Why not keep your truck and get a slide-in pop-up camper. They are fairly light weight, low profile while driving down the road and will give you decent amenities for camping without having to get a different vehicle. You can just put the camper on the truck when you need it and have a true truck for hauling hay, etc. If I were to go to a bumper pull again I would want to get one of these lighter weight campers.
You will also want a weight-distributing hitch with the anti-sway bars if you go to a 3-horse bumper pull trailer, van or truck.
that is an option, I have had a topper before, have never had a van and was just looking for input or opinions on a van. I would always have a truck for work, just dont want to deal with taking a topper on and off again!
We use a Ford E 350 van to pull our steel 3 horse slant load bumper pull. It pulls great, and we can sleep in the van. We can also use the van to haul saddles or anything we don't want to put in the tack room with no worry about rain. We have upgraded to a motor home to pull with when we go on extended camping trips, but still use the van on day rides or shorter stays. Works great for us.
A friend of mine has one of the vans that is bascially an RV - it has a king sized bed in the back, fridge, microwave, sink, water tank, etc the shower though is kinda strange - its in the middle of the aileway and is pretty small. I also wonder if it could pull a 3H. They have a 2H Brenderup. If you need to sleep 3 people, it might be tough for that as well...
I actually looked at a used C Class conversion fully tricked out and was dickering with a salesman re: price when I found my F250 & 2H GN.
For me that worked better as I was not thrilled with having to maintain the RV's systems.
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One thing you should seriously think about is the difference between 2 wheel and 4 wheel drive.
One of my friends uses a 2 wheel drive van for towing and camping. She is notorious for getting her rig stuck in muddy fields. Sometimes she can get going again if she unloads the horses to lighten the load. Of course, this means she needs someone to walk behind her leading the horses until she can get onto a paved surface. Other times she gets so badly stuck that someone has to pull her out. Of course, this usually means they need to unhook from their own trailer, perform the rescue, and then hook back up. Good thing she has good friends!
Mindful of my friend's mishaps, I looked at 4 wheel drive vans for camping a few years ago. I found the options pretty limited. The big issue is that the 4 wheel drive option tends to drop the weight capacity by several thousand pounds. Looking at the situation with brutal honesty, I wasn't going to be able to stay under the safe maximum weight limit with two humans, two horses, a steel trailer, and all our gear.