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Old 04-12-2012, 01:36 PM   #15
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In the process of hunting down a good used TV. Was told by most to haul my 1985, 31 Limited I'd need a 3/4 ton (250 or2500). Won't tow all the time, maybe three or four times a year. Live south of the Adaks but the road up is pretty easy. Could I get away with a good used 1/2 ton (150 or 1500)? The smaller ones are easier and cheaper to come by of course.

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Old 04-12-2012, 03:00 PM   #16
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Try hypnosis to handle the diesel smell... have them leave a post-hypnotic suggestion that that diesel smell is the same as crisp new $20s. Now that regular unleaded is closing in the on the price of diesel and my gas mileage isn't going up like the price, diesel would sure be nice. *I* just have to keep reminded myself how much less I spent on the truck vs. a somewhat comparable diesel and convince myself that's the money I'm spending on $4 unleaded.
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Old 04-12-2012, 03:05 PM   #17
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I tow with a Ford Excursion 6.8L V-10 4x4
And just a reminder, that "SUV" is on a Ford Super Duty F-250 platform....

An Excursion in either Diesel or V-10 Gasser with nice ProPride or Hensley hitch would work well I would surmise...
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Old 04-12-2012, 04:29 PM   #18
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And just a reminder, that "SUV" is on a Ford Super Duty F-250 platform....

An Excursion in either Diesel or V-10 Gasser with nice ProPride or Hensley hitch would work well I would surmise...
Yes it would.
I have had the F-250 with the 7.3 Turbo Diesel also. I like both. It is a matter of whether you like interior or exterior storage space.
I also found (in regards to used vehicles) that the excursions are usually in better condition than the F250 counterpart (probably because they don't get abused as much for utility/construction purposes like the pickups do). I assume this will probably be true with the 2500 burb/ pickup setup in the GM variety as well.
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Old 04-12-2012, 05:55 PM   #19
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Cummins Power!

I pull my 34 footer with a Dodge Ram 4-door long bed 2500HD 4x4 with the Cummins Turbo Diesel (CTD). With a few more descriptors I'll rival NASA

I really like the way the diesel has the torque right off idle. It pulls the trailer very well. I've towed mine through the Great Smokey Mountains up some very steep hills and I've never hit a hill I could not accelerate up. Further, the long wheelbase makes for a nice stable towing platform.

My engine is stock, as is my 4-speed auto tranny. I have not "chipped" the truck yet. Mine is rated at "only" 305hp, but it's the 555 ft-lbs of torque that gets the work done. I have been super happy with it and have had zero problems.

If you do start hot rodding a diesel, typically the first thing that happens is you blow up the transmission. ATS will build/rebuild you one that you will never tear up, but it will cost you $7K. But if you want to pull 800hp out of your street driven Cummins, you need a tranny like that to take it.

But at any rate, they do fine stock. And the diesel truck will get overall about 20-30% better fuel mileage than a gasser (all else being equal...aka a 2500HD 4x4 4-door long bed with a Hemi vs. the same with the Cummins). You just pay more to get it initially. It took me six long years to pay mine off (I bought it new) but I love it. For towing, the weasles are hard to beat.

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To fix the diesel smell,, I just started to make my own fuel out of sunflowers,,

Now I cant stand going to a burger joint.. GO figure,,

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Old 04-12-2012, 09:44 PM   #21
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To fix the diesel smell,, I just started to make my own fuel out of sunflowers,,

Now I cant stand going to a burger joint.. GO figure,,

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Old 04-12-2012, 10:07 PM   #22
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New solutions have new problems. If the diesel smell is the only problem, I would stick with what you have. That is a no brainer.

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In most cities in Canada, diesel is 10 cents a litre more than gasoline... makes the math to justify a diesel even tougher...
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In most cities in Canada, diesel is 10 cents a litre more than gasoline... makes the math to justify a diesel even tougher...
Around here (north Texas) diesel costs about 10% more than regular unleaded. My friends with diesels get around 30% better mileage towing than I do. So yes, it makes it harder to justify buying a diesel burner over a gasoline burner, but impossible to justify buying a gas burner if you have a diesel tow vehicle and all that's wrong with it is that diesel is smelly.
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Diesel around here is about the same as premium gas. jim
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My exact same truck but with a gas motor is only comparable for fuel expense when diesel is more than 50-cents/gl higher than gasoline. Otherwise cheaper (and lasts longer).
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:15 AM   #27
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I tow my 31 footer with a V10 Excursion and it has no problems pulling it. So I agree with Lewis. I would not pull it with anything less than a 3/4 ton rated vehicle.

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I tow with a Ford Excursion 6.8L V-10 4x4. I cant say much for fuel economy, but torque/HP are right up there with the diesel. I have been very pleased with the Ex; I am about to flip 200K miles- it seems to be built well and I have had no major problems with it. Plenty of power and stability with the AS. Without the third row seat I have about 6' of cargo space behind the back seat.
I would think with the fuel prices going up, you might be able to find a good used 3/4 ton truck or SUV at a decent price.
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New on this scene in this stage of life. Need information from experienced on tow vehicle for 34 footer.Have been reading lots but overwhelmed with all that is out there and hope to get a condensed version from someone that has actually lived it. Thanks so much. Peace
Go and read threads/posts by 2Airishuman as (likely) no one else pulls as many miles annually as does he, and he does so with a '34 A/S. Plus the links he puts up in re any subject he finds of interest are invaluable.

Others of us may not agree on some topics or the approach to them, but you will find as his interlocutor that he is articulate and consistent in a way that is recognized across the spectrum of RV boards. In other words, a good start:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...now-30023.html
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http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...ant-68904.html
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Second would be posts/threads by AndrewT a dealer and towing expert. This will give you the range of what can be done.

All choices are compromised. None are ideal, much less perfect. With that understood one can make a good choice.

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