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Old 07-09-2014, 06:45 PM   #15
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DR, I had the 2014 Sierra 5.3L/3.73 and it towed my FC 25 RB just fine. Through the mountains could usually hold 55 just wouldn't accelerate. That being said I sold it and bought a 2500 Duramax. It was not a pulling issue but a load issue. With the FC25 and Propride, but the wife, the dog and myself in the truck, full fuel, water in the trailer and stuff like a couple of folding chairs in the back of the truck and there was 80# of usable load left. Add anything else, like a couple of Honda Generators etc and it went over the published specs.

Again it towed fine. And I agree on the mirrors. I had the clip ons from JR Products and they worked well. I didn't find anyone who had truck mirrors like you would see on the 2500/3500.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:43 AM   #16
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I had an 05 silverado with 5.3 and 3.73 rear and towed our 25' with no problem and decent mileage. The 5.3 used regular grade gasoline and the new 6.2 is premium. We traded for a 30' Classic and the 5.3 wasn't as happy towing. We traded the silverado with 103,000 trouble free miles for a 15 2500 duramax based on our future plans. I would suggest a 3.73 rear if available. A local eco boost 150 replaced turbos 3 times within 35000 miles. Last time he left it at the dealer permanently. My 5.3 was 295 hp and I believe the new one is 345 or something close. FWIW.
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:48 AM   #17
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Sorry you've had bad luck with Ford, DeltaRon; there are plenty stories from every brand where owners were unhappy....I have owned several Fords with no issues; same luck with Chevy Tahoe's in recent years...Now I am back to F150 Ecoboost and after 55K miles in past 2 years, very happy both pulling 25' AS and general use! I'm not interested in a 3/4T, 2500 from anyone, however! As a dealer told me recently, "I would love to sell you a new 3/4 diesel, but why would you want it? Higher fuel, maintenance costs, general maintenance filters, rougher ride, etc.? For what your pulling (25' AS) the F150 Echoboost is great match." I agree, but still going to follow the new Dodge 1500 V6 diesel to see how she fares over the coming years...like the mileage in early reporting...
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Old 07-10-2014, 11:56 AM   #18
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I had an 05 silverado with 5.3 and 3.73 rear and towed our 25' with no problem and decent mileage. The 5.3 used regular grade gasoline and the new 6.2 is premium. We traded for a 30' Classic and the 5.3 wasn't as happy towing. We traded the silverado with 103,000 trouble free miles for a 15 2500 duramax based on our future plans. I would suggest a 3.73 rear if available. A local eco boost 150 replaced turbos 3 times within 35000 miles. Last time he left it at the dealer permanently. My 5.3 was 295 hp and I believe the new one is 345 or something close. FWIW.
Tater- As I mentioned to DeltaRon, there are bad luck stories with every TV...but, from what I saw, the Echoboost has a very strong positive history with the F150...I followed the postings on line for 2 years before I bought. Also had 4 people I knew who owned early models and had no issues with the engine. For the most part, owners are pretty happy with the Echoboost...maybe I am lucky, but no issues and very happy with 55k miles in 2 years pulling our 25' AS. (Knock on wood!)
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The guy with the turbo problem is the only one I've heard about aand he's a Ford guy so he stayed with the brand. He really liked the interior. Not that it matters but he was pulling a cigarette boat with it.
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If you have the Tahoe use it. Don't expect heavy duty payload capability and diesel pulling power, nor diesel operating costs.

Half-ton trucks and SUV's are a good match for medium-sized Airstreams but not a good match for every person who tows Airstreams.
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