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Old 01-28-2016, 04:56 PM   #29
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Why not a diesel?

I'm curious as to why you're eliminating consideration of a diesel. We tow a 25'Safari FB with a 2011 Ford F-250 Lariat Super Duty diesel. The combo handles beautifully, particularly when traveling in hilly or mountainous terrain. The higher mpg we get more than offsets the higher fuel price, and the extremely quiet ride at highway speeds up to 70 mph is wonderful. I'm sure lesser vehicles will get the job done, but the extra torque of the diesel has served us very well for the past 5 years and about 18,000 miles throughout the whole US. With our Hensley Arrow hitch, we're hardly aware of having the trailer behind us. I'd highly recommend the longer bed since you're full-timing. There's plenty of room in the bed for a generator and most everything else you'd need to make your travels as enjoyable as possible.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:14 PM   #30
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Wow, who could imagine everyone one trying to sell what they have pointing out that everyone else is inadequate, unsafe, under/over powered, wrong fuel choice . . .

Note that their is no "best" tow vehicle, everyone is happy with what they have (until they get something else). Choose according to your own needs and you will find satisfaction as well.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:32 PM   #31
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What he said.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:30 PM   #32
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The OP states he is new at this, is going to full time, wants to haul around a generator, kayak and all of the trappings that go with them. Sounds like he has a lot of toys he wants to bring along. When full timing I thought the goal was keeping your stress levels to a minimum. I personally enjoy a TV that doesn't strain getting the job done no matter what is thrown at it. Having a built in "Stressometer" in the passenger seat I needed a TV that was overkill I guess. The lack of stress it gives us is priceless. Your right that there is no best TV and that everyone is happy with what they have. I do ask myself how you would feel after towing your rigs a thousand miles with a modern diesel. After bringing my trailer home with a gas rig I know my answer to that question. Let the flaming commence!!!!! :P
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Regarding the canoe, we are actually thinking we would put it on the roof of the SUV or add a camper top to a truck and put it on top rather than in the bed.
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Old 01-28-2016, 06:50 PM   #34
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23,882 miles towed, no stress. Here is where this logic falls apart. You can get 3/4 ton's in gas. So I guess some are suggesting that a 3/4 ton owner with a gas engine will also experience stress? Does the 1/2 ton diesel owner not experience stress? But he has a smaller truck? Does that mean the Mercedes GL owner will also not experince stress?
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Old 01-28-2016, 07:14 PM   #35
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Best Tow Vehicle for a 27FB?

Like Bold, we tow our 27FB with a RAM 1500 gasser crew cab short bed, fully equipped for towing. We've never had any lack of power or stopping ability.

However, load capacity has proven marginal. We don't carry generators with us. We put very little in the truck bed. We pack light in the trailer. Despite this, we tow and camp happily.

Keep in mind that the tongue weight of your 27FB will be more like 12% - 15% of the trailer's GVWR. In our case GVWR is 7,600 pounds. So tongue weight is somewhere between 912-1140 pounds, depending. Tongue weight has never, despite light packing, been as low as 760 pounds.
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:10 PM   #36
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Tundra doesn't strain.
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Old 01-28-2016, 08:16 PM   #37
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Another example of stressless towing, daily driving, and in the wallet. World's easiest towing trailer, ProPride hitch, Michelin tires on truck and trailer, new $24K Ram 1500 Hemi carrying all we need for six months travel a year throughout the country many times. There is still capacity for our 65 lb canoe and our 65 lb Honda 2000i generator, if we needed them.

It's the best tow vehicle . . . for us.
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Old 01-28-2016, 10:00 PM   #38
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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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Old 01-28-2016, 10:42 PM   #39
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We like our dodge 2500 with 6.7 and 6 speed auto, coast to coast no strain , relaxed at 1650 rpm and it don't get scared when he sees a long grade....
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Old 01-29-2016, 11:57 PM   #40
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I admit, we went heavy cavalry, not light; but our Classic 27FB is around 1000#s heavier than a FC or International. We also wanted room to haul tools, toys, canoe, generators, mini-compressor, and beer. Originally had a 16 year old Dodge 2500 with Cummins diesel as mentioned by someone above, and loved the truck and the way it hauled the AS. Unfortunately, it was a farm truck and rode like a deuce-and-a-half. Upgraded to a 2015 Ram 3500 Club Cab Laramie Long Bed SRW 4x4, also with Cummins, and 6 spd manual. 4200# payload, which I thought was total overkill, but find myself using a fair portion thereof. There was also only around $200 dollars difference between the 3/4 ton and the 1 ton when I ordered the truck, so - WTH! To hold gear securely and possible canoe, we went with the "pickup pack" from Highway Products (http://www.highwayproducts.com/pickup-pack-standard) with the "bed roller" and couldn't be happier. It draws attention, questions and comments at every campground and truckstop. So, now we have a truck that rides like a Caddy (installed an Air-Safe hitch as well as an E-qual-izer anti-sway LD hitch to insure our Airstream also enjoyed a smooth ride), has more than ample weight capacity and power for any possibility, and gets 14.5mpg running the length of the Appalachians from Alabama to Vermont at a CAT GCVW of 17,000 lbs. Others above have told you what has worked for them, and with some good ideas and advice. I did a lot of research and pre-planning and bought what I thought would work best for us and am very pleased with the result. Welcome to Airstreaming and the forum, and best of luck in your choices and travels!
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