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Old 05-05-2016, 02:56 AM   #1
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Reminder of happiness with 1/2 ton

Yesterday I drove 400 miles round trip to drop off my AS for service, so 200 mi with the trailer, 200 without. When I tow I drive 55 mph and just drive my own drive. But coming home, I drove the speed limit(plus) and just stayed with the traffic on I-40. The 70+ mph drive home reminded me, strongly, of why I am happy with my 1/2 ton truck as a TV. It is as comfortable as a car and for the back end of a very long day I was glad for the nice ride. 13 mpg towing and 23 mpg for the trip home on 87 octane. From time to time, I crave "more power, Scotty", but I have been reminded why I am just fine.


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Old 05-05-2016, 05:03 AM   #2
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Good post.
Lots of folks here think they need a gargantuan 3/4 or 1 ton with a stinky, noisy diesel.
But a 1/2 ton for anything under 30' is ample.
But, to each his own I guess.

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Old 05-05-2016, 05:15 AM   #3
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Yes, it is an active debate, long-standing. But I just wanted to post a reminder why I love my 1/2 ton. Love the one you are with....
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:19 AM   #4
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What are your TV and Trailer models if you don't mind me asking.

I have a Tundra and was planning on a 25'.
Planning for a March 2017 purchase of a 25' AS
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:22 AM   #5
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International Serenity 25FB and a Chevrolet Silverado 1500 5.3L, 3.42 with the factory towing package. Seen many a Tundra pulling 25's.

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Old 05-05-2016, 11:25 AM   #6
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That is one of the reasons I stayed away from the Classic 30. There's over 1000 lb difference between the Classic and the International/Flying Cloud. The Classic is gorgeous, but I could not tow it with my F150 or my Escalade. The FC 30 I can. Payload on the Escalade is 1600, and towing is 8300. And it is a lot easier daily driver.
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:31 AM   #7
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1/2 tons today are rated for 10,000 or more, but the payload capacity is limiting. We do not haul around a lot of stuff. Did not want to repeat the debate...just wanted to smile about my ride quality.
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:45 AM   #8
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Half ton enough for us

We use a Tundra (our fourth one) and have pulled an '08 25' Safari FB over 50,000 miles including Alaska and many mountain ranges. We have a shell bed cover and load it with spares, generator, full tool set, etc. The rig pulls terrific and fits us perfectly. Then, when parked, our truck is a comfortable driver. In my opinion, two huge keys are 1. Moderate speed such as 60 on open highways, and 2. New tires before you think you need them, and make sure they are of very recent manufacture. There is not really a good vs. bad choice, some are just better fits for one's situation. Safe travels.
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Old 05-05-2016, 12:44 PM   #9
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We have had three half-tons for our Airstreams, and just bought a new one. Each time we carefully researched the numbers and qualities of each, considered the huge difference a good weight distribution hitch setup makes, looked at our own needs and use, and settled without any doubt on another new half-ton.

Just finished a 3,000+ mile cross-country tow with it. Rock-solid stability in all conditions, smooth comfortable ride, plenty of power, handles and brakes beautifully, and 15-17 mpg gallon towing, 28-30 mpg when not towing. And when we are not towing it's a great daily driver. No compromises here, love it.
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Old 05-06-2016, 10:26 AM   #10
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I love my truck.
Some have said they don't like the Tundra because it feels like a very large Camry.
That would be an attribute, right?
I like to think of it as a very large Camry with and extremely large trunk.
I like the quick, responsive steering, brakes, and throttle and smoothness and precision.
The Tundra has about the same turning radius as my Nissan Pathfinder, which is much smaller.
It just feels like a Toyota. That is just how Toyotas feel across all model lines.
I like it.
I am used to it.
It is a very large truck.
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:14 AM   #11
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25' fine, try it with a 31' classic above sea level out West, I like my 3/4 ton dodge with a 6.7 ....
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Old 05-06-2016, 11:31 AM   #12
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Reminder of happiness with 1/2 ton

There is something to be said about being able to tow an Airstream up any grade at 75 plus.

For my use, that isn't that important to me. If I did most of my driving in Montana or western Colorado, etc, I would probably want more than my 5.3 to pull my 7,800 pound trailer.

Superat stultitia.
The fact that I am opinionated does not presuppose that I am wrong......

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Old 05-06-2016, 11:49 AM   #13
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Gotten along just fine with our 1/2 ton with the little hemi.. We pull out 72/Overlander with our Yamaha Rhino loaded in the bed. Right on the lines for payload but some added air bags leveled things out just fine without using a WD hitch system.
Seeing 20 mpg pulling post holes and 13.5 loaded with the trailer and Rhino. For being a 4x4 pu I am real happy over all..
When pricing a new pu I could buy 2 1/2 tons for the price of 1 new diesel...
We use our 1/2 for farm duty also.. Mostly pulling a 10 Bale trailer that loaded is over 18000 lbs.. Other projects is shagging 1000 gallon fertilizer trailers.. They also run over 13000 lbs loaded..
It's just common sense of how hard and fast a person needs to go.. For safety and long pu life..
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We pull our 27' international with a Chevy Tahoe, 5.3 motor. So far we have been happy with it.


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