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Old 05-25-2015, 01:56 PM   #29
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I have found the Dodge RAM excellent for towing. My wife and I traveled for 16 years all over USA doing volunteer construction work (including trips to Alaska). I towed three different top end fifth wheels all in the 35-36 foot range and weighing from the lightest 14,000 lbs. to the heaviest 18,000. Owned four 3500 RAM Diesels - 2 dually 2 singles. Found the Cummins excellent. Due to health reasons we do not do volunteer work any longer and downsized to a 2014 Flying Cloud 27FB. I tow the Airstream with a 2014 RAM 1500 4X4 Longhorn Hemi (loaded) with the 8 speed transmission and air suspension. I use the Reese Strait-Line Dual Cam Sway Control hitch and find the truck handles the Airstream excellent. I have 30,000 miles on the truck and love the transmission and air suspension for towing. There is no sway when I pass or someone passes me. I travel expressway as much as possible and tow with the flow of traffic. My mileage - local short trips 18-19, long trips 22-23 and towing 12-13. A top of the line navigational system is a must. Love the one in the Longhorn.
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Old 05-25-2015, 02:35 PM   #30
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I have a 2014 Chevy High Country LTZ... Tow 31' Excella... Went thru CO, WY, NM this summer. No problems with the mountains.
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:14 PM   #31
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I had a Tundra with the 5.7 engine and I pulled a 30 ft. Excella with it. It did a wonderful job. Climbed some real hills with it and the trailer. I like to look at pictures form the 50's and 60's, everyone was using cars. Airstreams pull easy. I have a Chevy 5.3 now and a 30 ft. classic. Last year we went all over the Northwest, no problems. The Chevy is nicer to drive. On the other hand it is your money.
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:34 PM   #32
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I'm very conservative and as such, would rather had a tow vehicle that is overkill than take any chance on the Tundra.

On your F350 - I'm curious about what Airstream you tow and what is your average MPG?
The answer is... It depends. Flat terrain, freeway, over 14. Average, about 13. Empty, between 17 to 20. Best... 28.3 coming into Death Valley downhill for miles!

It's your money. The Tundra sounds like a great TV to me. But the saying is, "Go first class, or your heirs will!".
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:46 PM   #33
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I tow a 25FB with my Tundra and would not hesitate pulling a 27 since it is only a foot longer and not much heavier.

It sounds like your mind is made up so go big. A 3/4 ton will give you a nice cushion when it comes to payload but unless you go with a diesel, the Tundra 5.7 with a tow package will be hard to beat.
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Old 05-25-2015, 05:51 PM   #34
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Whoops, it is 2 feet longer. A 25FB is 25'11" and a 27FB is 28'

The 27FB is 300 pounds heavier.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:23 PM   #35
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Planning our first outing this weekend with a newly purchased 2015 Flying Cloud 27Fb twin. We chose to go with a Ford F-250 Crew Cab, 156" Diesel 4X4. I opted for the Ultimate Lariate package with the FX4. Included for towing are powerscope mirrors, rear view camera, trailer brake controller, trailer sway control, tow pkg. Engine is very powerful and fairly quiet as diesels go.

Just pushed over the 1000 mile mark on the Ford so I feel adequate break in to tow the AS. Will report back my observations in a week. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 05-25-2015, 06:58 PM   #36
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Try the Tundra first!

I tow my 30' International with a 2014 Tundra with the 5.7L V8 ( as do many others on this forum). It has more than enough power. I have to watch what I am doing otherwise my speed will creep up to 70+mph on flat land without realizing it. My only complaint is the small gas tank (by truck standards).
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:36 PM   #37
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I honestly don't trust Consumer Reports, they claim to be unbiased, they've been anything but in the last decade, on more than just cars.

A high response rate is the key to validity; survey findings are questioned when a low percentage of the population answers. So how many people respond to a Consumer Reports survey?

“Of over 4 million questionnaires sent this year, the magazine received responses regarding about 480,000 vehicles,” wrote Detroit News. If most people reported on two cars (because most families have two or more cars), that would put the response rate at 6%. Even assuming one car per family - a highly dubious assumption - we have a tawdry 12% response rate.

Consumer Reports Car Rating Methodolgy is Flawed

I was always a GM guy, Ram won me over. Haven't had any issues, and I don't know anyone else with reliability issues on the Ram forums either who own 4th gens.
I agree with BoldAdventuer, consumers is not what it use to be and full of far too many bias...very little real life input.
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:38 PM   #38
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The ford series has a nicer looking grill. The dodge has a lower center of gravity if I recall.
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:16 PM   #39
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They are all good trucks.In the last few years a lot of improvements have been made in the automobile industry.Technology is advancing at a rapid pace and coming into production quicker than ever before.


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Old 05-25-2015, 10:33 PM   #40
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The aux tank is allowed to gravity refill the main tank once the main is below half. It takes an hour when running to fill the main tank. I have mine running through a fuel filter yo the main.

Having an aux tank allows lots more choice of fuel, price wise. I am quite happy with it. Note, a 60 gal tank holds about 55 gallons, and some of this remains in the tank.

Pure Diesel installed a straight through exhaust, changed the tuning. I have about the same power ax the newer Cummins diesels. Fuel mileage is up about 2 mpg, but the engine runs so smoothly, has wonderful throttle response. They will soon be adding an instrument cluster allowing me to change the tune, read any codes.


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What hitch do you use?
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Old 05-25-2015, 11:09 PM   #42
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In the mountains you need a turbo diesel for high altitude torque. To get there without having to stop often you need an aux fuel tank. To get you or your wife in the truck you need automatic running boards by AMP. Now if you want the Airstream to really have a smooth ride you need Kelderman air suspension. After all this you have a truck that will last you a lifetime with comfort. My personal experience says that Ford's engine history and Dodge's transmission and body problems are over come in the GM products. GM has made 1,5 million Duramax/Alisons and their Denalli body beats all
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