View Poll Results: Which truck do you tow your Airstream with?
Ford F150 20 19.42%
F-250 12 11.65%
F350 9 8.74%
Diesel? 16 15.53%
Chevy (GMC) 1500 9 8.74%
2500 14 13.59%
3500 2 1.94%
Diesel? 7 6.80%
Dodge (RAM) 1500 10 9.71%
2500 14 13.59%
3500 3 2.91%
Diesel? 15 14.56%
Toyota 10 9.71%
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:35 PM   #15
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The Ram was built in Mexico, our former Tundra Indiana. The Ram is more comfortable and reliable at similar mileage. Both good lightweight trucks.
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:50 PM   #17
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:11 PM   #18
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Looks as if this poll is not very accurate!

As accurate as it needs to be...
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:49 PM   #20
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No flame, but personally I have had American pickups, and I get much much more reliability and comfort from Toyota... And mine are actually built in the USA...
While yes Toyota pickups are made in USA (Japan really doesn't "do" pickups), the profit still goes to Japan.

While a few vehicles of each brand owned may be too small of a sample to really make any judgments, I wish there was more empirical data out there.

Although it may be a moot point for myself seeing as the Japanese don't sell any diesel pickups.

I did notice the last seven years Motor Trend trucks of the year were American. It's a shame not more diesels from everyone aren't available.
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Old 08-09-2015, 10:27 AM   #21
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Toyota does diesel, just not in the US up until now. The new Tundra is supposed to have a 5.0 Cummins diesel in it. They also have trucks in Japan, but there isn't a need for the large pickups like you see in the US. The original pickup, Tacoma and T100 were all built in Japan before they started production here. There are other models of trucks still built there. The 4Runner is a body on frame truck, the Lexus SUVs are built in Japan and there are others.

As far as the money going back to Japan, well, it's reinvested in the auto market (trucks, housing, boats, etc.) all over the world. Toyota has expanded its operations here in the US, putting lots of people to work building the vehicles here when they could build them for less in other parts of the world. That's a $21+ billion direct investment, for 10 plants and 365,000 jobs. They purchase $33 billion in parts and materials from US suppliers.

As a consumer, I spend my money where I feel I get the best 'bang for the buck', regardless of where it's made, it's kind of my vote for quality. I've owned numerous GM and Fiat-Chrysler products. Toyota gets my vote and money now. I've been very satisfied with the 5 that I have bought and 4 that I still own. (Had to sell the '89 pickup, no place to park it. )
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None of the above.
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Options of TV's in the poll may not be allowing accurate voting, is your TV a gas engine model or diesel, you vote diesel but what model? I'm a little confused. And I think it would be more interesting if the weight of the AS was a class also. Not sure how many 16' rigs it takes to make the weight of a 30' S/O or a 34'.

I didn't vote, my AS runs about 9500# towed with a Dodge Ram 5.9L Cummins 6 Spd. And when I go, I'm carrying firewood and maybe too much cooking stuff.
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Options of TV's in the poll may not be allowing accurate voting, is your TV a gas engine model or diesel, you vote diesel but what model? I'm a little confused. And I think it would be more interesting if the weight of the AS was a class also. Not sure how many 16' rigs it takes to make the weight of a 30' S/O or a 34'.

I didn't vote, my AS runs about 9500# towed with a Dodge Ram 5.9L Cummins 6 Spd. And when I go, I'm carrying firewood and maybe too much cooking stuff.
As mentioned, to add all the various models and configurations the poll would be not only time consuming to develop but also to complete. So I just did broad categories, not concerned with trailer weights (you choose what you want to tow your rig with).

Yours is covered in the poll, Ram 2500 diesel. Simple.
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While yes Toyota pickups are made in USA (Japan really doesn't "do" pickups), the profit still goes to Japan.



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Although it may be a moot point for myself seeing as the Japanese don't sell any diesel pickups.

Look at this way: Toyota's profit may go to Japan, but they build plants in the US, sub-contract their parts to US companies, and create thousands of manufacturing jobs here.

The big three, bring home their profits, but build plants in Mexico/Canada, and create manufacturing jobs there.

I doubt the profit of big three affect too many of us directly (unless u r a major share holder), but the manufacturing jobs brought here by Toyota do have an impact on many.

BTW, Nissan is releasing a diesel Titan next year and it is rumored Toyota will do the same (both with Cummins engine).
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