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Old 09-09-2011, 10:59 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by rashton View Post
We tow a 27 FB with a crew max tundra which I replaced a chev 3/4 diesel with . Great tow veh. and much better ride than chev( older was 97).
I use a hensley and don't even know we are towing
Do you have problem when you open the front storage door with the Hensley set-up?

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Old 09-10-2011, 09:18 AM   #16
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I am careful because the storage door will touch part of the hitch assembly for the struts. I loose about an inch of opening so not an access problem at all

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Old 09-10-2011, 11:01 AM   #17
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Got wifi briefly, so I will be.

An SUV has a heavier body than a pickup, so less payload.

Large 1/2 ton trucks have lots of storage behind the front seats. With tonneau, better rear visibility for backing and fair amount of storage. Dirty stuff goes in truck bed—hitch, gas cans, water and sewer stuff, generator, etc. You can't do that in an SUV unless you want to create an area for that and watch damage to interior, seats and carpets. Do you want gas cans and generator inside an SUV? Some do it and it works, some worry about fumes and spill—something worth thinking about.

EcoBoost truck is fairly new and bugs still may have to be worked out. I don't think that engine is offered in an SUV yet.

New, large gas engines in 1/2 ton trucks with auto transmissions can pull any 25', 27', or 28' trailer, but payload has to be watched.

Moped in trailer—ability to secure it is limited inside trailer and it will bounce and may break free causing damage to trailer. Gas and oil comes with it and any spills inside could be a bad mess. Even securing anything but a folding bike can be difficult in the trailer.

4x2 doesn't get you off wet grass, sand and bad roads easily. Even people in Fla, Arizona and Cal. buy 4x4 in case of getting stuck. But 4x4 weighs more, cutting payload. It may be harder to get complete tow package with 4x2 trucks. You need the complete tow package.

Payload varies a lot with different trim lines. On Tundras it can run at least from 1,300 to 1,700 lbs., so model selection is important. All payload and tow capacities can be found on manufacturer websites with some exploring, at dealers (sometimes) and sometimes other sources.

Armada pleases some people, not others who say it just doesn't have tow capacity but is nice truck as a daily driver. Older design and may be phased out, but people have been saying that for years.

Some trucks will do fine for 50,000, 75,000 or more miles, but because you are at or over capacity (easy to do), but the drivetrain, brakes, etc., will wear faster and eventually that catches up to you. Given your truck or SUV a margin to reduce wear.

You don't need a diesel to tow the size trailer you want. Modern gas engines are up to the job with proper rear axle ratio. Payload is determined by suspension and that's why some go to 3/4 ton trucks, but managing weight carefully can mean a 1/2 ton works fine.

A lot of large SUV's are loaded and cost $40-50,000 and up. All those standard features and options add weight, so payload may be less than you think if you don't add in options weight. You can get a good 1/2 ton pickup with tow package and large cab for a lot less. We paid just under $30,000 for an SR5 Tundra with tow package, 4x4 and 5.7 L. engine in '07. For that matter, a 3/4 pickup should cost less too.

Good luck. There's a lot of research to find the tow vehicle that works for you.

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Old 09-27-2011, 06:19 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by witwigianni View Post
I appreciate the feedback so far... I guess what makes things a bit confusing is reading about or viewing video by those who don't seem to pay much attention to the numbers/ratings yet claim success with just about ANY (and I do mean any) vehicle as long as it is "properly hitched". Although it wasn't something crazy like an old beat up Buick, I just viewed an amazing video of a V6 diesel MB suv that was just barely if at all "rated" for the 31' AS it pulled and it showed some impressive trouble free performance. I would probably consider some other things then if I could getaway with a 7500# to pull the 27FB... More confused now...

I suggest visiting this website Can-Am RV :: Home
and even calling Andy at the dealership. I have seen two presentations he has put on at Alumapalossa and was impressed. He knows more about towing than most and would give you some good food for thought without the push to sell you something.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:54 AM   #19
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We have a 27' International and our TV is a it!! Added transmission cooler, brake controller, my husband is fanatical about service, tires, etc. We have travelled from FL to Maine, Colorado and all parts in between with no problems. We needed a third seat for the dogs...two labs that like their own space and are spoiled rotten. Suburban is the same vehicle as Yukon I believe. But travelling with another vehicle (moped) wouldn't a truck serve your purpose better?
Just a thought...
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:51 PM   #20
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Which engine in the Tundra, Rashton? We just upgraded to the Flying Cloud 27FB, and were assured by the dealer that our 2010 4.6L Tundra (with 4-point hitch) would tow it fine (?). It certainly pulled a 20 without a hint of exertion, but at 28 feet and a couple of thousand pounds heavier, the 27FB is clearly a different beast...
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Old 10-04-2011, 01:41 AM   #21
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we have the 5.7 which is a towing beast but likes the gas pumps! I guess flowmaster makes a 55 gallon tank which I may add for longer sections of highway without gas stops. 26 gallon is toooo small

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