In the (semi) near future I am going to have to replace my daily driver, and with the boat purchase I am entertaining the idea of getting a truck. I can bear the additional fuel cost, but only to around 15-20mpg combined, and I dont really want/need want a heavy duty.
I'd get an appropriate dual or triple axle trailer for my 276 (~6500lbs, wet) and the "right" equipment on the truck to tow safely.
My biggest concerns are:
1. Is a total weight of around 8k lbs pushing the envelope too far on a 1/2 ton? Most have a "rating" of around 9500-10,500 lbs, but I wonder how it actually tows with that much weight.
2. I can definitely see the pro's of having a trailer now, but I wonder if the expense of getting a 15mpg daily driver is worth it. I'll still keep it in a slip for the summer, and probably only pull it out for cleaning & maybe one or two trips a year to the other side of the state. I would assume my winter storage would be cheaper, as I could winterize and keep it pretty much anywhere.
3. I wonder how much of a PITA it would be to buy a trailer, and then rent a 3/4 ton (~$5-600/week) to tow it with.
I dunno, just thinking out loud right now. Thoughts? Anyone with a 26-28 footer towed it around?
2013 276 Cuddy ~ 350 MAG / B3