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Old 08-26-2010, 04:19 PM   #29
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This should pull whatever 5'ver you have
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What would you recommend? We are looking at a 2011 Ford F-250 or a F-350 with Diesel and 6 speed trans.
Glad you're only considering the 2011. Based on my personal experience with our 08, I would avoid any remaining leftover 2010s with the 6.4 engine, no matter how good the deal is.
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Based on my experience with a 2009, I would highly recommend the 6.4 for towing.
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Old 08-28-2010, 06:39 AM   #32
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This should pull whatever 5'ver you have
Now that is a real truck...not one of those wimpy Light Duty Trucks. You should never send a boy to do a man's job. Like Larry says...Get-R Done!

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Folks, let's drop the personal comments and stay on topic.

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Old 09-02-2010, 01:50 AM   #34
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An F250 will not do it legally. The pin weight of the TT is over your payload or atleast eill be once you put people inthe truck and fill it up with fuel. An F450 is the best way to go, that is if you like Fords. All of the 350/3500's will work but forget about 3/4 tons just due to the payload weight.
Oh yeah don't think getting a 3/4 and adding bags with makeup for it either. The only way to make up for it would be to completly replace the suspension. If yo are going to spend the extra $5k on a suspension upgrade then spend less in the begining.
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:32 PM   #35
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New to RVing. Additional Towing Question.

Thanks for all the info on this thread. I have already learned much. I am planning to buy a 4 season TT (my first TT) that can be towed on dirt Forest Service roads in Wahington, Idaho, & Montana. I own a 1990 3/4 ton GMC K2500 4x4 (single rear axle) with the 350cu gas engine. It has the 8600lb GVW package, Turbo 400 tranny, a four tube custom radiator, and 10 ply tires (Load range E).
I have been looking at Arctic Fox and Outback trailers up to 25 ft (27-28 ft overall) with dry weight of 5500-5800lb and 500-800lb dry hitch weight. I'm concerned about how big a TT I can safely tow. I plan to install an equalizer hitch with sway bar and rear air bags for a smoother ride.
Is a 25 ft TT OK, or should I be looking at something smaller? Thanks for any advice that you veterans can give!
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WELL, perhaps not - IF you plan that all your RVing will be done with a dry and empty rig...

Dunno about yours - but with ours, the difference between dry weight - and real life, loaded weight (you know, the way we actually USE it!) - is pretty dramatic...
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I tend to agree with Gary...
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Zagsfan, I pulled a 24 Ft Prowler with a 95 Chevy 1500 4x4 w/5.7L with Hypertec Chip and auto tranny. TT weight was a little less than you're talked and didn't have any major problems. Would slow down on long grades, but we always made them. Made several trips from Western NY to central Florida and back, averaged 9-10 mpg.
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Smile Thanks for your replies!

Thanks to all for your replies. After some research and shopping, I have decided to look for a Arctic Fox or Nash 25P TT. Gross trailer weight is around 10,000 lbs. My old GMC pickup with the 350 gas engine is just not enough power. So I'm also shopping for a good used late model heavy duty 3/4 or one ton diesel pickup. I have driven a 2007 Dodge 2500 4x4 with the 6.7 diesel. Also a 2002 Dodge 2500 4x4 with the 5.9 diesel. The 6.7 was very quite, but the 5.9 was VERY loud with diesel clatter. I'm wondering about the Ford F250 & F350s with the 6.4 diesel or 6.0 diesel. I plan to test drive them to see which is quieter. Can anyone help answer the Ford question? Which years are best? Thanks!
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Zagsfan, you will probably find that the Duramax is the quietest of the Big 3. To bad you're so far away. I'm pretty sure the dealer that has my 2005 3500 dually duramax/allison with 68000 miles would let it go for $25K. They're asking more but I know what they have in it.
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Pretty much stay away from a 6.0L Ford diesel. 2003 and 2004 were the worst years and they were a bit better in the later years...Still an engine to avoid.

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Thanks for your replies!

Thanks so much for your invaluable insights. I know that I have much research to do, and your responses really help! May your be blessed throughout 2011. Happy New Year!
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