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Old 11-04-2012, 10:48 AM   #29
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My short answer is Jeep.

I have a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon it is by far the easiest toad I have ever had to hitch and tow. I will say it weighs about 4100lbs. My guess is a F150 is upwards of 5500. The lightest and best 4x4 better I ever towed was my old 90 Go Tracker/Suzuki. They weigh about 2100 lbs and are easy to park and maneuver but alas are not much in on the highway. Consider weight when selecting a toad. My 330hp Monaco is doing about 30 mph over the passes pulling my 4100lb Jeep and the braking on the other side is probably more important.

I took my JK this summer to Pagosa then did a day trip up to Silverton then drove across the Jeep road to Ouray....what a blast. It was my wife's first off road experience and she loved it.

Watch out about a previous post about towing a Hybrid. I have one and not many I know of are towable wheels down.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:14 PM   #30
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We spend our summers in SW CO and are very familiar with the mountain trails of the San Juans.

Our 2012 Sport Unlimited weighs 4,400 lbs so I suspect your Rubicon weighs even more.
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Old 11-04-2012, 04:54 PM   #31
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I have a Rubicon and it is great for off-roading. It really depends on how hard-core you want to go; if just dirt roads, the F150 would sure ride nicer, but it is bigger and will not go every where the Jeep will. I am considering the F150 myself , but it would be in addition to my Jeep. I would set it up to tow also when that would be better than my Jeep. By the way, I have the two door, but the four door is nice also and better riding with the longer wheel base.
I did buy a 2012 F150 4x4 Lariat. I really like the truck. On my Jeep I have a US Gear brake setup and have purchased the same for the Ford. I have ordered the Blue Ox baseplate, light setup and will use the Blue Ox Aladdin tow bar. I will probably tow the Jeep more, but look forward to having the Ford for some of the places we go.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:09 AM   #32
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Answering your questions:

1. Accessibility to mountain and forest trails ... Jeep Wrangler is the best choice. There are many places you'll not reach in a pickup, plus there can be concerns about rear wheel traction when the pickup is empty.
2. Getting stuff from Home Depot: Wrangler Unlimited, the 4 door version, with a roof rack. Gobi Racks produces the strongest version.
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Old 11-18-2012, 06:41 AM   #33
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Wrangler. 4 down. Xfer case in N, trans in P, lock and go. And then go off-road to see what regular tourists do not.
Just sayin....
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Old 11-18-2012, 07:22 AM   #34
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I think that one major decision factor is how much/what type of four wheeling you plan on doing. A pickup will work fine on dirt and gravel roads. A jeep will go many more places than the pickup because it is narrower and more importantly has very little front and rear overhang. Also, the wheelbase is shorter on the Jeep so you will not high center. I do four wheeling in Arizona with my Suzuki Grand Vitara and can go nearly everywhere that the ATVs can go. My friends have 4WD pickups and don't even attempt to go through the washes, etc. because of their size. I would get the Jeep and but one of those $150 fold up utility trailers that you can get at Home Depot for your hauling needs.
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Old 11-22-2012, 08:45 AM   #35
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Guys..... The Poster bought a FJ Toyota about 15 replies ago..... Voting is over. Happy holidays
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