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Old 06-24-2007, 10:44 PM   #43
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another mistake?

Well...some will say.... I told you so.....
Out on our second trip....the Yukon pulls great..most of the time.
We're at Manchester Beach in California (a great KOA campsite)
We had to make the highway 128 climb. I think I need more power!
Sitting outside next to our beautiful Airstream, I'm seeing nothing but Ford 250s and 350s.
I think I'm gonna have to take a HUGE loss on my Yukon and trade her in for a truck. Probably a GMC because I'm praying my dealer will work something out. I can't afford another mistake.. GMC 2500 or 3500? Anything wrong with a GMC truck? (only seeing Fords this weekend at the campground)
Help! Tell me what to buy.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:53 PM   #44
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I prefer Ford since it has the best towing setup in my opinion. I would not discount Ford or Dodge. They may be just as eager to deal. I have an F-250 Diesel and it pulls my 31 Classic just fine. My gas 250 did not.
Get a long bed extended or crew cab.
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:08 PM   #45
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Uh.. what makes you want more truck? Hills are hills after all - how often will you be climbing them? How specifically did the Yukon do? Which engine did you get with the 3.73 gears?
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Well...some will say.... I told you so.....
Out on our second trip....the Yukon pulls great..most of the time.
We're at Manchester Beach in California (a great KOA campsite)
We had to make the highway 128 climb. I think I need more power!
Sitting outside next to our beautiful Airstream, I'm seeing nothing but Ford 250s and 350s.
I think I'm gonna have to take a HUGE loss on my Yukon and trade her in for a truck. Probably a GMC because I'm praying my dealer will work something out. I can't afford another mistake.. GMC 2500 or 3500? Anything wrong with a GMC truck? (only seeing Fords this weekend at the campground)
Help! Tell me what to buy.
Thanks in advance.
I would say the Yukon is OK for occasional trips, but as you found out, it is about maxed. Probably within safe weight limits, but not much juice left. If you plan to wander around a bit, a more suitable TV is in order.
My opinion, (worth about the price of a cup of coffee) is that it would be hard to beat the DuraMax/Allison combo. Probably the best towing setup available today for an AS like yours.
We towed for a while with a ½ ton Suburban. Great vehicle, but not really up to towing a 25’er for great distances. Much more relaxed experience with the D/A.
As noted however, you really need to ask yourself how you will use the AS; occasional short trips?
Extended and/or frequent towing?

You might check out our experience and how we got to where we are now; http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238/02-worth-towing-advice-28886.html#post313803

I don’t regret going with a ¾ ton at all, once you get to 25’ or larger, there is no choice…
BTW, IIRC a 1 ton only gets you more payload (probably not an issue for towing TT’s) and does not get you any more towing capacity than the ¾ ton.

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Old 06-25-2007, 08:30 AM   #47
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Well...some will say.... I told you so.....
Out on our second trip....the Yukon pulls great..most of the time.
We're at Manchester Beach in California (a great KOA campsite)
We had to make the highway 128 climb. I think I need more power!
Sitting outside next to our beautiful Airstream, I'm seeing nothing but Ford 250s and 350s.
I think I'm gonna have to take a HUGE loss on my Yukon and trade her in for a truck. Probably a GMC because I'm praying my dealer will work something out. I can't afford another mistake.. GMC 2500 or 3500? Anything wrong with a GMC truck? (only seeing Fords this weekend at the campground)
Help! Tell me what to buy.
Thanks in advance.
it IS uncanny just how many fords are seen in the rv parks and campgrounds of america (and outside the ge'em zone)...

agree with the others
-how much towing and where are you going?
-does the vehicle serve other functions?
-do ya wanna enter 'the diesel zone'?
-trucks really are more versatile unless it is a soccer taxi too....

otoh once ya decide... "i think i need more power!"

well why not?

i've been very happy with the ford. 3/4 ton or 1 ton.
the deciding features for me (along with diesel) were great mirrors and the built in trailer brake controller...

NOW 3 years later ge'em has added a controller,
and improved their mirrors (the fords are still better)
so the decision isn't as obvious.
but has ANYONE used this controller yet? anyone?

ALL the big truck makers are dealing now.
you may get loyality incentives as a repeat customer but ford/dodge can match 'em.
yes it may cost ya some 'trading2soon' cash,
but consdier that there may be a larger a/s in your future too...

then you WILL be really happy with a bigger truck!

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Old 06-25-2007, 08:39 AM   #48
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Was it a Yukon XL 3/4 ton or 1/2 ton. If it was the 1/2 ton, yes you made a boo boo if hills are a part of your normal camping routes, but if it's the 3/4 ton with the 6.0L, it should be fine with the 25 footer, even fully loaded. Keep in mind that unless it's a diesel with gobs and gobs of torque on tap at low RPMs, you will have some lessened performance, even with a 6.0L on mountain and big hills with over 3 1/2 tons of RV behind ya.
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Old 06-25-2007, 08:46 AM   #49
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If you otherwise like the Yukon, go for a big block 2500 Yukon XL. Be real hard for GM not to give you a good deal. If you get a four wheel drive, you can pull out tree stumps in your spare time!! The 2007s should have end of the years savings starting in August. I have used GM truck for pulling for 25 years and always been pleased.
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You'll have to find a used one unless you can come across one of last year's models. The 8.1L has been discontinued in the GMC and Chevy versions of the Suburban. Rumors are flying that the 2nd gen Duramax with a beefed up 4L80e that is currently in the 3/4 work van is **suppose** to be making it's way to the Suburban (which means the Yukon XL too at some point) by the 2009 model year. It may have a heck of a price tag, and though it's not the Duramax/Allison combo found in the current pickup line, IMHO this would be the Suburban to have. Best of all worlds.....economy, power and internal space.
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I've discussed the changes to my dually in a prior post - which basically consisted of reducing the rear axle capacity (---alternate springs) to soften the ride for the Airstream. Aside from that, the added stability (---either "actual" or "perceived") that the dually seems to have is a real joy. Knowing what I know now, if I had it to do all over, I'd probably spring for the dually again, followed by the same modifications to the rear axle capacity.
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Old 06-25-2007, 12:48 PM   #52
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When making this decision recently I was swayed by the safety arguments, and chose to get a 3/4 ton pickup truck.

