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Old 05-18-2008, 11:26 PM   #1
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Hi, im new to airstream trailers. Just curious, why I don't see more pickups for tv? I am looking for a 25+- as and need to buy a tv. My previous experience is with 5th wheel and motorhome/toad. Do pickups make good tv or am I "barking up the wrong tree".
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:39 PM   #2
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Pickups make great TVs. I just looked at the pictures from a rally I hosted earlier this year (DH2) and we had over 2 dozen PUs for 30 trailers. I have an 07 Tundra Double Cab which works well for us. Room for the two of us up frond and room for the dogs in the back seat. In the bed of the truck we carry a generator (Honda EU10001), Easy-Up, chairs, table and much more. A PU is the best TV for me.
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:33 AM   #3
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Pros and cons of each; SUVís and pick me ups. We have owned both. A SUV can be a little more civilized (although pickups are not far behind). We just pack so much crap it is easier with a pickup; 2-3 boats, 3 bikes, firewood, etc. This is not easy with a SUV, with the pickup I can just throw it in the bed, tie it down, and go. Lotís more racks to contend with when using a SUV (at least in our case).
Also, today, if you want deezul, and you want to buy new, you have no choice.

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We use a 2500 Suburban to pull our 25FB. The SUV is just our preference; ful size pick-ups make great TVs.
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You raised an interesting question, Roger. I always thought just the opposite...that more Airstreams are towed with pickups. It would be interesting to run a poll to see what type of TV is used most.

Our TV is a pickup with a shell for the same reasons as above. We can put all our crap back there...generator, BBQ, easy-up, firewood, etc, etc.
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It's all about getting your "stuff" from Point A to Point B.
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love my truck!

Never had an SUV or a truck before, and after putting all kinds of yucky, smelly stuff in the back of our minivan after a Civil War encampment or other trip, I am thrilled to have a truck bed to toss stuff into! Also never liked carrying firewood in the van 'cause I dislike bugs, so this is also a huge plus.

We got a crew cab, so plenty of comfy seating for 4 and could do five if needed, and we will soon be adding a cap for dry and more secure storage and transportation of stuff. I think it will end up looking a lot like a Suburban by the time we are done. I'm o.k. with that, but I will miss the truck look, I think it is hot

I love my truck; how it sounds, how it moves, how it looks, how powerful it is and how I feel when driving it. Might have to get a cowgirl hat soon
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Have tried both

We had a Suburban when we purchased our Airstream. I towed just fine and was very civilized when we un-hooked. I agree with others that putting a generator and some other camping items inside the Suburban left a little to be diesired.

Purchased a Dodge Ram 2500 diesel last year (good time, huh) primarily for a trip to Alaska. Fuel is little expensive right now but we love the pulling power. We bought a good camper shell and have plenty of secure storage for all those little things that make camping really great. And we actually get about 15.5MPG towing our 25 Classic.

It all boils down to what you have or want, i guess.

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Thru the years I've towed with SUV's, and I've towed with pickups....prefer the pickups with a cap, what I have now.
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I have run both SUV's and pickups, but much prefer the pickup as the TV of choice. Much more practical for hauling the necessary accouterments. More options available today (2 door, 4 door, gas, diesel, etc) than an SUV. I am now running a crew cab Chevy Duramax/Allison, and it is the best that I have run in the past 28 years.
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:38 PM   #11
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We just pack so much crap .... firewood
Lots of campgrounds (at least where I've been) no longer let you bring firewood due to harmful pests you might bring along.

So now you can use an SUV.
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As U can see Its a matter of Preferance. We perfer a FORD F350/Allision/7.3 liter Desiel,CrewCab.We have the best of both worlds. Any 3/4 ton vehicle,any brand(your choise) will do the job and pull any Airstream your heart desires. These vechiles give you the needed weight,wheelbase and the brakes you need. This debate goes on forever.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:19 PM   #13
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We do not have a lot of experience wit the AS. Only had it for one year. We tow with a Jeep Cherokee 3.0diesel plenty of pull and good millage performance. It tows very well. When we bought the AS the dealer had great video and also had real demo with various vehicules for the AS. It is clear that one thing that made a big diference on the road was the Hensley hitch. Somewhat expensive but worth the money.
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I am looking at the F150 5.4 Gas Supercab with 7200 GVWR package. I dont have an AS yet, looking in the mid 70's -80's AS 25-27 foot with dry weight
5000+-. Have owned F250 and find it more truck than needed when not towing. I towed a 27 fiver with a F150 and it was ok. I think the longer wheelbase TV the better for towing a pull trailer??
Thanks to all for all your input.

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