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Old 02-02-2017, 04:35 PM   #1
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Hi I got a 1975 27" overlander and don't know much about trucks and the best one to tow this rv trailer, and also to carry all the toys that we usually bring with up to 4 people generators bicycles etc etc
please any help will be appreciated
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Old 02-02-2017, 04:40 PM   #2
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Hi from AZ. . . Welcome and I think the choice between Chevrolet or Ford is a personal choice matter, both are capable trucks these days. Good Luck, Craig
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Old 02-02-2017, 05:42 PM   #3
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several threads on this topic

As stated, there are several trucks which can handle your AS...several threads (currently) on this topic to really confuse you, or get you really excited... Even 4x4 questions and debates are covered well...theres even a current thread about using only a single 2000W generator with a MicroAir device to run your AC unit
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f37/...-153360-6.html

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I would look for trucks with higher payloads. Payload will run out quickly on most 1\2 ton trucks. Payloads vary from truck to truck even if they look exactly the same. Payload is the amount of weight the truck can carry, which includes gas, people, cargo, and other gear. This will also include the tongue weight of RV.

Not wanting to sound like weight police, but I purchased several trucks that was said to be "capable". They were not capable, hated driving RV anywhere. That is no fun to a nervous wreck with your family TRYING to have fun. Just hate to see someone else go through that ordeal.
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Hi I got a 1975 27" overlander and don't know much about trucks and the best one to tow this rv trailer, and also to carry all the toys that we usually bring with up to 4 people generators bicycles etc etc
please any help will be appreciated
If you are talking about a new truck, the Ford is safer (www.iihs.org) and also considered more reliable. We have the 2.7 EB and it's *plenty* stout and it works so incredibly well with the transmission but I think the jury is out on if it's more efficient than the 5.3GM IRL. I can say it's possible to achieve 23MPG measured by babying it.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:36 PM   #6
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I like the ram pickups, especially the 2500 4/4, switched from ford years ago, sure glad I did...
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We've had 2012 and 2016 Ram 1500 trucks, gas and diesel. Never a single problem with either and towed our 25' Airstream all over the country many times with them. We concern ourselves with axle ratings (scale verified) when towing, and payload recommendations when hauling with no travel trailer. The full coil (or air) suspension is the best riding of the bunch and has a little more lateral stability.
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We've had 2012 and 2016 Ram 1500 trucks, gas and diesel. Never a single problem with either and towed our 25' Airstream all over the country many times with them. We concern ourselves with axle ratings (scale verified) when towing, and payload recommendations when hauling with no travel trailer. The full coil (or air) suspension is the best riding of the bunch and has a little more lateral stability.


I had a 1500 SLT 02 crew cab 4.7 never had a problem with it but back then I didn't pay attention to payload before I got it and was only towing a 10' utility trailer with no problem either but remember the turning radius was not as good as a Ford F-150 I drove in those days, was the payload on that 2016 ? If I may ask
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I, too, switched from a F150 to a Ram 2500/Cummins, & I ain't going back.
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Hi I got a 1975 27" overlander and don't know much about trucks and the best one to tow this rv trailer, and also to carry all the toys that we usually bring with up to 4 people generators bicycles etc etc
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In today's highly competitive world all three , Dodge, Chevy, Ford are awesome trucks. I wouldn't hesitate owning anyone one of them. They all have nuances that might make them more or less attractive to you.
Take your time, test drive and look at all three.
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If you are going 1/2 ton the Ram Laramie ECODiesel will do the trick. It did for me.
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With your comment regarding all the stuff you like to take camping with, seriously consider 2500 or 3500. The 1500 maxes out on payload pretty quickly if you want to carry all the toys. Regarding which brand, as said before, all good, pick the one you like
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Hi I got a 1975 27" overlander and don't know much about trucks and the best one to tow this rv trailer, and also to carry all the toys that we usually bring with up to 4 people generators bicycles etc etc
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If you look at most posts, the 27 foot trailer is right on the line for 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton truck TV. You will never be sorry if you go 3/4 or one ton. Carry all the toys you want and you have a much more stable TV also. If you can afford, go diesel. You won't be sorry about that either. Make/model. Like said above, they are all great trucks today.
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Newbie debating between f150 Laramie 4x4 and Chevrolet ltz 4x4

Ohh I see I was telling my wife we should do that go with a 3/4 ton and have no regrets, thanks Howard L appreciate your opinion
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If reliability and resale are a concern to you, then check out a Toyota Tundra. Not only is it Consumer Reports top rated pick-up, it is also a best buy. Toyota does not call it a 3/4 ton, but its payload is actually greater than that, up to a full ton for the base model. Its tow rating can be up to 10,500#. Also, it's built in Texas if BuyAmerican is important to you.
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Thanks USAtraveler good observation to have in mind
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Don't know how you feel about Nissans but my Titan XD is rated to pull 12,400 pounds and has a payload of 1800#. The gas version payload is over 2100#.

Very nice truck and we got a great deal.
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Newbie debating between f150 Laramie 4x4 and Chevrolet ltz 4x4

Hi Newbie,
I was a virgin Newbie when I asked a similar question last Summer.
I pull a 2017 AS (7300ibs) and checked into all of the Big Three, After much research and advice, I went with my AS salesman's recommendation and bought a 2016 Ford F-150, 4x4 Lariat, with the EB 3.6L. I LOVE IT!! Also got the new Trailer Back-up Assist feature. Have about 1500 miles on the towing odometer, and that rig has got us through some hairy situations caused by "operator error", Even with the aluminum body, I only get about 16.5 mpg when towing and about 18 when not. Lariat model is very comfortable and pretty "Plushy Plush". The Rams used to have a big problem with rusting out in wheel wells, but they may have solved that by now.
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I'll throw in here and highly recommend a 3/4 ton truck, just sayin'.

Better to have one and not need it, than need one, and not have it.

Though my '15 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 with the 3.5 ecoboost is a mean towing machine, with 2,007 pounds of payload capacity.
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I tow a 34' limited with my 15 GMC with the max tow package. The truck sports a 6.2 litre engine and eight speed transmission. I pull at highway speeds loaded with anything I want in the truck. I have zero issues with sway or overload. I know everybody needs a huge truck, the bigger the better. I am totally happy.
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