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Unread 03-03-2014, 06:48 AM   #1
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insight/suggestions for DD/Towrig !!

I'm looking for some help on choosing the right truck for a DD / Tow rig.

I'm looking for a truck that will take me and my jeep from Long Island, NY to Pennsylvania and also be my Daily Driver. I make this trip twice a year, other then that the truck won't see much if any towing. My jeep is somewhere in the 4500 - 5000# range and ill be using a U-haul trailer for the mean time till I find a place to keep a trailer. I've been looking at diesels but I keep thinking that a diesel will just be over kill for a twice a year tow trip. On the other hand I'm concerned a gasser wont have enough ummff to get me there efficiently.

I know the diesels are gonna get better mpg's towing, but given diesel is $4.50/gallon around here i'm not sure it would make much sense DD one. My commute to work is roughly 6 miles round trip other then that I don't drive much. Mab'ye you guys can chime in with some insight/ suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it.

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Unread 03-03-2014, 06:54 AM   #2
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Diesel WK would be great for that application. I am currently in the process of buying one.
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Unread 03-03-2014, 04:54 PM   #3
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I may get thrown out of here for suggesting this but I think you'd be fine with a half ton. A Chevy, Ford, or Dodge with a V8 and 3.73 gears would work well. I've heard the new Chevys and Ford with the econoboost turbo charged 6 cylinder both get decent gas mileage. I towed my TJ with my half ton Silverado a couple hundred miles and it did fine.
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Unread 03-03-2014, 06:04 PM   #4
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Location? If you're in a fairly flat area, a gas truck will be fine. I tow my jeep with a 5.4 F250. It's the crew cab long bed model with 4x4, so it's a very heavy truck to begin with. It tows fine on flatter areas. Some of the hills can test it a little, but I always make it.

I'd look for a 3/4 ton+ truck. They tow nicer, as they are more equipped to handle the heavy load. The 6.0 gm engine is a great engine if you come across one of them. The only fairly recent engine I'd really stay away from for towing is the dodge 4.7. It is very underpowered for the job.
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Unread 03-03-2014, 07:55 PM   #5
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This is the classic dilemma. Fitting the need for an occasional tow rig into a daily driver. And, the reason for this dilemma is that a dedicated tow rig cannot be justified for two trips per year to the trails. And, there are always the incidental use that a 3/4 ton PU is good for. So, it is a complicated equation.

The simple answer is that you should rent a tow rig and equipment trailer two times per year from U Haul or Home Deport or Sunbelt and not buy a rig. Economically, that plan cannot be beat. Not even close. But, that isn't much fun, is it?

If you can find a place to store a trailer, you can store a dedicated tow rig. I recommend an Isuzu NPR with a 16' landscape bed on it, but there are other choices. These rigs are far more road friendly than an F250 with a trailer behind it. And, if you set a budget of about $12,000 it will last you forever with virtually no maintenance at 1000 miles per year. I think I paid about $400 per year for license and insurance on my Volvo FE. The cost per mile of a diesel 3/4 ton PU as a DD will dwarf the cost of owning a reasonable daily driver and a dedicated tow rig like the Isuzu NPR. Get out the calculator and take a look at it.

This one is 14' and you need 16' but you can get the idea:

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