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Old 08-25-2014, 04:47 PM   #1
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Best truck to tow 25 ft trailer

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Old 08-25-2014, 05:06 PM   #2
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I'd suggest the "best truck" is the one you like best. In fact ANY truck that I know of will tow a 25 footer...as will many SUVs, minivans and even some sedans. Buy the one you like best.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:13 PM   #3
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If you want a truck (based on your post) I would suggest that you consider the Ford F-150 Ecoboost. It's relatively economical, can pull any Airstream, and has enough oomphf to get up the hills.

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Old 08-25-2014, 05:15 PM   #4
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Best as far as what?
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:13 PM   #5
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I towed our 87 25' Sovereign for three years with a F150 super crew with a short bed. It did well from Florida to Ohio to Dallas and back. Then last year we got a F250 extended cab with a long bed. it gives us the same fuel millage as the F150 at towing speed, and is much more stable than the F150 when towing
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Old 08-25-2014, 06:39 PM   #6
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My 08 Tundra Limited has served me well for two years and 3 Airstreams. 2-25' and 1- 27'.
The Tundra is paid for so there is no reason to change. The Airstreams have been 1990 Excella, 1999 Safari and now a 25' 1995 Excella.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:46 PM   #7
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Everyone knows the best truck is the right truck for the job.







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A new Ford F350 diesel! The only thing to watch out for is when on an uphill grade don't apply to much throttle , you risk stretching the frame on the TT!


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Old 08-25-2014, 08:24 PM   #9
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This is a loaded question of subjective responses but, my used truck hunting led me to a Ford F150. I will attempt to answer the question rcarl posed as to why it, for me, was the best choice. I was shopping the 2-3 year old model year at the time. What I learned about towing setup of the various manufacturers was what swayed me. I shopped Tundra, Chevy, Dodge and Ford. In THAT vintage, Ford won as a tow vehicle with the most feature set for towing. The videos are still on youtube about towing and the 2009 model. Standard transmission braking with two taps on the brake, easily reachable brake controller. auto sway correction through multiple braking, etc. The others had one or maybe two of these or in one case, none. That and payload capacity of the ones on the used market locally at the time made my decision.

So, a similar situation may happen to you. Just make sure that your payload rating is not violated. The tow rating is rarely a concern.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:16 PM   #10
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A 25' Airstream is medium size so a medium size truck is a good match, if you don't carry a lot of people and gear in the truck while towing due to payload limitations.

Late model 1/2 ton with about 400 ft/lb torque, 6 or 8 speed trans, factory tow package, brake controller, and LT or XL tires hooked to the Airstream with a Hensley/ProPride style hitch makes a good, comfortable, easy driving combination.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:46 AM   #11
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Kenworth T680 pulling a lowboy and you can pull the Airstream onto the bed. No chance of GYM blowouts... It must be the first of April...
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:27 PM   #12
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I'm satisfied with my 2010 Toyota Tundra SR 5.7 double cab 2x4 pulling my 2008 25fb Classic 25fb. I bought preowned (Tundra and AS). Can't ever see buying new.

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Hey Kelvin

glad the Tundra/25AS is working out for you.

We would like to upgrade (someday) to a 25fb but probably in an international or FC and it sounds like if you are pulling a Classic with all those wood cabinets that the Tundra would be plenty of truck for the other models.

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If you want something comfortable when not towing get a big SUV.
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