It is Wednesday, so that means time for another episode of our reader's favorite game of finding out how much you can get for your kids from a group of traveling Gypsies -- also known as Mid Week Match-Up! This week's MWMU request comes from Ckleerun who writes:
I found a 16-passenger E250 which, for $3500, would tow a track car and haul a motorcycle inside while doubling (tripling, really) as a bunk. Realistically this type of usage would occur maybe once a year, and my wife's reaction to this level of overkill suggests I need to look elsewhere.
Realistically, all I *need* is something reliable that will tow a minimum of 1000lbs without being too ugly. Bonus points for the ability to tow 5000lbs. (Since "ugly" is subjective, let me state that I'm perfectly okay with a Honda Element.
I've also used "hail|salvage" when searching CL.) This thing doesn't have to be pretty, but nondescript is preferred to eyesore since it will be street-parked. MPG is not a big concern as this will get used only as needed, maybe 10%-20% of my annual miles.
My experience with Toyota and Ford products suggests a late-90s Tundra or F150 would probably be the "smart" choice, but I am wondering if your readers can surprise me with some other ideas... something with a hint of style. But it also needs to not beat me up during a 4-5 hour road trip, so that beautiful 1966 Power Wagon is right out. For budget I'd prefer to stay closer to $3500, but $6K is not out of the question either.
DT E-i-C Vince: My first thought was that you need the Beast...but if you have a few more bucks to spend, take a look at a used F-150 pickup. Like this 1998 Ford F-150 XL Supercab 4X4 here on eBay bidding for $2,500 with 1 day to go, located in Levittown, PA. You get a Triton V8, supercab (small back seats), 4-wheel-drive, and a vehicle that isn't so ugly your wife won't ride in it.