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Old 11-27-2012, 07:03 PM   #15
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Don't overlook a great TV-- the Toyota Tundra Crewmax 4x4 with the tow package, 5.7 V8. I would put this truck up against the " the big 3 ".
I also tow a 03 Classic and before that, I hauled a 86 Excella 32 foot and I have never had any problem. The Toyota is sold as a 1/2 ton but is really the same as a 3/4 ton ford, dodge or cheve.
It is also American made.
In one of the truck mags, they had the usual 1/2 trucks in a side by side test but they used the Toyota Tacoma, a 1/4 ton.
So if you are testing trucks, give the Toyota Tundra a test ride. You will not regret it.
I have friends who hauled their 34 foot Limited with a Jaguar car. They never had a problem.
Properly set up, almost anything can tow an Arstream.
I will get off my soap box now.
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Old 11-27-2012, 08:11 PM   #16
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We have a 30' Classic with a slide which is somewhat heavier than a regular Classic. I opted for a 2008 F-250 Extended cab and short bed V-10. I could not be happier. No we don't get the mileage that a diesel gets, but I don't have $200 oil/filter changes and don't worry about bad fuel costing me $2,000 for a new injector pump either. Any of the new gas rigs in a 3/4 ton vehicle will do you a fine job with none of the light weight vehicle sway issues. My hitch weight is right at 900 lbs and a 1/2 ton is a little puny IMHO.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:04 PM   #17
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Ask 10 members of Air Forums about tow vehicles and you will get at least 10 different answers!

Choice between a 250/2500 and 350/3500 will be dependent on what else you want to haul in the truck. For anything but the largest loads, the 250/2500 will be fine. But do the math. Add up the people, cargo, tongue weight and hitch and compare with the payload capacity.

I pull my 30' Safari with a 2012 F150 4x4 Supercrew Ecoboost with all the towing and payload options. The Safari looks to be about 1000 lbs lighter than the classic - but given the ease with which I can tow the Safari, I don't think the extra 1000lbs will make that much difference.

No major mountains yet - that comes next summer.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:06 PM   #18
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We have a 30' Classic with a slide which is somewhat heavier than a regular Classic. I opted for a 2008 F-250 Extended cab and short bed V-10. I could not be happier. No we don't get the mileage that a diesel gets, but I don't have $200 oil/filter changes and don't worry about bad fuel costing me $2,000 for a new injector pump either. Any of the new gas rigs in a 3/4 ton vehicle will do you a fine job with none of the light weight vehicle sway issues. My hitch weight is right at 900 lbs and a 1/2 ton is a little puny IMHO.
Is that an RV or a posh urban assult vehicle?

Impressive front bumper...
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:30 AM   #19
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I need a good bumper to keep the deer and hogs from denting my pretty truck. I have a front and rear replacement bumper from www.southtexasoutfitters.com as they are the very best bumpers made. While working in Arizona, I was rearended 3 times while on the 101. I'm not worried any more.

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Old 11-28-2012, 08:35 AM   #20
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Think those are called "overload springs", but anyway I was told by GM that those extra springs are the only difference between a 2500 and a 3500 GM.
The same as we were told for a Ram ...
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:37 AM   #21
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I pull with a 3/4 ton GMC van with a 6 liter and 4.10 rear axle. It works well with my 30' slide out. One of the interesting things with the GM vans was that going to a 1 ton did not actually improve towing capacity. In the case of my van, going to the 1 ton would actually decrease the towing capacity by 300 lbs, even if the engine and axle combination were left the same. So in some cases going bigger can be counter productive.

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