EDIT: I have started a thread here:http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/tow-rigs ... these.html
So, I've been wanting to purchase something for a while now and would like some input from you guys. You all seem to be more practical about this than the pirate crowd would be. They would tell me I need an 18 speed peterbuilt with a sleeper and a 40 foot double decker trailer. You know, something out of my budget.
I want something to pull my jeep with, a dedicated tow rig. I want something I can sleep in, but not only me. It needs to be big enough for at least me, my lady friend, and/or a friend or 2. It needs to have overdrive in the transmission, and that transmission needs to be a stout unit, example would be no th700r4. The motor needs to be reliable, and bonus points for diesel, power, and fuel mileage. It needs to be at least a 3/4 ton platform, and bonus points for 1 tons, duallies,and 4x4s, no 1/2 ton platforms. I also desire a full float rear axle for dependability, example gm would be full float 14 bolt. It also needs to be able to go 65 mph easily with a trailer and jeep. My price range isn't set in stone, I'd pay more for a better platform, but I'm gonna say $5000 or less is the budget, and that's from looking at prices on things that appeal to me. I do not want a jalopy.
As far as the trailer goes, my dad has a car trailer that my brother and I both use pretty regularly, and its seen better days. I thought about buying a trailer first, but then I'd be putting the cart before the horse. Currently, or maybe I should say in the recent past, the setup I have been using is borrowing my dads truck (01 extended cab dodge dually 4x4 cummins) and the car trailer and sleeping in the back seat. It's better than sleeping on the ground, but is terribly uncomfortable and I know the lady friend won't go for that setup, and I don't expect her too.
Things I don't want:
Any 1/2 ton platform. It's simply not rated for what I plan to do.
A pickup with an in bed camper. If I did this, I know I'd end up taking the camper out after every trip. I want a dedicated rig.
A full size rv. I do not need a 28 foot rv to do what I want to do. Most rvs are just too big to fit this bill. There's a good possibility that I'll have to take whatever I get through some muck at some point.
I do not want to have to need a cdl to drive what ever I get. That way anyone can drive it.
6.0 ford van. I read some bad things about cooling and heat build up under the hood.
Things I have been considering:
A full size van. I could do whatever I wanted with a gutted van. Windows, extended rears, and extended tops are a bonus.
A uhaul type truck. A walk through thing from the cab to box is a bonus. Im not wild about the rear door I see on most of them.
Full size SUV. Suburban, excursion, or maybe a crew cab truck. I'd like to be able to stand up inside though.
Class B (I think) motor home. The ones build on a truck or van platform, but most seem out of my price range, or dilapidated.
A short bus. This isn't ideal to me, since I'd rather have my co pilot next to me instead of hiding out in the back sleeping or eating all my food or peeing out the window.
Ambulance. There's some good deals out there, but I'm not sure what I'd be getting into when I start gutting the back.
Top kick or similar type truck with a box on the back. This setup is bigger than what I need, but would be ok since most would have a diesel and a transmission setup for over the road hauling.
Full size pickup with a gooseneck trailer and some sort of a box, maybe a small pull behind type camper set onto the deck of the trailer at the front. Similar to my buddy's rig, but not using an in bed camper (I don't like how he has his mounted at all)
So with all this in mind, what do you guys think? Input? Suggestions? Links? Title to your rig?