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Old 01-19-2015, 02:38 PM   #1
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Towing a Flying Cloud 25 FB TB

I am a newbie so need advice. Can anyone recommend a best second hand towing vehicle for towing a flying cloud 25 FB TB?

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Old 01-19-2015, 03:02 PM   #2
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There isn't a "best", but there is one that will suit you. For me, it's a 2012 Dodge Durango. Others will chime in with their choice.

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Old 01-19-2015, 04:36 PM   #3
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Wow, in terms of opinions, you just opened a can of worms. Here's a typical towing thread.

You're going to hear everything from A to Z. I like a diesel pickup because we tow in the mountainous west. Others like SUVs or passenger cars. The best advice I can give you is to look closely at the towing ratings of the vehicles, and compare that to the tongue and loaded weights of your trailer, then make a decision. If you intend to spend time in more mountainous areas, you may want more torque and horsepower. Don't forget that stopping is just as (or more) important as 'going'. Transmission cooling is another factor to consider. Your TV should have a transmission cooler that is capable of standing up to hot weather in the areas you intend to tour.

As a personal rule of thumb, I prefer to keep my towing load to 2/3s (or less) of the tow vehicle rating. Others may have different perspectives.

Good luck.
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:18 PM   #4
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Any good half ton can do the job. I am towing mine with an '08 Tundra and it pulls fine, even through the mountains out west. As with any half ton you will need to pay attention to the carrying capacity of the TV, not the tow rating. Mine has a very big tow rating, 10,000lbs but a very small capacity.

You will need to think about how you plan to camp. Will you bring lots of "stuff" along and do you have a lot of people in the cab? How about animals and generators and bikes?

Most folks like to have a nice cushion when it comes to weights, hence the move towards 3/4 tons. And, don't forget, what will you do with the TV when not pulling the trailer? Will it be a daily driver or will it stay parked in the garage? Mileage will be poor while towing but some trucks are better than others when driving around town. I am not a brand guy. Get the TV that you like the best and enjoy.
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:08 PM   #5
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There is so little information given about the O.P's specific towing and load carrying needs a good recommendation is impossible.

But here's a shot in the dark; any late model 1/2 ton pickup.
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:11 PM   #6
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A bit of an after thought. Look for a TV that has a transmission with tow haul type capabilities. The shift points are changed to optimize for towing, and best of all, they typically will help control speeds when descending a grade.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:14 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by andersontim1 View Post
I am a newbie so need advice. Can anyone recommend a best second hand towing vehicle for towing a flying cloud 25 FB TB?
What is the TB in Flying Cloud 25 FB TB?
I tow a Classic 30 with a 2007 Tundra I bought used in 2008. I like it.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:21 AM   #8
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:57 AM   #9
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Welcome to the hive. Go rent the various suggestions and try them out. You don't want a nasty divorce later.
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:33 AM   #10
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We got rid of a 2011 Durango & went to a Dodge Ram 1500 short bed. Wheel base was to short on the Durango & it just didn't feel stable. We tow a 2002 25' Safari
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:01 PM   #11
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Towing Vehicle

I tow my 25' 2013 FC RB with a 2012 Toyota Sequoia. It has the power and towing capacity for the job. All the features noted in other threads: transmission cooling, rear end leveling, brake support, and special gearing for pulling, are included. I researched all other SUV candidates and chose the Sequoia. This vehicle is built for towing in my opinion. It is also our family car since I traded in the Lexus for it. We already had, and still do, a Highlander which is our running around town car and also for hauling the youngest grandchildren. We previously had a 17' Casita and the Highlander was fine for that. Did Yellowstone and Tetons 3 years ago with that combination and everything performed well. Last year did another western trip - Sedona, Grand Canyon North Rim, Monument Valley, Dead Horse State Park, and Canyonlands - with Airstream/Sequoia combination and performance was great. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:17 PM   #12
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We've been renting since mid-2012 everything from:

A mid-size SUV 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 4.0L V6 3x (not the new ones, but the older truck frame-on-body type) & they also had a V8, as did the Toyota 4Runner V8 & Land Cruiser V8 (also in that mid-size range, but we haven't rented any of them yet.)

To several full size pickups, including: a 1/2T 2013 Ford F150 Extended Cab/6' Bed with the V6/Auto, 2 - 3/4T Dodge Ram 2500 Crew Cab/8' Bed with the 5.7 V8 & 6.3 V8 Hemi & both Autos, a 3/4T Ford F250 Crew Cab/8' Bed 6.1L V8/Auto.

The F150 & first time Pathfinder were "bare ball" towing without Weight Distribution (WD) nor anti-sway, & the Pathfinder was a white knuckle ride over 55 mph, but the F150 had built-in anti-sway & was pretty good.

After the Pathfinder E-ticket ride - I got a Hensley Cub WD+Anti-sway hitch (sim. to their Arrow & Pro-Pride PPP hitches - more stuff for you to research & get everyone's opinion/preaching), & we're very happy with it since then on 2x Pathfinders + the 3/4T trucks. ALL were jacked up 4x4s.

All TVs were gas powered & all performed the task well on both flat/rolling & mountain pass terrain, but our 1960 Avion T20 is only about 3000-3200# max. wet & loaded - so net near what your new 25' AS will be. So keep that in mind.

For us, the 27-30' long truck + a 21-22' Trailer = a hitched rig of about 50' Long ~ & us climbing 6' high up into a jacked-up 4x4 behemoth 1/2 or 3/4 ton monster - was just uncomfortable in use & ride, handling & parking ~ plus I can only open the beasts' doors 1/4 or 1/3 of the way in our tight driveway ~ not to mention that my wife will NOT drive one hitched nor bare!

So given our driveway space constraints, narrow streets, tight campgrounds, non-towing driving preferences, etc. - the mid-size SUVs fit our needs best, & I'm now looking for a 2006-10 gas V8 powered Porsche Cayenne S with 7716# towing capacity & 770# hitch wt. (with WD - 500# & 500# on the ball, & this is the same rating on all engines of both the Cayenne & twin VW Taureg - except the Hybrids).

If a Cayenne or Taureg tickles your fancy, then there are several topics on here for that vehicle set (including mine), as well as for BMW X5, MBZ ML/GL, etc., as well as the big pick-ups, & just about anything else.

In addition to looking/asking on here, once you narrow to a few or 1-2 prospects, then also go the the websites for owners of those vehicles, & read up on what they do in towing & ask questions there too.

You - & your wife/SO/GF/Family - will need to figure out what fits YOUR needs best, & renting different ones can help, but the tow vehicle rental field is limited in who will let you rent what & actually tow with it!

You'll soon see that there are 2 camps out there - the "only tow with a truck camp" (i.e.: full size pick-up or SUVs) - & the "we tow with a 'not-a-big-ole-truck' camp" .... & anything but what they espouse is heresy!!

But just get what fits your needs & check that the towing capacity numbers & set-up are within that vehicle's limits & safe!

Good Luck & Have Fun!
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Old 01-20-2015, 02:21 PM   #13
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I might suggest that you join WBCCI and hook up with your local chapter nearby. Odds are that some one in the chapter has a trailer similar to yours, and can relate their experiences first hand to you. Plus, you can actually speak to someone in person about their experiences.
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Contact Andy Thomson at CanAm RV in London Ontario he'll advise you well.

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