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Old 08-26-2014, 12:50 PM   #15
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The truck you need depends on where your are going and what you haul.

Without hesitation, I can recommend the Chevrolet half ton. The truck I have now is the best all round vehicle I have ever owned. The Maximum Towing Package makes it better. With the crew cab it has a payload of just under 1,600 pounds, a tow rating of 11,100 pounds, and a combined vehicle rating of 16,700 pounds. It will tow my 34'. The only negative with any half truck is the low payload.

I can accelerate going up 8% grades or hold 50-55 mph towing the 25', no problem. Going down the same grade I can set the manual shift to a lower gear and hardly touch the brakes going down at 45-55. The combination of the engine grade brake and the manual shift automatic transmission makes mountain driving a breeze!

Solo mpg on the highway averages between 20-21 mpg. Towing my 25' in relatively flat land (FL to NC) it gets ~12 mpg running 65-70 mph. If I slow down to 55-65 mph towing the same route it gets ~13 mpg. Towing in the mountains it averages 10-11 mpg. Solo around home, running to town an back, it gets 16-17 mpg. I leave the four wheel drive in Auto mode almost all the time, I think if left in two wheel drive the mpg might improve slightly.

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Old 08-26-2014, 02:36 PM   #16
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Alan is spot on about payload with a 1/2 ton. Same truck in a GMC pulling an FC25 with a Propride I had less than 100# of payload when full of fuel,me, wife and dog in the truck. Basically couldn't put anything in the bed. 1/2 ton pulled just fine in Colorado.

Went to a Sierra 2500 Diesel and now I have a real useful load.

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Old 08-26-2014, 03:54 PM   #17
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I pull our 25' Safari with a 2011 Ford F150 (with towing package). We have no problems with HP and easily maintain 65-70 mph on level highway. In our travels I've come across several others pulling similarly-sized Airstream campers with the same truck.
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Old 08-26-2014, 10:25 PM   #18
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In your case it all boils down to payload. How much junk do you need to be able to carry in the bed? How many people are you driving around and what do they weigh, generator(s), tools, big honkin' cooler filled with ice and beer, fire wood, lawn chairs. plus all of that other stuff that won't fit into the trailer, etc. If you are reasonably honest with yourself you'll probably find that you need a 3/4 ton truck (2500 or 250) to provide the payload to do the job safely and legally.

Don't overlook the flexibility of a 3/4 ton Suburban or Yukon. You'll need to buy used since they aren't being produced anymore.

Contrary to previous advice, minivans aren't trucks, and should only be used for towing the smallest of trailers.
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:58 PM   #19
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I will tell you this. I was NEVER a truck person until planning to purchase an Airstream and I bought a Ford F150 Crew Cab. It is like having a full size Lincoln with a large open trunk. The rear leg room is nearly limousine-like and the ride is not bad at all- busier and lean is more noticeable for sure as it is higher up. Noise? quieter than my 2010 Sportwagen TDI if that means much. I know that some people on the forum say go SUV but they have such limited storage space compared to a truck and puny payload (most of them). My '09 is nice but I am planning on getting the 2015 F150. I want the 2.7 Liter engine. Get this- 325 HP/375 ft lbs torque rated to tow 8500 lbs with a payload of 2250. That payload is fantastic! The thing weighs around 4900lbs supposedly so MPG should be good too as it is my only vehicle aside from a scooter. My current truck pulls my 25' gross weight 7000 lb camper fine. It revs on the hills but goes just fine with 292 HP and 320 ft lbs and around 1000 lbs more weight than the new one I mention. That to me is the best option.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:08 PM   #20
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I tow our 25' Excella with a 1997 Extra-cab F-250 7.3 liter diesel with an automatic. It tows it pretty well. The tail doesn't wag the dog. The steepest highway hills still require 2nd gear, but that's rare. It works pretty well out on the road as a package. The long wheelbase is nice. I would recommend taking any truck's advertised towing capacity and multiplying that number by .6 to get a true towing capacity for safe driving with a margin for emergency driving.
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Old 08-29-2014, 08:55 PM   #21
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Best truck to tow 25' Airstream.

A 1/2 ton with standard payload because heavy payload means heavy suspension, which can beat your Airstream close to death. According to longtime Airstream repair shop owners Can-Am Andy and Inland Andy, as well as your Airstream Owners Manual.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:53 PM   #22
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Dare to be different - import a VW Amarok! 6,700 lb max trailer weight, 8 speed auto transmission and a turbo diesel engine. Super fuel mileage and everybody would stop by your campsite to see a VW pickup
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:00 PM   #23
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If you get the Mercedes SPRINTER you can tow your 25' trailer and haul your car too......
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Old 08-30-2014, 09:09 AM   #24
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I would like to have a new truck. My '05 Chevy Quadrasteer just turned over 100,000 miles. That's not really a problem because I know it will last for a long time yet.

No, I'm just in the mood for a new truck with all the latest gadgets and technology.

The problem is, I see nothing out there that is really any better suited to pull my AS than what I already have. (And they don't make what I have anymore)
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Old 08-30-2014, 11:13 AM   #25
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The OP is long gone, prolly still laughing.

The higher your expectations the fewer your options.
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