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Old 10-21-2015, 02:12 PM   #29
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Enjoy the equipment

We have found that towing a trailer with a Motor Coach is so much better when traveling long distances. Trailers get hot or cold while on the road, depending on the weather. It can take hours to get them cooled or heated for overnight use.
A good Motor Coach stays cool or warmed on the road, and one can overnight in the coach and leave the trailer buttoned up for security. It needed, the Motor Coach's genset can power up the trailer.

A strong E250 or E350 based Type B or truck based Super B/C is a good choice. Some of these upper end have 40,000 pounds tow capacity. My E250 Coach House has 7,400 and others have 7,500 to 15,000 for starters. You should enjoy the RV hobby to its full extent. It's all about the equipment, after all.

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Old 10-21-2015, 02:21 PM   #30
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Bought an '09 Chevy Silverado 2500 diesel with doors and long bed about three years ago with 34,000 miles.

Have made three round trips from Maine to California without any problems, 14+ MPG and cruise control across the Continental Divide. I have to look in the rear view mirror to convince myself I'm pulling a 27' Safari.


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Old 10-21-2015, 02:48 PM   #31
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I can give you our experience and decision. We had an 05 Silverado 1500 5.3 gasser and it was fine until we bought a 30' Classic. It pulled ok but just ok. I was concerned about braking with an older 1500 and it was 10 years old. We looked at not just what we were doing but what we planned to do in the future. We bought a '15 Silverado duramax diesel 2500 and we have 35,000 miles on it and couldn't be happier. It pulls and brakes better than we ever imagined. Most importantly, my wife likes to drive and tow with it since she has confidence to speed up, slow down or stop as desired. I have friends with Fords and Rams but we had been happy with the 05 Silverado and liked the changes made in the 2500 for '15. The one mistake we did make was getting an extended cab instead of the crew cab. We plan to remedy that in '18.
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Old 10-21-2015, 03:28 PM   #32
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Since this is the only advice I haven't seen so far, I thought I would add it before anyone else did:

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Old 10-21-2015, 03:40 PM   #33
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My husband bought a 2015 GMC Sierra 4WD Heavy 1/2 ton w/towing package which has an 8 speed transmission and bigger differential w/6.2 liter engine and built in trailer brake switch. He loves it. We've had it since May and every time we tow our 28' Airstream, or a flatbed trailer with a heavy tractor on it - he raves about how much he loves his truck and that he likes it better and better every time he tows. He looked for 2 years to find the perfect truck and this is what he got. We did not want solid black interior with black carpet, as we live on a dirt horse ranch and have dogs who go in the truck with us, as black would show every spec of dirt or dog hair. Ours has a very nice taupe interior with metal and brown trim. Another bonus - heated and Air Conditioned seats! We kept our last truck 15 years and plan on keeping this one just as long.
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Old 10-21-2015, 04:14 PM   #34
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Welcome to this forum and congrats on the 25' Airstream. We bought a 2014 23' International Serenity last year and tow with a 3/4 ton Ford/crew cab/6.7L turbo diesel. I feel confident that I can go just about anywhere and can load the truck without much concern. The 4x4 has been a necessity at times but that may be because we camp in the NE US where camp grounds tend to be small and backing in common. Gravel/dirt `roads also common. I recommend a bit of overkill on the tow vehicle. I don't want to weigh this and that and worry about being overloaded andd unsafe. The bigger the better. I know..... a bit silly, but for we who don't like to plan that much.......On the other hand if you can find an SUV as has been suggested that meets the task, it might very well be a more useful. Bottom Line: You should get a vehicle that makes you feel safe towing your Airstream. You cannot put a price on the sense of "all is well." Vacation, outings etc., begin when you leave the home driveway. Who wants to leave feeling "tense," due to towing with a vehicle straining at the task? Bon voyage.
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Old 10-21-2015, 05:49 PM   #35
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:16 PM   #36
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:26 PM   #37
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I kind of agree that maybe a 3/4 ton truck would be best. A year or so ago, I hitched on to a new Airstream of about your length in order to move it a short distance here within the park, and the darned thing nearly squashed the 1/2 ton that we use to tow our vintage 30' Airstream. Could have been just a much higher tongue weight on that one as opposed to ours, but the poor truck sure did look kind of pitiful, all smushed down like that.

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Old 10-21-2015, 07:27 PM   #38
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You're always better off with an "I know I can" than with an " I think I can ".
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Old 10-21-2015, 07:37 PM   #39
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I went thru the same decision a year ago. The calculations are cumbersome regarding getting just the right capacities for your trailer. I finally gave up and decided I wouldn't worry about payload, tongue weight, towing capacity, ect, ect, ever again. I anted up the funds and purchased a 3/4 ton, 4x4 diesel. The brand is not important to this post. Just do it, enjoy yourself and leave your worries behind...up hill or downhill. BTW...most new diesels aren't any louder than gas trucks, mileage is better, and in my neck of the woods diesel fuel is much cheaper. Oh and install a side step to overcome he other concern. Your diesel truck may just outlive you! Bottom something that enables you to... JUST HAVE FUN.
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Old 10-21-2015, 08:14 PM   #40
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3/4 ton whatever you like, I prefer the dodge 6.7 diesel, 6speed automatic,96000 miles towing a 30' airstream coast to coast and no problems.....
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:22 PM   #41
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OK, We recently moved up from as 23 FC to a 28 FC. Living out west with lots of long 6 percent grades and climbing the various mountains out here, I have done a lot of research and have concluded a Dodge 2500 with Cummins diesel is the best bet. I like to tow and not be towed by the 8000 lbs behind me. I started looking for one today. Chevy is no longer in the diesel offerings and Ford is making their own engines for this category for the past few years and may be ok, but Cummins is the king of the category. If you love to travel without fighting and fatigue from your load, don't short the truck and you'll always enjoy the trip. Enjoy your new AS.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:25 PM   #42
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A year ago I was at a similar crossroad. I had purchased a 22 foot Safari so I was going to be towing a shorter trailer presumably with less weight.

I read every post in the archive on towing/ tow vehicles/ etc.

It was going to be my wife and I. If we had kids 'join' us (adults now), they had their tents.

There are a lot of folks that say essentially "I have one so it is the best".
There are a lot of folks that say "I don't mind going slower up a mountain so I am happy with model X".

All I will say is that I was struck by two things.

1. The Equal-i-zer Brand Equalizer hitch thread
Over seven years of input. The most telling was the originator who said the only time his Airstream shook uncontrollably was when it was unhooked and in the driveway during an earthquake. I got an Equilizer brand hitch and love it. I could have afforded the Pro-pride or Hensley, but just wasn't sure they were worth the money. Everybody has a different opinion on value.

2. On the TV threads, although many swore by this 3/4 ton or that diesel, there was a solid core of Tundra (5.7 liter) owners who said they really liked their half tons and the Tundra pulled their trailers well (all the way up to 30 footers). I bought a Tundra figuring if it would pull 30 footers, it would pull my 22 footer through all my mountains in New Mexico.

I have been very happy with my choice and thank all those Tundra owners who stood up in the face of all the 'more popular modern choices' in the magazines which are owned by the other various brands anyway. So read archives all and consider the poster's family size, trailer size, travel locations (flat vs mountainous), extra gear, etc. and make sure that you match your situation to the right group. If you then see any kind of pattern on the TV recommendation, go for it.

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