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Old 03-25-2016, 09:46 PM   #43
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LOL I think that is what you would have if you took all the TV advice to heart:

Diesel for engine breaking.
Extra supplemental fuel tanks to avoid fuel stops in tricky in-outs.
Think about ground clearance.
Avoid sway.
Have some extra capacity to get out of trouble if you need it.
Don't max out the payload of your TV.
Red trucks are the best. (personal bias)
Get something that is easy for mechanics to work on if you have a problem away from home.
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:02 AM   #44
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Hi, there is good and bad in these tow vehicle threads. I remember one forum member who had the most basic information for a brand new truck and traded it back in for a proper one a week later. Maybe if he read one of the tow vehicle threads before buying this truck, he might have known what to look for and bought the right truck the first time.
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Old 03-26-2016, 05:46 AM   #45
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Most of the time we read these threads for fun anyway so messages like the "big truck" just add to my pleasure. And I also bet they had the truck and what a cool outcome. Bet it will go forever!
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:28 AM   #46
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Hi, there is good and bad in these tow vehicle threads. I remember one forum member who had the most basic information for a brand new truck and traded it back in for a proper one a week later. Maybe if he read one of the tow vehicle threads before buying this truck, he might have known what to look for and bought the right truck the first time.
Believe me, I've learned a lot here! There is a ton of info within these pages...
My gripe is that people get their egos so wrapped up in process, it can be a turn off! Make a decision that is different than one persons advice and watch what happens...

We recently went through the process of shopping for a new TV and really did consider everything. From the Honda Ridgeline (not yet out) to the truck we purchased, a Ram 2500, we considered a wide range of vehicles.
As I considered the various options and drove vehicles, I posted some of my thoughts here on the forums. With some vehicles I'd get private messages encouraging me... People obviously enjoy seeing their "team" in the running.

In the end, we purchased the truck that fit our requirements. As I said somewhere on these forums, we purchased it for us! We love our choice, it is impressive. We did not look at a single vehicle that could not be considered amazing. Honda, Ford, GM, Ram, Toyota, they (and others) all make awesome vehicles. I didn't test drive a single thing that I felt would be a bad choice.

I never made disparaging remarks about anything (well I did complain about some of the repairs my previous truck needed, but I made it clear that we loved the truck anyway...) we simply made a choice based on our needs and desires.

Now, one person who was quite chatty in their private messaging will not answer (I guess they don't like my decision?) and another person I had extensive conversations with, actually made a couple of posts suggesting that my decision is dangerous.

I really enjoyed the process of shopping and discussing it all here. I learned enough to better understand some of the decisions people make about their own tow vehicles.
It is just too bad that some of the negativity gets dragged in.

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Old 03-26-2016, 08:25 AM   #47
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Just saying....

If a poster has actually owned and operated the vehicle they are chatting about and lived with it's foibles, then what is posted is based upon experience rather than conjecture. Opinions and conjecture are not really valid data for making a purchase decision for another person.
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I really enjoyed the process of shopping and discussing it all here. I learned enough to better understand some of the decisions people make about their own tow vehicles.
It is just too bad that some of the negativity gets dragged in.

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Hey, Bruce. Here's some "positivity" for you.....

You made an awesome choice purchasing that Ram 2500. I have a friend that has a black one that he bought to tow his travel trailer. Quite impressive! That is one of those trucks that anyone would be fortunate to own, in my opinion.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:37 AM   #49
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Hey, Bruce. Here's some "positivity" for you.....

You made an awesome choice purchasing that Ram 2500. I have a friend that has a black one that he bought to tow his travel trailer. Quite impressive! That is one of those trucks that anyone would be fortunate to own, in my opinion.
Ha! I do love this truck! Still in the learning stages but no complaints...
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:07 AM   #50
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When we had to make the truck choice in late October 2012 as the Mercedes numbers were exceeded when we loaded the 25FB for camping, the selection was going to be only a 2012 model year Ram 2500HD with the Cummins engine which were becoming scarce in inventory. Thus we were looking only for a vehicle with the specific options that would make towing easier like power heated tow mirrors, backup camera and for comfort the premium fabric seats. The one we settled on had all the options I would have ordered if that had been an option.

We have been exceedingly happy with our choice and it is the right tow vehicle for us to tow the 31' Classic. We did remove the 1,200 pound rated factory receiver and installed a Curt 15049 receiver rated 2,550 pounds and 17,000 pound trailer which nicely covers the Airstream product line. The added bonus was it came with Michelin tires so I did not have to swap for them after the sale.

This tow vehicle selection process is a very personal choice for each of us and if we are happy with our selection, that is great.
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:50 AM   #51
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I'm envious of the Michelins! Almost can't wait to wear out the Firestone tires that came on ours!
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Old 03-28-2016, 01:45 PM   #52
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Hi Steve
I am the new owner of Smokeless Joe's rig. We love it and plan to take it from Vermont to Alaska this summer.
Thanks for the nice words.
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:07 PM   #53
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Hi Steve
I am the new owner of Smokeless Joe's rig. We love it and plan to take it from Vermont to Alaska this summer.
Thanks for the nice words.
Heath

Hey! Cool! You purchased a really beautiful piece of highly creative and highly functional camping art! I kept hoping for a lottery win when he was selling it 😀

Hope you can post some pics of your Alaska trip with your new-to-you rig!!

And if your schedule allows and you think you could swing through a New England Unit rally - please do! The calendar can be found here: http://newengland.wbcci.net

Safe travels!
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After 2 years I finally took the plunge and replaced the OEM tires that came on my truck new. Since Day 1 I wanted Michelins, but they didn't let me specify the tires. So with 22,000 miles, yesterday I replaced them with the Michelins that I wanted all along. While I didn't "wear out" the OEM tires, I figured I would replace them eventually at 65, 75, or 85,000 miles, so why not just do it now at 22,000? (there is no logic here, just how I convinced myself to spend $1,300).
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Makes perfect sense from where I'm sitting...I've done exactly the same thing.


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After 2 years I finally took the plunge and replaced the OEM tires that came on my truck new. Since Day 1 I wanted Michelins, but they didn't let me specify the tires. So with 22,000 miles, yesterday I replaced them with the Michelins that I wanted all along. While I didn't "wear out" the OEM tires, I figured I would replace them eventually at 65, 75, or 85,000 miles, so why not just do it now at 22,000? (there is no logic here, just how I convinced myself to spend $1,300).
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I did exactly that on our previous truck! The Michelins were quieter, better handling and lasted longer than the tires that Ford equipped it with.
I never looked back.
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