One added benefit of a pickup is generator storage. We're chaining our Yamaha 3000 SEB to the bed.

Our choice was a 2007 Ford F250 diesel with TowCommand, 3.73 rear end, and a WD hitch.

The diesel power is really nice. Our "big dog" F250 chews up inclines and hills. We are taking our Airstream to Yellowstone and beyond this summer.

I can only speak from my own limited experience, but so far the F250 has handled every towing situation thrown at it with aplomb. Having "more truck than you need" is a nice feeling.
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Thanks guys! We just got back from our camp out.
My kid learned how to ride his bike this weekend!
We are total novices when it comes to cars, trucks AND trailers. (I guess I didn't have to tell you this)
The Yukon is a 1/2 ton...(the dealer said it would be plenty)
Here's another dumb question.....we have to back our trailer up a slight hill to get it into our driveway. The Yukon can't cut it....step on the gas and nothing..... turning a relaxing weekend into a stressful situation! I finally got it onto the driveway but this experience along with us having to crawl onto the freeway helps with my decision to get a truck.
The truck's main purpose will be to tow the trailer...don't need it for work.
I'm thinking the GMC 2500 with the Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 with the Allison 1000 6-Spd transmission and the integrated trailer brakecontroller.
Ford 250 still better? Will we still crawl onto the freeway? Be able to back up onto my driveway? Climb hills with no problem? When I bought the trailer the dealer installed the brake controller...will I have to bring it back to the dealer or will it be good to go with the factory installed controller as part of the 7 prong plug that controls the brake and signal lights.
THANKS AGAIN for all your help!....we just wanna have fun with our trailer and boys!
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Fords towing package comes pre wired and with the 7 pin connector. Just not with the integrated controller. You can get the tow command package and that includes the intgrated controller.
drive them both and see how things work out. just remember it will ride sfoter and smoother when towing/loaded.
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Old 06-25-2007, 07:06 PM   #55
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Thanks guys! We just got back from our camp out.
My kid learned how to ride his bike this weekend!
We are total novices when it comes to cars, trucks AND trailers. (I guess I didn't have to tell you this)
The Yukon is a 1/2 ton...(the dealer said it would be plenty)
Here's another dumb question.....we have to back our trailer up a slight hill to get it into our driveway. The Yukon can't cut it....step on the gas and nothing..... turning a relaxing weekend into a stressful situation! I finally got it onto the driveway but this experience along with us having to crawl onto the freeway helps with my decision to get a truck.
The truck's main purpose will be to tow the trailer...don't need it for work.
I'm thinking the GMC 2500 with the Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 with the Allison 1000 6-Spd transmission and the integrated trailer brakecontroller.
Ford 250 still better? Will we still crawl onto the freeway? Be able to back up onto my driveway? Climb hills with no problem? When I bought the trailer the dealer installed the brake controller...will I have to bring it back to the dealer or will it be good to go with the factory installed controller as part of the 7 prong plug that controls the brake and signal lights.
THANKS AGAIN for all your help!....we just wanna have fun with our trailer and boys!
I am partial to the GM's,but either is a great truck. You can just plug/pray that Prodigy into either truck (if you don't get the factory brake control).

About getting into your drive; how steep is it?
Are you sure you didn't bottom out the frame rails?
Something doesn't sound right...

You won't regret a 3/4 ton TV.
I bought a junker for around town (32 mpg) and save the Duramax for tow duty. Works great for us...

Good decision on the new TV-and good luck! You are much more likely to rack up lots of adventures with the Boys when you have a proper (safe/comfortable) TV.

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Thanks guys! We just got back from our camp out.
My kid learned how to ride his bike this weekend!
We are total novices when it comes to cars, trucks AND trailers. (I guess I didn't have to tell you this)
The Yukon is a 1/2 ton...(the dealer said it would be plenty)
Here's another dumb question.....we have to back our trailer up a slight hill to get it into our driveway. The Yukon can't cut it....step on the gas and nothing..... turning a relaxing weekend into a stressful situation! I finally got it onto the driveway but this experience along with us having to crawl onto the freeway helps with my decision to get a truck.
The truck's main purpose will be to tow the trailer...don't need it for work.
I'm thinking the GMC 2500 with the Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 with the Allison 1000 6-Spd transmission and the integrated trailer brakecontroller.
Ford 250 still better? Will we still crawl onto the freeway? Be able to back up onto my driveway? Climb hills with no problem? When I bought the trailer the dealer installed the brake controller...will I have to bring it back to the dealer or will it be good to go with the factory installed controller as part of the 7 prong plug that controls the brake and signal lights.
THANKS AGAIN for all your help!....we just wanna have fun with our trailer and boys!
My family and I are also new to this RVing thing and we decided on the new '08 F250 for all the reasons previously mentioned. But what I would also insist on is a 4x4. Didn't think I would need but in the two months we've had our towing package I've used it 3 times now.

We have a campground near our home that we've used twice now to do a mini shake down and to practice using the systems. We live in the mountains and to get to our parking spot you have to go up a hill on a gravel road. Unable to get a running start the back tires want to spin. Stopped on the hill, put her in 4x4 high, and right up the hill we go. (we have a 34' Limited.)

I've also had to use it in some wet grass in another campground we were in.
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