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Old 10-21-2015, 11:02 PM   #43
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It depends what you want to do when your not hitched to the trailer. If nothing (that involves driving) then get the largest truck you can afford. If go to town, or tour in a city then maybe not. Having driven in SF many times, smaller is always better.
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Old 10-21-2015, 11:19 PM   #44
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Pay no attention to any previous comments! These people are crazy!

Get a Ford F350 Laredo crew cab with a long bed, 6.7 Diesel, and 3.55 rear end. You'll have to look in the mirror to know that you're towing a trailer!

Just my humble opinion.
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Old 10-22-2015, 12:30 AM   #45
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Pay no attention to any previous comments! These people are crazy!

Get a Ford F350 Laredo crew cab with a long bed, 6.7 Diesel, and 3.55 rear end. You'll have to look in the mirror to know that you're towing a trailer!

Just my humble opinion.
Hmmmm, a Ford Laredo? My Lariat must have a cousin.

We have a F350 Lairiat as described above. It's comfortable, has plenty of power, and gets reasonable fuel economy. I suspect that Chevy/GMC and Dodge trucks are equally nice. The 1 tons are stiff riding, so if you go that way, consider a hitch system that damps the road shock. We use an Airsafe/Equalizer combination.
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:54 AM   #46
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Laredo is a package on a Jeep,Grand Cherokee.
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Old 10-22-2015, 05:43 AM   #47
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Picking the right Dealer

A lot of great advice here, all you need to do is figure out which one. Go and drive all of them, do your homework, but the best dealer/service department should be one of your most important parts of the final decision. Personally, my next truck will be bought from a dealer that sells a lot of trucks, or one that sells only trucks. Life is too short to deal with bad service
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Old 10-22-2015, 07:04 AM   #48
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I have been pulling my Airstream with a half ton Toyota Tundra for three years and very happy. Mostly flat lands with some mountain travels. I just came back from three weeks in Montana, wyoming and utah and felt very underpowered. Not a good feeling. On the way home I traded the Tundra for an 07 Ram. We are leaving this afternoon for another mountain run and excited about the trip.
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:18 AM   #49
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my 1st was a 97 ford powerstroke and later a 93 cummins and both were perfect! I think that heavy motor in the front kept it all balanced and the dodge had air bags on the rear suspension so I could tweek the height and sway. ALSO make sure you have a towing package so the tranny has a good cooler!
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Old 10-22-2015, 11:54 AM   #50
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80% Rule

A good rule of thumb to follow is that you want the gross weight of the trailer to be no more than 80% of the tow vehicle's rated towing weight.

So from Airstream, your trailer grosses at 7600lbs. 7600 / 0.8 = 9500 lbs.

So, as a minimum, make sure whatever vehicle you get is rated to tow at least 9500lbs.

Best of luck,
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Old 10-22-2015, 01:57 PM   #51
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Just to join in: We have an International Signature 27FB and tow it with a Ram 1500. Our truck has a 5.7 liter gas engine, full tow package, crew cab and short bed. We've travelled over 12K miles with our rig. The experience has been great. Towing power is plentiful, rated at over 9K pounds towing capacity. Downshifting on downhill grades keeps things nicely under control. Thus far it's been a great experience.

However, we're close on load capacity. A weight-distributing hitch was an absolute necessity. We don't carry a bunch of stuff in the truck, just ourselves, the dog and then a few light items in the back. We also don't overload our trailer - we pack as light as we can, even when we're on the road for 8 weeks straight.

So, if we had it to do over again, we might have gone with a 3/4 ton for the extra load capacity. This is the *only* thing we wish we had more of - otherwise, our TV has been great for us. On the other hand, if we'd gone bigger on the truck we may have added an Air Hitch http://airsafehitch.com/category/air...ivers/class-v/ to reduce the pounding our trailer might take from the heavier suspension on that 3/4 ton truck.

