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Old 01-03-2014, 04:26 PM   #43
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I wrecked a wonderful 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel (and a 2006 Safari 25FB SE) this summer. I replaced it with a F-150 Ecoboost - big engine, gas of course.) That diesel Silverado was a MONSTER towing machine. As a daily driver it got better mileage than a Suburban 2500 (now no longer made). BUT I had two occasions where I was in small town America trying to find diesel at a pump I could actually get into. Can you say "Jerry Can" and haul a 55 lb can of fuel across a six lane highway to get enough diesel to make it to the next big truck stop?

With a 27... I like the 3/4 ton better though I have NO problems with the new Ford Ecoboost and my 25 Eddie Bauer. Of course in the mountains of WV... it isn't an all star, but it was actually OK. I fulltime but most of the time I'm in the local area at one of three or four favorite campgrounds.

Long haul, you'll like a 3/4 ton more. Pulling up to re-fuel it, not so much.
Were I going bigger I would have opted for a 3/4 ton, but I'd still have gone GASSER with this one... Just because ANY station has it. (OH, and IMHO get 4 wheel drive... you'll need it about twice a year. Wet grass in a campground is a PITA!


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Old 01-05-2014, 09:04 PM   #44
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I have a 2009 27 Ocean Breeze that I full time in and pull with a 2005 Dodge 2500 quad cab 4x4 diesel. Perfect set up in my mind. If you pull only a couple of times a year on flat ground then a 1500 pickup or expedition will suffice. The problem with SUVs arise when it is loaded up with 4-5 people, gear, and a full camper. Many SUVs will be beyond their weight capacities when loaded up like that. Most SUVs have passenger rated tires too, which are not good for towing.

Hypothetically speaking if I had a 1500 pickup that could tow 9,000 lbs with the tools I have in the back along with the gear and supplies that I have with a fully loaded 27 FB I would be over loaded.

I believe in overkill for safety reasons. I don't like to max out a tow vehicle. You may be able to tow with a vehicle but can you stop with it? Several years ago I was towing a 10,000 lb trailer in the mountains and going down a 5-7% grade when I noticed my plug to the trailer had come loose and I didn't have brakes on the trailer. I was able to stop without any issues from 65 mph with no brakes on the trailer. I doubt it would have been that easy with a 1500 or SUV.

My truck is my daily driver and not everyone wants to drive a 3/4 ton truck around as a daily driver, but I love it. Pick a vehicle that will fit your needs for both towing and daily life. If you tow often then consider towing with a 3/4 ton truck. Just because a truck can tow 7500-10,000 doesn't mean it can do it safely with a full family, supplies, and fuel.

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