of the trailer we want to get. but it seems if a 1/2 ton would work, it could be a scarier experience than the 3/4 guy. we're going to an rv show this weekend so hopefully we'll have some better ideas after that.
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That being said, I've taken 1 ton SRW trucks into garages before without any clearance issues at all.
There is one garage in Seattle I sometimes need to park in with insanely tight spiraling exits. It is white knuckles for me getting my little convertible out of the garage without curb rash. My buddy won't take his Q7 down there any more after getting curb rash twice. I can tell you a 3/4 ton standard bed crew won't go up the spiral without riding up on the curbs whole way and without risk of rubbing the fenders on the walls, and I just don't see any long bed making it up at all.
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Instead of z truck you might consider a E250 Ford van or an equal Chevy van. This kills two birds as they say. Van as a people hauler and shorter than a long bed truck, and still have decent tow capacity
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A 250/2500 series truck is bigger than the 150/1500 series trucks. Not sure what itchy means?

If you start over in you search for an RV can you find one that can be towed with the mini van? I am thinking of mid sized pop-ups with 3 sleeping areas.

The reason is a truck, even 150/1500 series as you know, will not be easy to park in the city. I would never take a truck to down town Pittsburgh and try to park it.

Maybe buy a mid sized SUV that can tow 5,000lbs and a nice pop-up.
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