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Old 12-24-2009, 09:34 AM   #43
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:21 PM   #44
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Even if you really live IN Virginia City the !/2 ton should be OK, if a mite short-winded at the top of the grade. The Cummins could yank that AS over the Rubicon!
YES....i REALLY actually LIVE IN Virgina City. down there on E street.... on the edge of town.... right next to the truck grade. LOL

i was thinkin that i could save some money on my TV by going the gasser route. if i do..... i hope i can make it up that truck grade.
but no worries....i wont buy anything unless i know it can
that certainly wouldnt be good if i couldnt. LOL
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Old 12-24-2009, 01:26 PM   #45
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Hey everyone.... thanks for your comments. i love hearing what you all have to say.
still collecting information here to decide what i want to do.

i wont be doing that much pulling...maybe 4 or 5 times a year when the weather changes and have to go north or south.
but most of the time..... i'll be using it around town. so gas milage is really not THAT important when i am in tow mode. but i would like to get more than 14mph around town on daily driving.... so not sure what to do here.

with a cummins diesel vs a big gas engine..... for daily driving... whats going to get better mileage?
i dont have a lead foot at all....... my style is always easy does it... unless i need the power to pass

thanks again.
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Old 12-24-2009, 08:22 PM   #46
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with a cummins diesel vs a big gas engine..... for daily driving... whats going to get better mileage?
i dont have a lead foot at all....... my style is always easy does it... unless i need the power to pass

thanks again.
The Gasser. My diesel get about 11-12 in town. 14 when towing the trailer and 18-20 when it's just the truck on the highway.
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Old 12-24-2009, 09:37 PM   #47
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06 3/4 Burb 8.1 (494ci, 340hp, 455ft/lbs) 4:11

12.1 mpg city/hiway
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Note..... these figures mean very little in the total Airstream experience.

IMHO...Comfort, safety, peace of mind, much more important.

Whats the point if the journey 'aint FUN!!!

Annie,

I think you may be stressing a little too much over your decision.
Speaking for GM only, GMC/Chevrolet. (my realm of experience) Any of the late model 6liter, six speed 1500 series trucks would work very well for you.

Get out there and drive 'em all..

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Old 12-25-2009, 08:43 AM   #48
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You only live once, and life is too short. Get something you WANT, and enjoy it. If it costs a little more to operate, so what. I enjoy a stress free towing experience, and lots of power, and numerous other things, so that's the truck I bought.
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:52 AM   #49
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Annie,

I live down the hill from you. You live at 6000 feet, a gasser has lost about one sixth of its sea level power at that altitude, a turbo diesel has lost virtaully none. The Cummins diesels vintage 2005-2006 will get you on the road, level, no wind, no towing almost 20 mpg at a steady 65 mph. The new ones a little less because they are greener/cleaner. Western Nevada is diesel terrority, this is not where gassers thrive, where gassers have resale and where most trucks are 4x4's. To get to your house from Carson City you will need to pull a 12 percent grade, this is diesel torque stuff, from Dayton a very steep several miles long grade, and from Reno a steady long climbing grade. Not Kansas or Sacramento here. When you tow you don't want to fall on your face going up hills.

Buy what you want, you are the one that needs to be happy. Recognize you will not be towing on flat land, that where you live 4x4 diesels are king, and that the cowboys of old said that there is no such thing as too much horse.
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:53 AM   #50
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FYI: We love our 2001 Cummins Quad-cab Dodge diesel. Not quiet, but very comfortable towing (my wife likes to sleep while I'm driving), with no white knuckles.

When I was looking, I realized that I wanted a Ford with Chevy interior and Cummins diesel. But most important to me was the Cummins, only available from Dodge. So I looked and waited then found a used one with everything I wanted.

Seems like everyone talks about whether it (any TV) can make it up a hill. I like having a TV that pulls good, stops well, and can make evasive maneuvers without the "tail wagging the dog". Mileage was good too, with lowest being about 14 towing in the Blue Ridge mountains (I don't want to insult any Coloradans by pretending the Appalachians are the same as the Rockies).

So many people have had no problem towing with whatever vehicle they drive, but I like having the advantage of a heavier, stronger TV. I said a lot in another thread about this: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...tml#post482609.

Good luck and have fun.

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Old 12-25-2009, 05:56 PM   #51
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Hey JM.... nice to hear from you. yes i am living in virginia city AT THE MOMENT. LOL
BUT..... thats only for now. come the summer i am moving out of my place and into my AS. i wont be living up there anymore.
when i do get my AS... its going to sit in my driveway as its being packed for full timing. when i am done..... i'll get into my truck and drive it back down the mountain. LOL i'll be on my way to somewhere else north.
so... the AS will go up the mountain once and back down when i leave.

i will miss Virgina City but.... there really isnt any place to full time up there.... even though there is an RV park. i dont care too much for that place.

RobertCross..... maybe i am stressing over this too much. maybe i am over thinking all this. LOL its just that i only have just so much money here for both the AS and the TV and i am trying to get what i want and stay in my budget.
thanks for your comments... i am trying to drive them all.

Phil and Sue... thanks for the link i'll check it out. i do love the cummins. i love to sound and the feel. decisions decisions how to balance that with what i have to spend. i'm working on it

and Michelle..... you really need a diesel since you travel so heavy. i think thats so cool. maybe one day i will be doing the same. for now... its gonna be a small AS.

airstream101.... all my life i have been treating myself to what i want. LOL thats why i dont have too much to spend now. but i do agree.... if its something you want...why not get it? YEAH! am trying to do that and still keep some money in the bank.

i guess all of you guys are right in alot of ways. if i was going to be getting a big 31foot.... there would be no question about getting a diesel. but now i am wondering if at this point... i should throw the money into when i really dont need it with a smaller AS.

Merry Christmas everyone.... hope you have a safe day. and speaking of being good to yourself.... make sure you eat something nice for your holiday dinner. LOL
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All the best to you too, Annie, and may the divine power help you to find the right answer for your needs and wants.

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Old 12-26-2009, 06:03 PM   #53
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The big gas engines on contemporary 1/2 ton trucks should go over any mountain easily. Our Tundra has a 5.7 L V8, 385 HP, 401 ft. lbs. of torque. This truck will tow our trailer up Vail Pass at 65 or faster, but if you want to go that fast, you'll use a lot of gas (it's fun to watch the gauge go down before your eyes just once). It'll run at high RPM's (around 5,000), but it's designed to do that and it won't hurt it.

We live at 6,837' and the Tundra has plenty of power. When not towing it lopes along below 2,000 RPM and gets from 16-16.5 mpg, more if we go slowly. I'm sure it would have better gas mileage at sea level and would blow the doors off a lot of cars should I decide to go drag racing (I've been thinking about challenging someone in a muscle car at a light, but my wife might have a few things to say about that and I wouldn't want to listen to it).

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Old 12-26-2009, 06:25 PM   #54
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Ok Gene, let's go for pink slips! Or better yet, let's do Pike's Peak!
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Old 12-27-2009, 11:12 AM   #55
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Dennis, there's a traffic light a mile east of Delta on Hwy. 92 with a couple of miles of straightaway. At this time of year I guarantee I'd get farther up Pike's Peak with my Tundra.

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Gene, last time I was on that divided road heading east, I damn near wet my pants when some farmer pulled out in front of me with an equipment trailer. I don't think either one of us could get up Pike's Peak this time of the year as it is gated! BTW, I have the Reese ad and press release showing the Olds Toro towing a travel trailer with the rear wheels removed. Bet you can't do that with your Tundra!
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