Originally Posted by twogypsies
Sorry... not interested in the database but..... WOW! at how you're planning on traveling!! Possibly 6 adults plus children plus all the 'stuff'! The Ranger pickup isn't big enough to take all of you siteseeing!
Plan on a BIG RV.
LOL...It started out as riding all over the country on the bike. DW said no. So I thought get a bike trailer and then tow it around and ride it at the destination. No transportation for the DW that way. So, get a truck and tow that, then put the bike in the back.
As far as the passenger loading is concerned we still have two adult college age kids in the house and they frequently travel with us. The other son and his wife live 5 hours away and only join us on the road so you are correct that they would not be riding with us but joining us for camping. So, the load while driving would not be so severe.
However, what I discovered so far is that there are some coaches that would still haul it all although many are still limited to 5,000 lb hitches but some do have 8,000 pounders. The Class A gas on the 20,500 or 22,000 lb GVWR chassis pull it off; the 18,000 lb chassis do not. So an A with a 20,500 lb GVWR chassis and an 8,000 lb hitch satisfies this as a worst case.
In addition, I have found 1 or 2 Class C's that will do it too if you manage the water weight and keep the waste tanks about 25% or less.