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M-Funf
01-12-2009, 12:43 PM
My Jeep GC is going away. I had my mechanic give it a good going over after some stalling problems, and his suggestion was to "sell it, and sell it soon". I never had much luck with the Jeep anyway, so it's probably for the best.

So I'm now in the market for a new tow vehicle. I am looking for something that seats 4, will tow my S&S, doesn't ride like a tank, isn't too big that the wife won't drive it (read: not much bigger than the Jeep GC). I think those are the only fixed requirements...

Ideas?

flipper
01-12-2009, 12:45 PM
New or used? Price range?

JohnE
01-12-2009, 12:46 PM
Avalanche! I know it is big, but if you can talk your wife into trying it, she might like it. Rides great.

M-Funf
01-12-2009, 12:49 PM
New or used? Price range?

Oh yeah, that...I guess I should have some target. Let's start at used for around $10k.

M-Funf
01-12-2009, 02:09 PM
Revised budget...$14k

Anybody tow with a Toyota 4Runner or Sequoia?

92 190 PS
01-12-2009, 02:13 PM
With a V8 and love it. Very good tow vehicle not sure you can get there for $14 though.

Jabrew
01-12-2009, 02:13 PM
Never had any problems with Sequoia towed 245 maristar and currently tow with 06 Tacoma. 4Runner would be ideal with towing and wife.

6ballsisall
01-12-2009, 02:17 PM
UMP should be along shortly to Recommend a 1 Ton Dually 4x4 w/ a Diesel (of course) nothing less to tow a boat, most definitely :D

M-Funf
01-12-2009, 02:19 PM
With a V8 and love it. Very good tow vehicle not sure you can get there for $14 though.

I've found some, but I'll keep looking until I find one at the right price with low mileage...

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/ctd/989061090.html

ttu
01-12-2009, 02:27 PM
i have owned a 2001, 2003 and now a 2008 toyota sequoia. i have never had a single problem with any of them and towing is great.

there are a lot of differences between the 2001-2007 and the 08.

JohnE
01-12-2009, 02:27 PM
UMP should be along shortly to Recommend a 1 Ton Dually 4x4 w/ a Diesel (of course) nothing less to tow a boat, most definitely :D

Or not.......

Upper Michigan Prostar190
01-12-2009, 02:33 PM
well, I can recommend the following:

entry level towing, get a 4x4 deisel crew cab. its the only thing that will handle a skiboat.

or get a forklift. those are best. diesl of course.

Sodar
01-12-2009, 02:33 PM
I would recommend a 2004 Chevy Tahoe.

Oh wait... I found one right here. Looks very clean! : )

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/963084919.html

6ballsisall
01-12-2009, 02:38 PM
well, I can recommend the following:

entry level towing, get a 4x4 deisel crew cab. its the only thing that will handle a skiboat.

or get a forklift. those are best. diesl of course.

Brilliant, simply brilliant

M-Funf
01-12-2009, 02:44 PM
I would recommend a 2004 Chevy Tahoe.

Oh wait... I found one right here. Looks very clean! : )

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/963084919.html

I would, but it's too big for her...We've borrowed my dad's Tahoe, and she hates driving it...

flipper
01-12-2009, 02:52 PM
One I'd steer away from is a dodge durango. I had a 2001, and never a problem in 150,000 miles, but it sure didn't like pulling a steep hill with the boat.

JohnE
01-12-2009, 02:54 PM
If I go with a diesel forklift, I will get better mileage since I won't need a trailer, right? Does the bow or stern face the front of the lift?

6ballsisall
01-12-2009, 02:55 PM
If I go with a diesel forklift, I will get better mileage since I won't need a trailer, right? Does the bow or stern face the front of the lift?

If it's DIesel it doesn't really matter. Oh, and they do make 4wd Diesel Forklifts 8p

flipper
01-12-2009, 02:56 PM
If it's DIesel it doesn't really matter. Oh, and they do make 4wd Diesel Forklifts 8p

Yes they do.....Duallys too if need be. I can't find them in a crew cab though.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
01-12-2009, 02:56 PM
I would recommend a 2004 Chevy Tahoe.

Oh wait... I found one right here. Looks very clean! : )

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/963084919.html

why use that when you can use a forklift??

I dont get it.

wakeX2wake
01-12-2009, 02:57 PM
I would recommend a 2004 Chevy Tahoe.

