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Old 11-29-2007, 11:16 PM   #15
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We feel very compatable with our 2006 Ford F-150 Lariat with a 5.4 engine. With a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds we find we have power to spare, when towing our 2006 25ft Safari. Because I drive the tow vehicle everyday, I needed better gas mileage, so I added a large cold air intake which gained me about 3-4 miles per gallon for an average of 14-15 mpg. (This model and year had the largest gas engine available. The cold air intake will gain you additional HP and torque. Anything bigger in the Ford line and you are into diesel.) This is also true when pulling the coach, as we recently experienced a phenomenal 13 mpg. We are Texas flatlanders so I know you'll want all you can get if you plan on regular hauls through the mountains. We did just fine pulling through some of the steep grades found around Chama, NM this past July. I've yet to try it with the coach, but I recall we told the salesman at our dealership, that we were going to be hauling five-six thousands pounds and didn't want trouble pulling up I-70 towards the Eisenhower Tunnel. We pulled from East Texas to Santa Fe and onto Chama and back hauling about 1700 miles without a problem. Certainly others have stories and advice to offer.
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Old 11-30-2007, 12:44 AM   #16
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Thanks for the input...I agree and am focusing on the Lariat F-250 diesel now for our 28' Int'l CCD to be on the safe side...based on what other repies were recommending.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:08 AM   #17
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Thanks for the input...I agree and am focusing on the Lariat F-250 diesel
now for our 28' Int'l CCD to be on the safe side...based on what other repies were recommending.
Judie
That's a great decision Judie.
We had to learn the expensive way!
We have the Lariat F-250 diesel and pull a 27' FB Int'l CCD and love the combo...the only way to make it better is get a HAHA
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Old 11-30-2007, 10:39 AM   #18
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Thanks for the input...I agree and am focusing on the Lariat F-250 diesel now for our 28' Int'l CCD to be on the safe side...based on what other repies were recommending.
Judie

Welcome,
Check out the Duramax/Allison combo too before you pull the trigger...but either way, that size requires a 3/4 ton to be happy (and safe).

Good decision.

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Old 11-30-2007, 02:20 PM   #19
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We feel very compatable with our 2006 Ford F-150 Lariat with a 5.4 engine. With a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds we find we have power to spare, when towing our 2006 25ft Safari. Because I drive the tow vehicle everyday, I needed better gas mileage, so I added a large cold air intake which gained me about 3-4 miles per gallon for an average of 14-15 mpg. (This model and year had the largest gas engine available. The cold air intake will gain you additional HP and torque. Anything bigger in the Ford line and you are into diesel.) This is also true when pulling the coach, as we recently experienced a phenomenal 13 mpg. We are Texas flatlanders so I know you'll want all you can get if you plan on regular hauls through the mountains. We did just fine pulling through some of the steep grades found around Chama, NM this past July. I've yet to try it with the coach, but I recall we told the salesman at our dealership, that we were going to be hauling five-six thousands pounds and didn't want trouble pulling up I-70 towards the Eisenhower Tunnel. We pulled from East Texas to Santa Fe and onto Chama and back hauling about 1700 miles without a problem. Certainly others have stories and advice to offer.
My experience with my 2003 Ford F250 Lariat 7.3L is 17-18 mpg (better if I keep my foot out of it) and 15-15.5 towing a 22' CCD. Just my numbers for information only. Looks like you made a well informed decission, Judithheintz
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Old 12-05-2007, 06:48 PM   #20
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I love pickup trucks, but I don't want one. I bought a used 2002 4x4 Burb 2500HD w/8.1 Ok, it's a gas hog, but I see diesel at a 40 cents premiium over regular gas, and the initial high payment of a diesel motor.

But the reason I don't want a PU, is I don't want to climb into it to retrieve stored items. I have covered, secure storage without being a truck taht causes me to climb in it. Plus the extra bank of seats is a plus.

I like the barn doors on a Burb, just open them and there out of the way, I don't have to lift them. All my HO, YMMV.

I didn'teven mention that plush Burb road ride...
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:45 PM   #21
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A pickup with a bed-slide does not require climbing in. Sound and smells are separated from the cab. We had a burb for more than 10 years all good but now that the kids are grown those back seats remain empty!
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