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Old 10-18-2016, 12:28 PM   #15
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We have the same Airstream as you, our Shiny Pete is a 2014 Flying Cloud 27fb. We bought this coach due to it's floorplan, weight, and the Airstream quality, coming out of a 40' diesel pusher in a size downgrade, but we love our Pete, and have a lot of nights aboard the past three years.

I am firmly planted in the 1/2 ton crowd, and feel a 3/4 or larger truck is overkill, especially for a coach with a 7300 lb GVWR. We have a 2015 F150 that does an excellent job towing our Pete, including this past summer through the Smokies in North Georgia and Western NC. I have included a link where I tell the rather wordy story of our truck here if you are interested..........

I also drive a 2005 F250 4x4 extracab with the 6.0 powerstroke and have towed Pete with it, but I really dislike the 3/4 ton ride. As had been said on AF many times, if you want to take 1500 lbs of stuff in the truck bed on top of your tongue weight, buy a 3/4 or 1 ton. However, with careful loading, a properly setup and adjusted WD/SC hitch, and a properly configured 1/2 ton, life is good.

I hope our story helps.

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Old 10-18-2016, 12:29 PM   #16
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We love our GMC Sierra 1500 with Max Trailering. 6.2 L V8. Pulling a 30' Classic. 14+ mpg towing, 23+ daily driving. Recently took it up the High Road to Taos and it did great on the climb and descent with engine breaking and Manual shifting. Many will recommend 3/4 ton and diesel but the Sierra 1500 is quite adequate for the task and a great daily driver.

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Old 10-18-2016, 12:34 PM   #17
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We pull our 30 foot classic with the GMC Sierra 2500. We could not be any more happy with his performance than we are now. We did not want to get a 2500, really wanted the 1500 because 2500 seemed like too much of a truck. However, after going across the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming this summer we realized a 1500 never would've pulled our trailer. It is a nice smooth ride with the trailer and we have been amazed at how quiet a ride it is. Virtually no road noise.
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:50 PM   #18
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Tow Vehicle of choice

Ford diesel 6.7, depending on extra load in pick up, F250 or 350, had both and they have handled my 30' FC just fine. Just drove the 2017 F350, wow, want one, terrific upgrades to everything...
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Old 10-18-2016, 12:59 PM   #19
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Love my 2500 RAM Big Horn with Cummins Diesel. I was surprised, but has been my favorite car of all time. It feels like a big truck, which i was surprised to like so much. Have to love the diesel downhill brake - so I am strong advocate of Diesel for trailer pulling. This way you will never worry.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:02 PM   #20
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My two pennies, for what they're worth.....
You probably can't go wrong with whatever you choose, but after we upsized from a 25 ft to a 30 ft Flying Cloud, the 1/2 ton Titan just didn't give the margin of safety error I was looking for. We tested all the big three in 3/4 ton configurations. I really liked the Cummins and we had extreme luck in finding a used 2013 Ram Laramie long bed with only 27k miles. Previous owner had outfitted it to haul a fifth wheel, including an auxiliary 60 gallon fuel tank in the bed. You can add an auxiliary tank with diesel, but not gasoline. My towing range approaches 1000 miles.
It has more features than I need and is very comfortable to drive.
So for me, Long bed + auxiliary tank + exhaust brake = Home Run.

Best of luck on your decision.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:04 PM   #21
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We love our 2007 2500 diesel Dodge.

But do I love it enough to pay $65000 for a new one in todays market? Not at all sure about that.

Hope ours last another 10 years.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:23 PM   #22
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2015 F-250 Powerstroke lover here! Towing 2015 FC 27'.
Best sales pitch is that my wife loves towing with it. No hassles up or down hill no matter the grade%. No worries about trailer weights. F350 may be over kill for your current rig.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:34 PM   #23
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I also tow a FC27FB.

I recently upgraded to a 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew cab, 6.2 engine, 8-speed, 460 hp, 420 torque, Z-71, 4x4 with an ARE cap.

The new truck is very nice. It’s quiet, stable, powerful and gets great fuel economy.

Having the cap provides dry storage and security for items in the truck bed.

For the price, I could have purchased a 3/4 ton diesel, but the 1/2 ton works better for me. More payload would be a nice to have, but the ton has many advantages such as ride quality, lower center of gravity, shorter, automatic 4x4 option. It is not transmitting harsh movements to the trailer like a 3/4 ton would. This power train is not available in a 3/4 ton and is the most capable gas (not diesel) engine and transition combination available in a 1/2 ton.

Check out TFL Truck on YouTube for towing comparisons. The GM 6.2/8-speed performs better, using less gas than any other manufacturer. The 6.2 is more capable than the 5.3 and there is no fuel economy penalty.

I do not have the max tow package, which will change to a higher ratio differential (3.73 I think) and lower fuel economy while raising towing capacity over 10,000.
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Old 10-18-2016, 01:42 PM   #24
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We absolutely love our 3/4T Silverado. We got it new last year. Previously we had a 1996 Silverado that we just retired with 250k miles on it. We have had Ford, GMC's, and Dodge Rams. This one is by far our favorite. It is a diesel and no problem pulling any hills with our 30 foot trailer.
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Old 10-18-2016, 02:13 PM   #25
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Really, really, really like our 2011 Dodge 2500 Cummins diesel. Especially like the exhaust brake. Pulling a 2013 FC, 25'. That said, we owned the truck before the trailer. Not sure I would want to go 50K+ for a new diesel. Hope I can run up 250,000 miles or more. Otherwise probably look at a 3/4 gasser.
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Old 10-18-2016, 03:11 PM   #26
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Tundra and I absolutely love it. The new models have the trailer brake controls and tow/haul mode on them and they tow really well. Very pleased and Toyota care gives you 2 free years of oil changes.
In addition I bought mine in the middle of the week during the last couple of days in the month. I had previously read in another forum that's the best time and you get the best deals. Needless to say I got a pretty good deal.
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:22 PM   #27
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we tow a 34' Classic limited with an F250 superduty crew cab. I like the crew cab for extra room and the dog. I like the super duty for the weight and power. it is an easy tow until we hit 6% hills. the truck still tows it just fine but we have to run at higher RPM and there are times we just are not getting above 40 mph on those steep climbs. but the TT fully loaded is almost 9000 lbs too.
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Old 10-18-2016, 04:45 PM   #28
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Whatever your choice please make sure it is American made.
That is why my choice was limited to RAM and Ford. Government Motors... neither

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