Oh wait... I found one right here. Looks very clean! : )

http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/cto/963084919.html

i would re-consider... its comes w/ a MC sticker already installed... now that's value you just can't beat

Upper Michigan Prostar190
01-12-2009, 02:58 PM
Yes they do.....Duallys too if need be. I can't find them in a crew cab though.

its the only way to go.

JohnE
01-12-2009, 03:00 PM
Why do they even make a forklift that doesn't have dual wheels??

Sodar
01-12-2009, 03:08 PM
i would re-consider... its comes w/ a MC sticker already installed... now that's value you just can't beat

Noted! Wanna tell Pancho Via this when he calls next time. First question he asked was if he could fit 9 people in the car. I said, "yes and 2 on the roof rack." He said "Oh that sound verEE nice"

wakeX2wake
01-12-2009, 03:14 PM
Noted! Wanna tell Pancho Via this when he calls next time. First question he asked was if he could fit 9 people in the car. I said, "yes and 2 on the roof rack." He said "Oh that sound verEE nice"

HAHAHAHA... tell him if he'll spring for a receiver hitch mounted luggage rack he can rock 3+ back there as long as he goes easy on sharp turns

M-Funf
01-12-2009, 03:27 PM
its the only way to go.

You can drive this one either direction :rolleyes:

43612

43613

wakeX2wake
01-12-2009, 03:31 PM
You can drive this one either direction :rolleyes:

43612

43613

now that's a pimpin ride... but is it 4 wheel drive?... or should i say 6 wheel drive?

Upper Michigan Prostar190
01-12-2009, 04:15 PM
You can drive this one either direction :rolleyes:


Funf, do you take me for some sort of a fool or simpleton? Of COURSE you want one with both steering wheels. how else do you expect to get BACK from the lake? :rolleyes:

6ballsisall
01-12-2009, 04:23 PM
Funf, do you take me for some sort of a fool or simpleton? Of COURSE you want one with both steering wheels. how else do you expect to get BACK from the lake? :rolleyes:

^^^ Listen to this guy, he's Pre-Med. He lives in a Holiday Inn too

flipper
01-12-2009, 04:28 PM
^^^ Listen to this guy, he's Pre-Med. He lives in a Holiday Inn too

That he's paying for on a credit card!

6ballsisall
01-12-2009, 04:37 PM
That he's paying for on a credit card!

Oooooooo. Dave Ramsey would never approve. 8p

wakeX2wake
01-12-2009, 05:00 PM
what dave ramsey don't know...
43619
... won't hurt him

M-Funf
01-12-2009, 05:33 PM
Funf, do you take me for some sort of a fool or simpleton? Of COURSE you want one with both steering wheels. how else do you expect to get BACK from the lake? :rolleyes:

Whether I consider you a fool or simpleton has no bearing in this matter...8p

M-Funf
03-06-2009, 01:35 PM
O.K. Narrowing in on a new truck. I had the wife drive the Sequoia and a Tundra. She didn't seem to mind either one as far as driving, so I'm going for a Tundra.

Looking at a 2006 Tundra Double Cab. Good towing ability and a back seat. I haven't had a "truck" since '89. I'm sure it will get good use...

ttu
03-06-2009, 01:37 PM
good choice.

i think you will like it.

Sodar
03-06-2009, 01:52 PM
O.K. Narrowing in on a new truck. I had the wife drive the Sequoia and a Tundra. She didn't seem to mind either one as far as driving, so I'm going for a Tundra.

Looking at a 2006 Tundra Double Cab. Good towing ability and a back seat. I haven't had a "truck" since '89. I'm sure it will get good use...

How do you feed your wood shop without a truck?

Good Choice on the Tundra. I had an '01 that I loved... my younger brother is still driving it with over 150,000 miles on it. With the 4.7l it tows very well.

M-Funf
03-06-2009, 02:03 PM
How do you feed your wood shop without a truck?

Most everything went on the roof of the Jeep...:o I think the roof rack is rated at 150 Lbs...I've had 15 sheets of 5/8" greenboard up there (about 700-800 Lbs). It was a bit top heavy, but I didn't roll it. :D

M-Funf
03-06-2009, 02:05 PM
Good Choice on the Tundra. I had an '01 that I loved... my younger brother is still driving it with over 150,000 miles on it. With the 4.7l it tows very well.

The one I'm looking at today is a 4.7L Tundra Double Cab TRD with a towing package. I'm not thrilled with a white truck, but it fits my budget for a tow/DIY vehicle.