Anyway, best wishes on picking a tow vehicle that's right for you. With this thread you've hit on one of the questions that most consistently stirs this forum into a frothy froth of stuff. Next time, try asking what tires are best for your trailer or what weight-distributing sway-preventing hitch to use. Results will be equally spectacular.
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Old 10-22-2015, 04:03 PM   #52
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Pay no attention to any previous comments! These people are crazy!

Get a Ford F350 Laredo crew cab with a long bed, 6.7 Diesel, and 3.55 rear end. You'll have to look in the mirror to know that you're towing a trailer!

Just my humble opinion.
That's what I said….. Lariat!!! That's the ticket. It just sounds different with a Boston accent!! Awesome truck!
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Old 10-22-2015, 04:32 PM   #53
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Rocinante touched another feature of towing with a heavy duty truck.

Shop for a some extra rivets, screws, sealants, tools and learn how to repair the ongoing damage the heavy truck suspension may inflict on your Airstream. Some people have found the Airsafe hitch smooths things out, there are some other measures in tire selection and pressures, weight distribution hitches that may help.

A good reason to match tow vehicles and towing equipment to the Airstream. Overkill can do just that to your new trailer over time.
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I knew it was only a short matter of time before dkottum would say something way out of line, and of course, INCORRECT. So my, and everyone else's 3/4 or 1 ton truck on here is going to inflict damage to our Airstreams? Really Doug? Your ceaseless trolling of these threads should have gotten you banned from posting by now. Stop trying to give advice on a truck & rig that you have never owned, nor will probably ever own. Leave the advice giving to someone who has towed, owned, or knows what it's like to have more than eight thousand pounds behind them. Your 25' is not in that category. When you have no experience or wisdom behind the words you type, is the truth more important than the facts?
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Old 10-22-2015, 05:55 PM   #55
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We have been very happy pulling our 2008', 25' Safari, and 2014', 25' FC with our 2012 4X4, Super Crew F150 Short Bed, Echoboost, Platinum. (We do not have the "Off Road" model.) Ours has 71K miles, and rides like a Cadillac, with short bed it is easier to park, and carries what we need under our locking tri-fold bed cover. You can equip with max tow package and get it up to 11,500 pounds towing plus 2K Payload. Ours has 3.55 rear end and we see 18-22 MPG when not towing; 10-12 MPG towing, depending on speed. It pulls real well and has plenty of torque! (see example below from F150 site on how you can equip.)

2016 Ford F-150 LARIAT SuperCrew, 5-1/2' Box, 3.5L V6 EcoBoost® Engine, 6-Speed Automatic Electronic Transmission w/Tow/Haul Mode, 4X4, 3.55 Electronic Locking Axle RatioMax. When Properly Equipped:
Payload: 2,060 lbs
Towing: 11,500 lbs

I just went to dealer here in MT today to look at F250 & F350 with diesel & gas models vs a new F150 Echoboost like we have. My take is there are pro's and con's and more $$. Certainly the larger 3/4 ton models can pull almost anything out there, but there are also some drawbacks to me in terms of ride, overall size (minimum 6.5' bed) and did I mention, $$$? If I had a 30', I would certainly seriously consider the larger 3/4 models, and in the future, may consider again. If we move to a new 25' FC or 27' FC next year, I will stay with my Echoboost for now. I am going to wait for Ford to deliver the new 8 or 10 speed on the Echoboost in mid 2016 or 2017. I will stay with current TV even if we get the new 25' or 27' FC with ducted air, which is our other goal. If we were to move to 27', I think the F150 configured properly with Echoboost works great. Others on the Forum can chime in with their Echoboost experience with 27'....it's been a good all around vehicle for us!
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Old 10-22-2015, 05:58 PM   #56
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Just like Ol' Faithful, this was predictable. Since the original post, I have been checking frequently to see how this discussion would conclude.
"It's like Deja vu all over again".
In terms if the original question, I plan to keep my opinion to myself. Peace.
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