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Old 05-07-2010, 08:30 AM   #15
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2005 GMC Sierra. Diesel. Three trips to Alaska and still pulling the 27FB just fine. No issues on the mountains, which is just the way I like it.
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Old 05-07-2010, 09:21 AM   #16
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We have an '08 Chevy 2500HD duramax diesel/allison tranny with factory equiped tow package, 4x4, crew cab, short bed. This 3/4 ton is more than enough for our 25FB, but I have dreams of full-timing someday, along with trips out west and to Alaska, so I bought a vehicle that could handle the possible future for us (did NOT want to have to buy a new truck in order to get a longer AS!).

Very happy with our vehicle, drives like a dream, no problems at all. Would also have been very happy with Ford's F250, similarly equiped, loved the looks of it, it is rugged and sexy, plus it has better toys (power mirrors, step stool built into truck bed door, built in back up camera!). BUT it was the first model year of that engine, it drives like a truck vs chevy's more carlike ride (I was used to a minivan and have back and hip problems), AND Chevy offered me the absolute best deal. Decision made. I still practically drool when a black F250 (FX or Harley Davidson version) goes by!

Not sure how gov't takeovers, etc, has affected the product, not sure how Ford's new engine worked out, would have to look into these things if making the decision today.

BEST decision I made was that I bought the AS first, then made sure to find a TV suited to it!



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Old 05-07-2010, 09:31 AM   #17
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I have a 2009 Flying Cloud 27FB towed by a 2001 Ford F350 4WD 7.3 Diesel Super Cab automatic. I can even accelerate up grades and tows like it not even there on level ground. Mileage is 12-14 an an average of 65mph. As you can tell from other posts, as we used to say in racing, there is no substitute for cubic inches. If you're thinking of a used TV, stay away from the 6.0 diesel Fords. Some don't like the history of the early 6.4's either. If you are thinking new consider my next purchase. 2011 Ford 250 Super Duty 6.7 all new Ford diesel. Amazing truck and due in dealers soon. I'm downsizing from the 1 ton F350 to the 3/4 ton F250. It has less cargo capacity but the same towing capacity. A little less money and hopefully a little softer ride.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:37 AM   #18
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Old 05-07-2010, 02:02 PM   #19
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Towing a 34'er with a 2009 F150 crew cab. (5.4l, 2X4 towing capacity of 11,300 and 1,730 payload) I wouldn't take it through the Rocky Mountains, but wouldn't hesitate anywhere else)

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