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Old 02-09-2013, 09:16 AM   #15
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I think he is saying he doesnt have a truck so he is looking to buy one. One more thing to consider is fuel mileage. My 05 yukon during the 100 miles I towed was getting 8 mpg. My dieseld gets 13/14 (in tow) and could care less about the trailer behind me. As I said the 1500 will do it if you get the taller gear. Not a speed demon and you will be looking for gas stations but it will do it.

IMO if I already had the 1500 and was going to stay local, I would stick with it. If you are looking for a truck you need to consider what your plans are. I dont take my trailer out a lot but when we do go we take off for 800/1000 mile trips. For gas, nothing beats a HD truck with at least 400 ft lb of tq. IMO. Im in the NE and frequent very steep and long up hill/down hill runs. I had trouble on flat ground and no way near comfortable pulling a trailer up a hill that weighed just as much as my truck. Gears, gears, gears... they make the difference.
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Old 02-09-2013, 11:02 AM   #16
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Good grief. We have a Ram 1500 5.7 gas engine and Airstream wherever we want without difficulty. When without the trailer it is a nice daily driver and it is easy on gas (as trucks go), without the $.25+ extra cost of diesel fuel.

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Old 02-10-2013, 07:16 AM   #17
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Likewise. I don't want to get beat to death in a 3/4 or 1 ton all year when not towing. I take maybe two long trips a year and maybe go west every other year. I can put up with my half ton for that. Yep, I know the ride is better now than it used to be but my half ton rides like a dream. I just wish they made them 4" lower to the ground. At 64 its getting tougher getting in and out. And the cargo? Very difficult getting out of the bed.
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Old 02-10-2013, 12:11 PM   #18
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Take into consideration that you might want a bigger or smaller trailer in the nearer than expected future. A large SUV or 1/2 truck with the right gears will work for a 25 foot AS.

If you want to get a bigger trailer someday then at that time you can also get a bigger truck.

To me that 25 foot range is in between 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton. Also I agree it depends on where, and how far you will be towing.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:02 PM   #19
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I have a 2012 silverado 4x4 with extended cab 5.3L and 6 speed trans with 3.42 final drive with locking diff ,z71 suspention,with heavy duty tow package includes trans and engine oil cooler it's towing capacity is 9700lbs I have towed my 19 foot flying cloud no problem tons of power .so much it goes many times into four cylinder mode on moderate acceleration and cruise. I'm getting about 19 miles per gallon while towing and 29 miles per gallon without. At aprox 100kph, that's imperial gallon not u.s. gallon. I know your towing more weight then me but ,you should be ok,
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:34 PM   #20
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You will need to watch your payload. The trailer tongue weight will take close to 800lbs of the payload, plus passengers and gear.
EXTREMELY important to know the limits and stay within range... we went with a 3/4 T for that reason. (830+ lbs just for the hitch weight *some of which is redistributed depending upon hitch preference* PLUS propane, any personal items in the AS in front of the axles, level & location of various of liquids in the AS, anything in the rear of the TV like gens, fuel, bikes, tools, & toys doesn't leave a lot more for payload ... you can't forget the driver and passenger(S)) I, too, am almost 65 and really am amazed at the comfort levels now available in the 3/4 T choices; what a difference in towing with the 3/4 versus our older 1/2 T. Of course, YMMV and you can expect a slightly stiffer ride in the 3/4 with stock springs.
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No - unless you plan on having nothing in the trialer or the bed of your truck....
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