Time for a New Tow rig delemia, ideas please
I'm thinking it's time for a new tow rig, my life is also about to change. I'm moving out west (probably colorado) in January and will be student teaching. After student teaching I will probably end up moving again to some where else out west. Also after student teaching is a real job, a real life, a second dog, and if the stars align a girl friend.
When I move I'll have my dog, my bronco on a trailer, my tools, a little bit of house hold stuff, and maybe a bed. I probably have about 7,500lbs of bronco, trailer, tools, and junk to move.
My pretty trusty '90 regular cab 3/4 ton chevy is getting pretty rough, has 164k of hard miles on it and needs some work (t-case, motor doesn't idle, clutch is probably about cooked, steering needs work). I also have a free '87 1/2 ton, 2wd chevy, it's in OK shape though i've only driven it for less then a mile, time will tell what it needs and how it is as a DD/tow right/ work truck though I don't have high expectations for it in the towing and bad weather departments.
After the summer I should have around 5 grand cash to spend on a new tow rig. I'm looking for something that's 4x4, holds 2 people and 2 large dogs, tows the bronco, gets ok gas mileage, is semi civilzed for DD duties, and I'd I'd prefer a manual trans and 3/4 ton but they are hard to find in my budget not beat to hell.
I have no clue what to get, I don't think there's a perfect rig for me that will fit my budget. I'm not sure where to compermise. If you were in my shoes what would you get?
The other options are to revive my 3/4 ton and limp it through a couple more years of life and hope the bronco works as a back up rig, use my 2wd 1/2 ton as is, convert the 1/2 ton to either a 4x4 1/2 ton or 4x4 3/4 ton or get the bronco to DD status and then maybe pick up a car when i'm out west and figure out how to get my tools to me.