• How about a Buick Roadmaster wagon? Decent cargo space inside, and yes, they are rated for 5000 lbs towing capacity.

  • For your price range, you could easily get into a V6 Ford Escape, which IIRC has a 3500-pound tow capacity with the towing package. I've got a 4 cyl, 5 speed model that I've used to tow 2500-ish pounds with no problem at all. And I've slept in the back for a couple of nights and not been too bad off afterwards – for one night a year, it would be just fine. Decent highway cruiser and not too ugly.

  • Hadn't thought of an Escape(/Tribute), but will check it out — thanks!

    The "jellybean" F-150 remains a strong contender, and there are plenty in my area (forgot to mention, Arlen… er, Dallas TX).

    Yyyyyyep.

  • That suburban the other day would do the trick. Seems to fit the bill perfect, carry/tow anything and has a some style. Ok its not real pretty but you'd still have $2500 to clean it up a bit. Well $2500 left if the guy makes you a screaming good deal on it, but somehow i bet he would…

  • How about a F-150 in fancy clothes?

    I've had one for more than a year and very happy with my selection so far as my foul-weather driver. I had looked at GMT800 GM's, but GM didn't figure out fold-down 3rd row seats until 2015!~ It's crazy that you have to pull those things out on the GM, but the Ford's fold-flat.

    My requirements were a little different from yours however (5000lbs towing for a boat and 3 rows of seats for 3 kids), but my wife will ride in it and it's pretty good looking for a giant schoolbus.

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    • I have an Element. While it is good for hauling two big old Labrador retrievers and a full size washing machine can fit in the back with the seats folded up, it won't tow 5000 lbs. 176,000 miles and still going strong.

  • Suburban is a possibility, plenty of rust-free specimens around here.

    Navigator/Expedition could work. Had an Expy rental many years ago and could see myself owning one. Folding third row and 4wd/awd not strictly necessary.

    For a big Benz in that price range, there's a Sprinter on the ADV rider forum which would be great, but it's way outside the budget.

  • You could afford a scruffy jeep wrangler tj 6 cylinder. Can only tow 1500 lbs or so, but it will hold its value and you end up with a "cool" convertible.

  • My suburban aside, ive said it before ill say it again. A 10-15 year old chevy or ford 1/2 ton pickup with 170k miles is a handy thing to have around. Use it, abuse it, change the oil anually. It'll tow anything you reasonably need, carry whatever, cost nearly nothing to maintain, and will even take ya off road a bit too if ya need.

  • The General opens up a world of possibilities, such as 355ci SBC swapped S-10:
    tucson.craigslist.org/cto/5522170960.html

    I like the small footprint, and I'm guessing the SBC and body-on-frame should tow plenty depending on the rearend.

  • Hatchtopia: I guess that stint at Ford advertising didn't work out all that well?

    Introducing the New and Improved Ford Ford F-150!

    "Decent highway cruiser and not too ugly."

  • If fuel efficiency is really not a concern, land cruisers can be found for not too dear. Here's a '69 FJ 55 for $6800 yakima.craigslist.org/cto/5531913399.html FJ60/80 can be found for a bit cheaper, and may be a bit friendlier.

    Silverados are boring, but really good. I recommend 2wd if you can get away with it as they tend to be lower, which is nicer for loading/unloading less beat and cheaper to buy and run.

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