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Old 08-05-2016, 10:16 AM   #29
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There are some Fords on the Enterprise vanpool site with the 5.4 and the above Chevy has a 6.0. Seems like a viable starting point. If the power falls a bit short, there is tuner tech on the market. Understand the Chevy throttle response needs some aftermarket help, but programming is supposed to resolve. Pat
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Old 08-05-2016, 10:25 AM   #30
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We bought 14 2011 Ford E350 Superduty vans with the 5.4 motor.
They don't tow well.
Every single one has had 2 transmissions.
We retired them and bought 2500 and 3500 Duramax/Allison crew cab pickups to replace them.
Towing capacity is only 9,900# and the transmission honestly is not up to the task.
Every one of them uses oil, also.
Please steer clear of this one.
The GM vans have the 6.0 as the largest engine. They are much more stout and robust than their Ford counterparts and have more payload and towing capacity and transmissions that die at 300,000 miles due to old age.
Our fleet is 95% or more GM for that reason.
Ford Econoline 350's are used up at 350,000 miles. Chevy Express/GMC Savana are used up at 550,000 miles.
You plug up an OBD II scanner to a Ford Econoline and you are chasing rabbits- can never get it repaired.
Plug an OBD II scanner to a GM van, get a code, replace a part, and all is well again.
Just some food for thought...
Also, as for now GM is still manufacturing the current generation Express/Savana. Ford has discontinued the Econoline except for the E450 Superduty chassis cab and replaced it with the Transit, which I know nothing about so far but I am sure it probably has their EcoBoost 3.5 motor.
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Old 08-05-2016, 10:44 AM   #31
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We are seriously considering buying a 2017 Classic J - GVWR 10000 - we, however, want a TV that can seat 6 - 4 adults and our two labs. Is it reasonable to think that we cd get a Yukon 2500 (used or new - retrofitted with a Duramax diesel) and it will be enough to tow all this - or is (1) the length of the cab going to be a problem in towing or (2) the weight of the passengers etc a problem?
We are also relatively new to Airstream and RVing so have had the same questions you have asked. Everyone has an opinion but what really determines the right answer is your own situation - location, type of travel and specific needs. I would strongly suggest you contact CanAm RV in London Ontario. They are specialists in setting up tow vehicles and I know would be happy to answer your questions even though you did not buy your rig from them. They have given us great advice, saved us money by getting us better mileage and given us peace of mind with more stable and safer towing set up. They gave us great choices when we were deciding what vehicle to buy. They have many US customers. Contact information is: 1866 226 2678. www.CanAmRV.ca Good Luck!
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Old 08-05-2016, 08:34 PM   #32
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I almost totally agree with dcasr, except my suggestion would be the new 2017 Ford F-350 Super Duty crew cab with the 6.7L PowerStroke diesel :-). 925 ft-lbs of torque should be awesome!
The report I read on the 2017 SuperDuty said the cabs are the same as on the 2016 F-150's. I have one of those as a SuperCrew. The rear seat is huge. Add that the floor is flat all the way across and you may be able to have the dogs in the truck. Would be worth a visit to a dealer once they show up on the lots. I swear, I think I could fold up the rear seat and sleep on the floor- might happen if I get in big trouble with the DW!

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BTW, double tap on one button on my key fob drops the tailgate. Also discovered that the remote start also turns on the A/C.

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Old 08-06-2016, 12:18 AM   #34
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Im a newbie here too.

We have a 2008 Toyota Sequoia which seats 8 adults comfortably around town, or 6 comfortably on a road trip. There is plenty room for two large dogs with the third row up or down. The 5.7L engine has 401 ft lb torque, which is ample power to pull at 10K lb trailer.

The end of June we bought a 34 Avion GVWR 9995. In the last six weeks weve been out 15 nights, and towed more than 1800 miles. The Toyota was at all times well mannered. I never came close to taxing the capacity of the engine.

I am very satisfied with my TV.
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Old 08-06-2016, 03:03 AM   #35
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I've often wondered why the key fob lock and unlock doesn't do the tailgate too...
Depends on the brand. My 2013 RAM 1500 locked the tailgate along with the doors on the via the key fob. My 2015 GMC 1500, it did not. Now with the 2016 2500 Chevy it does. Haven't owned a Ford truck in many years, so I'm not sure what they are, or are not doing. But GM just started doing this, while RAM has obviously done it for a while.
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So we went to GMC dealer - prompting a new question- (1) dual rear tires or (2) single rear tires? Dealer said that dual were preferred for trailer towing because they provide more torque but I seem to recall a debate over this in one of the forums.

But I can get what seems like a good deal on a 2016 Denali HD 3500 Duramax Diesel - with dual rear tires.

Any advice?
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Old 08-07-2016, 12:13 PM   #37
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The dually is a mismatch to an Airstream, as are the occupant requirements. Should you be looking at a fifth wheel trailer or motorhome?
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I'm curious as to why a dually would not be good for an Airstream? I would think more rubber on the road would be more better? Towing in the mountains seems to wear the rubber off my single rear tires at a noticeable rate.
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I just don't think it is necessary.
Been towing with a 4 wheel half ton all these years and it works great-


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I tow with a 3500 drw and it is certainly not necessary for any Airstream. My previous rv was a fifth wheel. The dually does not give you more torque but adds to stability and weight carrying capacity. One disadvantage is less traction when not loaded due to a larger footprint. It is more of a hassle when using it to go pick up groceries while on a trip but it's something I've adjusted to. It's primary purpose is towing so it is seldom used around home.
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Doubt you would need a Dually to tow an AS. The added tires just mean added expense unless you need the cargo capacity increase in the truck's bed. A GMC 2500HD short bed with a crew cab would serve you well. I do find the 4wd version like we have to be very useful on steep boat ramps and soft ground, as we also tow a boat a lot heavier than our Safari and have never felt the need to go to a Dually.
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Single rear wheel one ton is best for payload. Be sure tires are commercial rated to the payload if you look at used.
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