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Old 10-20-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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Cool Perfect Tow vehicle?

We are planning to buy a 28' International CCD ( 7,600 Gross weight) and our current vehicle is not going to work. I would love to hear any recommendations for people who are super happy with their tow vehicle with this weight requirement. Also would love to hear any Do not even think of that warnings.

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Old 10-20-2009, 10:03 PM   #2
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy. Ready to camp, Lucy tips the scales at 7400#. In the past three years, we have towed Lucy over 50,000 miles, and have spent over 500 nights in her. We tow Lucy with two Suburban 2500's (3/4 ton). These tow vehicles do very well in all circumstances.

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Old 10-20-2009, 10:26 PM   #3
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I have a Silverado 2500 with a 7600 pound tow capacity, and a trailer with a 7700 pound GVW. I would much rather have more capacity, and we have gone out and found a Suburban with a 9,000 pound tow capacity. Following the "80% rule", we should be much better off as far as euqipment.
If you are looking for a pickup or Suburban, try to find one with 4.10 rear axle ratio, my Silverado would have a higher capacity if it had that instead of the 3.73 gears it has now.
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Old 10-20-2009, 10:38 PM   #4
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We are planning to buy a 28' International CCD ( 7,600 Gross weight) and our current vehicle is not going to work. I would love to hear any recommendations for people who are super happy with their tow vehicle with this weight requirement. Also would love to hear any Do not even think of that warnings.

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I am and have been for 3 years towing a 28 nationwide approx 15k/year with a 2008 ford f150 Lariat heavy with all the packages. Just about perfect as far asIi can see. FYI
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Old 10-20-2009, 11:31 PM   #5
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Ford F250 Diesel

We have a Ford F250 Diesel. Moved up from an F150. We have several cross country trips under our belt since we acquired the diesel. Better fuel milage than gas, although more expensive most of the time. But, tons of torque and the knowledge that you can really tow just about anything.

Just set the cruise control on the speed limit and relax. Even the Rockies were no match for the power. The only reason to slow down was descretion.

You know the 'stream is back there, because it is in the mirrors, but it is easily the most pleasant towing experience we have had.

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Old 10-21-2009, 01:16 AM   #6
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Tow with a van

Our 2005 12 passenger Chevy Express 3500 provides about 10,000# towing capacity. We tow a 2006 AS 25' Safari SEFB with it, and with the included tow/haul feature, it shifts and maneuvers easily. The three rear seats are removable, providing many combinations of seating and cargo room.

This is the ideal tow vehicle for us. Happy 'Streaming!
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:47 AM   #7
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We tow an '01 25' Excella (6500 lbs actual) with a heavy duty, tow package equipped, 1/2 ton GMC extended cab pickup (7800 lb tow capacity). If I were you, I'd get a tow vehicle with more capacity...something in at least the 10,000 pound capacity, and this does not mean one of the over rated 1/2 tons.

Just my opinion, and your mileage may vary.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:11 AM   #8
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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy. Ready to camp, Lucy tips the scales at 7400#. In the past three years, we have towed Lucy over 50,000 miles, and have spent over 500 nights in her. We tow Lucy with two Suburban 2500's (3/4 ton). These tow vehicles do very well in all circumstances.

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Wow, two subs and 25 footer. That's got to be a long train goin' down the tracks! But, I'll bet you can pull any grade in the country like you're driving across Nebraska.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:38 AM   #9
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You didn't specify where you were or where you plan on towing. OH Sorry,where's my manners. WELCOME TO AIRFORUMS.
My personal opinion,sorry everyone has one,is any 2500 rated pickup or suburban will do the job nicely. In other words 3/4 ton. If I were doing it today In today's market ,I think Id look for a (Im not a GM Man) 2500 Silverado with a DuraMax diesel and a Allison Auto .There are literially hundreds of Repo's out there in Auctions That people who lost thier jobs could not pay for or dealers who are stuck wiff em and will make a deal just to be rid of them,because the 2010's are here. GOOD LUCK with your search.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:53 AM   #10
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I have a Silverado 2500 with a 7600 pound tow capacity, and a trailer with a 7700 pound GVW.
really?

That does not sound right..

To the OP; you are squarely in 3/4 ton territory. Whatever flavor you like, but go with a 3/4, if you plan on travelling extensively, you will not be happy with anything less.
There are 2 kinds of Streamers (under 25' excluded) out there; those that tow with HD trucks, and those that will...

You may want to review these old threads where I outlined our evolution to a 3/4 ton truck..it may save you some time/trouble/$;
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...tml#post521713

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...ice-28886.html


To answer your question, we are very pleased with our DuraMax/Alli. It has been a faithful travelling companion, and to date has only seen oil/filter changes/tire rotations...oh and wash/wax occasionaly!

Best of luck.

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Old 10-21-2009, 08:19 AM   #11
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really?

That does not sound right..
I didn't think so myself, but it is in the owner's manual. '02 Silverado 2500HD, 4x2, 6.0, gas. GVW 8600 tow capacity 7600.
If it had the 4.10 gear in the rear end, it would be 9000 tow capacity, gvw still 8600.
Now, back to the OP's question...

I'm not sure about the F150 and the claimed 10,000 pound tow capacity, but most people would agree a 3/4 ton vehicle would be best. We towed a 26' Airstream with a 3/4 ton van, and it towed very nicely, but trailer weight was about 2/3 of what we have now.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:20 AM   #12
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I tow a 28 foot classic with a 2006 GMC Duramax diesel...In my opinion its the only way to go...3/4 ton, tow capacity 10,000 lbs.+ good mileage and plenty of power.
Diesels are great..Glad I got one.
Mileage towing the Airstream 15+...Not too bad....I keep speeds in the 60MPH+ range...Fast enough for this old guy..
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I am in the 3/4 ton camp also. I have a 2000 Excursion diesel with 175,000 miles at least 1/3 of it towing. I am still on the original automatic transmission. I tow a 25 Safari GVW 6,300 pounds.
The Excursion tows in overdrive on the flat land and keeps up with traffic in the Rockies.
Overall towing mileage is 11.5 but I tow at 65 mph and would tow faster if it were not for ST tires on the trailer. Solo mileage is 17.
I am looking for a new tow vehicle as little things are starting to wear out on the Excursion and am tempted to go smaller because the Excursion is such a pain solo in a big city but I don't think I will. I am looking at 3/4 ton gasser trucks. The new diesels with all the emission stuff aren't worth the extra expense I appreciate the tip about the 4.10 axle ratio on the gasser trucks.
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Wow, two subs and 25 footer. That's got to be a long train goin' down the tracks! But, I'll bet you can pull any grade in the country like you're driving across Nebraska.
Sorry 'bout that. Actually one Suburban does the trick quite well. The second Suburban is a back-up as we go so much.

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