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Old 01-23-2015, 12:52 PM   #71
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Also, on the used front, note that the 6.0 and 6.4 liter Ford "Duramax" Diesel engines have known design flaws that often lead to failure (in the case of the 6.0) in less than100,000 miles.
Hi, I think you meant "Powerstroke".
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:05 PM   #72
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Yep, the Duramax is the General Motors Diesel engine, Powerstroke, Ford.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:40 PM   #73
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We pulled our 25' with an 05 Silverado without any issues except you knew that you would lose power on long grades. We traded for a 30' Classic and the 5.3 100,000 miles silverado didn't like it. We consider our plans for future years so we bought a 2015 Silverado Diesel 2500. Wow, what a truck. We love it. Set the cruise and enjoy the ride. We also tow a car trailer long distances same way. 17,000 miles and the best decision we could have made.
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Old 01-24-2015, 09:15 AM   #74
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You got it the 5,3 is too light, no such thing as too much horsepower or too much money
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Old 01-24-2015, 11:50 AM   #75
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Looking at the gas engines available for 3/4t trucks I think you aren't getting the best out of these vehicles. As mentIoned above 3/4t trucks are 1000lbs heavier than 1/2t truck. I wouldn't want my Tnundra 5.7l to haul around and extra 1000lbs before I hitch up my AS. For me I'd go diesel looking for a clean preowned unit. Many of these are priced the same or less than a new 1/2t with the trailer and payload packages.

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Old 01-25-2015, 07:26 PM   #76
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My dodge with a 6.7 come along don't mind the extra weight and with a heavier tow vehicle the trailer tows better.....
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Old 01-25-2015, 08:01 PM   #77
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My dodge with a 6.7 come along don't mind the extra weight and with a heavier tow vehicle the trailer tows better.....
There are many variables that contribute to how well a trailer tows. We had the opposite experience. Our 23 towed better with a lighter TV.
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Old 01-26-2015, 05:44 AM   #78
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First off, you should get what you are comfortable with. Having said that I am curious about your hitch set up. I have towed our 1987 34' with 1/2 ton Surburban, Escalade and short wheel base Navigator and currently MB GL 550. The last two have active air suspension and have done the best. I have large pick up tks but prefer to tow with nice SUV on my time off. We use a Hinsley Hitch. I believe the key is optimum set up with proper weight on the front axel, which requires a trip to a truck scale to see exactly what you are doing with the tongue springs. Any of the modern trucks you mentioned will so fine. So there, make yourself comfortable.


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Oh yeah. Forgot to mention Andy and Phil at CanAm. They set up my GL550. It is great. Hard to imagine the power.


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Old 02-03-2015, 11:29 AM   #80
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personal choices and opinions, interesting reading for sure.

i am now on PU# 10. 1 Ford Ranger which was a nice truck to drive but towing didn't work out even with my utility trailer. 3 - 3/4 ton diesels, 5- 1/2 ton gassers including 2 Tundra's and and 3 F150s. now, a F350, 6.7 diesel, the best of the bunch from my experience. i was actually shopping for a 3/4 ton again but got a killer deal on this 2014. except for one PU, all the rest were/are 4 x4's

yep, i think overkill for the 25' AS but since i am no where near towing capacity with this truck, its a dream vehicle. 14-15 mpg on the highway and 21-22 when not towing, hard to believe. i do believe this engine will rival the iconic 7.3, i had one way back when and it worked quite well.

i have towed small stuff with an SUV in the past but i don't like the feel of that short wheel base, to twitchy for my taste. right now, i am just short of 50' overall and it feels just right.

as usual, when it comes to tow vehicles, its a matter of personal choice and experience with various vehicles. PU's for me are the choice i lean too and i didn't like the 'feel' of those 1/2 tons at all, suspensions were way to spongy for my taste. not sure what to make of the luxury SUVs folks are now using.
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Old 02-04-2015, 05:51 AM   #81
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Just to comment on the "luxury" SUV. The vast majority of our towing has been with SUV, if you classify the Suburban family SUV. Basically they are pick ups with cover and finished interior. I have use short wheel base Navigator a d now GL 550 with our 34 with Hensely Hitch. Both had full air suspension. The GL 550 especially has no twitch with tires fully inflated and suspension set on sport. Also, power is mo issue at all 516 ft lb torque. Much better tow than the long wb Escalade it replaced. Just an fyi, we have a RAM 1500 with hemi, 8sod and air ride, but prefer to travel with the SUV. As you said its just down to what you are comfortable with anf prefer. You do have a king of the hill truck. Best to all.
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The front cover of my owners manual for 1978 has a 31 Sovereign towed by a 2 door Ford LTD, light avocado green with a dark green vinyl roof.
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My parents pulled a 73 31' with a 73 Chrysler Station Wagon, 440 magnum 3 sp Torque Flite, 3.08 gear for a few years. You could hear the fuel rushing thru. But that tank got the job done.


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Old 02-05-2015, 04:32 AM   #84
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Tow with what you want and are comfortable with. My GL 550 is priced about loke these big pick ups. It has 429hp 516 ft lb. Rated 7500 lbs with out load dist hitch. Rated 3600 front 3900 rear. At the scales my front is 3100 and rear 3900. My 87 34' does way 8000 loaded with Hensley. The GM SUV do not have active suspension, that is the main difference. My set up will cruise at 70-80 mph all day long. The big pick ups are bigger but will not out run me. I feel comfortable. I hope everyone else is as happy as I am.
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