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Old 02-11-2018, 06:01 PM   #29
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I like 4X4 ... and that's one thing that contributes about $4K to the cost of trucks. (Coming back down off of Mingus Mountain's Forest Service road (really steep and twisting gravel road)... I put the Ram into LO 4-wheel drive and let it idle down the mountain. It worked better than a diesel's engine brake for sure and made the drive a no-brainer...can't remember ever having to even touch the brakes.... so 4X4 can be useful in ways often not recognized.)

That Hemi is a BEAST of power. I got the small 4.7L V-8 because I have lots of past experience with that engine (an excellent last-design by the old American Motors Co. before Chrysler acquired them).and it was purchased before I planned to tow an Airstream with it. If it were to do all-over again, and despite the fact the small engine pulls the Sport just fine... even up MINGUS and around Jerome, Az...., I'd favor the Hemi. (But don't expect to save any gas mileage with it, despite it's claims to be as frugal as the smaller engines because it's just too difficult to keep your foot off that FUN-pedal-accelerator! ... a lesson I learned while my new truck was in for a warranty matter and they loaned me a hemi for a temporary replacement. I realized that if I'd selected that engine previously.... I'd hot-rod that thing every chance I got!)
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:14 AM   #30
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Just going to add our 2 cents to the great discussion:

We have a 2012 Toyota 4Runner with the big V6. 5500lb towing capacity and we get 13 mpg while hauling Baby Doe and 22 mpg the rest of the time. The 4Runner is 4x4 so we have snow, hill, freezing rain assistance when needed. It is built on the Tacoma pickup box frame. Even has a builtin 400W inverter. Seats 7.

Having the TV first meant we could go shopping for a TT that fit the power of our TV. The 22FB Sport was the one that met the room and accommodation criteria as well as weight. We sleep on the queen bed in the front while our grandkids can sleep on the lounge and table make-a-bed. The bathroom was the selling point - privacy to dress, etc without chasing every one out of the AS. Wife liked the big closet with hangers.

The idea of renting a TV did cross my mind but most rentals don't have factory towing gear or brake controls installed. I don't think I have seen a rental pickup in years because of the obvious reasons - people would rent them to move their 'stuff' and leave them in bad/sad shape.

We feel confident the TV can handle all the mountains and plains equally well. The TV is a great daily driver too and the storage of an SUV in the back, out of the rain cannot be overstated. Pickups need a cover if you leave a lot of stuff in the back. Driving our TV weekly keeps it in good shape. Our TT has its own barn.

Good luck with selection. You will not go wrong with an Airstream.
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:45 AM   #31
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Here’s a decadent idea.
The Porsche Cayenne diesel has a 7731lb towing capacity.
if a big bag of money we’re to fall out of a tree, one of those and 25 Airstream behind it!!!! Nice!
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