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Old 06-24-2016, 12:11 PM   #15
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Life is short, travel! Regarding TV, I just bought a 2500 GMC and did 8,000 miles. I've had four Airstreams and four TV. I cannot imagine a better TV than the one I have now. All the 2500 diesels are good but the GMC is clearly the quietest inside and out and extremely comfortable if you get best interior, Denali or SLT. 8 way seats, lumbar support, heated and cooled. My wife drives the rig as well as I do and u get a rest in long trips. Get a good dealer to properly match trailer, hitch and TV and your experience will be as trouble free as possible. Lastly, make sure you have LT 16 " Michelins on AS. You want to avoid those pesky, expensive and dangerous blowouts. Have a blast!!

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Old 06-24-2016, 12:48 PM   #16
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Yay!!! Put the paperwork in for the FC30 and now just waiting on the final word from the dealer.

And I spent an hour or two shopping for lightly used 2500s with a comfy trim level.

Boy, these trucks hold their value.

Seems like we could "save" $3-5k on a very lightly used one, but the savings would be eaten up by less favorable used car financing rates.

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Old 06-24-2016, 01:04 PM   #17
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Welcome to the Airstream world! The 30' is lovely! I have the 27FB, and pull it with the GMC diesel Duramax 2500. I love the truck. I had a Ford diesel F250 a few years ago, and the GMC is like driving a large cozy cadillac to me. So glad i went with the GMC! I put a camper shell on back to act as my garage for storage since I full-time. I recommend that or a cover if you plan on bringing extra anything along. Best Wishes!
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:07 PM   #18
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Under your circumstances, I don't think I would go with a four-wheel drive TV, unless I were sure it is needed. All else being equal, I believe they are higher and more difficult to get into. I own a FC 30 with twin recliners. I have a back problem which made the box-with-cushion "couches" very uncomfortable. The recliners look great and are much better than what we had in our Safari 25, but if I had it to do over again, I would probably order an AS without recliners or couch and put in a couple of Lazy Boys recliners. As an alternative to that, perhaps a good used 30 with a couch, which I would remove and install the Lazy Boys.
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:07 PM   #19
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Another vote for the GMC 2500HD diesel with a 30 footer based on my own experience.

I had a Sierra 1500 when we first bought the trailer and in a pinch could have kept it but decided to treat myself! Certainly not sorry.

Someone mentioned smell with a diesel but I have not found any such issue - with the one exception if I spill diesel on my hands wen fueling - takes considerable time to escape the smell then! I generally keep work gloves or nitrile gloves in the truck for fueling

Comfort and noise levels in the cab are fine - I suspect the GM might be the quietest of the diesels.

About the only slight negative we find with the 3/4 ton truck is that it can be a bit more difficult to park at the mall - we use it as a daily driver. I generally solve this by automatically looking for an end spot rather than parking as close to the mall doors as I can.

A fringe benefit is no door dings in 8 years driving it!

We do have a full Leer cap on the truck bed and find it an excellent way to keep clutter out of the Airstream - highly recommended. Apart from tools, chairs, ladder, gennie, etc etc, we carry large rubbermaid boxes with extra food (canned stuff, bottle stc) plus shoes and boots and such.

I don't think you would regret going that route.

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Old 06-24-2016, 01:07 PM   #20
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Some great advice here. If you chose a "shell" or "topper" for your truck bed, this opens up another opportunity to ease the use of a truck. I don't know the name of it; but, think a truck bed size pull out shelf that mounts in the truck bed that you can slide out to access the gear you haul without crawling into the camper shell. Have seen one in use and it might be a great aid.
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:09 PM   #21
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Bought a 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500 High Country Duramax. Got it used with 4500 miles on it. What a vehicle! My first diesel, and I love it. Also the GMC/Chevys come with a 36 gal tank as opposed to Ford's 26 gal. Tow a 25 Flying Cloud, it's a bit of overkill, but I'd rather have a margin on the plus side. You'll have no worries with your 30 footer. And a nice quiet ride.
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:17 PM   #22
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Upper Management told me that only yahoos drive pickup trucks. But Upper Management also decided she wanted an AS. I took her out to look at TVs and we finally settled on a GMC 2500 Denali Diesel. She was very quiet when we test drove it. When I asked her afterward what she thought, she said, "That was not what I expected."

