What kind of vehicle can pull a 23 foot trailer (camper) and still get decent gas mileage? Prefer diesel.?

I wouldn't need to pull the trailer all of the time, but want the option. Never have owned a truck so don't know much about them.

Update:

oh yes, forgot to include I'd prefer an extended cab... have a newborn and need the extra rear space when not hauling a camper.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
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    A diesel truck will get better fuel economy when towing a large trailers. Let's say you had two identically optioned 2005 Ford F-250's, one equipped with a gas 5.4L V8 and the other equipped with a 6.0 diesel, the diesel will get noticeably better gas mileage.

    We deal with a lot of customers that tow big fifth wheel campers and travel trailers. Just about all of them started with a diesel or went to a diesel after a few seasons of high gasoline bills.

    I would suggest doing some more homework on the trailer. Find out some weights, and talk with other owners of the same model and see how much it weighs once loaded for a typical camping trip. Make sure you select a truck that is capable of towing at least that much weight.

    You will find lots of opinions on truck manufacturers and that's fine. They all have some strong points and areas that can be improved. Find a dealership you are comfortable dealing with or if you have a mechanic in mind, find out what he is most comfortable working on. Take your time and drive a few and talk to friends and family that drive trucks.

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  • 10 years ago

    If I were looking for a good, strong dependable good tow rig I would pick a ford Diesel. ford has been the number one selling truck, for many years, which means literally there are millions more out there than any other pickup, This also drives the price down to reasonable, because a lot of times, guys sell a ford and buy another one, (yes, they are that good) over and over.

    diesels are not like car engines, you need a good mechanic to find a good one, ford also uses a real diesel power plant the one complaint if any is they tend to be a bit underpowered uphill towing heavy loads, however a knowledgeable owner can add a banks turbo, larger exhaust, have the fuel pump worked on by a GOOD MECHANIC (I AM NOT A BIG FAN OF POWER CHIPS) AND ford has a 5 speed overdrive transmission perfect for much heavier loads than your trailer.

    There are killer deals on older fords in the 5 to 10 grand range. If your price range is higher, you can get a really , really nice ford, that will move your trailer perfect. I suggest a 3/4 ton, it is made with truck axles and bearings, not light duty half ton car parts. fuel mileage towing, would be excellent, and the banks turbo and exhaust may be more than you need,

    Go find one you like, hook up the trailer and take it for a 40 minute test drive (that's what I would do) find a nice long steep upgrade, and if the pickup is still doing the same speed at the top, its a winner. There has been many a bar room discussion between the five speed, and the six speed. A six gear, is another overdrive gear (both are automatics) the five speed is plenty beefy, ifs strong, does not need a sixth, and because a sixth gear is not squeezed in limited space, this makes the transmission strong enough. And as a added bonus is a lot harder to blow up than the six speed, and best of all, is about 1,000 to 1,500 hundred dollars cheaper to rebuild.

    There is a reason that some guys have bought ford diesels over and over, some old timers have bought six or more best of luck, that's what I know about ford.

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  • 10 years ago

    Any truck with a Diesel engine Ford, Chevy, Dodge, I personal like the Dodge with the Cummings turbo diesel. You should get somewhere around 16 to 19 m.g. pulling a trailer they all have extended cabs as a option

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Most vehicles like the Ford, Dodge, and any leading type of motor vehicles that is suitable for pulling trailers can pull a 23 feet long trailer.

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  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Go to fueleconmy.gov/. It's a pretty cool site.

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