I'm just beginning the process of moving my life from a home to something more adventurous. Some things have happened in the economic downturn that are providing me with an opportunity to become more mobile. So, I have the dilemma that it seems many streamers have had. I currently own a 2007 F150 8' bed, reg cab, 6-cylinder, automatic, 2WD vehicle (fully paid for). It just hit 60,000 miles. I love this truck. I'm very comfortable driving it. It just fits me. I put about 7500 miles a year on it now (after scrambling to find a new job three years ago). I took about a 33% pay cut this round and am still reeling from the hit, but at least the new job is near by.
The problem is that everything I read says buy the trailer you need and then replace the tow vehicle to pull it. Makes sense.....it's just that I don't know that I can afford the new tow vehicle any time soon and I don't want my new home to become a stationary home....not able to get out and roam.
My best guess from reading all I can find on tow weights is that I can probably handle something weighing about 4000 lbs with another 1500
lbs of cargo and wiggle room. So that seems to put me in the 17-20 foot range, but I think longer term I need something in the 24-25 foot range for full timing. My truck wasn't designed for towing heavy equipment, but I don't want to under appreciate what it can do. I mean, it is a truck, after all. This paragraph is in serious need of affirmation or correction as I don't feel fully clear on all the tow specifications.
So, I'm looking for the wise words of experience I've been enjoying reading here in the forums. Guess I want someone to make it easy for me and say.....so, here's what you need to do....first bla bla bla and then bla bla bla and it will all work out perfectly. Sheesh....I don't want much, huh! I am working on severely limited funds. I work in the building industry ( a kitchen designer) and make about half what I made in 1995. Just doesn't seem to want to go in the right direction.....but, I have to say I'm grateful because I've been able to stay employed.
I really need to get this right 'cause I might get only one chance. Thanks for your input.