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Old 12-03-2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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What do you use for a tow vehicle? It's about time for a tow vehicle, but there are so many choices. I need a vehicle that will tow 6600lbs, but that doesn't narrow it down much. I will not be using a 5th wheel. The trailer will be 18ft enclosed.

For those that do tow:
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Please only answer if you actually use a truck to pull a car trailer.

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Old 12-03-2008, 07:06 PM   #2
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:32 PM   #3
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What do you use for a tow vehicle? It's about time for a tow vehicle, but there are so many choices. I need a vehicle that will tow 3600lbs, but that doesn't narrow it down much. I will not be using a 5th wheel. The trailer will be 18ft enclosed.

For those that do tow:
Make\Model Truck or SUV?
Year?
Engine?
Gas milage loaded\unloaded?
Personal likes or dislikes about your truck?

Please only answer if you actually use a truck to pull a car trailer.

Joey
Are you sure about how much weight you're gonna be towing? Reason I ask is that most 18 ft enclosed trailers would be around 3600 lbs...bare and empty.

I suspect you're not looking to just haul around an empty trailer for the helluva it

If you're doing what I think you're doing and you're looking at towing a reasonably-sized car and tools/spares in said trailer, you probably really looking at something that can comfortably tow 6000+ lbs that happens to have the aerodynamics of a brick.

In that case, at minimum you're looking for a half-ton pickup with a V8...which will be OK if you are towing where there aren't so many hills. KC's truck would be a great example of that.

I'm using a GMC 2500HD with the Duramax to pull around approx 6000 lbs on an open trailer, but then it is overkill (and gives me truck to "grow into" a bigger trailer in the future if needed). I also live where there are big hills between me and most racing outside the immediate area, so torque is a good thing
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:37 PM   #4
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Its a great, cheep truck to tow with. Only concern is that its so old, I worry about getting stranded in the middle of nowhere with my racecar in tow...
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:38 PM   #5
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00 F250 with the legendary, deadnuts reliable and extremely simple 7.3L diesel. I have the 6-spd manual . I run waste veggie oil for saving $$ and for long hauls I carry 130 gallons of fuel. I also get 17.5 gallons average, no matter what I'm doing. Then again I also do 80mph on the interstate...if I behave it does get around 21-22. With a 11k load with mixed driving I averaged 15mpg.

I also tow a solid top 22ft trailer.

Shotgunned for what I have right now but its cheap on fuel.

Plus its nice for when I need to do a favor and have 15k in tow, like last week.

You tow weight is definately off though. My trailer alone is about 3k

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Old 12-03-2008, 07:51 PM   #6
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Are you sure about how much weight you're gonna be towing? Reason I ask is that most 18 ft enclosed trailers would be around 3600 lbs...bare and empty.

I suspect you're not looking to just haul around an empty trailer for the helluva it

If you're doing what I think you're doing and you're looking at towing a reasonably-sized car and tools/spares in said trailer, you probably really looking at something that can comfortably tow 6000+ lbs that happens to have the aerodynamics of a brick.

In that case, at minimum you're looking for a half-ton pickup with a V8...which will be OK if you are towing where there aren't so many hills. KC's truck would be a great example of that.

I'm using a GMC 2500HD with the Duramax to pull around approx 6000 lbs on an open trailer, but then it is overkill (and gives me truck to "grow into" a bigger trailer in the future if needed). I also live where there are big hills between me and most racing outside the immediate area, so torque is a good thing
Opps, meant to put 6600lbs
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:52 PM   #7
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:55 PM   #8
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^ 7.3L Diesel F250/F350 is a awesome truck. Very strong.

6.0L Diesel F250/F350 have head issues. Specially if moded.

Drove the new 6.4L yet not sure how good it is. Yet love the tail gate.

Chevy 2500 with allison is nice. The trans works nice.

Right now any truck is going for a lot cheaper. So don't pay kbb!!!

My 6.0L gets good mpg if I keep my foot out of it. Yet with intake and exhaust I get egr cel issues. Later I am considering arp bolts on the heads. As well a egr mod. Think my towing weight limit is 12500 or 15000. Towing a flat bed with my wrx, It hardly notices it there doing 65 up hills.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:00 PM   #9
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My Titan, because it's the 4x4 LE Crew cab can tow up to 9700 lbs.

Towed open trailer RX8 (~6100lbs in total) in '06 and a Civic (~5300 lbs in total) in '07 to many national events from MA to KS, OH, etc... no issues. Pulls a full 2 horse trailer like nothing's back there.

Leather heated seats, big tow package (tranny temp gauge in cluster & tow button), great sound system for the long hauls.

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Old 12-03-2008, 08:05 PM   #10
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get yourself a dodge ram 2500... believe it or not, it gets about 24+ mpg and tows effortlessly. its also the quietest diesel around and has a great suspension. we use ours to tow the race truck around and I have destroyed ricers while towing going up hill... lol

our truck has over 1000 lb ft of torque and a lil over 800hp...

