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Old 07-27-2009, 06:23 PM   #31
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Digs, if you have a minivan, it most likely has a small hitch, and won't even fit the truck with a 2 in receiver. Since the camper place isn't far, ask them cost to send a tech out with enough stuff to get you going for the short tow back to the lot for final adjustments. They have done enough they should know what to bring. Since you will be buying new, negotiate "off-site" installation in the deal. Good Luck again.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:30 PM   #32
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Digs, This may show up twice, can't find last post. The hitch adapter for your pop-up probably won't work with your new trailer. Slide on the minivan could be smaller than the 2 inch receiver on the truck. Also the ball soze is probably wrong. Get the camper place to send a tech out and get you going. He'll know what to bring if you can tell them what you have. For swat, I have a Reese Dual Cam. Some use an Equalizer. Both seem to be adequate, and do a good job. Negotiate the "off site" installation in the price.
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Old 07-27-2009, 06:38 PM   #33
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Digs, you didn't say what motor you were getting if you went with the F350. Be careful, if you get the F350 with a 5.4L gas motor you may have a 1 ton capacity but your max tow capacity is around 9200 lbs. If you get a V10 like dezolen then that is an excellent truck. If you are set on a 3/4 ton or 1 ton then get the V10. (I am a die hard Ford guy so I don't know anything about GM) Just because it is a 1 ton (no matter what make) doesn't mean it can tow more than say a F150. it just means it can haul a 1 ton load (see my post on education on tow vehicles) I was also in same boat and was shocked to find out a 2009 F150 5.4L with the max trailer tow feature can out tow a F350 5.4L. Read Ford's website and you will be impressed with the 2009 F150 safety features. Plus, the back of the super crew is HUGE compared to earlier models. The F150 also has an integrated trailer brake control, anti sway technology, air bags everywhere (top, front, side) Good luck.
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Old 07-27-2009, 07:02 PM   #34
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Digs, This may show up twice, can't find last post. The hitch adapter for your pop-up probably won't work with your new trailer. Slide on the minivan could be smaller than the 2 inch receiver on the truck. Also the ball soze is probably wrong. Get the camper place to send a tech out and get you going. He'll know what to bring if you can tell them what you have. For swat, I have a Reese Dual Cam. Some use an Equalizer. Both seem to be adequate, and do a good job. Negotiate the "off site" installation in the price.
Nah, I have the heavy duty hitch on my minivan (I have towed a lot with my minivans, I always go with the 2" receiver on my vehicles, but normally my towing involved a 6' trailer with a riding mower or junk on it...and the small Uhaul trailers for moving.) The thing the ball is attached to will fit the truck receiver, I'm just pretty sure it's the wrong one. I'll probably just get a friend to tow the camper to the RV place, they have a larger Wildwood, and from there I'll get my truck/camper set up to work together. (I treat my minivan like an SUV, i drive hubby crazy, I've had to be towed several times because I've gotten her stuck places I shouldn't be without 4WD...her towing days are through now, I swear I heard her breathe a sigh of relief when she saw a new truck in our driveway! I always minded the "towing capacity", I had no idea about payload until this week.)

