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Tow Vehicle Purchased

April 30th, 2019 at 05:40 pm

I am so excited to share that this past Sunday, SB and I purchased our tow vehicle. It is a 2018 Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 with a Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. This baby is made for towing. Here she is:



She is a pricey girl. But after much discussion, we decided that we wanted a reliable workhorse. I admit I am a bit intimidated to drive her. I plan to take some RV driving lessons. You know, how to back up, hitch your trailer, make wide turns, etc.

SB and I have really been feeling the strain of living in such a tiny space. We have been irritable and short with each other. After a couple of argumentative weeks, we have decided to move ahead with purchasing our travel vehicle now. Even though we are not ready to hit the road, we will have more living space now.

We purchased the lowest trim level with no extra options. Even so, the truck is nicely equipped with back up camera, trailer brakes, a jake brake, a nice sound system, power seats doors and locks, tow mirrors, etc. We chose to purchase an extended bumper to bumper warranty which will take us to 8 years or 75k miles. We believe we will hit the 8 years before the 75k miles. The sticker price of the truck was 55k+. With tax, license (expensive on this sort of truck) and the extended warranty, we paid $53,551.85. We split the cost, and the truck is paid for.

It is some major sticker shock. We feel the odds are good that this truck will serve us well for many years to come. Frankly, I fervently hope it is the ONLY tow vehicle I will ever buy.

So now my next decision is which 5th wheel to buy. I could stick with used and pay cash. I believe I could find something which would do. However, I am leaning heavily towards financing a new 5th wheel. I have seen some BEAUTIFUL ones, but I am keeping in mind that I wish to keep the length to no more than 30 ft, and I wish to go with an "ultra lite". This will make towing easier, parking easier, gas cost a bit less, and many parks limit the length of your rig if you want to camp in the park. There are a few models which fit those specs and yet still offer a bit of elbow room.

For example, I LOVE this one:





















This beauty is just under 28' in length, and can be had for approximately 40k. It has slide outs on both sides of the living area, so it doesn't feel so claustrophobic. I love the lay out and the decor; I really feel it makes great use of the space. And since the steps up to the bedroom and bath are immediately to your right as you enter the door, you can access both even with the slides in. This is an important feature if you want to travel. Suppose you are driving from Point A to Point B and you wish to pull in to say a Walmart parking lot and sleep. You cannot put out your slides in a Walmart parking lot. So if your floor plan does not allow access to your bed with your slides in, you are out of luck.

With the two slides in, there will be no ability to walk past the kitchen island towards the seating area. However, you would be able to access your refrigerator, stove, sink, and cabinets. So you could also prepare a meal in that Walmart parking lot, even if you do have to eat it standing up. This feature is somewhat less important to me than access to the bed and bathroom, but still very nice when one is on the road.