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Old 07-17-2015, 08:10 AM   #1
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Advice from my experience

I posted this in another section on the Forum but thought some people may find it as good info....

Just some advice from my very recent buy. GET YOUR TV FIRST!!!! I had a Hummer H3 Alpha rated at 6000lb towing. I searched and searched for something light to tow that I liked. Everything I loved was too heavy. But I found the 2104S. So I bought one. I have had it about 2 months. It weighed in at 4100lbs so I should be more than good right. WRONG. It was painful towing. So what did I do, I went out and bought a brand new Ram 1500 rated at a little over 10,000.... So now I have a TT I like, don't hate it, but don't love it either. If I had to do it over again I would have bought the truck and then shopped for my camper.

So anyone want to buy a very gently used (3 nights) 2016 2104S??? :-)

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Old 07-17-2015, 08:25 AM   #2
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I did it TV first after looking at a KZ. Had little 6 cyclinder s10 and figured I'd need a bigger TV so bought a Ram 1500 Hemi beautty of a truck stated looking for the KZ couldnt find one I liked then moved to Jaycos and windjammers and finally ended up ordering a sunseeker-yes a motorhome. Ended up trading the truck for a Jeep for the DW to drive and us to tow behind the motorhome. Moral of our stories is You Never Know

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Old 07-17-2015, 08:52 AM   #3
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Well I didn't because I thought my old F350 7.3L diesel could handle the new 42' 5er 18,000#. Well I was wrong also because it had to hard a time towing up hills. So got a new 2015 Ram 6.7L diesel 3500. No problem towing in hills now. Older 1 tons weren't rated to tow such heavy loads back then. Love the new Ram 3500 with the 6.7L and it is a lot quieter and has no problem.
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Old 07-17-2015, 02:26 PM   #4
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Yup! I originally was towing a 1997 Coleman Sea Pine pop up with a 2011 Ford Explorer with a V6...almost 300 HP. The Mrs and I wanted a full size camper so we searched and searched and searched for what we thought would work for us and the current TV. We had to avoid slide outs and such to stay under my 5k weight rating. We ended up buying a 2011 Crossover with a dry weight of 3300# and the Explorer towed it like crap! With a head wind, it never dropped below 3500 RPM on a 300 mile trip. 2 weeks later, I bought a new Ram 1500 Outdoorsman (basically a year+ earlier than my wife wanted me to). Towed that camper like a dream. Well then in September, we found out we were expecting, and even though we thought our unit would be able to house kids, we didn't think so much about where we'd put all the crap and had nowhere to sit inside beside the kitchen we traded up to a new Grey Wolf 26DBH. If I would have known this, I would've gotten the truck and then the bigger trailer and saved $2500 that we lost on the camper for trade in value!

As my Dad told me when I said "The explorer will tow it just fine".....There's no replacement for displacement!
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Old 07-17-2015, 06:32 PM   #5
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Here are my experience with trucks.

1. Chevy 1500 - Found just to light duty of truck to pull the campers that I wanted. It was fine as long as I stayed with smaller lighter TT.

2. Chevy 2500HD Diesel - Found that it could tow over 15,000 lbs but the limiting factor was cargo capacity which was less than some 1/2 tons at 2375 lbs. If i ever purchased a 2500hd/f250 I would make it gas instead of diesel and gain the extra weight of the diesel engine added on the CC. Lot of the gas 2500hd have cargo capacity of over 3,000 lbs.

3. Ford F350 Diesel - The tow ratings are about the same as diesel F250 but where they shine is in cargo capacity with yellow tag on the truck at 3744 lbs. My Chevy was rated to tow about the same weight but without the cargo capacity of 2344lbs fell short of what I needed. I needed a truck with a cargo capacity of closer to 3,000 lbs pin. weight

I didn't buy dually because of where I live we have a unwritten rule about parking in the garage and the only truck I could find that would fit and meet my current needs was F350 Super Cab.
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Most will advise to find the trailer model you want FIRST, then buy the tow vehicle that can tow it.
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:20 PM   #7
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Advice from my experience

I think there are way too many variables for each individual to say which is best to buy first for everyone. That was just the way I wish I would have went.

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Old 07-17-2015, 08:41 PM   #8
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I thought Hummers were made to run over stuff, not pull stuff???
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:46 PM   #9
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Well I was hoping to do both. That is why my preference was to keep it.

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We're going to upgrade to a larger TT next year. Last year I upgraded the truck from an F-150. Current TT is in at 7,200# and the new one will be between 9,000 and 10,000... should be no problem.

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