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Old 06-23-2018, 09:12 AM   #1
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Hello everyone. My gal and I are done with rent for a while. We've decided to give the roadlife a shot. We've both lived on the road plenty (touring in bands and just roaming) so we're prepared for it. We have our eye on an old 23' (24'?) Argosy. We don't own a lot of stuff. Mostly books and clothes. And we want to live out of this thing as long as possible. I'm fairly handy, mechanically speaking, so repacking bearings and things like that won't be a problem. I've browsed the forums and I'm just now learning about all the tow ratings and vehicle specs but I thought I'd just outright ask:

It's just the two of us.
1974 23' Argosy
Vehicle TBD.

We can't find a common ground on the towing vehicle. She wants a vintage truck (as do I. They are gorgeous machines) but I'm inexperienced with all the tow specs. As much as I love the vintage look and feel, especially in those older trucks, I am leaning toward longevity and stability and safety. We've found common ground with the Jeep GC V8 Hemi or a Tahoe. But we don't have kids or pets and the most we'll be hauling is maybe two bikes and some clothes, food, books, grill. We're easy going.

We also want to be able to unhitch, drive up to some trailhead, backpack in, camp, etc. (Or sleep in the back of the TV.) We definitely want to spend sometime in the West (Wyomingite, right here) and she has family in the east. This is happening by early next year, god-willing. So, what would you buy? THANKS YALL!
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:35 AM   #2
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It would help to know some budget guidelines for TV. For instance, I just got an email this week on a fully restored ‘66 suburban with new big block V8 and transmission (4x4) for $60k. That would tick off all your wishlist items.
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Old 06-23-2018, 03:15 PM   #3
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I would like a vintage truck also BUT would like power steering, power windows, adjustable seats, factory seatbelts, modern braking and transmission with adjustable seats.

More informed folks will answer with facts versus just what's posted here but Jeep CG and Tahoe are not considered or very highly ranked as tow vehicles.

Your adventure sound very doable and exciting and you'll find a great tow vehicle.

All that being said several people here have vintage tow vehicles but they are usually highly skilled and I'm not sure how far they tow with them. Our 1960 will be for local towing or within an hour of home and we already have a good towing company. Keep us posted how it turns out and read, read, read these forums.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:15 PM   #4
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Facts for some folks are different than facts for other folks. I have been driving Jeep GC s for over 1,800,000 kilometres with 600,000 kilometres towing a 25' and now 30' Airstream. I have had a 93, 2000, 2003, 2008, and a 2014. The 93 and 2003 are in the junk yard with 500,000 k on them . The 2000, (200,000k) , the 2008, (500,000k) and the 2014 (200,000k) are in the family and are daily drivers. They seem to work just fine as a tow vehicle. The 08 and 14 s are diesels and are more expensive to maintain than the gas ones. Jim
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:45 PM   #5
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Damn! 600,000km w your Airstream. The stories you must have. Sweet.
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Old 06-23-2018, 06:48 PM   #6
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I would recommend against a vintage tow vehicle for full-timing. You *MIGHT* find some restomod with a modern drivetrain under a beautiful vintage truck body, but a) restomods are usually not set up to tow, and b) a restomod is likely to be quite expensive, finicky or both.

A good certified pre-owned truck from any of the full-sized manufacturers is an easy choice, *IF* it's well set-up to tow and if its payload serves your needs. I've had good luck with half-tons and I started out with a 24' Argosy, but I've never approached it as a full-timer and suspect that I might end up schlepping more junk with me than I really have payload for if I were doing 6-month trips, and want an HD pickup but for traveling relatively light with a 24' Argosy a properly equipped half-ton will be easy, as would a good Tahoe or Expedition. There are lots of tradeoffs, you'll ready about many on this thread and others.
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Damn! 600,000km w your Airstream. The stories you must have. Sweet.


Yes. Mostly about fixing stuff that breaks at inopportune times.
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Thx Jim for setting it straight.
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I would buy a 4 wheel drive pickup with an extended cab and put a topper on it. New if possible, used if not. Of course I would do the same even if I was not towing. I like trucks. And yes, I have had a Jeep in the past. And a “vintage” truck. But will not again. I no longer desire uncomfortable or unreliable transportation.

Dump the books and buy a Kindle. Dump most of the clothes. Have at it. Sounds like fun.
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Sounds like folks are pretty split on the JGC. Our price range is between 10-15K.

Okay so Vintage is out. Maybe some day when we have property we can knock around on we'll get that old pickup. But until then: safety, reliability, longevity.

So I've been searching for F-150s and JGCs and Tahoes and found a few good options. It's probably good to buy Certified from a dealer, right? Trade-in value and whatnot?

Here are a few that caught my eye:

F-150 - https://baltimore.craigslist.org/cto...624839470.html

JGC - https://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto...595078330.html

Tahoe - https://nh.craigslist.org/ctd/d/2003...604262344.html

GMC Yukon - https://greenville.craigslist.org/ct...620092238.html
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New, or newish, trucks and SUVs (my preference) are great.

A lot has happened in the last decade. Hard for me to pass up the engineering and reliability, much as I like the older stuff.

I like those Argosy trailers.

Good luck with the trailer, the tow and everything else. Sounds like an exiting time ahead.
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Old 06-25-2018, 07:40 PM   #12
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Out west it is possible to find good used pickups in your price range. Really well equipped and in great shape. My friend bought a 1997 F-250, 7.3 powerstroke with 54000 miles on it. $10,000. Looks like new inside and out. Just have to be patient and look some. That truck should run 400,000 miles with reasonable care.
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hope u pick the chevy.......great motors, others not good
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of the 4 you are looking at I like the GMC the best. But the previous post about great deals out west is spot on. I think you should search out the this neck of the woods for good TVs. Just be sure to check the manufacturers spec on towing capacity, carrying capacity and towing max. Any crew cab pickup with a tonneau cover or topper will do great for your trailer. Just remember it is better to have reserve capacity than a TV that barely handles the job. Especially when you hit the mountains.
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