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Old 05-29-2013, 04:41 PM   #15
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my 2012 silverado 1500 is rated to tow 9000
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:27 PM   #16
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my 2012 silverado 1500 is rated to tow 9000
I think with most TV's, whether it be the 1500's or 2500's, you max out payload before you max out tow rating. Well maybe not if you use a dolly
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:36 PM   #17
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not for a minute do i believe that a half ton gas motor truck got 17mpg pulling an empty car hauler whether there was hills, or no hills. i would have to see it to believe it. My diesel might get 17 empty with no trailer, and then when i hit a good hill i might get in the 9mpg range with no trailer while im climbing hills. Sorry just dont buy it
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:50 PM   #18
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Every truck mentioned here will pull any Airstream made. No one mentioned a Tundra- although restyled for 2014 the 381 bhp 400 ft. Lbs. of torque 5.7 iForce V8 and 6 speed transmission will remain the same. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:53 PM   #19
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Tundra tow rating: 10,400 for the Crew Max, 10,600 for the Double Cab, 10,800 for the Regular Cab.
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Old 05-29-2013, 07:11 PM   #20
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Still a Cummins Fan

I'm quite happy with my Ram 2500 and Cummins turbodiesel, thank you very much

Haven't hit a mountain yet that I can't accelerate up with the 34 footer loaded to the gills (grosses just about 5 tons....wife loads it to at least that) and then some. I get 20mpg empty and 12-13 towing if we're running 75mph up the interstate, and can get 15mpg running 60mph on regular highways. Probably do a lot better pulling a Bambi, but it doesn't do bad pulling the big gentleman and a motorcycle in the bed

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I'm quite happy with my Ram 2500 and Cummins turbodiesel, thank you very much

Haven't hit a mountain yet that I can't accelerate up with the 34 footer loaded to the gills (grosses just about 5 tons....wife loads it to at least that) and then some. I get 20mpg empty and 12-13 towing if we're running 75mph up the interstate, and can get 15mpg running 60mph on regular highways. Probably do a lot better pulling a Bambi, but it doesn't do bad pulling the big gentleman and a motorcycle in the bed

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Yes, but lots of Airstreamers are barely 34' long (or even shorter) including the tow vehicle! Never mind the mass involved. It's good that the small diesel is going to be available, I think it'll displace more Hemi than Cummins.
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I can see the advantages of owning a diesel, as I am over a fleet of nearly 300 trucks, 5 of which are Duramax 6.6 and 2 are International 7.3. I know they are great trucks. My decision to continue towing with the Tundra is partially a financial one. If I can buy a tow vehicle for $20,000 used or $50,000-$60,000 new to increase my fuel economy 1 mpg towing or 3 mpg empty that makes no financial sense to me. I can't afford to do that. I don't have the money. My Tundra is a 2007 with 27,000 miles. How much gas will $20,000 buy? I also do not believe in choosing one truck over another because it gets 2 mpg more. Get what you want based on style and your perception on what will last longer with the least down time for repairs. I know the Duramax hold up well. I know the International 7.3 holds up well. Every engine GM has/had- 4.3, 5.0, 5.3, 5.7, 6.0, 6.2 gas and 6.6 diesel has held up well for us. GM's downfall is the 4L80E and 4L60E transmissions. We have replaced many of those. Every Ford gas motor- 4.2, 4.6, 5.4- has been nothing but trouble, but we have replaced less Ford transmissions. In general the bodies seem better on GM. I have never had any personal experience with the Cummins, but they are loved in the RV world. There must be a reason why. I still think if a had to replace my truck today it would be another Tundra. A Duramax/Allison GM would be my second choice, only because the Tundra is prettier and has a bigger back seat.
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We looked at a Tundra crew max but the rear seats do not fold up for a flat floor.
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We looked at a Tundra crew max but the rear seats do not fold up for a flat floor.
? But they fold "down" for a flat storage area...I guess I never thought of the need for the need for them to fold "up". There is so much room in there. The floor is so big anyway, without the seats being folded. I was looking at the Toyota name. Then I was looking at the size- the rear seat room and how big and wide the rear doors open. The only other truck that could possibly have an interior this big would be a Dodge Mega Cab. I could have bought a Dodge or Ford for less money. I could have bought a GM for the same money. I didn't even consider the Nissan Titan because they have never done a body style change and it costs just as much as the others. I was looking at style and power. I looked at all brands, and I looked at other possibilities besides pickups. After a lot of shopping I decide I wanted a Tundra.
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only because the Tundra is prettier and has a bigger back seat.
WOW! Now there's a statement that's obviously backed by, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

I would have considered buying a Tundra if they weren't so blasted ugly! Well, that and the fact they don't have enough payload, and they are noted to have a weak frame.

The Fords are very popular around here, but to me the seats are horrible...the bottom is too short giving no support to my legs. Like sitting on a stadium seat. So, because of those two eliminations, it's either GM or Ram for me, and I've been happy so far.
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WOW! Now there's a statement that's obviously backed by, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder".

I would have considered buying a Tundra if they weren't so blasted ugly! Well, that and the fact they don't have enough payload, and they are noted to have a weak frame.

The Fords are very popular around here, but to me the seats are horrible...the bottom is too short giving no support to my legs. Like sitting on a stadium seat. So, because of those two eliminations, it's either GM or Ram for me, and I've been happy so far.
I know a guy who had a 2000 Tundra. When it got 430,000+ miles and the rear main seal began to leak he got a 2012. He, also, thought it was ugly. He got rid of the 2012 and went back to the first generation body style 2006. All the trucks look good to me except the Nissan just because they have never updated the body style. It is the same as when it came out in 2004. Around here, Ford, Chevy,mand Dodge share equal popularity. Gas and diesel share equal popularity. There are less Titans and Tundras, but everyone likes the Tundra and compliments the Tundra. I think sometimes when people don't like the body style of the Tundra it is because it is so big. It is physically taller and wider than the Ford 350 or the GM 2500, but that translates into a limousine sized backseat only matched by the Dodge Mega Cab.
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Honestly, the Tundra looks like they took a Chevy, a Dodge, and a Ford, put them in a bag, shook it up, and that's what came out.
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We like the room with the seats folded up on our silverado, because that's where our labrador's bed goes
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