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Old 10-09-2015, 11:00 PM   #1
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Pick up vs SUV

All other things (tow rating, mileage, GVWR etc.) being equal would you rather pull your trailer AND camp with a pick up truck or an SUV/wagon body style vehicle?
In other words truck bed (with or without cap/tonneau cover) or fully enclosed hatchback vehicle.
For example Ford Explorer SUV vs Ford Explorer Sport Trac.
Obviously I'm talking about a non 5th wheel trailer here.
Not considering other needs in your life, just towing the camper and using while you camp.
Oh, and of course the big question: Why?
Edit: Just to be clear when I wrote trailer I meant your camper not a cargo trailer.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:11 PM   #2
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Not considering other needs in your life, just towing the camper and using while you camp.
This is where you lose me. Towing, other than being safe doing it, is the least of my considerations.
I need to be able to park it at the grocery, I need room for four, if I need to haul stuff to the dump I can rent a utility trailer. I need to be able to climb up into it.
Longest tow I've done is maybe 6 1/2 hours. And then I camped for a week.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:18 PM   #3
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I have done it with trucks and SUVs. The combination of a SUV and a small utility trailer works best for me. We pack anything used during the day in the SUV and all night stuff is in the trailer. We include a couple old flannel sleeping bags in the SUV. You can disconnect the trailer and drive away with everything you might need ... Everytime��

The utility trailer is much better to load and unload (it's lower) and you can fill it with whatever and drop it until you need it again.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:27 PM   #4
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I've towed with both and for us personally we find the crew cab PU equipped with a Bak-Flip folding hard bed cover has worked the best. Doesn't mean one is necessarily better than the other, this system has just been the best for the way we trailer.
Easier carrying bbq's, wet camping gear, towing supplies, things you don't want inside a vehicle with you or inside the trailer. The Bak-Flip access to the various parts of the truck bed makes it very efficient.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:31 PM   #5
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Oops, let me clarify. When I wrote trailer I meant camper.
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Old 10-09-2015, 11:39 PM   #6
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Klem. I think I worded the question poorly. It's not so much about the towing as much as it s about how you haul your camping gear. As well as the convenience of the things you mentioned like room for 4 and parking.
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one year of towing experience with a pick-up is our context.

As a newbie to towing we like the increased visability when on the road and while backing up. I think an SUV would give you less visability than a pick-up (but I have no real life experience). Plus I think an SUV would be more expensive then a pick-up.

Overall we r happy we have a pick-up rather than SUV. But,we have a Backflip which we use to cover lots of camping gear when we r on the road. We like having a pick-up around for other hauling issues around the house. And THE REST OF OUR FAMILY LOVE BORROWING THE PICK-UP WHENEVER THEY NEED TO HAUL THINGS
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Depends on if you just need to pull or haul things. I pulled a small trailer with an SUV, but I haul gravel, dirt, timber, and plywood sheets with my pickup - which also pulls a 21. Hard tonneau hides all the camping stuff in the bed - like generator and a gas can.
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Having driven mostly mid-sized vehicles and smaller all my life, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy the larger size of my F150. Being up higher, seeing the road better, and knowing that I have tons of towing capacity with room to spare, have all made me very happy with my choice. If this is just an opinion poll, I vote supercrew cab truck, for a number of reasons. Sure, parking it is a bit tougher than a midsize SUV, but it's really not something I notice. The mileage is respectable too, rivaling many smaller vehicles, with much more capability - at least for me.
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Old 10-10-2015, 12:03 AM   #10
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one year of towing experience with a pick-up is our context.

THE REST OF OUR FAMILY LOVE BORROWING THE PICK-UP WHENEVER THEY NEED TO HAUL THINGS
When I no longer had a regular need for my old pick up, I sold it to my brother for this same reason.
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