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Old 10-05-2015, 05:54 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by Wildbill5150 View Post
I went through the same thing a year ago. I bought my AS 25' Classic and was told by the sales guy that my '02 Chevy Z1 Tahoe (5.3 liter) would tow her no problem. Well the Tahoe did just fine on the flats but on most grades she dogged down to where I was going about 15 mph with a slew of angry vehicles behind me who wasted no time giving me the "you're number one" salute. After much research, including the F-150 Eco Boost, I settled on the Ford F-250 Turbo Diesel and haven't had a single issue since. When towing I average about 15 miles per gallon on the flats and 12 or so in the mountains. ...and not a single salute! Also, diesel prices on average is 20 to 50 cents a gallon cheaper than regular grade gas here in Calif.(at least where I live)
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Old 10-05-2015, 07:45 PM   #30
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For my two cents worth....I have a '14 F150 3.5 Ecoboost, 4X4 HD Tow, HD payload and 3.73 rear axle. Pulling 2008 Classic at about 8K pounds. Like a parachute,4X4 only valuable when you NEED it. Getting 19+ MPG highway commuting to work at 60-65 mph. First trip averaged about 11 - 12 towing. Only 10mpg or so on the grades in NM and CO. but no issues pulling them. Truck handles the downhills well. Did some manual braking on he steepest downhills, but never a problem. I have owned 3/4 tons and they DO all the work you will ever need, but I don't need the rough ride anymore. The interior room on the new Ford crew cabs is wonderful. Seats are comfortable and controls are easy to use. Unless I move up to a much larger TT, I will stay with the half ton truck.

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Old 10-05-2015, 08:25 PM   #31
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Or you could go to Canada, see Andy and get a Chrysler 300 or a mini- van to tow it.
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:03 PM   #32
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Old 10-05-2015, 09:35 PM   #33
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Just a reminder the op is looking for a tow vehicle for a 25' Airstream, not a 40' fifth wheel toy hauler with slideouts. And he lives in Florida. And he needs it as a daily driver as well.

His mistake was mentioning the word "best"; that makes it appear towing is all that matters.
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Old 10-08-2015, 11:05 AM   #34
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Best tow vehicle for 25'?

It is true that you must check the tire sticker on an F150 for the actual configured payload rating. I already discovered that my 1720# payload while good, is about 200# less than the exact same equipped model without the 20" wheel/tire combination I have. Each part makes a difference. Just remember that tow rating and payload/cargo rating is different and you will be ahead of most sales people.
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Old 10-17-2015, 01:12 PM   #35
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I tow my 25' Safari FB with a 2013 Grand Cherokee 4x4 equipped with the hemi and factory tow package. It actually has more HP and torque than the Sierra 2500 that I traded in. After every trip a couple of years ago, I pulled out all the stuff never used and got the weight down to 6400#. As I said in another thread, AS dealers should be required to weigh every unit, post the weight and have a Shurline scale on hand for measuring tongue weight.
Packed and ready to roll, I'm about 600# under the combined gross weight of the car and trailer maximum. In a recent trip up the hill (9000'), my transmission temp never got to 200 degrees.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:10 PM   #36
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We're in Florida too. If we had a 25-footer and were going to be weekend and southeast campers, we would have bought a new Ford F150 Ecoboost -- new because of the increased payload the new ones have. Then we'd just make darn sure we kept our weight within specifications.

But we bought a 30' Classic, we'll be full-timers, and we're heading west. So we bought a Chevy Silverado 2500 HD diesel 4wd because our travels and choice of trailer demanded it. We'll be carrying everything with us and encountering big mountains. We never wanted to be limited by our TV.

But there's no way we would have bought that truck for the first scenario. While it's a gorgeous truck, I'd hate it for a daily driver/commuting vehicle. It's a beast. And it was very expensive.

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Old 10-18-2015, 06:13 AM   #37
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