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Old 08-05-2018, 04:50 AM   #1
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8 passenger tow vehicle for passport 2400bh

Hello all,
Im looking into the passport 2400bh. My wife and I have 5 kids with another on the way. My tow vehicle right now is a Honda Pilot but with only a 4500# limit this trailer is a little to much. Any suggestions on a tow vehicle that would work good for my situation?
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:25 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome, Lots of good people here, with a great deal of experience.

I'm sure you will get lots of ideas, but someone has to be first. Due to the size of your crew, and the amount of gear and supplies you will need to haul, I would definitely consider a 1 ton, passenger van. Although the one ton might be slight overkill, the price difference between a 3/4 ton and a one tone is not that substantial, and will save you having to upgrade the tow vehicle, should you choose to upsize your trailer.

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Old 08-05-2018, 05:53 AM   #3
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In that Miss Brenda and I have had five Ford vans, mostly Super-vans, in our married life, I believe Steve has the right idea. They were always Brenda's daily drivers and she loved every one of them. I'll bet if you were to shop around a little that you could find a nice used van (any of the big three) for a reasonable price.
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Old 08-05-2018, 11:48 AM   #4
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We have a Passport 2910bh and tow with a 2015 Chevy express, 1 ton, 15 passenger van. It's my husband and I and 5 kids. We were towing with a 3/4 ton suburban which did great, but it was getting older and we made it my husband's daily driver.

I LOVE my van! It's also my daily driver. It seems like overkill but it works out so well. We removed the very back row of seats and keep them tucked away in the garage. But removing them gives us plenty of cargo space in the back...as we speak we have a 42 gallon waste tote, 4 inflatable kayaks (deflated), 7 lifejackets, 2 cases of water, and more back there. It leaves 3 rows of seats so there are only at most 2 kids in any row so they have space. There's plenty of room under the benches for the kids gear, backpacks, etc. It drives great and tows like a dream. I love having a front short end, it makes maneuvering with a long (33') trailer much easier.

My only complaint is manufacturers not making bench headrests standard in passenger vans. We installed our own headrests, although it involves hunting down appropriate headrests, removing the benches and welding in anchors for the headrest posts. Worth it for the safety though. You could hold off on that of your kids are still in car seats or high back boosters. Although I'm glad every seat does have a lap/shoulder belt. It also has latch and rear tether anchors for your car seats.

After long trips, we often remove all the benches to make it easier to vacuum out and clean all the windows.
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Old 08-05-2018, 12:05 PM   #5
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With that crew i am afraid your options are going to be an older 3/4 ton suburban (newest model year is 2013) or, for something newer, a 1 ton passenger van. Several manufacturers make 1 ton vans that would meet your cargo needs while being capable of towing that trailer.
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Old 08-05-2018, 12:13 PM   #6
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Another option is if you have another 8 passenger vehicle ( a minivan can hold 8 when equipped), have the wife follow you with the kids while you tow the trailer with a truck. You could even get a single cab pickup if that is the case and you already have another 8 passenger vehicle in the fleet.
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Old 08-05-2018, 03:08 PM   #7
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Back in the old days when 99% of pickups were a standard cab, bench seat. I knew of some neighbors who had the wife and most kids follow along in the family car to their camp areas. In my family I and my brother rode in a truck bed that had an inclosed canopy. With I know now, that was not and is not a good idea.
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Old 08-07-2018, 12:07 PM   #8
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My neighbor is pulling a huge, heavy boat with a Ford Expedition so I looked them up. The Expedition is available with 8 passenger seating, and has a tow capacity of 9,000-9,300 lbs. depending on configuration.
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:34 PM   #9
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Agree on the 1 ton van. 2007 Chevy Express 3500 here, we have anywhere from 6-9 kids (depending on if the foster kids are with us). With the back bench out I can fit 6 bikes and 6 inflatable kayaks in the back, and still seat 11. We're pulling a Passport 3290bh with it.

Think about the trailer you're buying in terms of future use too. If the kids are small now, they will get bigger, their bikes will get bigger, they will take more space and need more stuff. When we only had 5 kids we had a small 3 bunk hybrid that did the job, but now some are teens and we needed more space. We can't double and triple up on those queen beds when they can't sleep sideways on the bed anymore.
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Old 08-07-2018, 01:54 PM   #10
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My neighbor is pulling a huge, heavy boat with a Ford Expedition so I looked them up. The Expedition is available with 8 passenger seating, and has a tow capacity of 9,000-9,300 lbs. depending on configuration.
Problem is the Expedition will have nowhere NEAR the payload capacity to haul the hitch weight of that trailer plus the entire 8 person family. I feel comfortable saying they could easily be 1000 lbs over payload with that trailer and family configuration.
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