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Old 04-26-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default Somewhat motorsports related......Tow vehicles, what do you use?

So, I've been wanting to get a truck in the future but want to be able to eventually tow an enclosed trailer.

What do you use? Fuel economy? Manual or auto? Diesel or Gas?

Just curious.

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Old 04-26-2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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F350 crew cab dually, diesel. Been towing the rally car and other assorted things since 1993. A new truck would be nice but this one is paid for and still works well with only 140K miles on it.
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:00 PM   #3
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VW Touareg V8. I've never had any trouble with it but fuel economy while towing is miserable. I'm looking to switch to a diesel pickup so I can pull an enclosed, probably an F250.
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:12 PM   #4
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:13 PM   #5
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i pulled my SM and 20 foot enclosed with a gas Suburban. It worked fine and didn't have any trouble making it up hills or anything, but the fuel milage sucked
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Old 04-26-2010, 12:51 PM   #6
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Default Re: Somewhat motorsports related......Tow vehicles, what do you use?

I prefer the f350 diesel route as well. No observable change in economy as compared to a petrol. Motors are sound (get the 7.3) and will last a good long while.

Best bet solution- get a gf that's into horses so she comes pre-equipped with said vehicle
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:06 PM   #7
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Chrysler Aspen with a HEMI

works great towing the car, spares, tools, tires, rims etc...
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:31 PM   #8
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Default Re: Somewhat motorsports related......Tow vehicles, what do you use?

I know someone who used to tow with an Aspen. Not really a great choice on his part...
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:52 PM   #9
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Chevrolet Express 2500 cargo van. Cost $20,544.10 brand new. Our 2005 has a 5.8l, 4 spd trans, 35 gallon tank I average 13.5 towing a 3,000 lb trailer. The newer ones have a 6.0l and a six speed trans. They tow great and have a lot of cargo space.

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Old 04-26-2010, 04:55 PM   #10
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I know someone who used to tow with an Aspen. Not really a great choice on his part...
Is it not just a ritzed up Durango?
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:04 PM   #11
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I tow a 20ft enclosed(with 4 ft v nose) and my STI with a 03 2500 Suburban with the 8.1L v8. Tows pretty well. gas mileage is around 9-10 mpg lol, but it at least has a big tank so I usually stop every 330 miles or so.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:32 PM   #12
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I'm looking to buy one if anyone has any leads...
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Old 04-26-2010, 06:32 PM   #13
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My WRX *is* the tow vehicle. Does a nice job moving my CRG kart and all the related gear on a 8' steel trailer. I just can't bring myself to own a truck for very infrequent towing.
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:01 PM   #14
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As stated in the other thread, I tow with a 2500 Chevy Van. Its way better than using a pickup due to the extra enclosed storage. Its also cheaper than the comparable pickup. We'll hopefully be upgrading to a diesel Sprinter soon.

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Old 04-26-2010, 07:28 PM   #15
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Ram 2500 CTD and Ram 3500 CTD. The 2500 is auto and shortbed, 3500 is 5 speed and long bed.
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Old 04-26-2010, 10:50 PM   #16
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2000 F450 dually 7.3 chipped crew cab pulling 46' enclosed with 2 cars to a race track near you. Pulled out the 476 rear end and put in a 410 for better mileage. I didn't help. 6 speed manual
7-8 mpg. A 460 or 454 big block gas engine would probly get 4-5 mpg.
Truck with no trailer 12-13 mpg.
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Old 04-27-2010, 03:26 AM   #17
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Is it not just a ritzed up Durango?
If by "ritzed up" you mean "lots of chrome-plated plastic", yes.
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:47 AM   #18
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I don't tow a car, but have a big travel trailer. Our Tow Vehicle is a 2003 Ford Excursion with the 6.0L diesel. I highly recommend a diesel for towing. With a 11,000# tow capacity, there is a lot of reserve for mountains and the heavy vehicle helps with braking.

We get 19mpg hwy, no tow; 15mpg city; and about 12mpg under tow, hwy or city.
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05 Dodge Sprinter 3500 w/big ole Benz turbodiesel. Basically doubled mileage compared to previous E450 diesel box truck. Sprinter tow mileage approaches 20 mpg if we are going downhill with a tailwind....

why are you set on enclosed trailer. they are super heavy, have aero like towing a house down the highway, and from our experience these things consume axles, wheel bearings and tires like teenagers swig Red Bull.

The Sprinter van body gives us shelter at race locations, and the open trailer is MUCH easier to tow and deal with on a day to day basis.
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So, I've been wanting to get a truck in the future but want to be able to eventually tow an enclosed trailer.

What do you use? Fuel economy? Manual or auto? Diesel or Gas?

Just curious.

jose
Out of curiosity, how far / how often will you be towing? These threads almost always wind up with someone suggesting you buy a $45,000, 8,000 lb diesel pickup that can tow 10,000 lbs all day. But most people don't do that.
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If by "ritzed up" you mean "lots of chrome-plated plastic", yes.
yup.

I was under the impression that it had a decent tow rating/ drivetrain
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:32 AM   #22
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07 Toyota Tundra double cab with a 20ft tilt bed trailer. 20mpg w/o trailer and about 17-18 with. Great truck
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Old 04-27-2010, 02:28 PM   #23
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:59 AM   #24
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'07 Nissan Titan XE 2wd. I bought the truck just to tow. It's the base model, but the same engine and tow capacity as all Titans, 9500lbs. It tows my 2300lb trailer + 3200lb STI + 300 lbs of misc stuff, without issue. Only paid about $20K out the door, brand new. You can probably find decent used ones for less than $15K. If you will be driving it a lot, I'd suggest getting something with a few more creature comforts, but honestly, the only thing I miss are the power windows.

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Old 04-28-2010, 10:07 AM   #25
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Past: '93 1500 suburban, towing an open trailer it did ok. never towed 5K+ with it though because it labored with ~4K behind it.
Present: 04 ram 1500, currently towing a 20ft enclosed trailer, and it gets 8mpg, which is nearly unacceptable given the 23 gallon tank.
Future: 06 ram 2500 with CTD :-D
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