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Old 01-28-2016, 11:58 AM   #15
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You should talk to forum member "DC Bruce". He has a 27' and tows it with GMC Sierra 6.2 with Max payload package (~ 2000# of payload per door sticker).
My 1500 maxtow is stickered at 2063# payload. Loaded LTZ doublecab, 4wd, regular bed.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:05 PM   #16
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My first AS was a 23' ft FB. We traded up to 27fb. I was using a ram 1500 with the hemi for my 23. The 27 was too much trailer for this truck. Many people think just because it can pull it, your good. It has to be able to STOP it as well. This is where the 1500 was weak. It only took one panic stop in traffic with the 1500 to make me realize that it wasn't cutting it. I went to a Ram 2500 diesel. The diesel shines for towing and stopping. It gets, on average 6 mpg more than my 1500 got towing the same trailer. Also, if your planning to be one the road a lot, the reliability of diesel cannot be beat. Today's diesels are nothing like the diesels of 5 years ago
No smoke clouds, not much noise either. You really should check one of before ruling it out. Just my opinion
I will take my 16 yr old Dodge diesel over any new one, there are less computers and less to go wrong with it. It tows our AS and gets 16+ mpg.

With all that being said..........find a vehicle that will tow the max GVW of the trailer you are going to purchase, make sure your a$$ likes the drivers seat and you can afford it. Otherwise you will not enjoy your 2 to 3 yrs of travel.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:06 PM   #17
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I tow the same airstream with a 2014 Silverado 5.3L high county, which provides ample towing features like built in brake controller, better rear end, and up/ down hill assists (picks its own gears). No problem with power. Biggest challenge we've faced is all through the Appalachians. Tow vehicle is also daily driver so I don't want tons of wasted capacity. To ensure your best towing experience you also need to get a projected pivot point hitch. I use a Hensley. Yes sway is GONE. good luck
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:10 PM   #18
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:15 PM   #19
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Hi Bill, we went thru the same situation. We bought a 2006 25' Classic and was towing it with my Tahoe 5.3 liter engine. While it did fine on the flats, it was horrible on any incline. (think 10-15 mph with the engine revving in the red) so after much research we bought a Ford F-250 Turbo Diesel and haven't had a single issue since. Pulls like a dream and can handle any incline with no problem. Hardly even notice that I'm towing anything. I have heard that the F-150 Eco Boost will work;but for me, the weight would have been maxed out. Our dealership here in Northern Calif. (Fairfield) will rent the F-150 so you can "test drive" to see if it meets your needs. Hope this helps!
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Don't overlook the Toyota Tundra, 5.7. with the big cab. Little more expensive, but well worth it.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:20 PM   #21
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Whatever you decide to go with please remember to make your purchase based on the vehicle you want to be driving under the worse possible conditions... that's why I tow with a bagged F350 dually.
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My first AS was a 23' ft FB. We traded up to 27fb. I was using a ram 1500 with the hemi for my 23. The 27 was too much trailer for this truck. Many people think just because it can pull it, your good. It has to be able to STOP it as well. This is where the 1500 was weak. It only took one panic stop in traffic with the 1500 to make me realize that it wasn't cutting it. I went to a Ram 2500 diesel. The diesel shines for towing and stopping. It gets, on average 6 mpg more than my 1500 got towing the same trailer. Also, if your planning to be one the road a lot, the reliability of diesel cannot be beat. Today's diesels are nothing like the diesels of 5 years ago
No smoke clouds, not much noise either. You really should check one of before ruling it out. Just my opinion
What year 1500? Do you know what gears it had? Did you use tow haul and do you normally apply the truck or trailer brakes? Just curious to hear more about your experinces.

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I see the above all list trucks... We pull a 30' International with a 2015 GMC Yukon XL 1500 SLT 4WD.
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My first AS was a 23' ft FB. We traded up to 27fb. I was using a ram 1500 with the hemi for my 23. The 27 was too much trailer for this truck. Many people think just because it can pull it, your good. It has to be able to STOP it as well. This is where the 1500 was weak. It only took one panic stop in traffic with the 1500 to make me realize that it wasn't cutting it.
I'm hoping not to veer this thread off topic, but, from what you describe, you really need to have the trailer brakes and brake controller checked. The trailer brakes on the 27' AS are actually oversized for the trailer even at max GVWR. If everything is working properly with a 27' AS and a Dodge RAM 1500, your truck and trailer should stop BETTER than the solo truck. If you purchased the trailer new it is possible that when you first towed the trailer the brakes were not burnished properly, completely or maladjusted.

What year was this truck?
Were the truck's brakes in good working condition?
What brake controller were you using?
How many miles were on the trailer when this event happened?
Were the trailer brakes adjusted properly?
Did you have the brake controller gain adjusted properly?
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:03 PM   #25
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My wife and I are planning to purchase a 27FB (Dry wgt. 5868 lbs.) in the near future, but do not have a tow vehicle. We are not interested in Diesel. We plan to full time throughout the US and Southern Canada for 2-3 yrs. We would appreciate some guidance/recommendations. Some questions that come to mind (we're first timers, if you couldn't tell...):
  1. For those with a 27' AS, what is your tow vehicle and how do you like it? How does it do on hills (up and down), etc...?
  2. So far, we have thought about Tahoe, Suburban, Silverado... (we're open to non-Chevy if better...)
  3. How much Tow Rating, GVWR and GCWR should we aim for?
  4. 5.3 L, 6.2L or some other engine?
  5. We would like to carry a canoe on top of tow vehicle, any cautions, suggestions?
  6. What rear end ratios do you recommend?
  7. If we need to carry a generator where should it go?
  8. Other things to consider???
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Get one with enough cargo capacity to handle the tongue weight, all your gear and cargo carried in the truck, canoes, racks, added accessories to truck, and passengers. Sounds like you need 2500 pounds of cargo capacity from your list.

Do not let a salesman decide for you. They rarely understand the numbers and like catalog puffery. Study the actual "yellow sticker" in the door jamb and what they mean. If you buy one with adequate actual cargo capacity, it will have enough towing capacity for your AS and it will also have a chassis, axles, and running gear robust enough as well.

Pick an engine based on torque.

Generator should ride in the back of the truck.

Have fun in your studies and "buy once". Many have suffered buyer's remorse and bought more than once.
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:06 PM   #26
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We have had good sucess pulling our 27fb with a 2014 GMC Duramax diesel 3500 12 passenger van (I have been told it's a "rare bird") Took out the 3rd row of seats and have a huge storage area that's easy to acess. Generator is fine with the cap locked. I did mount a 2.5 gal jerry can on the back when we need extra for the generator. Big plus is milage at 12-16 mpg depending on conditions. No problem pulling anywhere and very comfortable for us and 2 dogs. Have a blue ox hitch and never a handling problem in the short 20K miles we have used this setup.
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Old 01-28-2016, 01:19 PM   #27
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Welcome we own a 27' FB FC and tow it with a 2013 F150 eco boost with the max tow package. We live in New Mexico at 6000' and head uphill into Colorado. The Ford is surprising at ho well it handles the big Airstream. Good gas mileage excellent power and great passenger accomodations. Do not want to comment on others equipment. Best luck and enjoy the open road!
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towing a 27 fb

We bought a 2016 27 fb FC and tow easily with our 2015 Ford Expedition with the 3.5 eco boost
12 mpg @ 60 mph and we have a nice enclosed car when we separate
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