Need advice about a truck and camping trailer combination
March 29, 2012 4:54 PM Subscribe
US/Colorado; I need a used but new to me truck, both to get around and to I hope pull a camping trailer. Due to divorce, unemployment, and other snowflake things I have a pretty tight budget, and will probably not be approved for financing. My credit score is Low. I have a new job and all is looking good though, so the future is bright.
posted by digividal to travel & transportation (6 answers total)
In the past I have had the luxury of being new vehicles but for various reasons this time around it has tob be a used truck.
I am leaning towards a Toyota Tundra or a Ford 150 or 250, or a Chevy Silverado. First and foremost I need a reliable way to get about.
For that any of the above would work, and the biggest factor for me is price would like to spend about 8000 but if I have to I can probably come up with 13000. I believe I will not be approved for financing. (Unless somebody knows how to get financing with a very slow credit score).
However, I plan to keep this truck for quite a while and I have a dream about buying a camper and going camping with my friends in the mountains every weekend.
I have looked at the pop ups, and I think the Tundra could pull most of the pop ups. I would prefer that the camping vehicle have a shower, a toilet and an AC. Outside shower is fine, and som electricity. There are so many choices out there and including hybrids and ultralights and so on.
For this I am currently looking at used options as well though my purchase will be a year or more from now. I am currently educating myself about the choices and trying to make an informed decision on the camping trailer and my new truck.
So I need a truck that can pull a camper that could provide electricity, ac, a toilet and a shower. Does that mean I have to look into the Ford F250 range of truck to ensure I have enough power to drag it up the mountains? Or would a Toyota Tundra probably do the trick?
A lot of the people online who pull trailers seem to believe a 250/2500
I would strongly prefer to buy a reliable truck now, that would suffice for my camping needs later.
So everyone, advice, hints, tips. There has to be a few of you who know a lot about camping trailers. I cannot get a 5th wheel or just a topper because I need the bed free for specific use. Am I dreaming of unicorns again?
What camping trailer would you recommend and what truck to go with it, even though I am buying the truck first.