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Old 06-08-2015, 10:28 AM   #29
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It is so nice to have options in advance.

I promise you will have no regrets if you buy a 3/4 ton pickup with diesel and backup camera. You will feel safe; you will have enough power to not even feel the trailer behind you: and the backup camera will make hitching a breeze. I learned the hard way that my used Ford Expedition, though rated to tow my 25' Int'l., was simply not up to the task. The transmission went away after three short trips. My new RAM 2500 Cummins diesel changed everything. Good luck and have fun.

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Old 06-08-2015, 10:30 AM   #30
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I have owned two 25 foot Airstreams and I towed the first with a 1/2 ton GMC regular cab with a 5.3L V-8 and HD Towing package and it had the 3:73 Axle with locking differential.
The second Airstream was also a 25 footer and I towed it with another GMC 1/2 ton truck extended cab equipped the same way. Both towed the camper just fine.
I even towed the first one over the Rocky Mountains on I-70 west of Denver and all the way to the Grand Canyon.
I am 66 years old now by myself and I don't have an Airstream now but I would love to buy a nice used 19 footer. I just don't need the bigger camper anymore. Back then we had children and we had the 25 six sleeper. It worked well for us at that time.
I agree that more power is better but you must decide how you will use the tow vehicle when it's not used for towing. If you will have a dedicated tow vehicle then go for all the power and BAD MILEAGE you want. If you will use the tow vehicle for driving around home all the time then you might not want that. There are many capable vehicle that will do the job nicely. If you want a truck then any of the 1/2 ton trucks with the proper equipment will do well. If you want an SUV then you also have many choices, such as the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban (and the GMC equivalents), Ford Expedition, Toyota Sequoia, and many other import vehicles.
I have towed many campers in my life and with a variety of tow vehicles. I have towed everything from a small pop-up to a 36 foot fifth wheel. I can tell you that nothing tows as well as the Airstreams do.

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Old 06-08-2015, 10:31 AM   #31
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We have a 2013 Tahoe LTZ, The LTZ has everything you need to the job, plus give you a great ride with good gas mileage. and when you want to take side trips from you AS very great getting around with 4X4
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:33 AM   #32
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Just my two cents

We have a 1973 Overlander. The PO towed to nearly every national and state park in the western U.S. with an older Toyota Tundra. We two with a Hemi Durango without a problem and an overkill Ford F-350 diesel dually. We did NOT buy the dually for towing the Airstream, I use it for a large cabover camper. I am happy towing with either vehicle, but I prefer the F-350 for legroom on long trips because I'm a big guy and no other reason. Previous to the F-350 I used a Dodge Ram 1500 without any issues.

Again, this is just my 2 pennies, but works for me.
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:35 AM   #33
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I'm with Rollster and Nomad518. I tow with a F150 Ecoboost and max tow package rated to tow over 11K lb trailer. Plenty of truck for my 24' AS.
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Old 06-08-2015, 10:40 AM   #34
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We just purchased a 27' Classic and '14 F150 3.5 Ecoboost, HD Trailer Tow, and HD payload, with 3.73 gearing. I have had the 3/4 ton diesel trucks, and they really do pull anything you want. The 1/2 tons are equal to the older 3/4 tons now, and have a much nicer ride. Plus w/ diesel fuel so high, the cost per mile is about a wash. The integrated trailer tow set up is wonderful and easy to use.

Any of the current crop of 1/2 ton P/U's with the proper tow package and rear end will be quite suitable for any Airstream. But I can't argue with the raw power of the big diesels.....just don't want hte rough ride anymore.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:07 AM   #35
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I like Bold Adventure's advice... laughing so hard I have tears... but if money is no object and you want to play it really safe - I personally would go with the freight liner sport.

I've got a 25 with a '15 Yukon and took it to Can Am to have it set up just because I wanted to be on the safe side and do trust the Canadians, despite the great Walleye War with Minnesota in the late 90's.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:39 AM   #36
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Happy half ton tower here...
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:41 AM   #37
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Tower (one who tows) and tower (very tall structure) look the same...
Kinda like bass, a fish, and bass, a music note or tone...
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:46 AM   #38
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Originally Posted by ckottum View Post
Effortless towing is a goal for some, not all.

Gentle ride for passengers and our Airstream, maneuverability with and without the Airstream, safe handling during accident avoidance and that is less likely to harm you or others when you can't, stability and rollover resistance when it happens, a decent daily driver when we arrive at our destination or at home, expense of purchase and loan interest and tax and maintenance and fuel/additives, and no need for a truck rated to pull 17,000 lbs to pull our maximum loaded 7,300 lbs 25' Airstream (easiest towing travel trailer on the planet) are goals for others.

... the best advice you'll get here today.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:54 AM   #39
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If affordable, without question go with diesel. The Classic 25 has the same tongue weight as the 30. You will also have much better "payload capacity" which in most 1/2-ton pickups becomes a limiting issue and a barrier to taking all your stuff.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:01 PM   #40
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You've most eloquently stated what I've been thinking all along!
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:03 PM   #41
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A half-ton is plenty for a 25ft.
If someone burnt out a tranny they didn't have enough cooling capacity installed!
I have 200,000 Km (135,000 miles or so) on my 4.7 '03 Dakota and the transmission fluid after each 50,000 km is like new when I take it in for a change. I added a 22,000 BTU cooler when I first got the vehicle.

If you are going to do a lot of mountain work then you definitely need the bigger engine. The base engines on Dodge, Chev and Ford are just OK. Mine is 235 HP 240 ft lbs torque. I believe about 300 HP and 300 ft lbs torque would be a better engine size for the 25Ft if you are doing serious travelling. Obviously more truck is better but there are other considerations such as accessibility for less nimble family members and back crushing rides in a higher rated chassis.

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Old 06-08-2015, 12:15 PM   #42
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I have found the Dodge RAM excellent for towing. My wife and I traveled for 16 years all over USA doing volunteer construction work (including trips to Alaska). I towed three different top end fifth wheels all in the 35-36 foot range and weighing from the lightest 14,000 lbs. to the heaviest 18,000. Owned four 3500 RAM Diesels - 2 dually 2 singles. Found the Cummins excellent. Due to health reasons we do not do volunteer work any longer and downsized to a 2014 Flying Cloud 27FB. I tow the Airstream with a 2014 RAM 1500 4X4 Longhorn Hemi (loaded) with the 8 speed transmission and air suspension. I use the Reese Strait-Line Dual Cam Sway Control hitch and find the truck handles the Airstream excellent. I have 30,000 miles on the truck and love the transmission and air suspension for towing. There is no sway when I pass or someone passes me. I travel expressway as much as possible and tow with the flow of traffic. My mileage - local short trips 18-19, long trips 22-23 and towing 12-13. A top of the line navigational system is a must. Love the one in the Longhorn.
Take a close look at what RAM has to offer.

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