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Old 07-25-2013, 04:35 PM   #15
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Funny how Mr. Wheeler was speaking of using a 1/2 ton for the trailer being discussed (a new 27 footer), yet people manage to ignore that and fly off on tangents of why we should using nothing less than a 3/4 ton. I guess Airstream doesn't even know what to tow their trailers with...
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Funny how Mr. Wheeler was speaking of using a 1/2 ton for the trailer being discussed (a new 27 footer), yet people manage to ignore that and fly off on tangents of why we should using nothing less than a 3/4 ton. I guess Airstream doesn't even know what to tow their trailers with...
Like I was saying....Airstream needs to become more involved....as corporate policy. Otherwise....
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Funny how Mr. Wheeler was speaking of using a 1/2 ton for the trailer being discussed (a new 27 footer), yet people manage to ignore that and fly off on tangents of why we should using nothing less than a 3/4 ton. I guess Airstream doesn't even know what to tow their trailers with...
Honest question here - would that thinking apply to GYMs also? I'm really torn on that issue. Sticking with them for now but nervous with all I've read about them. If Airstream thinks half-tons and GYMs are sufficient..... ??
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I agree with Canoe. My 1500, 2000 van had a tow rating of 5000 lbs. What changes were made to up the rating to 6500 lbs. Dodge made a pickup truck that was in between a light truck and a 1500, with a tow rating way to high. They got sued.
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Unfortunately, Mr Wheeler's comments could imply that a 1/2 ton vehicle is suitable for all Airstream models. That could come back to bite him. As previously mentioned, many initial purchasers are woefully uninformed about tow vehicles and their limitations.

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Honest question here - would that thinking apply to GYMs also? I'm really torn on that issue. Sticking with them for now but nervous with all I've read about them. If Airstream thinks half-tons and GYMs are sufficient..... ??
Sorry.....what is a GYM?
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GYM is for Goodyear Marathon Tires, which for some have been unreliable under various conditions.

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We like the purchase and maintenance costs, utility, power, ride, and great maneuverability of our Ram 1500 5.7, even with relatively light 1368# payload capacity (not including driver). With a ProPride hitch it is absolutely stable, and the hitch distributes the usual 1000# tongue weight among the truck and trailer axles. It's a pleasure to travel with, especially on our 6 month winter vacations.

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Whatever vehicle and trailer you buy, the combination needs to be appropriately matched to each other, and to your intended use.

Not every trailer can be pulled by a 1/2ton and not everyone needs even a 1/2ton.

For example, a 1/2 ton truck will be sufficient to pull a medium sized trailer without a lot of gear, but you can't say that that same truck will pull any Airstream with generators, 20gal of gas, 4 bikes, 5 adults, 2 mopeds....

I will use the 2005 Tundra to pull my enclosed car trailer with my 2200lb racecar in it and a few tools in the bed, but I won't put a 6000lb Cadillac in the trailer and a Pickup camper in the bed of the truck and head up in to the mountains!

1/2 ton trucks are appropriate for some purposes, 3/4 ton for others, Vans, cars, and SUV's are also great vehicles IN THE APPROPRIATE CIRCUMSTANCES!
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We like the purchase and maintenance costs, utility, power, ride, and great maneuverability of our Ram 1500 5.7, even with relatively light 1368# payload capacity (not including driver). With a ProPride hitch it is absolutely stable, and the hitch distributes the usual 1000# tongue weight among the truck and trailer axles. It's a pleasure to travel with, especially on our 6 month winter vacations.

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Agreed.

My RAM 1500 5.7 Hemi Outdoorsman 4 door has a payload of 1650....and gets 20mpg on the highway (not towing). I haul hay, horse feed, mountain bikes, people, tow trailers and the Bambi 19 (Husky WD system with sway control). I like the RAM's integrated brake control and electronic sway. You really feel that the truck was intended for hauling.

If I were to go over 27 feet....A/S upgrade....I would most likely think about a RAM 2500.
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1/2 ton trucks are appropriate for some purposes, 3/4 ton for others, Vans, cars, and SUV's are also great vehicles IN THE APPROPRIATE CIRCUMSTANCES!
Exactly.
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GYM is for Goodyear Marathon Tires, which for some have been unreliable under various conditions.

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Oh yes. Almost forgot.

Mine are on Craigslist. I upgraded to Michelin 16s at 650 miles.
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