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Old 07-14-2009, 05:54 AM   #29
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I've got an F-150 with the 5.4L V8. It has the 3.31 rear end. (70mph=2000RPM) I don't think it would be the right truck for a trailer over 4500lb. The truck is also offered with a 4.10 rear end that really ups the towing capacity.

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Old 07-15-2009, 02:52 PM   #30
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Thanks, Bob. My instinct was to go for the 5.4 engine and you confirmed that - rather have too much than too little.

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Old 09-15-2009, 03:18 PM   #31
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Read in your profile that you have a 34 foot Limited and you are pulling it with the Dodge Cummins. We also have a 34 foot and are towing it with F250 7.3 L diesel. (300k miles) We plan to go out West and do some serious driving in the mountains. We were in Montana and it huffed and puffed going up some of the grades. I wonder if we are too heavy (floor was replaced in the trailer with oak wood. It looks good but it must be heavy) We were considering moving to an F350. . .any comments?
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Old 09-24-2009, 04:53 PM   #32
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Cadillac for a tow vehicle, how to equip

Hi, I'm a pre-nuby, nooby, newby?? I have an Airstream in my future. I've been shopping for a low-prices, but perfect tow vehicle. I have found a 1981 Cadillac with a diesel engine, low miles. I've gotten so excited! I'd like tohear what you all think. It's a beautiful metalic blue--gorgeous. Anyway, it doesn't have a tow package on it, although this particular model, the Fleetwood, did offer one when it was new--fromthe factory. So my question is, if I do get this TV, what wouldyou all suggest as far as getting it ready to tow? Been with you for several months in spirit, but this is my first time writing. Thanks, Honeyrun
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Old 09-24-2009, 06:02 PM   #33
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Tongue weight for my 2000 30' Excella comes in right at 980 lbs when loaded for a trip with full fresh water tank and waste tanks empty. This is based on weighing with my Sherline scale and, in my opinion, we probably carry a lot less "stuff" than average. Our dually has a modified (reduced capacity) rear suspension - as pointed out on many past threads - making it roughly equivalent to a 2500 but with the added stability of the dually. We now use 600# weight-distributing bars and the ride is relatively soft as trucks go. I've never once felt that the TV was "overkill" and, after living with this combo for over six years now all I can report is that every trip has been nothing but pleasure. Although I could maintain normal speed on every Eastern mountain range I've ever encountered I can't imagine why I would want to? I slow down, let the tranny select a comfortable gear, and then sit back and enjoy the trip. This normally means a speed about 10 mph below the posted limit - which seldom impedes traffic for more than a few minutes, if at all.

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Old 09-24-2009, 06:04 PM   #34
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We have been dragging our 8000# Sovereign around for the past 4 years and 35000 some odd miles all over the place. This year Miami-Yellowstone-Devils Tower National Monument and on the way home now (in Millington, TN).

We tow with a 2004 Nissan Titan 2wd SE which, I believe, is a less capable truck than the current Tundra..

Have never had a white knuckle moment. The trailer rides very nicely - never any sign of roughness like clothing falling off hangars or the stuff in the reefer being disarranged.

Yes, we have had long pulls up 8% grades in 3rd gear. Probably about 25 miles worth all told.

Other than two service bulletins (one for brakes, one for rear seat belts), the Titan has had no unscheduled maintenance.

So, yes, you can tow safely with a properly equipped half-ton.

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Old 09-24-2009, 07:14 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by honeyrun View Post
Hi, I'm a pre-nuby, nooby, newby?? I have an Airstream in my future. I've been shopping for a low-prices, but perfect tow vehicle. I have found a 1981 Cadillac with a diesel engine, low miles.
There are some great handling, reliable, comfortable, newer, newish cars/vehicles that you would be much better off with IMHO... You could start by reading some of these Hitch Hints articles.... RV Lifestyle - Hitch Hints & Wagon Masters
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:33 PM   #36
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Wow! I had an '81 Oldsmobile with that diesel engine. It could hardly tow my pop-up camper that weighed less than 1000 pounds! Then the head gasket blew most of those 350 diesels did. Find a 1993 to 1996 Fleetwood with the 5.7 gas engine and you'll have a better tow vehicle than anything made in the 1980's.
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Old 09-25-2009, 10:52 AM   #37
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Thanks for the input, Punsky. With all the talk about diesels, I am really surprised, but relieved, to get your feedback. I'll keep looking
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:08 PM   #38
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honeyrun, I inherited an '85 Olds Toronado (pretty much the same as a Caddy) and it was the worst car I ever owned. '80's GM cars almost killed GM and maybe should have. The Olds had the 350 detuned gas engine, terribly under engineered brakes and the list goes on and on.

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I factory ordered an Olds wagon with the 350 diesel. When it ran, it was great. Unfortunately, it was usually in the shop. The dealer claimed that faulty injectors were not covered under warranty and I paid $600 or $700 to fix it. Wrote a letter to the Olds PR department and told them that the only way I was going to recoup my loss was to write a couple of stories on the crappy dealer service for Chilton trade magazines. Before you know it, I got a letter from Olds asking me for copies of my receipts and I received a check within a week.

The interesting part of the story is that the next owner loved the car and he never had a lick of trouble. BTW, we lived in San Diego and went to Tecate (24 miles away) and paid 12 cents a gallon for diesel. The only bad diesel I ever got was in Beverly Hills!

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