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Old 02-03-2011, 01:51 PM   #15
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With the new 6.2 engine with a 6 speed trans you should be able to go up a mountain as fast as you want with ease.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:03 PM   #16
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your question, the answer is probably yes. This depends on the Airstream that you end up getting and your towing expectations.

For instance, we have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy, that we have tow 70,000 miles. Lucy weighs 7400# ready to go camping. When we got Lucy almost 5 years ago, we had a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe with the 5.3 liter V-8 and a 2005 GMC Yukon XL 2500 with the 6.0 liter V-8. We towed Lucy with both of these. The Tahoe did fine, especially in the flat. The Tahoe struggled on long steep grades in the mountains. There were times when 30 mph is all she could do. The Yukon is a much more capable tow vehicle, especially on significant upgrades. The Yukon can maintain 55 mph on similar grades.

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I have an'08 25ss. I've towed it across country with a Nissan Titan and an '09 Chevy 2500HD Duramax. The Titan pulled it fine, I only replaced it with the Duramax to pull my boat. Yes, the Duramax is more powerful and heavier duty than the half ton, but I never felt at a great disadvantage with the half ton.

IMO the 2500HD is an overkill, unless you need the extra payload. Due to its greater size and heavier suspension the ride is not as comfortable for day to day unladen driving. I don't say this lightly, I love to drive and explore where ever I go and I would much prefer the half ton for that type of driving. Around town the ride of the half ton wins hands down.

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Old 02-03-2011, 02:25 PM   #18
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The 1500 does a great job I tow a 25 excello classic have pulled 25000 plus miles plus thru rockies smokies and about 20 states has 5.3 373 rearend with tow haul package it gets 11/13 towing 17/20 mpg solo we are very happy with ours p.s. you may want get the power extending mirror they are great for the wide body A.S.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:34 PM   #19
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You might want to take a look at this thread about our experience.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...hip-39826.html

Perhaps I should update it again...I'll just say, we could not be more pleased with our choice in TV's, and have all the truck we need for pulling/hauling a variety of loads.

There is another Duramax thread going on right now that you could look for...but it's not clear if you are considering deezul or just 3/4 ton gasser.

IMO; deezul and HD are synonymous... but you don't really NEED deezul for towing an AS, the ? is what else will you tow/haul in the next few years?

Good luck, you have an opportunity now to buy just 1 truck and be satisfied...or maybe 2 in the next couple of years...depending on your decision...and your circumstances.

Edit; oh yeah; the diesel get you the Allison...worth the price of admission-big time. IIRC; you still cannot get that with the gasser.

You will really have to think of your needs. We are always pulling/hauling something; AS/TC/Boats, Bikes/firewood, etc. The HD truck has been worthwhile for us.
If you only do occasional towing...the 1/2 ton may get you by...

Think of the most severe duty the truck is likely to see...not the least severe.

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Old 02-03-2011, 03:38 PM   #20
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BillTex has summed it up completely. Also, you don't have to spend all that much for a duramax. Our 2007 Sierra Classic was $31,000 new (end of year discount). It is the work truck model and I really like it.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:42 PM   #21
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BillTex has summed it up completely. Also, you don't have to spend all that much for a duramax. Our 2007 Sierra Classic was $31,000 new (end of year discount). It is the work truck model and I really like it.
Agreed. IIRC we paid a $2800 premium for the DA, versus a 8.1l BB gasser, which was available at that time (06).
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:55 PM   #22
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New trucks with the new trannys are good with the 373 gear. My 5.3, 4 speed needed the 410 gears to do the job for my 25ft safari. zz
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:57 PM   #23
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Another note is one only has so much cargo capacity with the 1500, go with the 2500 if if your bed weight is going to be nore than about 1300 pounds.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:29 PM   #24
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If you can afford it - F-250 or 2500 Diesel...

That was easy = next question please...
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:19 PM   #25
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I took delivery of an F350 King Ranch diesel last fall and love it. We towed our 27' FB Flying Cloud from Oregon to Arizona in January and hardly knew it was there. The truck got 19.5 mpg without the trailer on the way up and 13.6 with the trailer on the way back.

Its a great truck.

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I do love our 2005 2500 Duramax. Have trouble free 150,000 miles pulling trailers & 5th wheels. Currently looking buy a late model Classic 30' AS, which should be an easy pull for our truck.

I would expect a 1500 truck should handle a 25' AS quite nicely.
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Old 02-10-2011, 08:55 PM   #27
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ALP6783... I have a 2006 GMC Sierra with the Max Towing Pkg. which includes the 6.0 engine and 4.10 gears. It is a crew cab 4x4. I tow a 30 ft Classic and it does a really good job. We took a trip 5500 mile trip summer of 2010 which took us in through Colorado, Teton State Park, Yellowstone State Park, and Glacier State Park. We averaged 11 mpg towing. Around town mileage in Tyler, Texas (hilly) is 12-13. On the highway loaded 17-18 mpg. I also towed a 25 ft. Safari and it was almost an overkill. You will have no problems at all even in the mountains with that truck and trailer combo. Good luck.
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Old 02-11-2011, 01:29 AM   #28
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A 3/4 ton is safest

The original poster's question is common, however, the answers are not. I have a 25FB and loaded it is about 7000 lbs and a tongue weight near 1000 lbs.

I have towed it with a 2005 Ford F250 Crew Cab Long bed 4X4 diesel, and 2008 Dodge Power Wagon 2500 Quad Cab Short bed 4X4 with the Hemi gasser and now a 2011 GMC Denali 2500HD Crew Cab Sort Bed 4X4 Duramax Allison.

I looked at all of the 1/2 tons, but most had very low carrying capacity, many under 1500 lbs, and with 1000 lb tongue weight, that only left 500 lbs for passengers and stuff, not enough for any real excursion. So for my Airstream, I ruled out the 1/2 tons. Some of the new 1/2 tons gassers do have plenty of power to tow up to 10,000 pounds, just not the load capacity.

All of my 3/4 tons towed well, with the Dodge lagging on big hills and reving higher than would seem prudent, although the motor did it with no problem. The Ford being heaviest seemed to be in control in any weather or condition. The new GMC Duramax/Allison is a monster, it is a tow beast, as is the new Fords with the 6.7. The new Dodge Cummins is not quite as powerful, but still a great tow machine. Don't forget that 3/4 tons have bigger brakes and beefier suspensions

I discount all of the discussion about purchase cost, maintenance cost, resale value and the such, my opinion is simply based on capability. I ended up with a 3/4 ton diesel because my experience proved to me it was the safest and most comfortable tow vehicle that can handle any Airstream easily with plenty of margin. As for the around town drivability, the new diesels with the new suspensions are much improved even over last years. Of course the 1/2 tons still have a better ride.

I will repeat what a few others have said, bottom line get what you want and enjoy.
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