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Old 08-08-2004, 05:37 AM   #15
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I like the larger tank on the long box trucks. I pull a 27 ft. Airstream with a long bed extended cab GMC diesel and sway is not a concern. Also, if you want to install an in the bed extra fuel tank, the longer bed would still allow room for the needed "stuff" most of us haul.

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Old 08-08-2004, 06:46 AM   #16
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My extended cab short bed GMC handles the Airstream much better than the 2000 regular cab long bed. I find the shorter bed is not much of a hinderence in hauling "stuff", but would have liked the larger fuel tank. When towing, I find the 26 gallon tank does not allow enough comfortable room between the low priced fuel stops on I77 between Ohio and Florida. Thinking of a Transfer Flow or other auxilary fuel tank.
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I pull a 31' sovereign with a crew cab short bed 4x4. I have the short bed because I couldn't find a used long bed at the time of purchase. The short bed performs great. I would prefer a long bed due to the longer wheel base, as that would be a more stable platform for towing; the longer the wheel base, the more "torque" the trailer must apply to push the rear end of the truck. The only time I notice the trailer is behind me is coming down a steep hill on a sharp curve - the trailer wants to push the rear end of the truck towards the outside of the turn.

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Old 08-08-2004, 08:47 PM   #18
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I am very pleased with the towing performance of the combo shown in my signature. My only complaint is the "stiffness" of the dually on secondary roads. For interstate highway use it simply cannot be beat! The crew-cab/longbed does present some parking problems in the average supermarket parking lot - but the additional excercise I get walking from the back of the lot is a bonus! I've already used up most of the bed space in the longbed. It's like going from a shorter to a longer trailer ---- once you get use to the longer trailer your worry about the increased length simply disappears! It's a lot of increased versatility for very little additional cost.
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Old 08-08-2004, 08:48 PM   #19
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The only time I notice the trailer is behind me is coming down a steep hill on a sharp curve - the trailer wants to push the rear end of the truck towards the outside of the turn.
That sounds a bit scary! OK Ponz now tell us what you do about that situation? Please.


Also it would be nice if someone would make a chart describing all the cab options on pickups.
I know I can never quite keep up with them.
Crewcab, Super cab, Club cab, reg.cab, stretch cab. 2 door, 3 door, 4 door. Do all the manufacturers adhere to the same nomenclature?? small chance.
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Thank you, everyone, who took time to respond to my question. I appreciate your efforts and perspectives.
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That sounds a bit scary! OK Ponz now tell us what you do about that situation? Please.
On the West Virginia turnpike, the decent into Charleston is a rather steep grade, and has a few sharp curves. At a speed of 40mph, I could feel the trailer acting on the truck. It was not scarry at all. I would think that having a longer wheel base would minimize that tendency. When sharp downhill curves are in your path, be sure to slow down prior to the curve thereby avoiding braking to slow down in the curve. Otherwise, all three of Newton's Laws will come into play.
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Its a little difficult backing up with my 23' truck and 23' railer in a tight spot. I feel part of my job is to entertain those who arrived before me with my backing up antics
That's what Pull-thru's are for.
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I have the short box 2500 HD EXT Cab 4X4 and like towing my 31' trailer with it. I had to have the short box because of parking in parking garages downtown. The long box would have been too much of a hassle. I wish that the tank was bigger than 26 gallons though. I would like to get the transfer flow tank, 45 gallons, but don't have the extra $1,000 (1 large) laying around

On the other hand, If I use 22 gallons at around 15 mpg towing, that is a 330 mile range. Good time to stretch legs, buy diet cokes etc.

The idiot light comes on in my truck when I have 4 gallons left and I start looking hard for fuel then. I was told never to run a diesel out of fuel...period.

Good luck to you. The F250's are nice.
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Old 08-09-2004, 03:36 PM   #24
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FWIW, the long bed has a 38 gallon fuel tank while IIRC the short bed is 29. Our 158" extended cab/long bed handles the 34' just fine, but the Hensley helps too.
That is the only drawback of the short-bed I've seen. We have 30K on our's & feel very secure towing at all reasonable speeds ! I did have an aux. fuel tank (50 gal.) installed because the "useable" 25 gals. has a very limited range, >300 mi.
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Old 08-09-2004, 04:32 PM   #25
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On the other hand, If I use 22 gallons at around 15 mpg towing, that is a 330 mile range. Good time to stretch legs, buy diet cokes etc.
I too thought the 26 gal. tank would be more of a hassle than it has turned out to be. My tank fills somewhat faster than the truck's empties. At roughtly 15 mpg towing ('04 K2500 crewcab diesel) I can go 300 miles before refueling becomes a priority. I seldom tow more than 600 miles a day anyway, so it's just two stops.

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