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Old 02-20-2003, 05:07 PM   #15
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1/2 vs 3/4

do i need a 3/4 ton 4x4 300 hp truck to tow my airstream?

no! i have towed it with lesser vehicles.

BUT! i do like to take my harley with me and the added weight of that just about over loads a half ton.

what i do like about a heavier truck is the following:

longer wheelbase

more hp for hills

much better brakes, four wheel discs

prewired tow package from the factory

two batteries

higher rated tires

a transmission that can handle overdrive.

i really don't need load bars

and an overall feeling of being in complete control, even with an extra 700 lbs in the bed.

would i trade all of the above for a little rougher ride unloaded?

i won't

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Old 02-20-2003, 05:14 PM   #16
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Chantal,

I said you because you were the one telling the story and saying that bigger is better! .

I'm sure it was Mike's fault because hey, he's a guy !!

I'm not familiar with this route and will take your word that it one mean hill!!

I'm basicly talking about towing safely with a 1/2 ton vehicle. As a matter of fact, I recently bought a copy of the Western Mountain Directory, since I'm heading that way next week for the summer. I'm not familiar with many of the roads that I'll be driving/pulling on and this directory will give me advanced warning of some grades/mountains I might not want to go over.

So again, it wasn't a slam, it was more of a clarification of safety over the size of the tow vehicle.

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Old 02-20-2003, 05:26 PM   #17
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My 1/2 ton has:

4 wheel disc brakes

4WD

4:10 rear grears

Oversized pads

Much softer ride

Prewired tow package from the factory

Z71 off road package

Tow-Haul mode

34 Gallon tank

Better Gas Mileage!

Easier to park at stores/shopping centers

And Chicks dig 1/2 tons!

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John,

You are really good: you are right again:
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I'm sure it was Mike's fault because hey, he's a guy !!
Just a litle bit with his head in the clouds !!!
He's the one who was playing with the hand brake on the van the last time we used it to tow the trailer, trying to see why the the indicator light was not working, and driving off a few minutes later with the parking brake on !!!
That's why we got something with brakes. Hasn't been able to drive with the hand brake on yet.
Basically we are trying to get a vehicle which is fool proof. With advancing age, the brain slows down!!!!

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Old 02-20-2003, 05:42 PM   #19
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I envy you the 34 gallon tank. I only have 26 gallons in just about the same truck, probably because I have the extended cab. My trip out this weekend would be a one-tanker with 34 gallons; as it is, I will stop in Lufkin for a fill up.

Other than that, I am pleased with the Z71, especially with the extra kick the Banks system added.
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Old 02-20-2003, 05:43 PM   #20
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Chantal,

And of course you need a large truck, not just because of Mike , but because of your business/life style.

But I guess with Mike's driving habit's, bigger is better for your health !!!

Oh yea, have you all decided on the 32' or 34'?

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Old 02-20-2003, 05:46 PM   #21
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John Irwin,

You're right, it's because I have the reg cab.

Have a great weekend & a safe trip!

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John,

We seem to have decided on the 32'. The 3 axles would be too much of a problem with the crazy parking on crazy grounds.
We are driving tomorrow with our car 160m to NC, to most certainly buy a 32' 1990. Then we'll get the van (brand new brakes and 33 gallons of old gas in tank) to take it home (turned off registration & insurance on truck till spring)

Then we have to figure out how to position a 3rd AS on our grounds. Will put it where the 25' is, but with the added length & central bath location, we have some major work to do on the sewer system.

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Old 02-20-2003, 06:10 PM   #23
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Chantel,

You also have a 25 footer, cool!!!!

I too don't care for that 3rd axle and how you describe your parking situation at the festivals, you'd be doing alot of tire scrubbing.

So you'll have 3 Airstreams on your land. Pretty soon, you'll have yourself a nice B&B!!


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Does your 3/4 have the passenger compartment air filters?

I replaced mine and man were they dirty. They do take out the pollen and dust.

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yes i have the air filters, changed them also. they do catch a lot of crapola.

there are two types available, one (stock) that has activated charcoal in it to cut down on offensive odors. and the aftermarket types.

i'm aware that your 327 gets better mileage, but for the penalty of a couple of mpg i'll take the 366 for the extra grunt up hills. and the 4l80e transmission. for the tow in o.d. feature.

as for the chicks, we grow 'em big here in wisconsin! a guy really needs the extra hauling capacity if ya want to pick up a load!

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John,

our living quarters on the right, the 1971 guest room on the left.

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Old 02-20-2003, 07:08 PM   #27
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Chantal,

Now that's what I call living!!

God, you guys are truly living large when it comes to fulltiming & Airstreaming!!!

John

p.s. let me know if you ever would rent out a space for a month or two!!
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a 30' X 75' metal building helps. No heat. Cement floor. Cold.

You can come and help mow the lawn (20 acres, 10acres of forest). You have to mow (at least weed wack) the road too. When we come home after 3 months on the road, you should see the sight!!!.
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