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Old 08-01-2007, 08:38 AM   #15
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I have a 2005 4WD 5.3L with 3.42 gears. I have really not been happy with the way it tows my 25SS. I would go with a 3/4 ton. I am in the market for a Duramax these days. On flat ground my 5.3L does okay, it's the hills that it doesn't like.

My 4WD truck gets 1.5 MPG less than my co-workers 2WD drive setup. I have "used" and or needed my 4WD twice April, while towing my AS.

When you are backing into a rainsoaked, semi-paved campsite you will be glad you have 4WD.

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Old 08-01-2007, 08:57 AM   #16
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Bottom line...all factors being considered...not big enough! You'll need at least a 3/4 ton...one ton would be even better.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:01 AM   #17
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IMHO you won't be happy with that TV - either towing uphill, downhill, on the flat, stopping, or starting. Too softly sprung and not enough guts. White knuckles all the way! Go for at least a 2500, and do include 4wd for the very reasons Ty just pointed out. You'll never regret it. Diesel is a plus for fuel mileage but it's penalized by a high initial cost.
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:35 AM   #18
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Been away a while and need some quick answers as I return to getting the AS up and running. I need a tow vehicle and a friend has a 2005 Silverado 4wd with a 5.3L Vortec engine, 4 speed auto and a 3.42 rear axle he wants to sell me. I will be towing a 1979 31 foot Excella with it, what is your opinions? I think that the Excella has a GVW of 8100 pounds and the specs say that the truck is rated for 8400 pounds. I think it is marginal but don't know if I should make a deal on it? It is loaded and I know he'll make me a good deal, so...?

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Dan the specs I justed checked for that engine axle combo show that load rating is for the 2 wheel drive powertrain. 4 wheel drive will be less. Like all the others have told you this will be a marginal tow vehicle, towing in 3rd gear only. Look for something with more muscle.

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Old 08-01-2007, 01:19 PM   #19
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Bottom line...all factors being considered...not big enough! You'll need at least a 3/4 ton...one ton would be even better.
A one ton, at least in GM speak, does not get you any more tow capacity, just greater payload. Probably not an issue for TT's (unless you are a travelling stone mason?). See; Specifications: Silverado: Trucks: Chevrolet

Agree, 4wd is a good idea. I never could understand owning a truck without it...

Good luck with the AS-very nice! But do get the right TV...
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A one ton, at least in GM speak, does not get you any more tow capacity, just greater payload. Probably not an issue for TT's (unless you are a travelling stone mason?). See; Specifications: Silverado: Trucks: Chevrolet
As a matter of fact in the GM van world, one ton models have a lower towing capacity than their 3/4 ton brothers.

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Old 08-01-2007, 03:08 PM   #21
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4 wheel drive trucks are not an option in Western Montana. If you want 2 wheel drive you will have to special order it. You will be discouraged from doing so.
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You'll thank yourself for getting a 3/4 ton truck. We upgraded to a F250 and love it! I feel so much more confident that we're pulling with the right vehicle. Makes the whole Airsteam experience much more enjoyable.
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Old 08-01-2007, 06:52 PM   #23
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Thanks folks, I will opt out for the truck as my favorite place to go is the Rockies and it sounds like I would regret the truck in that area. I truly am grateful for you advise, this forum is a treasure just for this reason!

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Have used our 95 Sub 2500 (3/4 ton) to tow both A/S wev'e owned. Still runs great at 176K, although the body is starting to look a little shabby. We have the 7.4 V8 with 3:73 rear end. Just got back from a trip thru the western PA. hill country averaging 11mpg. at 63 mph, towing the 03 25ft. Classic.(just fast enough too keep from over-running the traffic)Chev. doesn't offer a big block in it's new line-up, and if they would offer the Dura-max in the burb, I'd grab one in a NY minute. I do believe it's better to have more than you need, than to need more than you have!! Good luck with whatever you decide on; keep Stream'n
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I have read this entire thread because I own the same truck being considered here. 06 Silverado 5.3 4wd w/ 4.10 tranny. I really dont want to buy another truck soon. I am trying to get a sense of what size AS I could tow up the hills here in the Rockies. My tow capacity is at 8500#.
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I have read this entire thread because I own the same truck being considered here. 06 Silverado 5.3 4wd w/ 4.10 tranny. I really dont want to buy another truck soon. I am trying to get a sense of what size AS I could tow up the hills here in the Rockies. My tow capacity is at 8500#.
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Hi, kaman. My tow capacity is slightly more than yours; [8,900 lbs] And I would recommend a 6,300 lb 25 foot [same as mine] or less Airstream for you.
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Do you ever get into the mtns? I would often have to climb 6% grades around here and think maybe I will need to stick to 4500# or less. On another note I am VERY confused about the differant models ( used ) Are some models lighter ft for ft? It seems like depending on the model in the new specs that a 23' **** vs a 22' ** might be 1000 lbs differant. Is there a part of this forum that discusses this more?
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