View Poll Results: tow vehicle tonnage
1/2 ton 342 44.02%
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Old 01-22-2003, 03:47 PM   #57
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Re: Re: Smokin'

Originally posted by RoadKingMoe

I have with 2300 lbs of shingles in my F250, and it was just starting to go into the overload springs and the bed was dead level,
Moe... 2300 Lbs. and still level. That does show the might and load carrying ability of an HD truck. Impressive!

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Old 01-22-2003, 05:08 PM   #58
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Re: Re: Re: Smokin'

Originally posted by Wayne F

Moe... 2300 Lbs. and still level. That does show the might and load carrying ability of an HD truck. Impressive!
It sure does, Wayne. And compared to a standard cab/long-bed 2WD 5.4L V-8 F250, it also has 500 lbs extra (some say 800 lbs, it's unpublished) for the diesel, near 500 lbs for the ESOF 4WD, and near 500 lbs for the SuperCab. With the shingles, that's more than 4,000 lbs over an unloaded base truck.

The Crew Cab is about 800 lbs over the standard cab, but if you get the short bed, the truck'll be a coupla inches shorter than a SuperCab LongBed and maybe only 100 lbs heavier than the SC-LB.

I like the stance of the F250 better... it's a bit tail high unloaded, but closer to level. To me an SRW F350 looks like my female cat in heat. Without the power seat adjustable tilt, I feel if I'm sliding forward out of the seat with the radical angle of the SRW F350.

If one wants the extra capacity of the 350, without the stance, Ford makes a kit to lower its rear with the 2" blocks and shorter shocks of the 250. Seems the very tail of the SRW 350 was hitting the bottom of some fivers.

I love this truck! Even without the bit of extra low-rpm torque and LOTS more higher rpm hp of the 6.0, it accelerates my 34' going up a hill and is over a ton under the GCWR. The 6.0 can only be better (in a coupla years when they've worked all the bugs out) as can the new five speed auto (ditto on the coupla years).


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Old 01-23-2003, 10:44 AM   #59
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Moe... The first time I saw a 34'r my lower lip dropped to my knees. For years now I have displayed a large, framed picture of a triple axle A/S on the wall in our "living room". Two other pics are on the fireplace mantel. Definately a dream machine and we are envious. If we ever decide to "go long". I too have always liked a 4 door sedan and the 4 door option in trucks give lots to choose from.

At the big Toronto RV show last year they had a 34' r with the slide out. Piece of art. $120,000.00 CDN plus 15% Tax. That nets out at $138,000.00 plus a new tow vehicle. Unfortunately selling off our holdings in Nortel won't give us enough moola to make the move up.
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Old 03-12-2003, 08:17 PM   #60
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Helllllo there !!!!, what about more choices....?..?..?.

This is the third vehicle poll obviously rigged to prevent owners of real vehicles from participating.

In my opinion, this was started by SUV lovers, just trying to make their point.
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Old 03-16-2003, 10:01 AM   #61
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I don't think so. You just need to think outside the box! I just voted my Chevy 350 car as a 1/2 ton. Same engine and trans that was found in the 3/4 ton trucks pre 2000, so I figured my car has a weaker frame, but still the same drivetrain (with mods of course). Hell, my current tow vehicle has more HP and torque than our old '85 3/4 ton Suburban w/ a 454 had. It was rated at 230hp and my car stock was 250. Now modded,my current vehicle has about 270hp.

I'm rated at 5000lbs towing capacity.

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Old 01-24-2004, 07:37 AM   #62
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What's your tow vehicle

This is our first adventure in towing anything above a pop-up and wanted to be as secure in our choices as our research and experience would allow.
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Old 02-08-2004, 09:04 PM   #63
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Hi, We tow a 25ft tradewind 1976 with a 2002 gmc 1500, 5.3 and 373 rear. want a 30ft er but will keep the same truck.
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Old 04-22-2004, 02:20 AM   #64
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We decided on the 04 2500 Suburban with Quadra-Steer. I ordered our burb from our local Chevy dealer exactly as I wanted it. Camper mirrors, 2nd row captain's chairs, 4.10 rear end, block heater make our tow rig "ours"
We got 60 months 0% interest with 0 down. It was hard for me to learn that my 01 Jeep Grand with a v-8 and a factory tow package was just not up to the job of towing any Airstream larger than a Bambi. Sure you will hear from others that have pulled a large Airstream with their vehicle. I am always entertained when someone tells me how they are able or how they towed their Airstream with some (in my opinion) under sized vehicle.
I am all about safety, I cut my grass with eye and ear protection... Do I look silly... I don't care , I still can hear my wife when she wispers and I don't have to worry about debris in my eye... (off soapbox)
I think the 3/4 ton is really qualified for the tow job at hand and the Quadra-steer option is way cool and almost impossible to describe till you actually drive one for your self.
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Old 07-01-2004, 09:38 PM   #65
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Pulling a combined weight of over 17,000 lbs I had no choice but to go with a 3/4 ton Dodge cummings rated at 16,000 lbs. I didn't realize when I bought it that I would be pulling this much weight. I had to go to Banks Engineering to add some goodies under the hood to get the added horsepower necessary to climb the hills. The 3.54 rear end is not the ratio of choice but since I bought it used I really didn't have a much to say. It climbed the mountains of the southwest. There were 12% grades that went on forever. I had to use the gearbox and on many of them 42 mph at 2200 RPM was as good as I could do, but I would hate to think that I would be faceing some of those grades with anything less than what I had. The exhaust brake was a wonderful aid in decending the grades.
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Old 07-11-2004, 07:37 PM   #66
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Hmmm... I'm a bit underpowered...but does it count that I LOVE my tow vehicle. I have a 1968 Tradewind 24', and pull it with a...(gasp) Jeep Cherokee. Just a little 4.0L Inline 6 cylinder... and a short wheel base to add, when compared to the long bed, crew cab, diesel limo's that so many pull with. Sadly I do not have a picture of the trailer and the jeep together, but here are some pictures of each.

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Old 07-11-2004, 08:16 PM   #67
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I am considering replacing my f150 with this as a tow vehicle, anyone think that is a bad idea?
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Old 07-11-2004, 08:53 PM   #68
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Vintage Airstream and Vintage Auto............Sounds good to me.
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Old 07-11-2004, 09:06 PM   #69
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Currently have a 1997 1500 Suburban that I'll sell in August. Have a 2005 Suburban 2500, 3/4 ton, 8.1 liter, 4.1 gear ratio that'll pull 12,000 lbs on order.
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Old 09-09-2004, 10:34 PM   #70
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My 27" overlander is connected to it using a 4" drop ball mount (turned upside down for 4" lift), and it sits just right...

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The whole setup works great. First trip was over 500 miles and I forgot I had a trailer behind me a few times. (well, until I looked and realized I was getting 7 to 8 mpg!) I experienced NO bounce, and NO swaying, even when big rigs flew by me!

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