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GratefulSmoker
01-08-2009, 12:04 PM
We are thinking of buying a work van to tow our smoker around to comp. The van makes sense to us for storage and a place to sleep at night. What do you all tow your trailers with when you go to comps? Thanks guys.

Jorge
01-08-2009, 12:07 PM
What will you be pulling? Just make sure you buy enough van/truck to pull the rig, plus whatever you have inside it. There is no substitute for power OR brakes when towing.

GratefulSmoker
01-08-2009, 12:15 PM
Our truck that we pull with now is a F350. If we go with a van it will most likely be a diesel or at least a 3/4 to 1 ton gas engine van.

Jorge
01-08-2009, 12:17 PM
Our truck that we pull with now is a F350. If we go with a van it will most likely be a diesel or at least a 3/4 to 1 ton gas engine van.


Is there a reason you can't toss a shell on the bed of current truck?

Sledneck
01-08-2009, 12:17 PM
My competition vehicle is a Ford E-250 cargo van. I fit everything in it. It is a 99 with 185K mile so it cant pull a trailer that well anymore. I did however up until 2 years ago and 150K use it for many years to pull an enclosed snowmobile trailer with 2 sleds in the trailer and 1 in the van. The 3 sleds alone weighed about 2400# total I did it every other weekend up in to the mountains 600 miles round trip and never had a problem and it is only a 6 cyclinder

Alexa RnQ
01-08-2009, 12:35 PM
We've been towing our gear in a 5'x8' trailer with a Lincoln Towncar. http://www.divaherself.com/funny/blank.gif

Needless to say, this season we're thinking about consolidating a couple of cars into a tow vehicle.

Jeff Hughes
01-08-2009, 12:41 PM
Is there a reason you can't toss a shell on the bed of current truck?

I think they use it for work...

toys4dlr
01-08-2009, 12:43 PM
We've been towing our gear in a 5'x8' trailer with a Lincoln Towncar. http://www.divaherself.com/funny/blank.gif

Needless to say, this season we're thinking about consolidating a couple of cars into a tow vehicle.

That's because Diva and VQ are those rich, pimped out BBQ type people you know. :-D

A towncar is just so more refined than a simple truck. But the spinner wheels are a little over the top.

Jorge
01-08-2009, 12:47 PM
I think they use it for work...

Now, that's a good reason:grin:

Ashmont
01-08-2009, 12:55 PM
I almost bought a used diesel Ambulance. Was gonna call it the Meat Wagon. Mrs. Ash said no.....:mad:

Sledneck
01-08-2009, 12:57 PM
I almost bought a used diesel Ambulance. Was gonna call it the Meat Wagon. Mrs. Ash said no.....:mad:Would of been cooler if it said Coroner onthe outside:eek::biggrin:

Alexa RnQ
01-08-2009, 01:21 PM
That's because Diva and VQ are those rich, pimped out BBQ type people, yo. :-D
Ahem. This from Mr. Comfort-Is-King?

http://www.divaherself.com/potkettleblack.jpg

Gene01
01-08-2009, 01:26 PM
My Tow vehicle is a Peterbilt 330 to tow my 50' BBQ trailer.....

KC_Bobby
01-08-2009, 01:44 PM
I realize this has a salvaged title, but still have to wonder if it's worth looking at or not. Wonder if the salvage title is due to the theft or if it was banged up pretty good bending the frame.

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/cto/984269214.html

But back to your question - I pull the Q'chen (24' enclosed car hauler) with a 3/4 ton Ram wit a Hemi - that's 345 horsepower.

BBQchef33
01-08-2009, 01:50 PM
345 horsepower here too. 2004 Escalade. :mrgreen: Its only 1/2 ton rear, but my butt appreciates it.

http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o45/bbqchef33/trailer/pigpen.jpg

G$
01-08-2009, 02:05 PM
We've been towing our gear in a 5'x8' trailer with a Lincoln Towncar. http://www.divaherself.com/funny/blank.gif

Needless to say, this season we're thinking about consolidating a couple of cars into a tow vehicle.

I have to ask, why fix what aint broke? :lol:

Neal
01-08-2009, 03:16 PM
We are thinking of buying a work van to tow our smoker around to comp.

How many contests do you plan on cooking? I have seen lots of guys buy pick-ups, vans, trailers and even RV's for the sole purpose of contest cooking. Unless you are going to cook 25 contests a year all over the country, I just don't get it.

