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Old 12-08-2008, 07:39 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by DIMMER View Post
The bigger the better!!!! That's my two cents....

I am more of a Goldilocks user.

Looking for something not too small and not too big.


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Old 12-08-2008, 07:44 PM   #44
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Old 12-08-2008, 08:02 PM   #45
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The bigger the better!!!! That's my two cents....
I like the way you think. I was thinking though, you probably don't need the ramps to get the jeep in the back That could be the fun way.

May you have at least one sunny day, and a soft chair to sit in..

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Old 12-08-2008, 08:05 PM   #46
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The bigger the better!!!! That's my two cents....
Yup, that's big. Better not let David Suzuki see that one.
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:17 PM   #47
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Completely Happy

I like my Nissan Titan just fine (5.6 liter, 4x4, big tow pkg). Been towing both my coaches with it for 18 months now without any problems. No sway even with the Sovereign. However, neither trailer is over 5500 lb. when fully loaded. It's given me plenty of pulling power when I needed it, topping 90 mph before I knew it.

Interestingly, the original sales flyer for my '56 SOTR says, and I quote,
"It is big, roomy, beautifully designed, 4-wheel tandem yet can be towed with ease by any car. Only recently an impartial national automobile magazine road-tested and clocked this trailer at over 90 mph, towed by an ordinary medium-priced car -- proof that the Sovereign tows like a dream at any speed."
I guess my Titan is an "ordinary medium-priced car".
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:14 AM   #48
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Happy .

We use an old station wagon. A 70 Chevelle is in the completion stages as alternate.

It does restrict us to relatively good roads but that makes the trailer happy too.

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Old 12-09-2008, 01:59 PM   #49
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You Betcha!

'08 GMC 2500 Duramax, Allison, Crew Cab, 4wd, standard bed, etc.

I'm only pulling a little 23 foot Safari, but the truck does other (e.g. farm) duty. The torque is astounding, the huge disc brakes are terrific, the integrated brake controller is a delight, and the transmission does WHATEVER I WANT it to do, not what it wants to do. I've only been doing this for a year, so it gives me a lot of confidence ... and if I wanna' trade up in size in a few years (probably not), she'll tow anything I can afford to any site I'm brave enough to try. This thing has the "irresistable force" feel of a railroad locomotive!

Only drawback I can see is that with the standard bed, you only get a 29 gallon fuel tank - my old Suburban had 40! And of course, I wish diesel were on a par with auto gas on a BTU / $ basis, but I knew that when I bought her - I've been driving diesels for more than a decade.

And I do use low-weight (650#) WD bars and set em' pretty soft so as not to upset the "delicate" Airstream. Recently left a site with two hard plastic water glasses loose on the top of the vanity by mistake. At end of day at a new site about 300 miles away, they were still sitting in the same places as when I left. So I guess vibration and bounce aren't too bad back there!

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Old 12-09-2008, 04:19 PM   #50
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I have been pleased with my Chevy 2500HD Duramax. PLENTY of power, great MPGs, and very comfortable. Until today. It is only used to tow the trailer, as I keep a sedan for work. I do drive it one day a week so it doesn't just sit. But, after only 65000 miles, it is in the shop for an new set of injectors.
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:30 PM   #51
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Yes, we've been really pleased with a 'little truck.'

With a bit of improvement in parking and maneuverability and a slight increase in mileage over a full-sized pickup, I have a body-on-frame TV, with a small block V8 and factor tow package. The owner's manual states a 1200 lb payload and 7100 lb max towing capacity, and we're doing about 3600 loaded. Does fine in the Rockies and on the plains, with a towing MPG range of 12-15.

The newer Explorers are a quite capable tow vehicle for a smaller TT.

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Old 12-09-2008, 05:31 PM   #52

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Originally Posted by jdalrymple View Post
I have been pleased with my Chevy 2500HD Duramax. PLENTY of power, great MPGs, and very comfortable. Until today. It is only used to tow the trailer, as I keep a sedan for work. I do drive it one day a week so it doesn't just sit. But, after only 65000 miles, it is in the shop for an new set of injectors.

Should still be covered under the 100k warranty. Check with the dealer.
We have replaced a few at the store, most caused by contaminated fuel.
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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 12-09-2008, 05:57 PM   #53
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GM Duramax and 31' Excella

I've driven this unit over 55K in four years and it's just now broken in. Pulls like a mule, gets 10-11 towing, and rides like a dream. It pulls my Excella with a HaHa like it wasn't there but stops on a dime with hyd. brakes.

I have a short box but a big covered topper to hold all my camping gear. I have an over head rack for my canoe and universal rack off the topper to carry the bikes. Can't get much more that on this wagon!! O-yea, the parrot gets the back seat.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:31 PM   #54
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We like the '07 Tundra 5.7 L double cab fine. I wish Toyota could have worked on better gas mileage—this ain't no Prius. I wish the seats were more comfortable (makes me wish we bought the leather seats—maybe more comfy). The oil filter is the worst to change in my experienceof many motor vehicles. The front end isn't too pretty, but generally I'm in the cab and don't look at it.

But it has more than enough power, handles much better than the 1st generation Tundras, has plenty of room in the cab, appears to be a very beefy 1/2 ton, tows very well and we like Toyota reliability. I've fixed many a car and truck and I don't ever want to again (still change oil, grease, rotate tires), especially thousands of miles from home.

So I would redesign a lot of things—more 12 v. plugs for TPMS, radar detector, cell charger, etc., a dashboard material velcro glue would stick to for the TPMS monitor, one of the grease zerks is hard to get to, damn oil filter—but given all the alternatives, this is what works for us.

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Old 12-09-2008, 07:09 PM   #55
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I currently pull my 34 footer equipped with a HA HA behind a 2000 F350 Powerstroke dually........forget it is behind me. I love it.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:40 PM   #56
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I pull a 34' Avion triple axle behind my 2004 Ram Cummins Turbo Diesel, quad cab long bed 4x4. I bought it new and have 27,000 miles on it.

The Avion grosses at 9600lbs. The Ram has 305hp and 555 ft-lbs. I can do burnouts while towing. I know some trucks have more power, but I've not needed anymore than this. I've not hit a hill yet I cannot accelerate up.

Towing, I get about 12mpg running 70-75mph (I-95) . If I slow it down to 62mph, I can get a little better than 14mpg. It's got a 3:73 diff ratio and it likes 1800rpm for best economy, so if I keep her under 68 or so, I get a lot better mileage. But you get run over on 95 going that slowly...

The long wheelbase truck rides nicely and tracks very straight. I was going to buy a short wheelbase truck, but it didn't ride nearly as nicely, so I got the 8' bed with the 4-door. No regrets at all.

I've had no problems at all with this truck. Just turn the key and drive. Very reliable, very powerful, does the job well.

On the diesel vs. gas comment; you make a good point. Diesels in general average 30% better on fuel economy. The fuel is cheaper to make than gasoline too. When i bought the truck, it was cheaper than gasoline. So cheaper fuel plus 30% better mileage, what's not to like. Now that diesel is $1.00 per gallon more than gasoline, i wouldn't buy one new.

But, I really like the way the Cummins performs. It's a big inline six, which gives you perfect primary and secondary balance which means it runs very smoothly. It's just a great engine. I get "Diesel Power" magazine, and lots of guys in there put Cummins engines into non-Dodge trucks.

The only thing I think I'd really like better would be if Dodge had built a "Cummins powered Suburban." That'd be really sweet!
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