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Old 11-12-2006, 05:13 PM   #15
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Speaking of stiff suspensions...

I have three 3/4 ton 4X4's

1, 1953 Dodge Army ambulance. On a smooth road you can feel when you hit a pebble. Stiff ride.

2, 1960 International Harvester B120. I have only hit the overload springs on this truck once in the twenty years I owned it. I loaded it with fresh cut logs. This is also the only time I ever got a smooth ride from this truck.

3, 2006 Ford PSD. Smooth ride whether loaded or empty. The rear leafs are a helluva lot softer than the other two trucks.

I gave this comparison to point out that truck suspension has changed over the years. Newer trucks ride softer.

As technology changes whether it be Airstream going from a pole frame or the big three going to a softer suspension the facts we use to make our decisions changes.
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:13 PM   #16
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Making it simple

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As technology changes whether it be Airstream going from a pole frame or the big three going to a softer suspension the facts we use to make our decisions changes.
Thanks for simplifying the point I was trying to convey earlier. Sometimes I can get kinda wordy.

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Old 11-12-2006, 07:28 PM   #17
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As I read all these posts...seems like a 3/4 ton CC single rear wheel will be Ok for even the 34' AS...and probably will be not be too much TV for most shorter/lighter ASs. I think particularly when you figure that my wife and I are likely to fully load the bed of the pick-up with anything form a full size Harley...or as an alternative one or two generators. In other word...we likely will use up some of the weight capacity and "quiet down" the harshness. We have been know to try and bring everything we own on trips.


I will keep reading...lots of great info . Tom R in Two Harbors, Minnesota...it's snowing outisde!
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:36 PM   #18
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As I read all these posts...seems like a 3/4 ton CC single rear wheel will be Ok for even the 34' AS...and probably will be not be too much TV for most shorter/lighter ASs. I think particularly when you figure that my wife and I are likely to fully load the bed of the pick-up with anything form a full size Harley...or as an alternative one or two generators. In other word...we likely will use up some of the weight capacity and "quiet down" the harshness. We have been know to try and bring everything we own on trips.


I will keep reading...lots of great info . Tom R in Two Harbors, Minnesota...it's snowing outisde!
Get the long bed if your taking a Harley.
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:40 PM   #19
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Tom,
I have been watching this truck. If I get one it will be my 3rd Superduty. Sold the first because I moved overseas for a short time but wish I still had my 99 7.3, dang that truck rocked! My 05 6.0 is fine but I really like that new 6.4 and styling of the 08 model. The biggest advantage to the 450/550 is the braking ability in my opinion. The gearing is a little low for every day driving but will climb a wall with anything hooked up to it.
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I'm wanting to look at the new Toyota to be introduced in Feb.07. 10,000 lb towing capacity. Tim
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Old 11-16-2006, 08:15 PM   #21
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I'm wanting to look at the new Toyota to be introduced in Feb.07. 10,000 lb towing capacity. Tim
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I thought you pulled your AS with a Sikorsky? Did I spell that right?

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also known as a V-107 elsewhere.!! My TV is a 93 454 Burb. But I'm looking into a new heart for her. Found a wrecked 04 GMC with a Duramax/Allison. Will do the conversion if we reach an accord on price! Thats a good irea about lifting ths AS with a chopper, Imagine the hill tops you could have all to yourself. Tim
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Old 11-16-2006, 10:14 PM   #23
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also known as a V-107 elsewhere.!! My TV is a 93 454 Burb. But I'm looking into a new heart for her. Found a wrecked 04 GMC with a Duramax/Allison. Will do the conversion if we reach an accord on price! Thats a good irea about lifting ths AS with a chopper, Imagine the hill tops you could have all to yourself. Tim
And how cool you would look on the way there!
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Old 11-17-2006, 10:53 PM   #24
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I do know the answer to the human side of the equation. The 2500hd 4x4 will beat you up on a long day. I sure wish that my tow vehicle was a 2500 suburban instead of a pickup and not a 4x4.
I have a 2004 Silverado HD 2500 ext cab, 6.0 ltr, 2wd... empty, towing, or Loaded with 1 ton of supplies for the farm, the ride is impeccable for a pickup truck..

18 mpg city and 21 mpg highway is not bad for a pickup either, with the capabilities of it.. perhaps the 4wd makes the ride a bit rougher?
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Old 11-17-2006, 11:51 PM   #25
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I just bought a 27 ft Safari. I haven't got the vehicle to tow it with yet. I am thinking of a 2007 Denali. What would you all suggest?
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I just bought a 27 ft Safari. I haven't got the vehicle to tow it with yet. I am thinking of a 2007 Denali. What would you all suggest?
Hi, and welcome to the forums!
Your Safari can be towed by virtually any properly equipped 1/2 ton truck, or any 3/4 ton truck I can think of. If you want a Denali, get the Denali XL for the longer wheelbase. The ride is much better, and it is a more stable tow vehicle than the standard, short-wheelbase Denali. The larger engine won't hurt, either.
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The Denali is a nice vehicle, I would look into the WD hitch and sway bar system before purchasing, to see whether you can save a few bucks by having it installed through the dealer.. most dealerships have agreements setup with aftermarket places to get better deals, and so forth.
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Thank you so much for your reply. I have heard that it is best to modify your transmission and exhaust so the vehicle you tow has less of a strain on it. I'm new to RVing so I'm gathering info.
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