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Old 12-07-2008, 03:15 PM   #15
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Silverado 2500 4x4 extended cab,tows great just don`t like that 11mpg.Dave

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Old 12-07-2008, 04:07 PM   #16
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Our current vehicle is a 2004 Nissan Titan XE ("little tow") crew cab, 2WD. Do we like our truck, yes. Of the 1/2 ton trucks we tried four years ago, it was our favorite. The Titan has been reasonably reliable and comfortable. Like many shade tree mechanics, there are things I would change... but not because I'm unhappy with the Titan. Like many shadetree mechanics, I think there are improvements one can make to any truck. I think we'll keep the Titan for the immediate future. The only question I have is whether or not to buy a 4WD before we move west. Unless our Airstream gets real heavy, our inclination would be to stay with Nissan or go with a Tundra.

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Old 12-07-2008, 04:34 PM   #17
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Big trailer, big load, big truck. We live in city so the truck is a quite different experience to drive, BUT as it has business purpose (it partly pays its own way) that is a small drawback. The ability to load a life times possessions ahead of a hurricane makes it easy, and the trailer makes for home in the event there no longer IS a home back here.

Toured a gorgeous little 25' A/S this afternoon, more my speed than my wifes. The Anodized Giant is great for full-timing, but the combination 63' rig is a handful in many ways. Were we to downsize -- with no desire for others to accompany us in the trailer -- then another, small TV would be chosen.
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:01 PM   #18
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Have been towing our 19' Bambi for a 1 1/2 years now with a VW Touareg V8 and have been very happy with it's capabilities. The air suspension is great when hitching/unhitching on a slope. Just raise or lower the car as needed which has allowed me to hook up when I would not be able to remove the jack foot without it. The car is capable of towing 7200 lbs.

With 6 gear triptronic transmission, I can go from automatic to manual and select my gear for downgrades or maintaing a constatnt gear. All wheel drive keeps it steady on the road with option of locking center and rear diff for the slow slippery spots. It tows like a truck, climbs like a Jeep off-road, and performs like a Porsche when unleashed. There's also a V10 Diesel available that is just awesome.

It's a great SUV for the 25' and under 'streams.
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:54 PM   #19
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We're happy with the performance of our Dodge 2500 Cummins 5.9L (not the 6.7L). It rides comfortably even though it's a 3/4 ton and it has lots of room. It's still not broken in yet, but we're amazed with average mileage of over 15 mpg towing, fully loaded up and downhill combined. It gets 20-22 highway empty. Mileage both hand calculated plus on-board computer. It's too big to park just anywhere, though.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:07 PM   #20
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Only a 1/2 T

My 25' trailer is only about 6000 Lb loaded (yes I travel with a full tank of water). I pull it with a 2002 GMC 1/2 ton pick up truck, 5.3 L and a tow package. No complaints, even in the hills of SW Wisconsin. A heavier trailer or a lot of added cargo would require a heavier truck. for what I have the 1/2 ton does just fine.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:12 PM   #21
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We have a Ford F-150 and have only towed our 65 overlander 5 hours to get it home. We think it pulls great on the flat but going up and down hills was very taxing on it. We knew before we even got the AS that we were in the market for a bigger & Diesel extended cab truck.
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Old 12-07-2008, 06:25 PM   #22
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I am Happy with what I have.From my first one to the second one.
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It just cant get any better than that.

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Old 12-07-2008, 07:14 PM   #23
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We have an 06 Dodge 3/4 ton Quad Cab with the 5.9 Cummings diesel. We are tickled pink with the truck. Over a 10,000 mile with our 25' Safari SS with averaged 16.5 mpg towing and not towing. Without the Airstream we easily get 20-23 mpg on the highway. Both of us have owned GM trucks and vehicle for many years. This is the first time we have owned something other than an GM vehicle. The Dodge truck may not be a plush as the GM or Ford but it is a work horse of a vehicle.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:16 PM   #24
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We have a 2002 Ford F-350, 7.3 PSD, Crew Cab, 2WD, SRW, long bed. Get 13-14 mpg towing our 2006 Classic 25' staying at 55-65 mph. Non towing mileage is 17-19 mpg staying at the speed limit. Great comfortable ride towing and non towing, plenty of power and room. Only downside is the trucks length. I would get the short bed next time. Having the longer wheelbase makes it a little tough getting the camper into tight camp sites.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:25 PM   #25
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We have a 2006 GMC 2500HD crew cab with the Duramax/Allison. Towing our 25 ft. Sovereign we got between 14-15 mpg. On a recent trip this summer, from Cleveland, OH. to Breckenridge, CO. we got 14.7 mpg. total trip mileage.
We were towing our 24 ft. enclosed car trailer with the Corvette inside, about 7800 lbs.

Yes, I like my tow vehicle very much.
You never know what you can do
until you try to undo what you did.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:39 PM   #26
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I just looked up the average price for gasoline, and the average price for Diesel, and currently Diesel is about 50% higher priced than gasoline.

Then I took an average of the reported fuel mileage, gasoline vers Diesel on this thread (12 vers 14), and the Diesel trucks make 16% better fuel mileage.


Not trying to start any arguments, but I think it is interesting data.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:40 PM   #27
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2008 Ford F450 extended cab 4 door, 8' bed, dually, 4.30 rear 6.4L, King Ranch series. With features like the steel load floor in the back seat, power telescoping trailer towing mirrors, an integrated brake controller, and built in back up camera, this is a nice tow vehicle.

It handled my 16' 300# drift boat with no problems all summer, and with absolutely no detectable sway, even in high winds.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:48 PM   #28
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My 1990 Ford F-150 really, really stinks to tow with. Unless your only going 30 minutes on flat pavement with no crosswinds better get ready for some serious white knuckle driving. Now on the other hand that sweet ass little Yugo of mine, remember the one with the ragtop moonroof, is a towing demon. You can't stop that little sucker.

Different strokes for different folks!

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