Best tow vehicle for 3 grand?

Discussion in '4X4 Truck Talk and Repairs' started by Panfish Bill, Feb 7, 2018.

  1. Panfish Bill

    Panfish Bill Active Member

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    I wanted a Ford F150 but man the prices are just about as crazy as Toyotas are here in East Tennessee. What other options should I consider? I really need a bed to haul with so an SUV or an Outback is out of the question.
     
  2. Khh27

    Khh27 Well-Known Member

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    What are you planning in towing?
     

  3. Panfish Bill

    Panfish Bill Active Member

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    Either a small pontoon boat or an 1860 sized boat in the future (could be far future). Currently it would be to tow my buddy's 1648 Tracker Grizzly and maybe toss a Kayak in the bed.
     
  4. Beastly Backlash

    Beastly Backlash Well-Known Member

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    Nissan Frontiers might be an option for you.

    I have the SUV version of a frontier, the xterra, and it will haul every bit of 5000lbs easy. The Frontier is rated the same.
     
  5. Rodbolt

    Rodbolt Active Member

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    The best tow vehicle for $3,000 is the one you are capable of, willing to and have the money for doing the repairs yourself. I'm sure you know the reason that Toyotas and other high resale value vehicles cost more is not for their name or good looks, it's because they cost less to own/operate over time. Think value.

    I've worked for, owned and operated auto/truck repair facilities and towing services for decades. I've never ever wanted or bought a new vehicle (started my work career in new car dealership) but always own high mileage, well maintained/clean vehicles - by choice. $3,000 to $5,000 dollars is the amount of money I advise to be retained in a "repair fund" for a lower priced truck to be used as a tow vehicle. The purchase price should be significantly (!) more. Even though I can buy a new truck outright (not going to happen), I can't afford the cheapest low end cars, trucks, farm equipment etc. because they cost too much in the long run. Buy value instead.

    You asked so just trying to be helpful, :) It is fun hunting the right-bargain- whatever!
     
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  6. RedmanWV

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    80s model Chevy K10. Best trucks ever.
     
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  7. MattTheFlatCatKid

    MattTheFlatCatKid Well-Known Member

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    I have a Ford ranger 4.0 I bought for $4995. All it needed was an egr valve replaced. I haven't had any issues with it. I looked for over a year before finding it and as soon as I did I went and got it. I found it on Craigslist. You might find a decent truck on there. Or get an auto & rv catalogue. They're usually free.
     
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  8. Brackish*Water

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    How far will you be towing? Is this just to get your boat back and forth to a local ramp or will you be doing road trips?
    I currently use a 1980 Bronco and coincidentally paid 3 grand for it. But I pulled the straight six and sleeved the rear crankshaft sleeve (grooved), sleeved the harmonic balancer, new timing seal, oil pan gaskets, rear main seal etc and all of that was to stop the hemmoraging of oil. Since then I had to rebuild the np208 transfer case, replaced master cylinder, pinion seal, u-joints, double cardan fun, IMG_20171209_153756816.jpg rear axle seal on one side..... probably lots of other stuff....most recently did the intake and exhaust manifold gaskets.
     
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  9. MattTheFlatCatKid

    MattTheFlatCatKid Well-Known Member

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    Love them broncos. Not the best getaway vehicle though..
     
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  10. prlwng

    prlwng Member Supporting Member

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    Loved the bronco I had also. It was great for plowing snow, fishing, camping, etc. Nice short turning, posi traction. Just could not keep brakes in it. Fourth time brakes w0ent out it went to junk yard. Gave 1200 for it.

    Got a 200 dollar ford f150, put tires and wheels from bronco on it, battery, plow, etc. Use it to pull boats around yard. Would not trust it to pull boat with bumper hitch or mechanically to go 250 mile round trip to river.
     
  11. Brackish*Water

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    I love my Bronco I actually have a 2015 F350 but I don't take it anywhere near salt water.
    So yeah I love my Bronco it's boolitproof but I will never ever buy or own anything again without a truck bed. I also will never ever again buy anything without a truck bed.
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  12. mark12

    mark12 Member

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    I had a Ford. It was great. Then it broke down. Then it broke down again. Like your first girlfriend. Total disappointment.
     
  13. Panfish Bill

    Panfish Bill Active Member

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    Fix Or Repair Daily

    I can fix most issues in vehicles. I've resurrected several older F250 diesels where the previous owner had no clue on what to do. The only thing I am amazingly bad at is a carb. If I just take a look at a carb it will break.

    I want some distance ability too (irony). If there is a big tournament in Santee Cooper I wanna tow my boat there to win it. Maybe toss a kayak in the bed and go to Florida to chase some Snook on a nice weekend. I know gas costs will go out the window and I am little spoiled with the low electric (and gas) cost of my Chevy Volt. I may be the only person in the universe who is putting stinky skipjack in the back of and catfish poles into an electric hybrid vehicle. I had a roof rack on the Volt. Had being the key word. It went under a big truck with my Kayak strapped to it on the interstate.

    Maybe a Ranger is a better idea than an F150.
     
  14. mark12

    mark12 Member

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    You went under a truck in a volt?
     
  15. Horsehead

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  16. Panfish Bill

    Panfish Bill Active Member

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    No the kayak and roof rack came off my Volt and was run over by a big truck.
     
  17. D schuerenberg

    D schuerenberg Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I picked up a old work van 600$ put 6 more in it tires were 400 of the 6 I have pulled my boat over 100 miles one way but mostly use for short trips I like that can lock gear in side if I stop to eat or something
     
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  18. D schuerenberg

    D schuerenberg Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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  19. Panfish Bill

    Panfish Bill Active Member

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    I have considered a van. You can set them up with beds and camp with them too. Getting a kayak in there may be an issue. Does your have room for a 10 foot kayak?
     
  20. JByrd

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    Kayak could be put on top?