Many people are not sure which type of vehicle is better for hauling items while also needing to take people with them. In this article, we will compare a pickup truck and an SUV with a trailer attached. We will discuss which one is better in different situations, and what our favorite of each choice is!
What is great about a pickup truck for hauling people and items at the same time?
More convenient for hauling random items
Do you have some quick items you have to transport? A pickup truck is much easier than a trailer because you don’t have to take out the trailer and load it up.
With the easy to use bed of the truck, you just throw items into the truck bed and you are on your way.
You don’t have to register multiple vehicles
If you were to opt for a trailer, you would have to register multiple vehicles! It is required to register trailers, and if all you need is the ability to transport things to the dump, a campsite, or just to help someone move, a truck is going to be a great option because of that.
Any little bit of money you can save is a good thing!
You can haul a boat or ATV and items as well
If you own a truck, you are also able to do double duty! You can put things in the bed of your truck, and then also tow something like an ATV or boat behind it. This is a great option if you are looking for something that can do both jobs, but it is not necessary.
Pickups generally have more clearance
Unlike SUVs (especially crossovers), pickups generally have more clearance for off-roading, this means they can handle rougher terrain. Camping, overlanding, or any other activities that require off-roading is a good idea to use a pickup truck.
Good turn radius
If you have ever tried to turn an SUV with a trailer, you will quickly find that a pickup truck has a much better turn radius! Not having to tow a trailer behind you to take a simple trip somewhere is a great deal, as you won’t find yourself stuck, and unable to get out because you pulled in somewhere that you can get back out of.
Easier to drive
Have you ever tried to drive with a trailer? It really isn’t for everyone, that is why a pickup is just easier to drive if you are looking to haul stuff.
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What is great about an SUV for hauling both items and people?
You have more room for people
This is obviously the biggest reason someone would want an SUV (including police officers) over a truck. There is just more cabin room for people, and stuff in the interior space. SUVs that have a 3rd row especially allow for more capacity, that a truck just can’t do.
Of course, I have seen three row pickups, but that just doesn’t happen often.
You can buy different types of trailers for your purpose
Trailers come in so many different styles! You can have flatbeds, car haulers, enclosed trailers, trailers with walls and more. This means that you can get something for the purpose you need, instead of having to modify, and buy accessories for your truck that will really only do it half as well as a purpose built trailer.
Trailers can be rented easily
Don’t want to spend all that money buying a truck, but only use it as a truck once or twice? Renting a trailer can be incredibly inexpensive and easy. This means you can get all of the upsides of an SUV, but be able to have an easy and cheap way of transporting large items without the downside of less passenger room.
SUVs are cheaper to buy
Due to the fact that trucks are normally more capable than their SUV counterparts, I have found that trucks tend to be considerably more expensive! This can make an SUV a great option for someone that is need of a vehicle for cheap, that is still capable. From there, you can purchase a trailer later on, and be able to split up your initial costs into two sections.
Which vehicle is better for towing heavy loads?
If you are looking at a full-size, body on frame SUV, these will generally tow heavy loads just as well as pickup trucks. That is until you start getting into the very heavy loads, then your best bet is lookin for a HD series of a Silverado or Super Duty Ford, of which there really isn’t an SUV alternative to this.
In the end, your safer bet for heavy loads is really going to be a pickup.
How much does it cost to buy a pickup truck vs. an SUV with a trailer
From experience, I have found that pickups tend to be quite a bit more expensive than an SUV by a good amount! This is especially true when you are looking at the higher end of both, with suvs generally ending up cheaper.
A more than $20K difference in sticker price can be seen for a truck vs an SUV. If you have to ask yourself whether or not this will make much of a difference, then it probably won’t!
In conclusion, we have found that both pickup trucks and SUVs with a trailer attached are great for hauling things. However, it is important to know when one will be better than the other.
For example: suvs can haul more people while still being able to tow something like an ATV or boat behind them (if you want to get creative!), but if you are looking to do more off-roading, it’s best to go with a pickup truck. If you don’t have a need for a pickup, I would recommend spending your money on an SUV that can haul heavier loads and take people along with items being towed.