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Old 09-16-2010, 09:55 AM   #71
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Craftsman I think ya got RIPPED. At 1500 bucks that dealer saw you commin. Just my opinion. I know its smaller but I just finished complete brakes on my 94 F 150 ROTORS,PADS,Bearings and Seals and all new hardware. No new calipers required.I think the parts were under $200 bucks.

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Old 09-17-2010, 07:59 PM   #72
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Tow Vehicle Help

Well gang, that sure was an experience. First, I would like to thank everyone that contributed to this discussion. One thing I didn't hear was anyone advocating the Chevy 3/4 Ton with the 6.something liter gas engine (at least I don't remember seeing anything like that). Basically the dealer told me that the gas V8 had the horses and the torque in a 1/2 ton Silverado to do the job. After reading all the posts I've decided that I'll be making a decision today or tomorrow to either stay on the flat land and keep the 5.3L Yukon or go with a Dodge 2011 3500 diesel. Should be safe. I test drove the F250, Chevy 2500 and Dodge 2500 diesels this week. Chevy rode best and had great power and a little road noise (but the engine was fairly quiet), Ford had outstanding acceleration and very little noise (engine or road) but got really light in the bumps, and the Dodge had excellent ride and acceloration but had significant engine noise. I also tested F350 and Dodge 3500 (about the same). With the Chrysler discount I can get the one ton for about 10K less than a comparable 250 or Chevy 2500. I can live with the noise. Thanks again guys and I will let you know how it works out. But, if anyone has experience with the 3/4 ton Chevrolet or Ford 6+ liter gas engines please let me know.

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Old 10-04-2010, 09:00 PM   #73
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I bought a 2003 25 foot Safari today. The only truck I have right now is a 2002 four door Tacoma limited 6 cylinder. Would it be too dangerous to tow this camper with this truck? Before getting it wired up for electric brakes using the seven pin adapter I would appreciate someone's honest opinion. My initial thought when I bought the camper is that I will have to get someone with a larger truck to tow the unit home for me and then work on getting a larger tow vehicle. What is the minimum truck size adequate to tow this camper? Comments appreciated.
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Old 10-05-2010, 02:13 AM   #74
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We have several customers that tow with Tacoma's. The 3.4 Litre performs much better than many larger engines and there have been no durability issues with it. Set up properly it can handle as well as a full size so it is not a safety issue

There are several versions of this vehicle and what modifications you make and which hitch you use varies with the model. If you like I can help you through this.

What body configuration do you have?
Two or Four Wheel drive?
What size tires are on it?
Manual or automatic transmission?
Does it have the factory transmission cooler if it has an automatic?

How far away is the Safari?

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Old 10-05-2010, 06:06 AM   #75
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Having owned a Chev 2500HD 6.0l gas '00 and a duramax '03 and '06 I can attest that the 6 liter gasser is anemic when pulling a triple axle and in my opinion a poor choice. (It sure was a poor choice for me!)
Quote from EMH142," Basically the dealer told me that the gas V8 had the horses and the torque in a 1/2 ton Silverado to do the job" It doesn't, anywhere west of Denver
At the other end of the spectrum the diesels are a joy to use from a power and mileage advantage. We have put 46000 miles on the triple since 2006 (mostly out west in the mountains) and have had no issues with the towing trucks comfort, level of power and ability to tow 10k lbs + day in and day out
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Old 10-05-2010, 08:07 AM   #76
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I have an 82 34' limited; my TV is a 2000 V10 Excursion 4x4- Tows just fine! Cant speak for the mountains... there are not that many in SE GA!
I have also used an F-250 crew cab 4x4 7.3 Turbo Diesel; If you get a ford diesel, the 7.3 is bulletproof.
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:51 AM   #77
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I sprang for a new RAM 3500 6.7 diesel. Got the long bed with 4X4. Will have first test drive today. Thanks to everyone that contributed. I could tell that each of you put a lot of thought into your responses and its good to see that kind of cooperation and exchange of information. My wife and I are looking forward to out first caravan and possibly meeting some of you. Next decisions - tire pressure monitoring (I think yes), winch (pipe dream) and canoe toteing system (highly desired). Best Regards to all. Don Hetzler.
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Old 10-05-2010, 11:30 AM   #78
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When it comes to tow vehicle recommendations, we’ve got anecdotal data on one side, and manufacturer design data on the other.
For me, it’s a no-brainer. I’ll take “tows like a dream!” over engineered “weight ratings”, any day.
The 8.1L 2500 ‘Burb is the “Holy Grail” of tow vehicles. GCWR of 19,000 lbs. (Which means effectively 21,850lbs, since everything designed in America has a built-in 15% safety factor-- except Goodyear Marathon’s). 8 passenger seating. 4 wheel drive, and Corinthian leather.
As Ricardo Montalban would say: “Find a Chevrolet Suburban 8.1L, 2500 4x4, LT package, and buy it, my friend.”
So, to sum up:
First, narrow your search based on vehicle weight ratings- then, see what’s in your neighbor’s driveway, and get something twice as expensive.
Good Luck!

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