Which is the better way to go? Do you invest in a massive motor home and pull a vehicle to drive at your destination, or do you pull a travel trailer with your vehicle?
Right now, my method is pulling a 2013 Pioneer travel trailer with a 2013 3/4 ton Chevy Suburban. But I'm rethinking this.
First, is gas mileage. My Suburban gets 12 mpg, curiously, no matter what's happening. Towing or not, city driving or highway, I average 12 miles per gallon according to my OnStar RemoteLink App.
That means that even when I'm not camping, when I'm at home, this is my vehicle and I'm getting 12 mpg. Parking this massive dark knight at the Scottsdale Quarter or Fashion Square can be a bitch. But I like being big on the road and for some reason, I am a much calmer driver behind the wheel of the bigger vehicle. I get behind the wheel of a little car, especially something with a little power, and I'm a speed demon cursing those around me who dare block my path to 80+. Crazy, I know.
Our last trip from Scottsdale, Arizona to Bodega Bay, CA and back cost us dang near $1000 in gas - especially with the Golden States gas prices still hovering in the $4 range. (What is up with that?! I feel for those people...)
On the other hand, if we were to have driven a Class C, with miles per gallon ranges of 10-14 for a Ford V-10 engine or 15-20 mpg with a Mercedes-powered diesel, I might have saved myself a little on gas because once I arrived at my destination I would have been driving my towed vehicle. A vehicle I have yet to purchase, because at this time, that's not my set up. Remember, I'm driving a suburban pulling a trailer.
And that smaller car, the one I have to purchase, would surley get better gas mileage that 12 mpg and it would be easier to park around town. The point is that it would save me money on a daily use basis, instead of driving a work horse vehicle all the time.