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Old 03-03-2015, 12:20 PM   #15
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At a minimum, you want a 3/4 ton, 8600 lb GVW. That means 8 wheel lugs.

Compared to a half ton, they've got bigger brakes, heavier suspension, heavier frame, and a bigger differential. This is the "foundation" upon which a reliable tow vehicle is built. Half tons may look the same, but they don't work the same, especially under stressful towing conditions.

FYI - As an added bonus, a big block (454) Chevy comes equipped with a "full-floating" 10 inch (ring gear), one ton differential. If you're in the market to buy, it's important to know that.

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Old 03-03-2015, 12:33 PM   #16
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:40 PM   #17
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We travel extensively- 20-something trips per year- 10,000 miles per year- in all terrain in the eastern United States with no issues.
People say I should get a 3/4 ton if I ever go to Colorado. I don't think I should purchase a vehicle based upon a trip to Colorado once a year. I think I can just pull the grades at 45 mph one week out of 52.
People are basing which tow vehicle on the ability to pull a grade in the Rockies at 70. I never go 70 anyway to save fuel and because my trailer still has ST tires which are not rated for over 65. I usually go 60, no matter what the speed limit. I have not yet found a hill I can't pull at 65 mph. People get alarmed if the engine revs. That's what it was designed to do- as long as you are not at the red line- I have never been at the red line-
The Tundra does not have an 8,600# GVW or 8-lug tires.
The guy that said that is casting his vote for a GM 3/4 ton. The Duramax/Allison is a fine machine, but the Tundra still has a bigger back seat if that matters-
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:43 PM   #18
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Hello everyone.. I am new to the forum.. A few years ago I purchased a 30ft 1997 Excella Classic. I think it is fully loaded with all the wood trim. I haven't weighed it yet but I hope to. Up until now I have begged, borrowed and rented trucks for the little I had to move it around but now I am in the market for a tow vehicle It is tougher then I thought decided what to get.

Just wonder what some of you use..
I have a 1500 Silverado with a 5.3 engine and the high speed rear end. It works very well and gets good mileage. I had a Toyota Tundra and it was good, but the Chevy gets better mileage and is more comfortable and easier to work on. I went on 5000 mile trip to the Pacific NW and the Chevy did a great job. Yes I have a 30 ft. Classic.
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Old 03-03-2015, 01:27 PM   #19
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I'm with Channing and the others that are voting for a 3/4 ton vehicle. I like CW's breakdown. My father always told me, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

While I agree with that, and you could certainly accomplish the mission with a 1/2 ton, I like the other adage he used to tell me as I think it applies to this situation on a level playing field:
"Don't send a boy to do a mans job."

Don't overwork your equipment. You will pay for it in the long run. Like CW says...there is no arguing the physics of the equation. If you argue with math, you WILL LOSE.

Good luck in your decision making progress, and please send a pic of when ya first hook her up.
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Old 03-03-2015, 04:41 PM   #20
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I got my current 1976 31' sovereign in 2000. I had a 1998 Suburban 1500 and used that as a TV. But I told myself next year I am getting a new Suburban 2500. Well it's now 2015 and I still have the 1976 31' Sovereign and I have had 4 new Surburban's since then. Each time I traded up I looked at the 2500 but in the end stayed with the 1500. I have been coast to coast, north and south, good highways bad highways, long Texas roads and crowed city freeways. Never saw a real need to go up to the 2500. As a daily driver and a TV the Chevy Suburban 1500 with tow package fits my needs. I think I will keep my current 2012 for a few more years. Good luck
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:02 PM   #21
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I had a 3/4 ton Dodge 2500 that I used to pull our 26' Argosy. When I bought the Tundra. I gave the Dodge to a veteran. The Tundra far out performs the Dodge in towing handling, braking and comfort. As well as mileage.
The Dodge was a '98, the Tundra an '08. What a difference 10 years makes in technology.
Both trucks are 2WD.



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Welcome! Has anyone tried towing with a Smartcar for 2?
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Old 03-03-2015, 07:17 PM   #23
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Hello everyone.. I am new to the forum.. A few years ago I purchased a 30ft 1997 Excella Classic. I think it is fully loaded with all the wood trim. I haven't weighed it yet but I hope to. Up until now I have begged, borrowed and rented trucks for the little I had to move it around but now I am in the market for a tow vehicle It is tougher then I thought decided what to get.

Just wonder what some of you use..
As many have said any vehicle designed to tow a trailer as heavy as yours will do the job. All factors considered I personally add; the tow vehicle must weigh more than the trailer and preferably by @ 12-15%.


We tow with the Ford 250 with the big Diesel engine. I do like the idea of a large SUV such as the suburban 2500 as mentioned in the forum comments. Better for around the home driving than the truck unless you have a good cap.


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Old 03-03-2015, 07:25 PM   #24
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Here we go again. I guess I'm just too into" buy american" if possible. I know the Toyota is assembled in the USA and probably a good truck, but, where does the majority of the profit go when sold. You are supporting a country that won't allow some of our products on their market. I have owned them all and nothing is any better than american made vehicles in the long run.
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Old 03-03-2015, 09:45 PM   #25
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Much of the profit stays right here in America. Building multiple assembly plants where Americans are employed.
The Tundra is not the only Toyota product assembled here.
At one time Toyota and GM shared the same plant in California.
With the free market many products are built in country's other than the location of the Corporate headquarters. Look at Mexico and Canada.
One of the largest GM. Plants is located in Whitby, Ontario. They build vehicles that are sent around the world including the U. S..
Would they be considered American Made.
Check the box of cereal you eat in the morning. Or the package of frozen fruit. Many state "a product of Canada"
Just because it says Kellogg on the box doesn't mean it was made in Battle Creek, MI.
All major auto makers have plants in North America but not necessarily in the U. S.
If you think Ford, GM and CHRYSLER products are made in America. You are kidding yourself. Many of the parts for these products are made outside the U.S. and like Toyota are assembled here. The money the automakers pay go to the country of origin and it's corporate headquarters.
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Old 03-03-2015, 11:05 PM   #26
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Tundras are manufactured in Texas. Corollas are manufactured in Blue Springs, MS. Camrys and Avalons are manufactured in Georgetown, KY.
Nissan NVs, Titans, Armadas, and Altimas are manufactured in Canton, MS. Frontiers, XTerras, Pathfinders, and Sentras are manufactured in Smyrna, TN.
Silverado 1500s are manufactured in Saltillo, Mexico. Many GM components are manufactured in Canada.
I buy American. I own a Harley and an Airstream and a house and all it's appliances (some of which are Japanese) and furniture and clothes and shoes (some of which are manufactured in Korea, Singapore, China, Indonesia).
It's OK to want to buy American. Reality is that it is very difficult to do on everything. I recently heard that Carhartt clothes are made in America, so I will try to buy more Carhartt clothes.
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:29 AM   #27
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Well, this thread has gone the normal course for one of it's type. First it's buy what I have because it best, then that's not big enough, then the argument about those qualities, and finally, buy American.

I tried to warn the OP he was opening a can of worms.

We all need to just buy and drive whatever we want without trying to push those selections onto others.
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