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Old 01-24-2009, 10:18 AM   #85
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Extremely happy. Dodge Ram 06 Quad Cab 3500 Turbo Diesel Cumins

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Old 01-24-2009, 11:25 AM   #86
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Love our CC/F350/7.3/Long Bed Gives us a smooth ride and Lots of room for 3 dogs and their people.

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Old 01-26-2009, 05:33 PM   #87
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Best Tow Vehicle?

My Chevy HD250, CC. Diesel, 4X4 is the best in it's class. Tow a 31' and get 12-13 MPG, with lots of storage in my covered box. I have a roof rack to carry the canoe and the bikes hang off the back of the cab. What more could one ask for?
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Old 01-26-2009, 05:40 PM   #88
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What more could one ask for?
If I lived in Michigan, heated seats.


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Old 01-26-2009, 05:47 PM   #89
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I am talking to my mom in Detriot. It will be 6 degrees tonight.

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Old 01-26-2009, 07:33 PM   #90
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Happy??? Oh ya....

For four years now we have been using a pro set up Infiniti.
The firm, sticky, V rated tires provide a very stable, relaxed ride.
Very quiet cabin when highway cruising at 100kph
High performance braking system
AAA aerodynamics. Headwinds are hardly noticed, never an issue
A joy to drive with or without the trailer in tow
26/27 mpg solo 16 mpg avr towing (imp gals) (premium fuel)
Is Spring here yet?
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Old 01-27-2009, 06:02 PM   #91
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Damn! 90 replys so far and not a single GMC 3500 4x4 longbed crew-cab dually with the Duramax/Allison! With a softened rear suspension (custom rear leaf springs) and the 30' AS in tow I'm a happy camper!

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:01 PM   #92
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How about this cool TV???!!! Should be able to clear the road ahead of lowly Priuses and just about any other obstacle that dares to block your path. Where do I get one of these?

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Old 02-17-2009, 05:15 PM   #93
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How about this cool TV???!!! Should be able to clear the road ahead of lowly Priuses and just about any other obstacle that dares to block your path. Where do I get one of these?
Oh, yeah...


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Old 02-17-2009, 08:52 PM   #94
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:23 PM   #95
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Perfect Tow Vehicle

Love my 2006 H1 Alpha for my tow vehicle. The Duramax engine and Allison transmission seem to be a perfect fit for economy and durability. Tows my 22-0 CCD without any strain. The referenced engine and transmission plus considering most of the H1 is Aluminum with a very rigid steel frame should last me forever. In addition, entire vehicle built to mil spec for extreme environmental and operational conditions so the normal domestic use will result in no serious mechanical problems other than the normal wear and tear. Weight of the H1 also offers a very stable tow platform.
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Old 02-21-2009, 04:25 PM   #96
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Towing with Sedans

Hi gang,

I noticed two of you guys are towing with sedans. One a 34 footer with a little Jaguar 4-door, the other a 23 footer with an Infiniti.

This makes me wonder if the whole movement to trucks was hokus pokus?

Do you need to use any kind of special hitch?

I can almost see the 23 footer behind the Infiniti. But the jag pulling a 34 footer has me wondering. I mean, an F-150 is considered not enough chassis for a bigger trailer (generally anything much over 25 feet), and the unit body jag has way less chassis than a half ton pickup.

What is the tongue weight of a 34 foot Airstream? I have a 34 foot Avion and it's about 900lbs, so I'd imagine the stream is about the same. That's an awful lot for a car. Did you have to do anything special? Surely the OEM air suspension can't compensate for that much can it?

I did get the video from Hensley and they show a 4-door Chrysler front drive sedan (like an LHS or a Concorde or something) pulling a 34 footer through a slalom course. Are you using an Arrow?

Anyway, just seems counter to everything I've ever read. Which makes me question either (A) a little sedan isn't enough (though I towed with a '75 Mercury Marquis and it did great...but it was big, heavy, and had a full perimeter frame and a 460 V8 or (B) everything I've heard about having to have a big ol' truck was complete baloney. In which case I'd be kind of ticked that I spent all the money buying a big diesel truck.

I like my Ram, and it pulls like a dream. But for the 99% of the time that I'm not towing, a half ton gasser would be easier to live with day to day.

At any rate, best of luck to all and I hope to see you on the road. I do hope to get my '65 Sport Fury (with 440 Magnum...not the original engine) going again and buy the '58 Traveler off my grand dad some day.

Here's to all you guys pulling with cars!

take care,
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:04 PM   #97
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We pull our 34 footer with a F-250 Supercab, with the 7.3 diesel, great truck, lots of power to spare and real nice fuel economy from the diesel, I'll never go back to a gasser.
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Old 02-21-2009, 05:43 PM   #98
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