We did 16 contests last year, but I would have to run across one hell of a deal to consider buying a vehicle specifically for BBQ. We pull our cooker and haul everything we need in the back of my F150 or in Chris's 3/4 ton Silverado.

I have always been more of an offset cooker, sleep in your tent on a chair kind of guy - so maybe that's why getting a vehicle to sleep in hasn't ever been much of a priority to me. The more we cook, the more we have reduced what we bring to a contest. Having a vehicle or trailor just for BBQ would be just another excuse for me to bring a bunch a garbage I don't need and take our focus away from cooking. But that's just me, I guess.

GratefulSmoker
01-08-2009, 03:32 PM
The reason why we don't use our truck is, like jeff said, that we use it for work...it has trim racks on the back for lumber and such. If I get a van I will use it both for business and BBQ....not just BBQ. The van would just be nice so that I can use it for both....business on rainy days and BBQ on the weekends.

Tinybud
01-08-2009, 04:06 PM
I use a 1993 chevy c1500 with a 305 in it,, works good on both the southern yankee, on a 8x12 trailer or the meadow creek...

Buster Dog BBQ
01-08-2009, 04:28 PM
I like the new F150. It will tow 11,500 pounds. That is a lot of trailer. I have a Nissan Titan now and it tows fairly well but my trailer is almost too much for it at 7500lbs.

GratefulSmoker
01-08-2009, 04:48 PM
How many contests do you plan on cooking? I have seen lots of guys buy pick-ups, vans, trailers and even RV's for the sole purpose of contest cooking. Unless you are going to cook 25 contests a year all over the country, I just don't get it.

We did 16 contests last year, but I would have to run across one hell of a deal to consider buying a vehicle specifically for BBQ. We pull our cooker and haul everything we need in the back of my F150 or in Chris's 3/4 ton Silverado.

I have always been more of an offset cooker, sleep in your tent on a chair kind of guy - so maybe that's why getting a vehicle to sleep in hasn't ever been much of a priority to me. The more we cook, the more we have reduced what we bring to a contest. Having a vehicle or trailor just for BBQ would be just another excuse for me to bring a bunch a garbage I don't need and take our focus away from cooking. But that's just me, I guess.

Neal-
I agree with you, I would never buy a vehicle just for BBQ. We plan on doing 10-12 events this year. The van just sounds practicle because I can use it for both work and play. And you can find good used work vans for a very good price right now....guess alot of these small business are off loading them.

BigBellyBBQ
01-08-2009, 05:31 PM
F 350 PowerStroke with aftermarket computer is the way to go! I can tow a 25ft trailure at 10,000lbs and get 15 mpg..

Jorge
01-08-2009, 05:34 PM
Neal-
I agree with you, I would never buy a vehicle just for BBQ. We plan on doing 10-12 events this year. The van just sounds practicle because I can use it for both work and play. And you can find good used work vans for a very good price right now....guess alot of these small business are off loading them.


Sounds reasonable, if you can find the right vehicle at the right price.

Jeff Hughes
01-08-2009, 06:42 PM
Check Green Country in Collinsville, he always has some nice fleet vans...

If a 3/4 ton truck with a shell would work, Triplex has been selling a bunch off since Ed died...

Rub
01-08-2009, 07:14 PM
I've got an '06 Dodge 2500 Diesel, Quad Cab, 6spd, 4x4, 440hp.
Don't even notice my trailer is back there.
I love my truck 8)

KC_Bobby
01-08-2009, 07:19 PM
Well I feel like a toad. If it wasn't for the KCBS I wouldn't have a 3/4 ton Ram nor a 24 foot enclosed trailer. And I'm only doing single digit comps a year.

I figure I'll get my money back out of the trailer when it comes time to sell or upgrade based on what I paid for it and what we plan to do with it - unfortunately, I can't say that for the truck.

Bigmista
01-08-2009, 07:35 PM
Would of been cooler if it said Coroner onthe outside:eek::biggrin:

Dead Meat. I get it.

Bigmista
01-08-2009, 07:36 PM
Ahem. This from Mr. Comfort-Is-King?

http://www.divaherself.com/potkettleblack.jpg

I resemble that remark.

BBQchef33
01-08-2009, 10:33 PM
Oh chit.. BigMistas a Pot. :eek::eek:

Plowboy
01-08-2009, 10:39 PM
Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 with 6.7l Cummins turbo diesel

This is also my daily driver. Only thing this truck hauls is ass!

