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Old 09-10-2021, 09:41 AM   #1
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Smile Cart before the horse!

1st time camper owners bought neighbor's 1994 18.5 ft Saturn in very good condition. Nissan Frontier pick-up has too many Vermont winters in its history so will be replaced. Any advice welcome! We're excited about entering the RV World!
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Old 09-11-2021, 07:10 AM   #2
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Half ton full size. 2 or fwd either would be fine.
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Old 09-11-2021, 09:22 AM   #3
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If you're looking for another pickup, X2 on what mainah responded.

Where I typically start is to look at the GVWR of the trailer, add 10% to it and that should be the minimum towing capacity of the tow vehicle you're looking for.
A tow vehicle with a longer wheel base is also better.

For example, if the GVWR of the trailer is 5,000#, adding 10% would give you 5,500#, so I would start looking at tow vehicles with a minimum of 5,500 - 6,000# towing capacity.

There's other weight factors that could be considered, such as the tow vehicle's rear axle rating and GVWR, along with taking into consideration the tongue weight of the trailer and its loading on the tow vehicle (also taking into consideration all the other cargo that would be loaded in the tow vehicle and trailer..

But if you're looking for another pickup - like mainah said, a 1/2 ton pick-up with a tow package would do you great.

Hope this is of some help.
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Old 09-11-2021, 12:21 PM   #4
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My Tacoma is rated 6,000 LBS will it pull it? Yes, will it be white Kunkle adventure yes. I pull a T1700 with the Tacoma that to me that is pretty close to the edge of a comfortable ride. A domestic 1/2 ton truck is wider, heaver and with a V8 a more enjoyable ride.
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I pulled the same trailer with an '03 Ranger that did fine. Only problem was the mirrors. Had to buy extension tow mirrors to be able to see around the trailer. You could easily pull with another Frontier or Tacoma.
I have to admit that I now use an F-150 because I got a heck of a deal on it. Otherwise, I was looking at a Tacoma.
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Why take chances? Make sure you get something that is rated to haul that trailer fully loaded.
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Thank you all for your TV advice! Sounds like we'll be looking for a full-size truck this time around!
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Thank you all for your TV advice! Sounds like we'll be looking for a full-size truck this time around!
Good choice, you can't go wrong with that.
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Sunline Saturn

We have the same exact trailer. We pull it with a Nissan Pathfinder or our Nissan Frontier both 4 wheel drive. So far we have had no problems pulling it with either. We have driven it as far as 12 hours away with both! The pathfinder
does pull a little different than the truck but that is usually because we are hauling bikes and Grandkids so we have added weight.
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