The noise canceling sound system really knocks down the interior noise. I'm still surprised when I open the door regarding the outside noise. We also love the air conditioned power seats.

When towing, or carrying more than 600 lbs in the back, it rides very smoothly. I can't say the same when there's no trailer and the bed is empty. But that's one of the trade-offs.

We added the tonneau cover and it came with tailgate locks, so the bed makes a great trunk in which to store extra items when towing.

Also, it is BIG. We switched from a small SUV to the 2500 and my first thought was, "Will this thing even fit in a lane?" It does, but it doesn't fit well in too many parking spaces.

You really do need to at least test drive some different vehicles and see what works for you.

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Old 06-24-2016, 01:35 PM   #23
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Many people don't need 4◊4 and a 3/4 ton 2 wheel drive will ride softer and be a tad lower. I have a four wheel drive out of necessity, but 2wd's are a good ride. Something to test drive and compare.
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Old 06-24-2016, 02:41 PM   #24
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That's why we specifically waited to get a 2014 with recliner option. I've seen some conversions done, but they are certainly something I wouldn't do myself. Good luck!
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Old 06-24-2016, 02:58 PM   #25
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I have towed a 30 Classic with that TV and it worked great. I do not know a lot about your health problem, but I would sure work with a Physical Thoropist about what you are planning.
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Old 06-24-2016, 03:19 PM   #26
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3/4 Ton with diesel and full tow package will ensure a stress free tow. I'm sure any of the 3 major brands will do the job so I won't advocate for the TV I drive.

Good luck. Some great advice here in this string. HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE
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Old 06-24-2016, 04:27 PM   #27
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Welcome to the forum.

We tow our 2016 FC 30' with our 2016 Ram 2500 Cummins. I use a ProPride hitch.

The towing is effortless. For noobs like us, going up and down mountains with the automatic diesel brake and tow/haul mode is a piece of cake. There are zero payload questions, and towing the trailer at 70 mph (we have Michelin tires) when necessary is no problem.

I get 11-14 towing (11 in mountains, 14 on the flat). 18-20 when disconnected.

The Ram truck features independent rear axles, vs. leaf springs. For a 2500 truck, it is extremely well riding. I also have the Ram Box storage system, which I like very very much.

The Cummins engine is pricey, but I am very glad to have it. 800 ft lb of very smooth torgue makes for an easy tow.

Hitching and unhitching does require manuevering of the stinger on the hitch. I don't know, but it might weigh 50 lbs.

Also, cranking up both weight distribution bars every time requires a bit of arm strength. I use the AS hand crank, but ProProde includes a ratchett.

If you have any specific questions about the 30' FC, please let me know. We bought ours at Colonial RV in NJ, and drove from Tampa to NJ for the deal. They are just a outstanding outfit in every way, from David the General Manager all the way around.

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Old 06-24-2016, 05:52 PM   #28
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For what it's worth;
I traded a new 2015 FC 25' in for a 30' FC., due to lack of storage, and a 'stoopid' east-west bed configuration. It has proved to be a wise decision.
I tow it with a 2015 Ford F-150, 3.5 EcoBoost, and this last weekend out with my first trip in it. I'm sold.
It's comfortable, roomy, and the bed was comfortable to use and sleep in.
The Ford handled it quite well.
Having said that; the Reese 'dual cam' hitch that I used has proved to be not good at all. The Ford wiggled a lot due to crosswinds, and to remove the hitch later requires a scissor jack to release the chain and handle. Phooey!
Both Ford and Airstream are level, when hooked up.
Other than that, nice home on wheels, and even my fussy wife is happy to be in it.
("I'm just along for the ride".)[she sez!]

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