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Old 06-14-2018, 07:27 AM   #1
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Wife and will start full time living and traveling in about a year. Will be towing 10k give or take. Opting for a F350 gasser SRW because of payload. Shortbed or longbed. Havenít decided. Sound about right?
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What size Airstream will you be towing?
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30’ classic or bigger.
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New or used? Are you going to carry a lot of stuff in the truck? Do you like driving a big truck? Me, I would at least look at the diesel if buying new. Gas probably if buying used.
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us. We had 2011 Silverado 3500 crew cab, long bed until last October when we traded for a 2018 Silverado 2500 crew cab, standard bed. The long bed was nice, but made for an extremely long truck that sometimes created maneuvering issues. We find the shorter bed easier to handle and still have plenty of room for all our stuff.


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New or used? Are you going to carry a lot of stuff in the truck? Do you like driving a big truck? Me, I would at least look at the diesel if buying new. Gas probably if buying used.


Iím interested in your logic on this. Sure, diesel has higher resale but also ages better.
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If you have the money to trade up to a new truck every couple years, a diesel might be something to consider.

As for size, a 3/4 ton would suffice, a 1 ton would be fine too.

I went with an F250 4x4 crew cab 6.2 gas motor. It's a rough rider empty, but tows like a dream, and has 3,111 lbs. payload.
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Unless someone gives me the money, I will buy used. It will be our home, so want a truck that can carry the tools etc to maintain my home. I donít want the upfront expense of a diesel , not to mention fuel and maintenance costs which are are considerably higher. I will have a fiberglas cover and probably a full length drawer system in the bed stuffed full plus boondocking necessities.
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A distance of 10K is not a lot of miles. A lot of commuters put on 25K a year. So, what other duty will your tow vehicle see? Is that 10K all towing or just part of the plan?

Next - what gear will you carry with you? How much has to be in the Tow Vehicle and what can be transported in the coach? More in the TV = higher payload requirement. Less can make your life much simpler, which is usually the intent of a traveling small foot print lifestyle.

A shorter tow vehicle, as long as it has at least a 120 in wheelbase, is easier to use on a day to day basis. From the experience my brother-in-law has had with diesel, I'd stay with gas. While I enjoy a turbo, for heavy towing, I'd look very closely at going naturally aspirated unless I was going to do most of my travel in the mountains. Most trucks have a high center of gravity. Unless that additional clearance is required for your off road use, find as low a vehicle as possible and adjust your travel speed lower as the height of the vehicle increases. Big brakes and a proportional integrated brake controller are key to towing safety.

All about RVing is a compromise. Make good choices from an informed set of data. Learn from your experience and the experience of others. Spend your budget on your needs. Ignore your wants. Doing with less gear, less energy, and less speed delivers ecconomy and safety.

Good luck with your TV choice. Pat

PS - convinced a 27 is the best of all worlds. Less to tow, less to park, and lower cost. Figure out what works for you. Pick one up from someone who must have a 30/33. You will do well.
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10k refers to weight of airstream. My choice would be 6.2 gasser. I want all the payload I can get on SRW. GM or Ram in same configuration is not out of the question, but seems Ford has best payload with creature comforts inside for the ride. Also crew cab would be my choice.
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Thanks for the info. Some more to chew on.
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Long bed obviously offers more storage, as you've indicated you'd prefer. You mention purchasing used, depending upon year, it also offers the option of a stock 48 gallon fuel tank, if you can find one.
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Thanks. We will ultimately be towing a used classic 30í/31í or same length excella. Using airstreams classic weight rating of 10,000 lbs. as a benchmark of tow weight. That would leave me approx. 2500 lbs. of leeway under max. of tow vehicle, the way I like it. Ford, GM, and Ram have 3/4-1 ton heavy duty pickups that run large naturally aspirated gas engines that can handle that all day long. After +/- 10% tongue weight I want to have plenty of payload capacity, but not at the expense of unreliability in my TV. I would appreciate any and every experience in using these trucks in an upper trim package specifically ability and reliability. I will be retired, so a hot rod is not necessary
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