Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-11-2007, 04:21 PM   #1
New Member
 
1974 27' Overlander
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 1
Picking up '75 Overlander in Texas

Hello--We are traveling from Florida to Austin, TX to pick up our recently purchased Airstream. We need to buy a truck to pull it and would appreciate some advice. My thought is a used Diesel, Ford? Chevy? We have other vehicles and this truck will be used just for the Airstream. We are retired and plan to travel extensively. Would it be better to buy the truck in Texas or Florida?
For now we will just bring it back to Florida to get it ready for the great escape.
Advice?
D. Lovelace
__________________

__________________
D. Lovelace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2007, 04:40 PM   #2
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,193
Welcome to the forums.
I'd get one from Florida, if for no other reason than you only need one new thing to really concentrate on getting back home. You don't want to try to find a tow vehicle while you are trying to get your trailer home.
__________________

__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2007, 06:49 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
ZoominC6's Avatar
 
2004 30' Classic Slideout
Colleyville , Texas
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 1,502
Texas is trucks!

With all due respect to Terry, you may wish to consider a truck purchase in Texas if you're looking for a new one. Texas is TRUCK COUNTRY and I feel you'll get the best deal on a new one in Texas. Used ones as well. My brother-in-law came up to Texas when I lived there to make his best deal with my dealer in Dallas. You may wish to give Texas serious consideration. Best of luck with your new Airstream. Have fun camping.
HAPPY TRAILS
__________________
In dog years, I'm dead!
ZoominC6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2007, 06:52 PM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
w5wi's Avatar
 
1976 25' Caravanner
1977 31' Sovereign
Currently Looking...
Richland , Missouri
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 40
Trucks to pull Airstream???????

I pull my Airstreams with my '04 Chev. Crewcab with a 6.6 Duramax and Allison Transmission. The truck pulls the Airstreams beautifully. My mileage is not as good as I'd like it to be tho... I get 14 mpg at 65 mph and 15mpg at 60 mph. I also pull my Airstreams with my '06 Buick Rainier with a L4200 I-6. The Buick gets better fuel mileage in the small hills in MO and OK, but I haven't pulled the Airstreams out west with the Buick, so I can't comment on performance there.

All in all, I'm bias to the Chevy with the duramax. I looked at the Dodges and Fords, but the Chevy duramax is much quieter and gets comperable mileage.

As far as where to purchase a truck I'd do some online searches or fax selected dealers for their best price in both states. I know TX has much better license tag prices. Also you might check with Consumer Reports to get a good idea of what you can buy a truck for. Then take that to any dealer to get your best deal.

Good luck. Enjoy your new Airstream!

dale
__________________
w5wi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2007, 09:31 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
davidz71's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Southern Middle , Tennessee
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 3,150
Images: 23
What happened about letting a new truck break in for 500 miles before towing? Unless you plan on driving around TX for many miles, you might consider buying in Florida and breaking it in on the way to TX. Of course, you can also buy used or rent a truck to get the trailer back.
__________________
Craig

AIR #0078
'01 2500hd ext. cab, 8.1 litre gas, 5 sp. Allison auto
3.73 rear end
Mag-Hytec rear diff cover
Amsoil Dual by-pass oil filtration system
Amsoil synthetics all around
265 watt AM Solar, Inc. system
davidz71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2007, 09:22 PM   #6
2 Rivet Member
 
w5wi's Avatar
 
1976 25' Caravanner
1977 31' Sovereign
Currently Looking...
Richland , Missouri
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 40
My Duramax has over 60,000 miles on it and it didn't even start to be broken in until much beyond 50,000 miles. Diesels don't break in at 500 miles...

Most new vehicles are good to go straight from the dealership.

cheers,

dale
__________________
w5wi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2007, 08:04 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
davidz71's Avatar
 
1986 25' Sovereign
Southern Middle , Tennessee
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 3,150
Images: 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by w5wi
My Duramax has over 60,000 miles on it and it didn't even start to be broken in until much beyond 50,000 miles. Diesels don't break in at 500 miles...

Most new vehicles are good to go straight from the dealership.

cheers,

dale
I'm talking about what is mentioned in the vehicle manual and if the dealer might try to use this against you should something go terribly wrong within the 500 miles. This may not be an issue for some people but I wouldn't tow until the gears have had time to work in. Some people only keep a vehicle for one or two years but I keep mine for a minumum of 10 years.
__________________

__________________
Craig

AIR #0078
'01 2500hd ext. cab, 8.1 litre gas, 5 sp. Allison auto
3.73 rear end
Mag-Hytec rear diff cover
Amsoil Dual by-pass oil filtration system
Amsoil synthetics all around
265 watt AM Solar, Inc. system
davidz71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1966 Overlander International Double Tamara 1966 Overlander 30 03-28-2006 03:55 PM
tree on '69 Overlander pebblepoint General Repair Forum 2 09-10-2002 07:01 AM
2-door Overlander InsideOut 1960 - 1964 Overlander 0 08-30-2002 09:14 AM
Charging AC on 71 overlander smily Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 7 07-25-2002 06:33 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.