(i'm not allowed to drive it... its daddy's toy)

EDIT: the stock one gets 24+mpg, ours gets about 15ish



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Old 12-03-2008, 08:23 PM   #11
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4.8L V8 4x4 with push button 2wd option
15mpg towing 18' Cargo Pro aluminum enclosed V nose. Under 4000 pound with the racecar in it.
16mpg without towing

They are cheap to buy. They go 200k miles. They're cheap as dirt to fix. Any mechanic knows how to fix em.
I can put my 2 kids in the 2nd and 3rd row seats and they can't even reach each other.
If the trailer breaks down, I can probably just shove the CRX into the back of it.

I also plow my driveway in the winter.

It's comfy as my living room couch. Actually, more comfy.

The first time I towed (open trailer at the time), I pulled over because I thought I lost the trailer. I really could not even feel it and it was dark.

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Old 12-03-2008, 08:37 PM   #12
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13-14 towing about 4000 lb open trailer/car/tires

I went with a SUV so we could sleep in the truck when driving long distances (especially to Topeka). If you're going to tow an enclosed trailer, I'd go with a Ford or Dodge diesel. Period.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:43 PM   #13
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08 titan, 2wd v8. I get around 12.8mpg around town on 35's. i got 12.1 mpg towing last weekend towing the subaru on an open trailer, mostly freeway driving. Overall, i'm very happy with the truck. lots of power, very comfy, nice audio, tows easily.



before that, i had an 01 2wd v8 tundra that i towed the suby with. that truck towed really nice as well, but struggled a bit with steep climbs with an open trailer.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:48 PM   #14
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2003 Chevy Express cargo van.
6.0L Gas engine.

Room for all the spares and tools in the back, gets 9-11 mpg towing (depending on how fast I go).

The big advantage is vans are about half the price of a comparable age/mileage truck.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:52 PM   #15
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17mpg around town, 22mpg on freeways
17mpg towing open trailor with car
14mpg towing 28ft enclosed and fully loaded trailor and bed

Truck is modified, runs about 32psi makes around 1000ftlbs and runs 14.1@98mph or so

Oh and if it matters I usually tow at speeds I shouldn't due to typically thrashing to even make the event so I am sure that has a bearing on the MPG
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:05 PM   #16
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7700 towing capacity but the newer ones are closer to 10000

Best 1/2 ton tow vehicle I've driven.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:21 PM   #17
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Oh and if it matters I usually tow at speeds I shouldn't due to typically thrashing to even make the event so I am sure that has a bearing on the MPG
yes it does!!! I usually will loose about 4-5 mpg by going from 70mph to cruising at 85mph
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:29 PM   #18
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My Impreza rides behind a 2003 Ford F350 7.3l turbo diesel with a huge ****-off GT wing.

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Old 12-03-2008, 10:35 PM   #19
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2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD
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22 mpg highway unloaded
~13.5 mpg towing 10-12k lb 2 car open trailer

Its way quieter and more comfortable than I could have imagined in a diesel truck after been in Fords and Dodges. It drives smaller than it really is, surprisingly. The transmission is just telepathic when it comes to towing in the upshifting and downshifting, ninja ****. However, the new diesel particulate filter requires periodic fuel dumping to get egr's hot and burn out the soot, so that kinda kills gas mileage every 2-3 tanks of gas. Overall, once in a diesel truck I dont think I can imagine towing with a gasser. 660 ft-lb of torque, Booya!
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:42 PM   #20
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It's the total no frills base model, but I got it just as a tow vehicle, which is does great, and got it brand new for super cheap. Sometimes I miss the power windows and mirrors, but it has a good stereo, which is all that really matters on the long drives to VIR. Tows my full deck open trailer & STI without issues. I would guess I'm somewhere around 6000 lbs.


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Old 12-03-2008, 11:15 PM   #21
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1995 Jeep GC with 5.2 small V8. I towed my STi from Salt Lake City, UT to Boston, MA without any problems. However, it was a bit slower going up a 9000 ft' elevation mountain in Wyoming otherwise, I will so surprised everything was so smooth.

I have mod the Jeep after that picture was taken with Air Lift suspension helper in the rear and weight distributing hitch which help a lot.

I'm happy with this Jeep but I will be upgrading to a diesel truck so I can tow a 24' enclosed trailer soon and use the Jeep for off roading.

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Old 12-03-2008, 11:24 PM   #22
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get yourself a dodge ram 2500... believe it or not, it gets about 24+ mpg and tows effortlessly. its also the quietest diesel around and has a great suspension. we use ours to tow the race truck around and I have destroyed ricers while towing going up hill... lol

our truck has over 1000 lb ft of torque and a lil over 800hp...

(i'm not allowed to drive it... its daddy's toy)

EDIT: the stock one gets 24+mpg, ours gets about 15ish




Hey those rims look familiar BTW I lost a hub cap and they have limited supply any they wanted $60 each. My wife thought she could step on it.
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:29 PM   #23
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Hey those rims look familiar BTW I lost a hub cap and they have limited supply any they wanted $60 each. My wife thought she could step on it.
HAHA women!!! jk jk jk

sorry for your hub cap
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:29 PM   #24
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FJ Cruiser, 22 MPG normal, 16-18 towing. It's not great but it get the job done and as I live 20 mins from my local track it works for me.

I used to have a FOBT Ford 350 6.8L V10 Petrol, extended cab, long bed. It would do 14 MPG all the time. Nice for towing but nothing else. When I decided to turn the Subaru into a pure track car I needed to get rid of it to buy a daily driver.
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well that's about what I thought about it as well.
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