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Old 10-22-2015, 06:04 PM   #57
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Here's a recommendation (in an earlier thread this year) for towing an Airstream from Andrew Thomson of Can-Am Airstream, in business 40 years selling, servicing, repairing Airstreams for 40 years. It addresses some of the topics brought up here. He has many similar posts.

"Take a close look at the new F150. I have towed with several of these now and they are quite impressive. The aluminum body helps it in two areas, the center of gravity is noticeably lower which improves handling. The lighter body also gives the F150 all the payload you will ever need towing a 30' Airstream.

The other huge benefit is independent front suspension. This widens the front suspension stance by 18", the rear spring and shock placements are wider as well. Besides handling any emergency situation better the more precise steering box gives you more control just heading straight down the road.

Because the suspension is matched more closely to the load being carried and partially due to less un-sprung weight it is much easier on your Airstream.

You can likely spec out an F150 new for less cost than the used diesel. Myself I would buy the 5.0 Litre motor but there are many that love the echoboost.

Just something to consider.

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Old 10-22-2015, 06:07 PM   #58
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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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Kind of like a sectarian religious war, really.

Of all the many and often conflicting opinions expressed, one was certainly correct though. Modesty prevents me from pointing out which one........
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Old 10-22-2015, 06:40 PM   #59
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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. ...snip...

Why do you say this? I've towed my 27FB (6000# on the scales) with a GM 2500 diesel (capable of nearly 3X that weight) for 3 years now. Lost a single rivet on the worst road I've ever traveled. Other than that - not a hint of this or any other kind of damage. This year, I even upgraded my WD bars to 1400# (replacing the 1000# bars I originally purchased due to similar reports about easing up on the WD bars for fear of destroying your trailer) and that hasn't hurt the trailer either - in fact with all the adjustments, it's better than it's ever been.

There must be dozens of factors at play in reports of popped rivets and sprung drawers (perhaps especially with vintage trailers originally towed by station wagons?) but in my experience, a 3/4 ton truck hasn't been one of them with my 2012 27FB.

I guess everyone's mileage varies...
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Old 10-22-2015, 06:56 PM   #60
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I think the problem with rivets popping only happens with older 1 ton trucks. The new 3/4 ton and 1 ton trucks ride as smooth as a car.
I still think I'm ok towing with a 1/2 ton. 8,800# trailer, 10,400# towing capacity- all is well.


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Old 10-22-2015, 07:26 PM   #61
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While we like our GMC 2500HD Duramax diesel very much, it's a 2002 and we are thinking of a replacement. The Ford F-150 with the 3.5l V-6 Ecoboost with max towing package and max payload package has impressive mileage, towing and payload numbers. While you should check these numbers with a dealer, I believe equipped like that it's rated to tow over 12,000 lbs and has a payload limit of over 3,000 lbs. It's something we'll have a long look at when we come to buy, because it's in the neighbourhood of $20K less than replacing our truck with the current model of what we own.
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Myself I would buy the 5.0 Litre motor but there are many that love the echoboost.
I have the 5.0 and pull a 30' trailer. While sometimes I wish I opted for the ecoboost when going up hill, I have a strong suspicion that engine braking with the 5.0 is better than with the 3.5. I don't mind having to go up a bit slower if I can stay off the brakes longer going down.

(In fairness I'm on the east coast and don't see huge mountains. If/when I do on a consistent basis, I will likely be looking at a 3/4 or 1 ton truck).
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I don't mind having to go up a bit slower if I can stay off the brakes longer going down.
I must say I like the descent control offered by the Duramax. It holds speeds well on downhill stretches without me touching the brakes.
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I must say I like the descent control offered by the Duramax. It holds speeds well on downhill stretches without me touching the brakes.
I'm sure it does!
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Old 10-22-2015, 08:02 PM   #65
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Another consideration in buying a tow vehicle is not only what is best, but what can you afford. It is not only the initial price, but tax, license, insurance, loan interest, ongoing maintenance and repair costs.

Although as mentioned above, you may find a well-matched medium duty truck for $20,000 less than heavy duty truck, up front and long term expenses may save you much more than that. Times loan and credit expenses if that is your method of payment.

So unlike the magazine articles or forum advice that simply advise you which vehicle wins the towing match, there is the reality of paying for it.
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Old 10-22-2015, 08:47 PM   #66
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another great tow vehicle that I see not mentioned,or i missed it, is a paid for one. no need going in the hole further with a "new" truck.

i got a 2003 f-250 SD crew cab Lariat with 7.3L diesel, 168K miles 2wd, with fiberglass bed cover aug of 2014 for 13K.. it sits most days, weeks and i have spend some 1000 bucks on upgrades to engine etc but will have it paid off by mar/ april next year.. insurance in NC for full coverage is $245 for 6 months, taxes and tags are 150 buck a year. Oil changes every 5k or so miles is 100 bucks, 18 qts oil and filter at 10 bucks.. but that is a rotella synthetic 5w40 t5
so a bit more than regular dino oil. it will go with regular maintenance to 500K miles no problem. yes it will be older but I will be richer..

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Another consideration in buying a tow vehicle is not only what is best, but what can you afford. It is not only the initial price, but tax, license, insurance, loan interest, ongoing maintenance and repair costs.

Although as mentioned above, you may find a well-matched medium duty truck for $20,000 less than heavy duty truck, up front and long term expenses may save you much more than that. Times loan and credit expenses if that is your method of payment.

So unlike the magazine articles or forum advice that simply advise you which vehicle wins the towing match, there is the reality of paying for it.
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Why?

Why can't you answer the question challenging your blanket, ill-informed statements dkottum?
Oh...maybe I know why...you have placed all those members that dispute or even begin to challenge your point of view on your "ignore" list so you don't even see their posts.

It's time for one of us to get off of this board. I think it will be me.
Thanks so much for ruining what I thought was a great place to share information, great stories, and camaraderie. For someone that's never contributed a DIME to this boards upkeep, you sure have a way of destroying everyones experience here, trying to peddle your bigoted, ignorant opinions.
I just don't see how you're allowed to continue to post on here. I ran a v-bulletin board for fishing for 14 years. You wouldn't be a member of my board. They would have given you the deep six.


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Old 10-22-2015, 09:15 PM   #68
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We use a 2015 Ram, 3500, 4 door diesel. It has no idea our 34' Airstream tri axle is even behind it. It will easily brake and pass anything uphill or down.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:21 PM   #69
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Your truck is probably more than enough to tow that trailer i have seen smaller trucks (volkswagen toareg) tow 27ft trailers with no issues. Get a good sway control system like equalizer or propride i think you will be happy.
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This is turning into nonsense.

Every post on this thread has been based on subjective assessments. It was civilized for quite a while, and now it is turning nasty. Anyone who starts to get riled up over an issue like this has a major personality problem. I'd advise the several of you to pull in your little horns for a bit and take a cooler view.

For the original poster, I think you have just about every possible opinion now, and so I'd suggest you might read through carefully and then possibly ask a question or two based on your own subjective assessment of what appeals to you among the kaleidoscope of opinions that have been given. Once you have done that, then I am sure that those who actually have some knowledge that might bear on the questions you are asking, can give civilized and measured advice, without sounding like people in need of marriage counseling!
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