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Old 08-23-2017, 08:40 PM   #1
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Decided on the 26 flying cloud. Now for the tow vehicle

So ive checked out a bunch of models and am looking at the flying cloud 26 queen. Now i just need a new tow vehicle

I was originally looking at expeditions and armadas.

But now am thinking truck. I like the tundras because i love yotas. But the capacity is kind of sub par and if im going truck anyway maybe i should go f250 or similar.

What do you think?
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:43 PM   #2
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I too am in the market for a tow vehicle. I am leaning toward truck because I also intend to bring a generator to power AC when boondocking. Additionally, we may carry jugs of water for those hot trips out west. We wouldn't want to bring those two items in an SUV.
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Old 08-23-2017, 09:59 PM   #3
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Our 2017 F-250 with 6.7L powerstroke pulls the 27' FC like a dream. 13.5 mpg. Plenty of capacity for generator and gear. Highly recommend!
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I think you should take another look at the 2018 Expedition. Proven turbo gas engine, aluminum body, and independent suspension all around gives a wide stance and stability unmatched by any pickup as well as a nicer ride.

It doesn't get any better for towing a mid-size Airstream and daily use vehicle.
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Old 08-23-2017, 11:04 PM   #6
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So ive checked out a bunch of models and am looking at the flying cloud 26 queen. Now i just need a new tow vehicle.
What do you think?
I think this is a terrible place to get unbiased opinions. I too am getting the 26, and I went backwards, I got the tow vehicle first. I found exactly what I was looking for in a 2015 with only 12K miles, like new and I couldn't pass it up. Yes, I got the Toyota 5.7 with tow package.
I still read these threads, and I guess we'll never know if we made the best choice. I choose longevity over gas mileage. If Toyota made a 3/4 ton, it would sell like hotcakes. I'm not sure I'd buy one, since my Tundra is also my daily driver.

You can save some payload by getting the smaller cab, avoiding the leather and bells and whistles.
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My reason for getting a truck rather than an SUV was that when carrying gasoline for a genny or propane for a grill, I didn't want them in the passenger compartment with me and mine.

I agree that the Tundra has a VERY anemic payload and an absolutely horrendous gas mileage, so I went F-150. As far as the F-150's longevity, I will be happy with the 200,000 I can expect from this vehicle. I think a 150/1500 will be OK for you, but a 250/2500 would be better.
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Old 08-24-2017, 07:36 AM   #8
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So ive checked out a bunch of models and am looking at the flying cloud 26 queen.
According to the Airstream website (Flying Cloud floor plans web page) it doesn't look like they offer the 26U in the queen bed configuration anymore, only the twin beds.

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My reason for getting a truck rather than an SUV was that when carrying gasoline for a genny or propane for a grill, I didn't want them in the passenger compartment with me and mine. ...
No need to carry gasoline or small propane bottles if you choose to run both a propane generator and a BBQ grill from the low pressure LPG outlet on the front of the trailer.
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According to the Airstream website (Flying Cloud floor plans web page) it doesn't look like they offer the 26U in the queen bed configuration anymore, only the twin beds.

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No need to carry gasoline or small propane bottles if you choose to run both a propane generator and a BBQ grill from the low pressure LPG outlet on the front of the trailer.
The Airstreams' propane bottles are a clean, convenient and safer source of fuel for the generator and grill. Easily refilled, if not enough larger bottles can be installed and if too heavy aluminum bottles are available.
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According to the Airstream website (Flying Cloud floor plans web page) it doesn't look like they offer the 26U in the queen bed configuration anymore, only the twin beds.

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I saw that too. However, I think they overlooked the floor plan. I've gotten prices from two dealers on the queen, and it's now called the 26RBQ, (rear bedroom queen)
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The Airstreams' propane bottles are a clean, convenient and safer source of fuel for the generator and grill. Easily refilled, if not enough larger bottles can be installed and if too heavy aluminum bottles are available.
Easier than a gas station?
..and then if your propane is empty, you have no stove/oven or AC.
I like the concept of a propane generator, but I'd carry a spare bottle. I still think a truck beats a SUV.
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I think you should take another look at the 2018 Expedition. Proven turbo gas engine, aluminum body, and independent suspension all around gives a wide stance and stability unmatched by any pickup as well as a nicer ride.

It doesn't get any better for towing a mid-size Airstream and daily use vehicle.
Yes but they havent released any numbers yet right?

i know the body is 300 lbs lighter so we recoup that to payload as long as they didnt use it anywhere else.

They are claiming more tow capacity and more payload but not saying how much. If the payload limit is north of 1500 lbs Then its my first choice.


But I can't sacrifice safety.
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