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Old 01-30-2012, 05:59 AM   #29
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:55 AM   #30
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Anyone have any feedback on using a Ford Expedition or Dodge Durango as a tow vehicle?
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Also, does anyone know the factory weight on a 1966 26" Overlander?
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Also, does anyone know the factory weight on a 1966 26" Overlander?
Looks like 4250 dry with no additional options.
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Old 01-30-2012, 08:07 AM   #35
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Thanks for the quick responses. Now I will need to research the Ford Expedition and Dodge Durango to see which vehicle will be better for towing my trailer.
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I would look at a Dodge Ram rather than a Durango. We use an extended cab long box 3/4 ton pickup to tow our 26' Argosy. When loaded and ready for the road the Argosy weighs 5600#. The truck weighs 6400# with people, gear and a full tank. It's a good match. I would not want a lighter or shorter truck. A diesel would be nice from the torque aspect. The 360 gas engine with a 5 speed manual transmission does the job. The truck averages 11 mpg when towing and 16 mpg by it self.
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You don't need a big truck to get big brakes. And that oversized truck has to stop itself before it can stop your Airstream.

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You need to get the big truck with the diesel to get the exhaust brake though.

9% downgrade for the next 4 miles? No problem! Tap the brake and they shift down and hold that speed. Tap again to slow another 10mph. No more burning, fading brakes.

Braking would be the worst category to compare a half ton against the 3/4 - 1 ton trucks.
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It's all about comfort and convenience. For the first 20 years I went camping I didn't have an Airstream.
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Newbe's... We are looking to buy an Airstream but also need the truck. We are looking at the 25-28 footers. Wondering if a new Chevy 1/2 ton pickup or Tahoe will pull the newer Airstreams? Or will we need to get a 3/4 ton?? Thanks for any & all advice.
The half tons work with some 25' models, but you have to equip the truck properly and you have to be aware of loading limitations, and not go stir crazy with piling it on.

As you go bigger on the trailer and/or the loading the 3/4 tons get more desirable.

If the half ton will do and have a bit of extra margin, its a nicer everyday vehicle IMO. If it won't, it won't then hit the heavier duty trucks. My thought is size it correctly, not undersized or grossly oversized.
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We love our one ton dually Ram not only b/c of how well it tows and all the "stuff" we have under the "Roll-N-Lock" cover in the long bed, but more because of the safety. We can stop quickly--( already well articulated, that a TV may be able to tow, but can you stop it before running through a suddenly changed red light or before you hit a person or object that you would prefer not to hit!?) ---but also because of the exhaust brake.

We had a 3/4 Ford diesel that did not have an exhaust brake and we were in some pretty scary situations on downhill runs in the mountains that certainly activated the "pucker factor"! (old Army term)

So we really love our Ram for lots of great reasons! Zigi
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...seems like every day I pass yet another 1/2 ton or SUV on the side of the road...either wrecked, or with broken axles...
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