Sodar
03-06-2009, 02:20 PM
Sounds nice! Nothing wrong with white vehicles either. :rant:

M-Funf
03-06-2009, 02:24 PM
Sounds nice! Nothing wrong with white vehicles either. :rant:

Where you live there's no dust or dirt :rolleyes:

shepherd
03-06-2009, 03:14 PM
Does it have the power roll-down rear window? That's one feature I'd like to see the other manufacturers put in their trucks.

M-Funf
03-06-2009, 03:15 PM
Does it have the power roll-down rear window? That's one feature I'd like to see the other manufacturers put in their trucks.

Yes, yes it does...:cool:

M-Funf
03-09-2009, 06:08 PM
So I picked up the truck on Saturday. Very nice ride. One thing the wife would like to add is a locking cover on the back. There will be many times where we will have to leave golf bags in the back when we're not in the truck. I would like it to be something that is removeable, not too heavy, and "easy" (er) to store.

The truck has a FULL bedliner that goes up and over the sides.

Ideas? Suggestions? Should I just build one out of Teak :D

flipper
03-09-2009, 06:11 PM
So I picked up the truck on Saturday. Very nice ride. One thing the wife would like to add is a locking cover on the back. There will be many times where we will have to leave golf bags in the back when we're not in the truck. I would like it to be something that is removeable, not too heavy, and "easy" (er) to store.

The truck has a FULL bedliner that goes up and over the sides.

Ideas? Suggestions? Should I just build one out of Teak :D

Throw that bed liner out and have the bed sprayed.

TX.X-30 fan
03-09-2009, 06:18 PM
Throw that bed liner out and have the bed sprayed.

That is not even close to answering his question ADHD boy. :D

cbryan70
03-09-2009, 06:21 PM
I knew flipped count not keep up his streak of semi usefull posts

Sodar
03-09-2009, 06:32 PM
How about a tonneau cover?

http://www.gaylordslids.com/showroom/photogallery/photo61023/05-TUNDRA-SINGLE.jpg

M-Funf
03-09-2009, 06:40 PM
How about a tonneau cover?

That looks really nice. Will it work with the bedliner?

I do like the security of the solid tonneu cover, but not the convenience. If I have to load something big, I have to take it off. That requires forethought that I'm going to have to move something tall or long...not my strong suit (forethought). It's also going to take two people to remove it unless I hoist it up in the garage (which is a thought)

Soft covers don't have the security I'm after.

Are the "folding" solid covers any good? Like the BAK Industries folding cover?

flipper
03-09-2009, 06:55 PM
That is not even close to answering his question ADHD boy. :D

He had a question?45198


I knew flipped count not keep up his streak of semi usefull posts


That was perfectly good sound advice, those plastic bed liners SUCK!!! Then you put some type of cover over the bed, so what ever you want is going to slide to the very front. Now that that happens on a daily basis, you have to hire a midget to keep with you all the time to get the stuff that has slid to the front of the bed. A spray in bed liner will be very cost effective as midgets charge big bucks for their services.:D

Sodar
03-09-2009, 06:56 PM
That looks really nice. Will it work with the bedliner?

I do like the security of the solid tonneu cover, but not the convenience. If I have to load something big, I have to take it off. That requires forethought that I'm going to have to move something tall or long...not my strong suit (forethought). It's also going to take two people to remove it unless I hoist it up in the garage (which is a thought)

Soft covers don't have the security I'm after.

Are the "folding" solid covers any good? Like the BAK Industries folding cover?

My neighbor has a folding cover on his Avalache... it comes off in 3 pieces. I have never reall looked at before. His is not color matched, so it is just textured black plastic. I have seen him lift it off himself though. Seems like a good solution.

On the other hand, my friend has a long bed chevy with a tonneau cover. He built a winch system in his garage and takes it off and on himself. But like you said, that does not help with forethought.

magnum
03-09-2009, 07:02 PM
I have a retractable bed cover from Pace Edwards that works real nice and is lockable , they make both spring loaded retractable and motorized . retracts back so you have the use of the bed of the truck www.pace-edwards.com/

cbryan70
03-09-2009, 07:28 PM
now that thing is cool

TX.X-30 fan
03-09-2009, 07:39 PM
Spray in liner for sure, others suck. What is wrong with throwing the stuff in the back seat when you head into the bar and back in the back when you slither home. I would not mess with any of those things, the solid looks best but like you and ADHD said it has to come off to use the truck.

