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Old 12-22-2009, 11:03 AM   #15
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GMC has a big sale right now on the SIERRA pick-up. The engine will need to be subjective and balance power with cost of operation.
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:10 AM   #16
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:22 AM   #17
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Oh i am certain they are that nice. i LOVE the cummins diesel. but i am thinking about right now and not down the road to a bigger trailer.
if i do decide that i want something bigger i will trade the truck in when i get a bigger trailer. i would rather spend the money on that later than now.

but i don't disagree with you about the diesel. its a wonderful truck.
maybe just not something i need now?
i dont know. maybe not.
Annie,
The Ford F-250 with a V10 will tow any Airstream trailer. I had a F-250 with a V8. It towed my trailer, not very well. I upgraded a Diesel F-250 when I rolled my old F-250. Towing the AS is now much nicer.
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:35 AM   #18
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I guess the question becomes this: If you're only towing 4-5 times a year, do you really want to drive around a Dodge Ram Cummins Megacab the other (let's say) 330 days of the year?

I've driven a 2007 Dodge crew cab Cummins with the engine brake on a long highway trip. Very nice engine indeed. But to me, that's a hard-to-park, rough-riding, $50k vehicle to be a daily driver.

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Tom? i NEVER said i wanted a crew cab LOL I HATE them. i just want a regular cab... work truck. standard 8ft bed but nothing bigger than that.
i wouldnt have a crew cab if someone gave it to me. LOL

all i was saying is i do like the diesel engine. but it may be too much for just towing 6000 pounds.

thanks for your comment
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:38 AM   #19
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Annie,
The Ford F-250 with a V10 will tow any Airstream trailer. I had a F-250 with a V8. It towed my trailer, not very well. I upgraded a Diesel F-250 when I rolled my old F-250. Towing the AS is now much nicer.
Michelle.... i am thinking about smaller now. do i really need a F-250 if i am going to tow a 6000 pound trailer? before i was thinking bigger trailer.
now i have downsized my thinking. 23ft would be plenty for me i think.

just not sure what vehicle i need for it.
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:46 AM   #20
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anyway.....
I am wondering about the smaller AS. if i decided on something 23ft. is it overkill to buy a cummins diesel to tow it? thanks
Here is a perspective, food for thought...

For many years we towed our 23' with a 150 HP Mini Van. It worked fine with no handling or mechanical issues. It was a little slow getting up to speed but quicker than many 18 wheelers. Once up to speed it would cruise for hours at the speed limit.

Then we moved up to a 265 HP, 6 cyl sedan. More power than we need but no complaints. Once again after 5 years of towing (200hrs) we have enjoyed fantastic stability and no mechanical issues.

When choosing a TV consider all the options..... your personal preferences, fuel mileage, comforts, stability factors, cargo capacity, solo drives, etc.

Tow with what you prefer. You have many options.
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:50 AM   #21
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WOW! thanks everyone for your comments ! i am thinking SMALLER now.
and i am wondering about what would be good to tow. i do know i want a truck as opposed to a van. just not sure what truck so i guess i should look at all of them.

most of the time..... i'll be solo and the 'home' will be parked so i have to consider that as well.

thanks again for your comments.
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Old 12-22-2009, 11:59 AM   #22
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:41 PM   #23
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ok so if a diesel is overkill ...... should i still consider a 3/4 ton truck? or would one of those new gas 2010 ford 1/2 tons do the job?
Ford seems to think it's new 1/2 ton will do the job.

Ford commercial for the F150..
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:57 PM   #24
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We tow a 25' FB with an '07 (2nd generation) Tundra. Never have had any problems. The 5.7 L. engine has lots and lots of power. I expect it would tow a 27' just as easily.

I think you'll have to look around quite a bit to find a cab with the extended option. Tundra does have a standard cab with an 8' bed. I know you don't like extended cabs, but the standard cab is uncommon and may be harder to get a good deal on. It has more payload than our DoubleCab. The Tacomas are larger than they used to be—more like the 1st generation Tundras—and might also be an option for a 23'. They get better gas mileage than the Tundras. We buy Toyotas for their reliability—I don't want to fix trucks anymore or even have to bring them to a dealer when under warranty.

The Tundra or any full sized truck can be a pain to park. The sonar option does help a lot, but you can't shrink the truck when you are not towing. The Tacoma is still pretty big, but not quite as big.

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Old 12-22-2009, 01:32 PM   #25
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why do you want a new diesel? i have a 2004 4x4 dodge with the cummins motor. she gets great milage, will pull any trailer up any grade with ease, and has the tightest turning circle of all the 3/4 trucks (will out turn my dads yukon and nieghbors ford, both 1/2 tons)

bottom line: EVERY1/2 ton on the market will tow your trailer, a very big portion will tow 7500. out of the current selection amd ride quality,

i recomend the 2010 dodge ram 1/2. coil spring rear end for ride quaility when empty, 400lbs of touqe on pump gas (chevy and ford need E85 to come close). she's like a cady with a truck bed
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Old 12-22-2009, 03:42 PM   #26
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I tow a 23 footer with a diesel ('08 GMC Duramax). Four reasons: 1) lots of torque which is great in mountains and on-ramps, 2) big time brakes, ring gear, etc., and long-lasting engine, which makes for longevity, 3) better fuel mileage and thus range, and 4) I never worry about how much I put in the truck - just pile it in and drive away. I'm quite pleased. BUT there ARE downsides: a) initial cost of the diesel purchase; b) much stiffer ride (esp. when empty or near-so) with 3/4 ton suspension ... and just now you can't get a diesel in 1/2 ton (but soon you will be able to); c) probably poorer mileage in-town (it takes more oomph to get all that mass moving).
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Shop all week long but go for your road test on FRI....

They really need to sell rigs right now and will make a good deal, the store I worked at regularly let the vehicle go out over the weekend for an extended RT. It's worth a try.

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