Buying Our Tow Vehicle – One Giant Leap Closer to Full Time RVing



Deciding what vehicle we wanted/needed to town our future RV was not easy, there is a lot to take into account! Tow rating, payload rating, GVWR, etc, but we figured it out and found the perfect truck – now we just have to pick it up!

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We came across the perfect tow vehicle online! We traveled over 6 hours and through 3 states to get to it, hoping it was everything it was touted as in the online add. We had very specific criteria for our tow vehicle so it was very exciting when we came across one in such great condition!

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27 thoughts on “Buying Our Tow Vehicle – One Giant Leap Closer to Full Time RVing

  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Cue the “our truck broke down” video. If that’s an LB7 duramax (early 04) then you better have $4,000-$5000 ready to replace the injectors. Very common problem. If it’s a late 04 duramax, it’s an LLY which means eventually it’s very likely going to have cooling system issues. Every Duramax besides the LBZ or L5P has its fatal flaw it seems. Still better than a power stroke!! I will say that’s the cleanest 15 year old Chevy I’ve ever seen. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this thing will treat you guys well!

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Hey there team Fate, I absolutely love your videos. You all are so thorough, I appreciate all the quality content you produce. I recently purchased an M29 Heartland Mallard (loaded approx. 7000 lbs) and my tow vehicle (02 Ford Excursion 5.4) is getting between 7-8 MPG. Terrible right?!? I wanted to see if you would post an update videos of your 6.6 Dura max including expectations, MPG, cost…etc. I’m looking to purchase my first 6.6 w/ Allison transmission. I’ve heard they give the best MPG. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank you for all you do!

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    You must have learned that truck won’t have a high enough payload to pull a fifth wheel, and that’s why you ended up with a travel trailer

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Who is driving? It doesn’t look like David is holding the steering wheel.

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Since I'm going to watch, like and comment on all your videos, here's my comment for this one. Haha. Glad you found a great vehicle/ great deal!

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Yah with 65K miles, that is a 20 thousand $ truck. I bought a 2007 this year with same engine, 90K miles and alot of upgrades and it was 29K $ in California. I like your green color , I wish I had green, mine is white.

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Nice Chico state sweater, did you attend? My wife and I both graduated from Chico.

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Definitely a sweet deal on the truck. “Victory sucker”, lol.
    I feel like we are doing things backwards. Everyone I’ve seen buys the tow vehicle and downsizes before buying the travel trailer/5th wheel/RV. We bought the Toy Hauler first and haven’t even looked at a tow vehicle or even downsized. Different priorities I guess.
    Safe and happy travels.

    D

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    i just watched the film of the truck and it looks new.. i know you were talking about a leak yesterday on live(and i hope it is just a minor leak)i am not am not in love with chevys(my dad was a ford man and so am i, i always will be) but they make some good products and your truck looks awesome, i might even be tempted to buy…. funny story, in 95' i went into my sons room and ask if there was anything he wanted in the car… he said no, i said, it will not be RED paint!!!!!!!!!!! so i bought a 94 RED taures with 1,500 miles, USED!… best car i ever owned, on vacation, after 4,000 miles i ckecked the oil and it looked like honey….. i said we are good lets go!!!!!!! V6 , 28 mpg, 193,000 no problems

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    i almost spit my soda out!!! when you said you are not morning people.. hahaha you barely make afternoon people, ok no more harrassment… i have watched all your vids and am now going for round two for each… so i know how you get somewhere and they close 40 min after getting there…. here is a clue, if you get there earlier, you will see all thats there…. i love you guys!!!!!!!!!!!! dont be mad at me, everybody gets 24 hours a day, i am home at 3pm after 8 hours of work… i know!!!!

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Glad to see you got a good deal on a great truck.
    I love that diesel power. We have an F-350 with the International 7.3 L diesel, and it is SO sweet.
    Keep On Truckin’

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Congrats! Love the truck! I am excited to go along with y'all for every mile! Let's have fun!!

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Did you go to Chico state? That's where I live and just found your channel. I've been looking into this type of lifestyle.

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    I just subscribed, so I'm watching your vids from the beginning. I'd call your truck EVERGREEN, like the forests you'll be camping in. Great deal on the truck and definitely worth the investment in drive time. I'm so excited to be able to travel along with you guys.

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    I have a buddy that just recently traded his 2005 2500 duramax in with over 230,000 miles. Your will last a long time. BTW I have a 2015 2500 High Country Duramax which is my first Diesel and we just love it.

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    In 2014 I retired after 37 years as a electrician. I had a 2011 Silverado 1500.  For a retirement gift, the wife and I decided to purchase a travel trailer for camping and a yearly western trip. Went to the RV show in the area and while I was looking at TT, the wife was touring fifth wheels. Our minds were change and she decided on the fifth wheel. 2014 Jayko Eagle HT 27.5 RLTS. 30'10" L and 12' 1" H.  Now I had to sell the truck and purchase a good diesel truck. GVWR on the trailer was 9950. Ya, I purchase the cart before the horse. The trailer was about 450 miles away in Muskegon Mi.  Found a 04 Chevy Silverado 2500HD,dark green or what I like to call, Packer green, crew cab, 4×4, and in excellent shape. It almost glows in the night from the shine. I paid 19,500 for it with a 130k miles. Replaced injectors at 140k and it now has 185k. First diesel I have owned and will never go back to a gas engine truck.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine. Oh, I pulled that fifth wheel from Muskegon to just south of Lansing and then back to the south central UP. It was the first time I had pulled a fifth wheel. Big Mac bridge was a nail biter but we made it.  Old hat it now. Safe travels

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    2004 2500 HD GVWR is only 9,200lbs.. Diesel is heavy option that takes away precious cargo capacity, Not to exceed max kingpin weight is 2,500lbs. Limits your 5r to around 13,000lbs trailer loaded not the max that GM says 15,400lbs. 15-25% of trailer weight must be on truck so you have some adjustment. Stay below 36' 5r's

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    I had a dark green 1999 Chev pick up and loved the color. It had some metal flake in it and the color changed depending on the light. Rode like a dream. (factory paint)
    I watch a lot of YouTube RV channels and you two are easy to watch, I subscribed right away. Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers from B.C.

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    Yea crew cab would have made a difference. I love my diesel. Would recommend upgrading the suspension on that truck you got. Seems like an ok price for chevy

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  • November 7, 2020 at 11:34 am
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    The LB7 engines from 2001 through 2004 had injector issues that caused fuel leakage into the oil. General Motors had some kind of recall or TSB about that years ago. Hopefully yours has been done already. Most people want the LBZ engine and the 6 speed that came out in 2005 hence the lower cost of 2004 and older models. Either way… sounds like you got a really good deal on a super nice truck. Those trucks are almost always beat on and it's hard to find nice examples.

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