Commandohorn
03-11-2009, 05:09 PM
Revised budget...$14k

Anybody tow with a Toyota 4Runner or Sequoia?

My vehicle is a Landcruiser, love it! It would have to be pretty old to fit your budget though. I have a 99 and will never sell it, my last one was a 88, you get the picture...

M-Funf
03-11-2009, 05:17 PM
I "revisited" my budget after looking at some Sequoia's and Tundra's for that price. I went up to 20k OTD.

M-Funf
03-19-2009, 05:44 PM
First pictures of my new tow vehicle and setup...I'll get more pictures tomorrow at the lake :D

45436

45437

wakeX2wake
03-19-2009, 05:46 PM
nice........

Sodar
03-19-2009, 05:48 PM
Lookin' Good!

Should tow great!

M-Funf
03-19-2009, 05:50 PM
Lookin' Good!

Should tow great!

Can't even tell it's there until there's a big hill. Then it just slows down a little :cool:

454Prostar190
03-19-2009, 05:56 PM
Can't even tell it's there until there's a big hill. Then it just slows down a little :cool:

Looks great Jeff. Where are you going? Sonoma?

M-Funf
03-19-2009, 06:05 PM
Looks great Jeff. Where are you going? Sonoma?

Yup. Tomorrow afternoon about 3-ish. We'll have my boat up there as well as my ski partners '91 MC.

We haven't been up there since we had a bunch of rain. I've heard the lake level has gone way up, so there might be too much debris...If that's the case, we'll spend the afternoon clearing wood from the lake.

flipper
03-19-2009, 06:16 PM
Yup. Tomorrow afternoon about 3-ish. We'll have my boat up there as well as my ski partners '91 MC.

We haven't been up there since we had a bunch of rain. I've heard the lake level has gone way up, so there might be too much debris...If that's the case, we'll spend the afternoon clearing wood from the lake.

I know the lake by me has gone way up. Don't know exactly how much, but it's up to where you can use the regular launch ramp. Before the rain, you would go all the way down the ramp, make a right, take that a mile or so, and they had another ramp set up there.

M-Funf
03-19-2009, 06:21 PM
I know the lake by me has gone way up. Don't know exactly how much, but it's up to where you can use the regular launch ramp. Before the rain, you would go all the way down the ramp, make a right, take that a mile or so, and they had another ramp set up there.

That's at San Luis Res? It's got very shallow banks. Is the second ramp concrete, or is it those temporary metal ramps with the holes in them?

Sonoma has steeper banks. The public ramp is very nice. The private marina ramp is useless right now.

flipper
03-19-2009, 07:00 PM
That's at San Luis Res? It's got very shallow banks. Is the second ramp concrete, or is it those temporary metal ramps with the holes in them?

Sonoma has steeper banks. The public ramp is very nice. The private marina ramp is useless right now.

The banks are not shallow at all, except in one or two places. The small lake on the other side of 152 is pretty shallow. It's a regular concrete ramp. I was told that it was the old ramp, and the road going to it, which is normally under water, is the old road going over the pass before the lake dam was put in.

M-Funf
03-19-2009, 07:33 PM
The banks are not shallow at all, except in one or two places. The small lake on the other side of 152 is pretty shallow. It's a regular concrete ramp. I was told that it was the old ramp, and the road going to it, which is normally under water, is the old road going over the pass before the lake dam was put in.

Oh, I think I got them reversed. The big lake is SLR? What's the little one at the bottom of the hill?

RJY
02-03-2010, 11:59 PM
Never had any problems with Sequoia towed 245 maristar and currently tow with 06 Tacoma. 4Runner would be ideal with towing and wife.
I have an 08 tacoma v6 4x4, do you think it would be fine to tow an X1 from atlanta to toronto?

Thrall
02-04-2010, 11:07 AM
I have an 08 tacoma v6 4x4, do you think it would be fine to tow an X1 from atlanta to toronto?

Won't win any races, but Tacos are pretty big trucks now. Only thing I'd do is throw some cheap helper springs on it for comfort, less bouncing. I'm guessing it's sprung pretty lightly.
Make sure you get the hitch setup to tow the trailer level too.

thatsmrmastercraft
02-04-2010, 11:10 AM
How much weight is this truck rated to tow? Does it have a tow package?

Braking would probably be a greater issue to consider. A set of high quality brakes pads would go a long way for a small price.