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Old 03-01-2005, 06:58 AM   #15
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Though the airbag might help, I'm not sure it addresses the larger problem. Hauling water in the bed is a bit different than 25' to 28' of between 7000 and 8000 of gross weight. Weight bars would be better, but also they won't really address the set tow limits. As discussed before, the Tundra will be at or exceed the rating with a 25' and surely exceed it's rating with a 28' once you factor passengers, gear, etc.

BTW, if what I heard was correct, the 25' Safari (as well as the rest of the Airstream trailer line) have been given more stout axles, so the GVWR of the coaches in some areas could be 1000lbs more than what it was last year. This basically means that although the added capacity is there, one might or might not use that extra NCC, but it will be there on any new coach purchased and a factor to take into consideration.
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Old 03-01-2005, 02:39 PM   #16
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The "best hitch" is pretty subjective. My opinion is that the Pullrite and Hensley people make a very good arguement for having the "best". The simplicity and effectiveness of the Pullrite is particularly attractive to me. But many, many of us are quite satisfied with our Reese Dual Cam, or the roughly equivalent Equilizer.

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Old 03-04-2005, 08:18 AM   #17
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I can absolutely confirm that the 2005 Safari 25SS is now 7300 GVWR (reading from the plate on mine).

Since I tow a 25SS with a 1 ton dually, you can probably figure where I come in on this, but I think you are really pushing it with a Tundra. Nice truck, but if you are carrying passengers, tools, firewood, bicycles, etc in the truck as well as the trailer and hitch (at least 100 lbs of additional tongue weight for the hitch), I would not be comfortable being that much overweight for long distances - especially in mountainous terrain. If something happened and you lost the trailer brakes, you would never get the rig stopped.
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Old 03-05-2005, 12:51 PM   #18
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You are right about the Tundra it is only a 1/2 ton. In 2006 Toyota is coming out with a 3/4 ton pickup truck. It will have a larger V-8 and a Diesel engine.
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All I've ever had was an equalizer and like it fine. Can't say which is best.
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After 12 years and still no definitive answer I would say there is no “best”. If there was it would be the only one still on the market.
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Old 12-18-2017, 11:56 AM   #21
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After 12 years and still no definitive answer I would say there is no “best”. If there was it would be the only one still on the market.
I would tend to conclude that "best" is a loaded term, because it depends on too many factors that are different in each situation. Best for my setup is not going to be best for someone else's circumstance.

Where we might be better off heading toward is a discussion of what gives acceptable performance based on cost, design, ease of use, etc. Whatever criteria you might want to apply.

For my towing setup, vehicle and Airstream, I decided that "best" is a ProPride (Hensley design) system that I am planning to modify further by adding remote controlled power-operated weight distribution jacks. Once that's done, I'm planning to call it "best" for my situation.

The entire discussion of "best", especially pertaining to hitch systems that provide WD and anti-sway is rapidly becoming akin to religion and/or political discussions. Everyone seems to have a strongly-held position, does not have a lot of tolerance for opposing opinions, and it gets emotional and heated far too easily. We can live without the fire and brimstone...

Let's all remember that "best" is an opinion, and that perhaps we should be very clearly enunciating why a particular solution is best for our personal situation before pronouncing it to be the "best" for everyone....
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You are right about the Tundra it is only a 1/2 ton. In 2006 Toyota is coming out with a 3/4 ton pickup truck. It will have a larger V-8 and a Diesel engine.
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Huh? I've heard that Toyota is coming out with a Diesel in late 2017 to 2018 or so. Is this a typo? Or did I miss a great opportunity?
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Huh? I've heard that Toyota is coming out with a Diesel in late 2017 to 2018 or so. Is this a typo? Or did I miss a great opportunity?


You're quoting a post from 2005. Not a typo but maybe unwarranted hype?
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You're quoting a post from 2005. Not a typo but maybe unwarranted hype?
Boy, that was dumb, I need to form a habit of looking at when the post was....missed that it was from 2005. I bought a Tacoma in 2008, would have loved a diesel...

But anyway, according to my honest and friendly Toyota Service Adviser, the long-awaited Diesel engine Toyota Pickup, whatever size it might be, is being tested in Texas as a 'mule' this year, and according to him, is going to hit the market late 2018-2019 or so.

He just put a nasty delay into me getting a new truck....so now I wait and see some more...should be interesting when they come out with it. I may have to rethink my 'don't buy the first version' policy on that one.
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