Anyone recommend a good full-size truck for towing?

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5/3/2021 11:29 AM

I just bought a 22 foot travel trailer with a dry weight of 4,300lbs. I currently drive a Chevrolet Colorado with trailering package and have a max towing capacity of 7,000lbs.

I towed it last week completely full and sitting around 5,000lbs through the hills of Fallbrook, CA to Jamul, CA and the truck did well but obviously felt sluggish and a little forced at times. I want to get a full size and was wondering what you guys recommend?

One of my options is to trade the Colorado in for a Silverado or buy an old F-250; however the used trucks are basically just as expensive as new trucks. Photo
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5/3/2021 1:12 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/3/2021 1:12 PM

Depends what kinda person you are.

If you want something that you’re gonna keep forever, get a tundra.

If you want all the bells & whistles and always upgrade every few years, pick any brand.

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5/3/2021 4:37 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/3/2021 4:40 PM

You could pick up a used Cummins diesel for under 30K that wouldn't even notice that trailer
https://www.carfax.com/vehicle/1D7KS28C37J528252

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5/3/2021 6:49 PM

Bigoldbeef wrote:

Depends what kinda person you are.

If you want something that you’re gonna keep forever, get a tundra.

If you want all the ...more

Tundra is bulletproof. I owned a 2002 and sold it in 2018 for $7,000 with 280K miles. I’m leaning towards a Silverado since it’s on affordable side compared to a Tundra 😬

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5/3/2021 6:50 PM

sumdood wrote:

You could pick up a used Cummins diesel for under 30K that wouldn't even notice that trailer
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That’s exactly what I need. I want to be able to tow without any issues. Hoping to head to the dealers this weekend.

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5/3/2021 9:32 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/3/2021 9:54 PM

sumdood wrote:

You could pick up a used Cummins diesel for under 30K that wouldn't even notice that trailer
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premiersportsoutlet wrote:

That’s exactly what I need. I want to be able to tow without any issues. Hoping to head to the dealers this weekend.

Our 2005 has treated us well. Had a 10k plus pound toy hauler with no issues. And carries our “downsized” lance and trailer no problem. 148K miles and counting Photo

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5/4/2021 5:53 PM

Every Toyota I’ve ever owned was freakin bulletproof.

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5/4/2021 6:06 PM

The Nissan titans are really nice trucks and often over looked. Have 5 year 100k bumper to bumper warranty. Most of the time they have decent rebates on new ones.

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5/4/2021 7:53 PM

gristle568 wrote:

The Nissan titans are really nice trucks and often over looked. Have 5 year 100k bumper to bumper warranty. Most of the time ...more

Ya ever wondered why theres “decent rebates”?

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5/4/2021 8:14 PM
Edited Date/Time: 5/4/2021 8:15 PM

If you are doing short haul trips then Tundra is fine. But with that size trailer it’s just a lot for long haul. I’ve got a 2010 Tundra with tow package and it gets horrible has mileage and then add a trailer it gets worse. And it just struggles pulling those weights long distance. If I ever get another trailer I’m either getting one of the ultra lights or I’m getting a Ford F-250 or hell maybe both.

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5/5/2021 7:17 AM

I own a 2015 Tundra and love it. But it’s not without limitations. Namely payload. It’s really easy to hook up a camper to one and not have any additional room for the wife, kids, cargo, etc. when you factor in the tongue weight. Honestly I bet my truck and your Colorado hold pretty much the same load. This is why my two friends who have campers like that sold their half tons (one was a Tundra) and now they have a 2500HD and an F250. That and the real full size trucks tow and stop so much nicer than a half ton.

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5/5/2021 7:18 AM

I’d find out what your wet weight is going to be,
Probably near 7-8k fully loaded. I’d go with a new 1500 gasser or a Cummins, just up to you. Will get around the same MPG with both

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5/5/2021 12:28 PM

Bigoldbeef wrote:

Depends what kinda person you are.

If you want something that you’re gonna keep forever, get a tundra.

If you want all the ...more

premiersportsoutlet wrote:

Tundra is bulletproof. I owned a 2002 and sold it in 2018 for $7,000 with 280K miles. I’m leaning towards a Silverado since it ...more

I’ve owned my 2000 Tundra since 01. 250k. It’s been on winter duty for over a decade, and my daily is a 14 Raptor. I’ll sell my Raptor before I sell my Tundra. The Tundra can tow, but I wouldn’t want to tow a trailer that big regularly.

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5/5/2021 2:54 PM

Another vote for a Tundra here. I have a 2015 2wd with the 5.7L V8 that I use to tow my 27' travel trailer (6500lbs dry and 8800lbs fully loaded). Tows and stops it just fine. Just did a long multi-sate trip through NV and Utah.

I will say, the mpg does SUCK. Also, the towing experience got much better after I added airbags, billstein shocks and E-rated 34" Falken tires. The stock tires were horrible for towing

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5/5/2021 3:20 PM

gristle568 wrote:

The Nissan titans are really nice trucks and often over looked. Have 5 year 100k bumper to bumper warranty. Most of the time ...more

Dirtydeeds wrote:

Ya ever wondered why theres “decent rebates”?

Been driving nissans for 12 years now and havnt had any problems whatsoever. Usually update every 3 years. Currently driving a 2019 Titan xd with the Cummins. Pulls my 28’ toy hauler just lovely.

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