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Old 12-10-2008, 08:12 PM   #71
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Love my truck. The 7.3 diesel is great. 14 mpg towing the 34 footer at 60 mph.
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:30 PM   #72
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Turbochargers offset altitude power loss

Jim and Rod,

Something to consider (even though diesel fuel is $1 more per gallon) is the fact that about all the modern diesel trucks today are actually turbo diesels.

A turbocharger is a pump that is driven by exhaust gas. It force feeds more air into the engine. The more air you have, the more fuel you can burn, and thus make more power.

But a big benefit to you would be that the turbocharger makes up for any losses you'd experience due to altitude. The turbo will not only maintain sea level pressure, it will provide much more than that. The pressure above 1 atmosphere ("Sea Level" pressure) is called "Boost." The diesels from the Big Three can make really hefty amounts of boost.

So anyway, a turbocharged truck would do you all really well because you wouldn't lose power as you go up the big mountains. That would probably be a big benefit to you.

That on top of the great torque, better fuel economy, and great longevity of diesels. They are superb engines for towing.

Just something to think about anyway. I'm a bit biased toward Mopar and the Cummins, but any of them would do you well.

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Old 01-23-2009, 11:03 AM   #73
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Old 01-23-2009, 12:53 PM   #74
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Old 01-23-2009, 01:06 PM   #75
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We're pulling a 28' Safari SE with a Ford F-150. It has a 5.4L V8, tow package etc etc. It's tow rated at 9300 lbs and the trailer is 7300 loaded so in theory it should be fine. It isn't. We live in the Rockies and the F-150 just isn't enough. It really bogs down on some of the big hills. We plan to upgrade to the F-250 diesel next year.
Well - within 2 weeks after I wrote the post that I'm quoting, we had a new F-250 diesel in our driveway. We love it!
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:30 PM   #76
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Are you happy with your tow vehicle?

Sure are.

We think we have the best tow vehicle in the world for our travel trailer - 2008 F350 supercab, long bed, 4x4, 6.4 diesel.

* quite V8 diesel
* powerscope rear veiw mirrors
* integrated trailer brake controller
* tow haul
* soft rear springs
* 3.73 limited slip
* brakes

and so on.

Unhappy!

No API CJ-4 engine lube oil in this country. Had to get parts man to import.
Coming in 16 one-quart bottles ....! What no drums.

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Old 01-23-2009, 03:52 PM   #77
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Nissan Armada

I think I am one of the few that tows with an Armada. It pulls my 30' Classic or my 26' boat (heavier) with absolutely no problems. We switched from a pick-up for much better creature comforts as we frequently have passengers on board. It is roomy in the second and third row of seats; they fold down, of course, for more cargo. It is also an attractive vehicle. My wife loves it and drives it to work when we are not on the road. The built-in DVD player makes a long trip with the grand-rugrats much more enjoyable and the rear camera makes hooking up a breeze. We've recently towed on two trips to the far West; it is a breeze. Take one for a test drive and see what you think. Sincerely, Fred
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:52 PM   #78
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No, but it is about the maximum length that will fit in my garage.
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Old 01-23-2009, 05:37 PM   #79
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No API CJ-4 engine lube oil in this country. Had to get parts man to import.
Coming in 16 one-quart bottles ....! What no drums.

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Where did you buy your truck? That is a very common oil here. Adios, John
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API CJ-4 oil is 2006 spec. Remember us Brits are 20 years behind you folks!

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Old 01-23-2009, 06:14 PM   #81
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Truck imported from Florida to UK in May 2007.

API CJ-4 oil is 2006 spec. Remember us Brits are 20 years behind you folks!

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lol- my girlfriend is a Liverpudlian, This will drive her nuts.
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:16 PM   #82
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Hi John

I tow with a lot of different tow vehicles but my personal one and my favorite is made on your side of the pond. It is not much good off road but on the highway it is like magic.

It is incredibly smooth and quiet but it is the precise handling that hooked me. It has optional 20" rims with 35 series tires which I am sure contributes to the handling. It has Air ride on all 4 corners with computer controled shocks as well. The body is aluminum which makes it 65% stiffer than the steel body it replaced.
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Old 01-23-2009, 09:18 PM   #83
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We tow with a 2004 Ford Excursion V-10 best ride that we have ever had towing anything. Have also towed with F-150; the Excursion blows it out of the water. I was driving this as my main truck until about 2 mths ago.
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Hi AndrewT,

Wow, that's beautiful. Never owned a Jaguar but my favourite (although
it was not a popular model) was the XJS.

Hi Diesel1,

Like you girlfriend, we're from "up North" too and from the same county.
Your young lady will know Blackpool and Fleetwood - our home towns.

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