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#4724299 - 04/12/18 05:06 AM Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup)
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Registered: 06/05/10
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Loc: Florida
Last year I posted this thread Tundra versus Silverado but I'm curious about a broader span on this topic.

I want to know what some of you suggest as a "budget" tow truck that can handle towing my 1990 Nissan 300ZX. I believe the car weighs 3700 lbs.

I'm partial to Tundra's based on aesthetics and Silverado's based on reliability, but I find an older Ford with a 6.6L or 7.3L may be more practical for what I'm after. Would prefer a crew cab but an extended cab would suffice. Not really partial to a dually, but long term, that may be beneficial.

In theory, I'd like to keep the tow vehicle around $8,000.
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#4724326 - 04/12/18 06:26 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87]
robertcope Offline


Registered: 01/10/08
Posts: 982
Loc: TX
Are you towing with an open trailer or an enclosed trailer?

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#4724341 - 04/12/18 06:42 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87]
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Registered: 03/02/13
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Loc: The Midwest
$8k? Good thing your towing a car as you just might need it to get back home.
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#4724352 - 04/12/18 06:50 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: skyactiv]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 4882
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Used pick-ups and vans are expensive or worn out.
A used tow-worthy vehicle would be more expensive or more worn out.

Renting a tow vehicle as needed might be smart.

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#4724369 - 04/12/18 07:06 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87]
mjk Offline


Registered: 02/15/11
Posts: 1223
Loc: Wishin' I was in Wi
A Suburban or Yukon (speaking of the 00-06 body style) could tow that easily... and are less expensive than used trucks.

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#4724378 - 04/12/18 07:12 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: mjk]
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Registered: 09/21/10
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Loc: Texas/International
Originally Posted By: mjk
A Suburban or Yukon (speaking of the 00-06 body style) could tow that easily... and are less expensive than used trucks.



Good point … used truck prices are outrageous …

https://www.cargurus.com/Cars/l-Used-2008-Ford-Expedition-c8346
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#4724414 - 04/12/18 07:55 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87]
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Some of the fellas here are frugal and know where the deals are (copart, oil bargains, etc) so I figure a few could point me in the right direction

My Jeep could probably tow it, but I've been in need of a truck for awhile now
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#4724472 - 04/12/18 08:58 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87]
krismoriah72 Offline


Registered: 02/16/09
Posts: 1460
Loc: wv
Find a soccer mom Suburban or equivalent that has towed nothing but kids.

I bought my 2002 Suburban Z71 5.3 last year for $2000 and have done about $1500 in upgrades and maintenance. It will tow what you need.

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#4724488 - 04/12/18 09:13 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87]
exranger06 Offline


Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 3846
Loc: Guilford, CT
A diesel 3/4 or 1 ton is way overkill for towing that car. Any 1/2 ton, or like mentioned, a Suburban, or a full size van could easily tow it.
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#4724527 - 04/12/18 09:55 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87]
IndyIan Offline


Registered: 09/23/08
Posts: 8897
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Some odd vehicles are rated to 6k lbs as well. V8 Pathfinder, Exploder, maybe the V8 4runner? They would tow a car anyways but sounds like you are going to tow more if you are thinking diesel dually.
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#4724530 - 04/12/18 09:57 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87]
tcp71 Offline


Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 243
Loc: Alberta
5000-6000lbs (car and trailer) is within the limits of pretty much any truck out there, even many mid-sized offerings (tacoma, canyon, frontier). Find a body-on-frame SUV (suburban, tahoe, expedition) that has done mall mom duty.

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#4724582 - 04/12/18 10:48 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: skyactiv]
28oz Offline


Registered: 04/20/17
Posts: 295
Loc: Utah, USA
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
$8k? Good thing your towing a car as you just might need it to get back home.


I didn't pay much more than that for my Excursion with the 7.3. Been a fantastic vehicle that I tow a 27' camp trailer with all summer long. Although, I guess local markets can affect that a lot, but I think the OP could find a reliable vehicle for $8k.
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#4724585 - 04/12/18 10:52 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87]
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Registered: 04/15/17
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Loc: SF BAY AREA, CA
Trailblazer/Envoy are GREAT tow vehicles and CHEAP. Try to find a 2WD, not 4WD, though, because if you ever need to work on the engine on the 4WD models the front driveshaft goes THROUGH the oil pan and it's a pain.
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#4724614 - 04/12/18 11:16 AM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: Dumc87]
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Registered: 10/23/17
Posts: 53
Loc: VA
So you're talking about a 5K tow package including the tow trailer. Any half ton truck made in the last 20 years will do that. My personal advice would be to find a used 97-03 F150 King Ranch quad cab with the 5.4 2V Triton engine. Very reliable vehicles, nice interior and won't break the bank but be prepared for about 9MPG towing 5K.

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#4724699 - 04/12/18 12:41 PM Re: Towing vehicle reccomendation? (Followup) [Re: skyactiv]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
Originally Posted By: skyactiv
$8k? Good thing your towing a car as you just might need it to get back home.


Silly Skyactiv - my 1986 F350 was $400 with a freshly swapped 7.3 in it (guy ran out of money)

The deals are out there if you look for them!!

3700 lb car?!?
ANY 1/2 ton truck can handle that, V6 or V8 -
I used to haul 5,000 lb luxury cars back to Texas
after hurricane Katrina, with my V8 (5.0) Ford Ranger.
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