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Old 04-27-2015, 08:20 PM   #57
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PS Mr. Toad, my Ram does not have leaf springs in the rear.

Glad to hear it; it's about time the truck manufacturers came into the twenty-first century.
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Old 04-28-2015, 12:03 AM   #58
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I left the rear leaf springs and front coil springs on the shop floor and switched to air bags front and rear. This setup has a better ride for both passengers and the Airstream via the ProPride hitch.

This is still a truck weighing at least 9,600 pounds when towing our Airstream at 9,200 pounds camping ready. It drives and handles a lot like my former International Harvester 2070 ti-axle grain truck which had a Cummins Power Torque 270 into a seven speed transmission. With 600 bushels of corn in the bed, we crossed the scales at at least 66,000 pounds. I had all the power I needed to get moving and lots of engine braking to help stop. I had a high COG when loaded. I had no need for the race course activities that many talk about when driving there camping rig.

I look at our camping rig which weighs a little less than a third as much and realize the same safe driving practices are needed for the small rig that I used in the grain truck.
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:21 AM   #59
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folks, you can over analyze this to your hearts content. but at the end of the day, you will find us on the highways not on race tracks. you will find us using a TV that has all of the requirements needed for the job of towing and stopping and one that both of us feel comfortable with on the open road.

i have towed with short wheelbase vehicles, SUVs, half ton PUs, three quarter ton PUs and now a one ton PU. all of these choices had different considerations to take into account but the current TV, which i sort of fell into because of the killer deal i got, takes the cake as the best TV i have ever owned and used.

as usual, YMMV.
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Stay away from Ford 6.0 diesel great motor but need lots of maintenance costly.
A over rated tv a bit is good.
I wood get some of the tongue off.
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Old 04-28-2015, 01:51 PM   #61
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To try to bring this all a bit more back on point to the OP, one thing I have observed, and also personally experienced is that "most" folks who have towed a lot ( miles ) over a long period ( decades ), have tried about every thing. Many of us have towed combinations that pretty much make us shudder just thinking back on it. And in the end, most of us end up with well equipped, comfortable, capable pickup trucks, and generally admit, that is what works the best. If you are young, and or new to this, your learning curve may be similar.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:09 PM   #62
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Millions of miles towing a cargo trailer behind a 3/4 ton van in my work- still towing my Airstream with a 1/2 ton pickup-
If you tow with a car, mini van, 3/4 ton diesel, or 1 ton diesel, I ain't mad at ya. Don't be mad at me for my choices.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:41 PM   #63
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Why did most AS owners who towed with cars in the sixtys and seventys switch to pickups or suburbans when they became more user friendly? Jim
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Why did most AS owners who towed with cars in the sixtys and seventys switch to pickups or suburbans when they became more user friendly? Jim
Jim, I think it is fair to say that cuts across most other bumper pull trailers as well, not just Airstreams. I too have towed with about every darned type of vehicle out there. Boats, cargo trailers, open trailers, horse trailers, campers, and I too have now settled on pickups. These two trucks I have now are two of the best tow vehicles, and honestly, two of the best overall vehicles ( especially the Nissan ) that I have ever had or have ever driven.
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Old 04-28-2015, 06:01 PM   #66
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I learned to back a trailer towing a fishing boat behind a 1973 Oldsmobile Omega. I towed that same boat with a 1987 Mazda B2000 pickup, as well as various horse trailers, cargo trailers, utility trailers, and equipment trailers. I towed some utility trailers and cargo trailers behind my 1999 Nissan Pathfinder.
Basically, you do with what you have to do with.
Basically, I tow with a 1/2 ton pickup because I'm broke, it's paid for, has low miles, and I like it. Even if I were buying a new tow vehicle today, money no object, I would get a silver 2015 Toyota Tundra CrewMax Platinum 4x4.
I hope everyone has what they can afford and what they like.
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Millions of miles towing a cargo trailer behind a 3/4 ton van in my work- still towing my Airstream with a 1/2 ton pickup-
If you tow with a car, mini van, 3/4 ton diesel, or 1 ton diesel, I ain't mad at ya. Don't be mad at me for my choices.
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Millions of miles towing a cargo trailer behind a 3/4 ton van in my work- still towing my Airstream with a 1/2 ton pickup-
If you tow with a car, mini van, 3/4 ton diesel, or 1 ton diesel, I ain't mad at ya. Don't be mad at me for my choices.
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WOW that sounded like FUN.. or not. Bet it took a while to get the seat out the butt after that deal.

What is your TV and more important what hitch you using.

glad it all worked out but I am sure that was one experience you would not like to repeat.

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Absolutely! I was in that exact situation last month. Worse actually. Going 60, uphill, middle lane (vehicles merging in on right) on a curve in rush hour traffic in Birmingham AL while being passed by a semi who was doing at least 70. We lost the tire AND wheel! My rig did not move an inch side-to-side and I was able to get off the road and stop quickly. Very scary. 40+ years of RV towing experience and a great TV/AS setup saved our butts!


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Rostam, is there an Airstream in your future still ? You've got the TV selection thing down.
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