Plowboy
01-08-2009, 10:40 PM
I resemble that remark.

So does my truck.

Black is beautiful!!!

C Rocke
01-08-2009, 10:47 PM
1999 Dodge 3500 Cargo van, 5.9L, 29k miles. Was a Pac Bell "tool truck", affectionately known as the Que Unit. Came with an Onan 7500, wet and dry compressor, and tool boxes and drawers now converted to cooler storage, utensil storage and a bar.

Alexa RnQ
01-08-2009, 10:47 PM
Only thing this truck hauls is ass!
VQ whips out that line every time we go through state-border inspection on the way to California. :roll:

"What are you hauling today?"

*deadpan* "Ass, ma'am. We're hauling ass."

KC_Bobby
01-08-2009, 10:55 PM
Todd, that pic just has me beggin for winter to be over so I can start tranforming the 24' Haulmark into the Q'chin!

GratefulSmoker
01-08-2009, 10:58 PM
1999 Dodge 3500 Cargo van, 5.9L, 29k miles. Was a Pac Bell "tool truck", affectionately known as the Que Unit. Came with an Onan 7500, wet and dry compressor, and tool boxes and drawers now converted to cooler storage, utensil storage and a bar.

That sounds like an incredible find! I would take that for sure....

Sledneck
01-09-2009, 09:55 AM
Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe shows that Ford 150 is the best http://www.fordvehicles.com/2009f150/

Jorge
01-09-2009, 10:15 AM
I figure I'll get my money back out of the trailer when it comes time to sell or upgrade based on what I paid for it and what we plan to do with it - unfortunately, I can't say that for the truck.

If you take care of it, that truck will run forever allowing you to bank the money you'd be spending on a newer vehicle.

toys4dlr
01-09-2009, 10:21 AM
We use a 2000 Ford Excursion with the v 10 and 4.30 gears. It pulls our toy hauler very well. As far as the question of a trailer and truck specifically for BBQ comps, well we use ours for much more. Around the Grand Canyon, up at the Homalovi Ruins and other family trips.

Besides the Wife and kids like to have their own bathrooms and beds, at all comps are Family things for us.

Neal
01-09-2009, 10:38 AM
Dodge Ram 2500 4x4 with 6.7l Cummins turbo diesel
This is also my daily driver. Only thing this truck hauls is ass!

I have to say that your pick up towing your rig is pretty bad ass, Todd.

I also like Big Scotty D's set up with the Lang and Stumps un the back deck of his rig. http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e190/nealdunker/AmericanRoyal_08008.jpg

Not sure what he uses to tow it, but it's big.

The Giggler
01-09-2009, 10:39 AM
We tow our comp trailer with a 2006 E350 XLT Super Duty 12 passenger van. The bench seats remove easily for both storage and accomodations. Has the 5.4L Triton V8, and gas mileage is decent. Haulin' around is never a problem.

She is affectionately known as the "Yoder Toter." Or when in New England - Tha Yoda Tota. (Old Ohio boy reference to the way some of the carpenters in Sugar Creek get to and from work....)

Jorge
01-09-2009, 10:40 AM
I have to say that your pick up towing your rig is pretty bad ass, Todd.

I also like Big Scotty D's set up with the Lang and Stumps un the back deck of his rig. http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e190/nealdunker/AmericanRoyal_08008.jpg

Not sure what he uses to tow it, but it's big.

I think Scotty was pulling with a Dodge this year.

Plowboy
01-09-2009, 02:36 PM
Recipient of a Huggies box!

:biggrin:

Jorge
01-09-2009, 02:44 PM
:biggrin:

It's been down there for a while:lol:

Plowboy
01-09-2009, 03:33 PM
It's been down there for a while:lol:

I usually have you on ignore. :wink:

Scottie
01-09-2009, 03:50 PM
Phew.... I thought I was the only one.... :icon_shy

Jorge
01-09-2009, 04:02 PM
Phew.... I thought I was the only one.... :icon_shy

You better upgrade the security on your cooker after that abuse:twisted:

Scottie
01-09-2009, 04:07 PM
Oh, did I say that out loud? :shock:

Jorge
01-09-2009, 04:09 PM
Oh, did I say that out loud? :shock:

It's OK, I wouldn't take your brisket....but I might add one:eek:

Scottie
01-09-2009, 04:21 PM
OK... Time to :icon_shy:icon_shy:icon_shy.... Your rifle strikes more fear into people than my kids rubber dart gun...