RVing families enjoy a wide range of choices when putting together a tow vehicle and trailer combination. When it comes to full-size pickups, both domestic and imported builders offer enticing products, and the variety of affordable and easily towed trailers is increasing every year.
The Toyota Tundra has carved its place in the U.S. full-size pickup market, both as a daily driver and a capable tow rig. With a powerful and sophisticated V-8 engine, cab seating for as many as five and a 7,100-pound tow rating (for the test truck), the Tundra serves well as a versatile, all-around family vehicle.
Starcraft’s TravelStar series of so-called hybrid trailers — compact, hardside units with fold-out end bed platforms — has been a popular seller for the company, and the new Star Shuttle 17SD model adds an exciting dimension to this type of RVing. Situated on the forward frame between the hitch and body is a platform designed for extra bulk storage of camping or recreational necessities. It’s a fun feature that adds even more desirability to this trailer.
Families looking for a comfortable trailer that can handle their outdoor adventure toys may find the Star Shuttle is a good matchup for enjoyable camping. Sleeping space for a crowd plus lots of outside storage add up to group fun, and its light weight means the trailer can be handled by many smaller vehicles.
Likewise, the Tundra is a functional, good-looking choice among the entries in the lighter-duty full-size truck arena. Given Toyota’s legendary quality, the Tundra could be an excellent long-term investment in a flexible multipurpose family truck.
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