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Old 02-20-2016, 11:45 PM   #81
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Thanks, both of those trucks were so nice! So many rebates available till the end of February saves about $9000 on a new truck!
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Old 02-20-2016, 11:45 PM   #82
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The Chevy Silverado that I looked at today was a v-8 so no power problem, as also with
the Ford 150 v-6 3.5 engine. The problem with both trucks was the bed. Only 5 foot bed.
That does not give much wiggle room for the 5.0 TA Would it work? Both dealerships did
not think so.
Are you sure about the 5 ft. box? I just got done looking at the Chevy specs and they show the crew cab truck with the standard box having a floor length of 78.87 inches. My GMC crew cab has the short box which is about 5 ft. 9 inches long. With the standard box, you would have more than enough room for the 5.0TA, but that longer wheelbase would be a little harder to park at the grocery store. You can get the same length box with the double cab which would give you a slightly shorter truck. I haven't seen that many standard boxes on Chevy trucks which means you might have to special order. But they are out there. I'm sure the other makes would have a longer box too. Loren
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Old 02-21-2016, 01:16 AM   #83
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Thanks, both of those trucks were so nice! So many rebates available till the end of February saves about $9000 on a new truck!
one other tidbit of new vehicle info..this buyers perception was dealers wanted to sell what they had on the lot, not what I necessarily wanted...found one salesperson to work with who was willing to find the vehicle I wanted with the specs and price I wanted somewhere within the state and get it to me at little or no additional cost. Ended up with a 6'4" bed which helped raise the max towing and vehicle specs a bit vs short bed . If a gas TV full size truck is what you are looking for , finding one of the few remaining new 1/2 ton 2015 models with longer warranty and heavily discounted price might be a good solution for you. Even the 3/4 ton of the same model year which might be overkill for the trailer, have been discounted in some cases to as little as $2k delta, ironically this is what happened about two weeks after deciding on my TV! Regardless of whether you buy the horse before the carriage or vice versa...once its all done the fun is supposed to kick in! This camper has to wait for the 2017 production line if an Escape is the final decision for the carriage.
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Old 02-21-2016, 03:04 AM   #84
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The Chevy Silverado that I looked at today was a v-8 so no power problem, as also with
the Ford 150 v-6 3.5 engine. The problem with both trucks was the bed. Only 5 foot bed.
That does not give much wiggle room for the 5.0 TA Would it work? Both dealerships did
not think so.
I have the Ford 3.5L EcoBoost, and it is available in either a 5.5', or 6.5' box. The 2.7L EcoBoost is only available with the 5.5' box.
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Old 02-21-2016, 03:58 AM   #85
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Couldn't have said it better my self I agree with Jim. We all have different opinions.
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Old 02-21-2016, 06:02 AM   #86
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I have a Ford F-150 with the 5.5 box. Works just fine
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Old 02-21-2016, 06:40 AM   #87
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Thank you all very much for this very helpful information! I will get back out there tomorrow with confidence and knowledge!
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Old 02-21-2016, 08:16 AM   #88
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These tow vehicle sizing "discussions" are getting worse than the tire ones.

And these now seem to have a "bash the volunteer moderators for no apparent reason" component....

I've been getting our new Highlander ready for our Southwest trip next week and haven't been here lately. But apparently, to be "safe" towing our 17B, I'd better trade it back in for a F350 diesel dually with an exhaust braking system. I wonder though, maybe I should just go straight to a semi?
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These tow vehicle sizing "discussions" are getting worse than the tire ones.

And these now seem to have a "bash the volunteer moderators for no apparent reason" component....

I've been getting our new Highlander ready for our Southwest trip next week and haven't been here lately. But apparently, to be "safe" towing our 17B, I'd better trade it back in for a F350 diesel dually with an exhaust braking system. I wonder though, maybe I should just go straight to a semi?
To be completely confident, you really must ship your tug and trailer by train to and from your destination. Those locomotives have plenty of power to make it up even the steep mountain grades.
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:19 AM   #90
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Of course the trails have to make several loops to get up the mountains, here is the famous horseshoe curve in Pennsylvania......also the famous Tehachapi Spiral in California
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehachapi_Loop
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