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Old 11-27-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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F 250 or equivalent

I have decided I need at least a f250 for a 25 or 27 airstream without worrying about counting weight in the truck and trailer.

Do I need to get the max tow package?

What is the ram, gm etc.. equivalent of the f250 for price comparison?
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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GMC would be the Sierra 2500HD
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Old 11-27-2013, 11:41 AM   #3
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250 in a Ford competes with 2500 in the GM and RAM lines.

If you're thinking of one of the diesels, you don't require any sort of "max tow" package in an HD pickup. You may want a tow package because of nice extras like backup cameras and brake controllers, but if you're thinking about a posh trim package on the truck those will probably be included.
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:00 PM   #4
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My 2012 Chevy 2500HD has a gas engine is a great tow vehicle. Never any worry about going over weight capacity. Payload is ~3000lbs.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:02 PM   #5
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My F250 works great with our 28' Flying Cloud. Got the gas engine because of all the problems I read about with diesel engines in the late model trucks. However, in Airstream Life, Andy Thompson wrote a series of articles that are quite eye-opening and challenges a lot of current thinking one sees on this forum, for example. Not sure what I would have purchased had I read all the articles first.
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Old 11-27-2013, 02:52 PM   #6
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Not sure what I would have purchased had I read all the articles first.
A Chrysler 300? :-)

That was a fun article!
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Old 11-27-2013, 05:10 PM   #7
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Another article mentioned a Porsche Cayenne- if I could I would..,
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The flip towing mirrors were an option along with the backup sensors and reverse camera in the tailgate on my 2012 Ram 2500HD with high output Cummins and six speed automatic.

The allowable trailer weight is based upon deducting the current loaded truck weight from the Gross Combined Vehicle weight of 20,000 pounds. Since I currently see no way to get 2,600+ pounds of "stuff inside the trailer, the truck may get as heavy as 10,500 pounds as the axles are reared 5,500 pounds in front and 6,010 pounds in the rear. The Michelin LT265/70R17E tire pressures can be adjusted to support more than the axle ratings.
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I have decided I need at least a f250 for a 25 or 27 airstream without worrying about counting weight in the truck and trailer.

Do I need to get the max tow package?

What is the ram, gm etc.. equivalent of the f250 for price comparison?
Here is what looks to be a nice 05 GMC 2500 in the Forums Classified
Don't know anything about it.
2005 GMC SLT-2 2500HD Sierra Crewcab 4X4
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A Chrysler 300? :-)

That was a fun article!
Read the article on the Chrysler 300. I am skeptical at best.

I tow a 27 Classic with a 2007 Durango, couldn't imagine towing a 30' Airstream with the Chrysler 300.

The concern for me would be the safety factor and more importantly the difference in weight between the tow vehicle and the trailer.

I must admit in get a bit white knuckled when crossing the huge bridge that bypasses Baltimore. The bridge is 250 above the water, and there are usually cross winds. With the 300, I would be afraid that you could loose control.

Our Durango sits fairly low - is the last year on the frame that tows 8,950 lbs. and 1,750 payload. A HD truck is our future, but not for another several years as the Durango only has 70,000 miles, with about half of the miles being with a trailer in tow (our previous coach was a 25 Safari). The HD truck will be nice for cross country trips.

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I have decided I need at least a f250 for a 25 or 27 airstream without worrying about counting weight in the truck and trailer.

Do I need to get the max tow package?
No. All F-250s come from the factory with the hitch, tires, rear axle, transmission, and cooling capacity to tow up to a 12,000 lb. trailer. Also standard on all F-250s are tow mirrors, trailer sway control and hill start assist. XLTs add an integrated trailer brake controller. Lariats add a rear view camera.
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