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Old 05-22-2012, 08:12 PM   #15
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I am a recent Ford convert myself. I think Paula's comments regarding the necessity of a diesel are on the money too. I love diesels but it is hard to justify the cost unless you are towing heavy and often. My 2010 5.4 F-150 is truly an amazing truck. I am only towing a 16' Airstream but get as much as 14 while towing (I've seen it as low as 12.5) 15 to 16 just driving around (mixed highway and in town) and 20 is do-able without the trailer on the highway. All that with regular fuel. The newest F-150's have a new series of engines that are even more fuel efficient too. Get one set up for the weight and you will not regret the decision.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:41 PM   #16
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Before we purchased our 30' Airstream we bought a Chevy 2500HD diesel. I honestly probably don't need the diesel but didn't want to be caught short handed down the road if I had the need to tow something larger.

Pros:
-Tons of Torque
-Diesel exhaust brake (at least on the Chevy). Awesome feature
-Allison transmission in the Chevy and often heavy dutier transmissions all together
-Diesels these days are relatively clean emmissions wise
-Much more carrying & towing capacity
-Longer engine life

Cons:
-Must add Diesel Exhaust Fluid every 5K+ miles on the newer Chevy & Fords so that they run cleaner. Not yet on the Dodges. If you are out and about and run out then you may find yourself only going 5 MPH
-Higher maintenance costs
-Higher initial cost
-Louder than their gas counterparts
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Old 05-22-2012, 09:47 PM   #17
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Are you planning on towing in the mountains? turbocharged. A 28 foot trailer, long bed for stability. Tow a lot. Diesel. Tow a little gas. Take your pick of manufacturers. Which ever one you like best that has tow specs 20% higher than the fully loaded weight of your trailer.
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:17 PM   #18
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After reading through this thread, I know that I made the correct decision for me, four years ago, when I bought my 2008 Tundra double cab 5.7L for only 25k.

pros:
- great motor, lots of power, probably the fastest truck available that can tow and carry a load
-6 speed transmission with with manual shift mode and a 4.3 rear end, cruises at 1,600 rpm at 60 mph
-backup camera (a must)
-good turning radius
-4 doors with adequate rear seat for adults
-6.5 ft bed carries my Ducati with the bed closed
-smooth riding, very quiet
-14 mpg towing, 20 mpg not towing highway
-very reliable
-floor shift allows easy downshifting to help save the brakes
-18" wheels with 13" disc brakes
-2008 model is just like 2012 model

cons:
- it is a HUGE vehicle
- 1/2 ton limits payload, no option to upgrade
- electronic LSD sucks
- no mechanical locking differential available
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:18 PM   #19
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YOUR MILEAGE MAY DIFFER



Saw a guy towing an Airstream with a white Lincoln Navigator - OMG, just oozed money, status, and Cary Grant glamour. Sad they don't make them any more. Sadly the driver didn't ooze Cary Grant - more like Lou Grant.

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Hi, Paula. My ears are ringing; Did someone say that someone actually tows an Airstream with a white Lincoln Navigator? And, just like Airstream, yes they still make them.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:58 AM   #20
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After reading through this thread, I know that I made the correct decision for me, four years ago, when I bought my 2008 Tundra double cab 5.7L for only 25k.

pros:
- great motor, lots of power, probably the fastest truck available that can tow and carry a load
-6 speed transmission with with manual shift mode and a 4.3 rear end, cruises at 1,600 rpm at 60 mph
-backup camera (a must)
-good turning radius
-4 doors with adequate rear seat for adults
-6.5 ft bed carries my Ducati with the bed closed
-smooth riding, very quiet
-14 mpg towing, 20 mpg not towing highway
-very reliable
-floor shift allows easy downshifting to help save the brakes
-18" wheels with 13" disc brakes
-2008 model is just like 2012 model

cons:
- it is a HUGE vehicle
- 1/2 ton limits payload, no option to upgrade
- electronic LSD sucks
- no mechanical locking differential available
Comes with LSD!! He'll yea!!! Where is my greatfull dead cd.....
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:15 AM   #21
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I would go with a Ford over a Chevy just from a reliability standpoint. I would also go with a long bed if you actually plan on using the bed for anything real like hauling motorcycles. I prefer gas trucks from a lower maintenance standpoint not to mention the additional sticker price of a diesel. Do the math on the fuel savings. I think I would go with a Dodge before Chevy. If you have to have electronic gadgets go with a Tundra. Chevy's have a lot of electronic gimics that break and are hard to fix yourself.

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Old 05-23-2012, 09:21 AM   #22
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Our '07 Tundra (5.7 L. gas, double cab) does not have "electronic LSD", but I prefer the real thing. Otherwise, tows anywhere at any altitude without any problems. If tongue wt. is 1,050 lbs., only count 2/3 of it against cargo capacity if you have a weight distribution hitch. We haven't had problems with too much cargo in the truck so long as you don't put motorcycles in it.

We always have a pickup because we use it to pick up things that don't fit in the SUV. Something like a Suburban has some appeal, but I wouldn't want to carry gas cans in it. The Tundra has a small gas tank (26 gal.) and sometimes when traveling in remote areas extra gas is reassuring.

We prefer vehicles that don't break and Toyotas have had a very good record. They do not seem as well made as they were before, but still has given us very little trouble. The engine is very powerful, transmission is smooth. The only major repair in 71,000 miles has been new front brake rotors last year.

An intriguing alternative is the 4.6 L. Tundra with a supercharger. I talked to a guy last year who had one and he said he got very good gas mileage (maybe it was 24) when not towing. The supercharger is $4 or $5,000 list price and has to be installed by the dealer. I don't know what kind of deal you can get on it and how the price compares with a 5.7 L. This option is not well known and you'd have to ask about it. This is the same idea as the Ford EcoBoost.

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pros:
- great motor, lots of power, probably the fastest truck available that can tow and carry a load
Speed is not an issue when towing. Torque is the issue.
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cons:
- it is a HUGE vehicle
- 1/2 ton limits payload, no option to upgrade
- electronic LSD sucks
- no mechanical locking differential available
An after market locking differential is available:
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