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Old 09-02-2016, 10:13 AM   #99
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Have done that in my V10 diesel Touareg, then towed the AS 25' home from Moab. Much better handling and towing than a pick-up...

but...the PU has better payload and more room for stuff. It's always a compromise.
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:46 AM   #100
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Just buy a RAM 2500 Diesel and fergit about it. All the power you need up hill. All the stability and exhaust brake goodness downhill. Carry all you want in the bed and get great fuel mileage.
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:52 AM   #101
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Just buy a RAM 2500 Diesel and fergit about it. All the power you need up hill. All the stability and exhaust brake goodness downhill. Carry all you want in the bed and get great fuel mileage.


Yup. Just a little struggle finding a place to park it. No worries.
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:55 AM   #102
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I ain't buyin' nothin'.
My truck is paid for.
Not a 4 x 4.
Oh well.
I'll deal with it.
Tows Airstream fine as long as it isn't wet or muddy...
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:26 PM   #103
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I ain't buyin' nothin'.
My truck is paid for.
Not a 4 x 4.
Oh well.
I'll deal with it.
Tows Airstream fine as long as it isn't wet or muddy...
Do you take the Harley in the truck? That would be the best of all worlds!
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Old 09-02-2016, 03:33 PM   #104
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Nope.
It's a 1/2 ton with not enough payload and a 5.5' bed.
Harley too heavy and too long-
Would have to have a 1 ton 8' box for that to work.
A Vespa might fit diagonally.
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I have been struggling with the 1/2 ton vs 3/4 ton issue for some time (assuming a 1000lb TW). After reading many many comments on this forum it appears to me that those who have the 3/4 ton are very happy and those that have the 1/2 ton say you don't need the 3/4 ton, it is overkill.
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That's a pretty accurate assessment.
Those of us with 1/2 ton trucks are at the limit of payload and towing capacity.
Others with 3/4 ton trucks can take more stuff with them.
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You probably haven't been in the cab when one of those is trying to park at Walmart...
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How Much Truck Do You Need?

By the same token, I have never wished that I had a 3/4 ton or bigger to tow my Airstream.

Just the way it is for me, even with my trailer hooked and 1,200 pounds of tools and generator in the bed of the truck.. a half ton is all I need, it even doubles as my daily driver that doesn't suck to park...


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I have driven diesel vehicles for over 40 years. When first starting with them they were:

Simpler than gas fueled engines
Diesel fuel was cheaper than gasoline
MPG was much better with the diesel
There was a greater disparity in power that favored diesels. Especially torque.

Since that time diesel engines have become terribly more complicated.
Servicing them has become a very expensive item
The advantage of diesels in mpg is less
Diesel fuel is usually more expensive that gasoline. (taxes)
HP and Torque of gasoline fueled engines have been steadily improving

With that said, I am seriously considering a Ford F150 XLT with heavy duty payload option. The 3.5 V6 Ecoboost gives great power numbers, and the fuel mileage is pretty good. Even with the extra payload option (up to about 2300#), it will maybe ride more comfortably than the F250/350. Add to that saving several thousand dollars on the original purchase it is making gasoline engines look more favorable. YMMV, but I will be checking this out.
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My 1/2 ton is still wide, tall, and long to park in normal parking spaces.
It is pretty much a dedicated camper puller and occasional limousine.
I drive a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder everyday.
Regardless of what I drive parking is easier for me because I park in the "back 40" to keep from getting a door door ding.
Yes, I am still OCD/anal about not getting my 1999 scratched.


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