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Old 01-17-2016, 05:59 PM   #43
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A lot depends on the weight of the AS.... Our 31' weighed in loaded at 5500#.... Our Z71 4x4 1/2 ton Suburban did awesome- even in the Virginia and upstate New York hills.... Due to needing the space a pu would not cut it - just moved to an Excursion so we can make a few changes (read add weight) to the AS
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Old 01-17-2016, 06:05 PM   #44
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I pull my 30 with a 6.2l maxtow 1500 Silverado. Scooter, 12' inflatable boat, all boating accessories, 10 hp outboard, 2 Honda 2000 genies. Misc stuff on top of that. I am maxed out with that stuff. A Harley most probably puts you in 2500 territory
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Old 01-17-2016, 11:56 PM   #45
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Depends on the year of your Airstream but I would go for a Ford F250 and diesel would be my preference. Of course I am thinking about my 30' Classic which can weigh 10,000lbs fully loaded.
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:52 AM   #46
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts on this. What we are targeting for our trailer is a 30' 2005 Classic Limited, which I believe has a dry weight of 7,000 and a GVWR of 10000.

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Depends on the year of your Airstream but I would go for a Ford F250 and diesel would be my preference. Of course I am thinking about my 30' Classic which can weigh 10,000lbs fully loaded.
It sounds like my situation is very similar to yours. I'm guessing that you've pulled a 10,000 pound trailer with an F-250/2500? Did you notice any lagging on steep inclines?
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Old 01-19-2016, 08:58 AM   #47
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3500/350 series, probably a long bed, since you have the motorcycle. If the motorcycle weren't in the mix 2500/250 or other options become available.
We are no longer considering the motorcycle, so that's off the table at this point. We'll just be hauling some cargo in the truck itself as well as pulling the Airstream. So, judging by many of the posts in this thread, it is increasingly looking like a 250/2500 is all that we really need.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:02 AM   #48
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We are no longer considering the motorcycle, so that's off the table at this point. We'll just be hauling some cargo in the truck itself as well as pulling the Airstream. So, judging by many of the posts in this thread, it is increasingly looking like a 250/2500 is all that we really need.

In that case, I would suggest reconsidering a 1500, 6.2l maxtow. I am extremely impressed.

Cargo capacity of mine is 2034#, tow rating = 11,900#, GCWR = 17,700#. That's a LTZ double cab, regular bed. LT1 option group.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:26 AM   #49
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Our 1995 F250 PowerStroke does a wonderful job of pulling our 1987 Avion 34W, whose GVWR is 9500. Ours is the first year of the PowerStrokes, and is really anaemic in the towing capacity area, compared to PowerStrokes that are even just a few years newer than ours.

I guess what I'm saying is: a new F250 PowerStroke would do a fine job of towing a 30' AS. I would also recommend a gas F250. That would do well, also. The money you'd save on a gas engine could be put towards a LOT of travelling!
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sdnet...I have not pulled on any steep grades as yet but I do not foresee any problems in doing that. My F250 feels as though it almost has too much power. Real easy to hit 70mph rather quickly. I do have a high rear end 3.31 so a little slow coming off stop signs and red lights but not really an issue. So far on flat ground I have been getting 12-14 mpg while towing and upwards of 18 when not towing. Speed and wind are always the take aways from MPG.
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Old 01-19-2016, 09:01 PM   #53
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Size of truck needed for 31' Airstream?

Having pulled with a 1500 Z71 4X4 suburban- successfully through 16 states and through the smoky mountains - with the weight and size of your trailer go with a minimum of a 2500.. In our situation with three boys and a dog, we needed the Suburban size vehicle. If you don't need the truck you can get a three-quarter ton suburban or an older excursion with the diesel you'll thank me later for the upgraded suspension axles and brakes of the 2500.,,
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I have a half ton, and I have a 27ft Airstream. Therefore I don't feel qualified to answer your question.
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We have a 2015 F250 diesel and it pulls our 30' bunkhouse up i70 as fast as we choose to travel. No power issues whatsoever.
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Depends on the year of your Airstream but I would go for a Ford F250 and diesel would be my preference. Of course I am thinking about my 30' Classic which can weigh 10,000lbs fully loaded.
Thanks. We are looking at a 2005 30' Classic.
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