I don't know what brand the WDH is, I can't get to the darn thing just yet since I can't get the storage doors open on the TT (and it isn't at my house, so I'll make sure I take a kid with me to crawl through next time I go visit the TT)
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Old 07-28-2009, 03:13 AM   #35
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Digs, you didn't say what motor you were getting if you went with the F350. Be careful, if you get the F350 with a 5.4L gas motor you may have a 1 ton capacity but your max tow capacity is around 9200 lbs. If you get a V10 like dezolen then that is an excellent truck. If you are set on a 3/4 ton or 1 ton then get the V10. (I am a die hard Ford guy so I don't know anything about GM) Just because it is a 1 ton (no matter what make) doesn't mean it can tow more than say a F150. it just means it can haul a 1 ton load (see my post on education on tow vehicles) I was also in same boat and was shocked to find out a 2009 F150 5.4L with the max trailer tow feature can out tow a F350 5.4L. Read Ford's website and you will be impressed with the 2009 F150 safety features. Plus, the back of the super crew is HUGE compared to earlier models. The F150 also has an integrated trailer brake control, anti sway technology, air bags everywhere (top, front, side) Good luck.
Thanks Red, we were only looking at the V10s in the Fords, the biggest appeal of the F350 was the payload...and that just wasn't enough to sway me to the Ford side. I don't remember all the specifics on our truck at the moment, but we go back to the dealer tomorrow to finalize things, and pick up our owner's manual, so by the end of the day, I'll be able to rattle off everything important about the truck. (I did make sure before we test drove anything it would meet our needs, I just can't remember which truck has which capacity right now, except that the F350 payload was like 5500 LOL)
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:56 AM   #36
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Thanks Red, we were only looking at the V10s in the Fords, the biggest appeal of the F350 was the payload...and that just wasn't enough to sway me to the Ford side. I don't remember all the specifics on our truck at the moment, but we go back to the dealer tomorrow to finalize things, and pick up our owner's manual, so by the end of the day, I'll be able to rattle off everything important about the truck. (I did make sure before we test drove anything it would meet our needs, I just can't remember which truck has which capacity right now, except that the F350 payload was like 5500 LOL)
Hey Digs,

I live on FT. Wainwright and have been in Alaska for the past 4 years. I dont know if you have ever been up the Alcan hwy or not,, but there are some big pulls on it. You may want to look at getting a diesel. I have a one and I use it for a tow and daily driving. They are not bad at all and I have no trouble in the winter up there with the truck. There are some good vehicles to be found in the Fairbanks area used and new. If you are going to look at diesel stay away from anything with a DPF on it, they are still having engine trouble with all the crap the EPA made them do. 3/4 ton gas is ok, but the fuel bill will eat you up. Diesel you pay more per gal, but the trade off is better MPG to give you an idea I went from Fairbanks to Whitehorse and back. less then a tank each way. at 611 miles I still had just less then 1/4 tank left. That was on a 06 Dodge 2500 diesel all stock and no mods. Just keep doing research and see what you come up with. If you have any questions let me know. I am in Iraq now but I check my computer 2-3 times a day.

PS Is the TT in the pic the one you picked up? I looked at that one when it was on the lemon lot when I was home on r&r.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:38 AM   #37
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Long time since I posted, but wanted to pop back on and again say thank you to everyone who helped us pick out our truck.

We've had her going on 7 months now, and WE LOVE OUR TRUCK!!!!

(A laugh for some of you....20 days after we bought the truck, I discovered hubby gifted me with a present when he got home from Iraq. Our new baby boy will be here in 6-8 weeks...some days I sure wish I'd bought the 6 seater!)

Seriously, though...in addition to looking darn good, we are so pleased with the truck. We've got right at 6k miles on her now. We didn't make it camping yet, we've got reservations in Seward for the last week in May, but hubby said she pulled really nicely in traffic. (He moved the camper about 10 miles across town twice)

We did some hefty towing (Uhaul trailer) in September when we moved across town, and I was pretty comfortable pulling their biggest trailer, so I'm hoping the camper won't be too much for me. (I know the Uhaul is much smaller than the camper, but it was my first time towing anything that tall or larger than a popup)

We were very comfortable on our trips to Anchorage (about 350 miles) last year, we're very glad (esp with needing to put a carseat in the truck for the new baby) we got the crew cab, it certainly makes the kids more comfortable.

Put a Leer topper on her in December..she looks a bit like an Excursion to me now, can't wait to move and take that sucker off! We had accessory jacks put in with the topper so if we need to we can get some fans back there for the critters when we move this summer, and I got the topper with sliding windows and screens to help with airflow. Had a window installed in the truck back glass, and I'll monitor temps in the bed of the truck while we travel to keep the animals safe.

Will get more active here in April/May to make sure I'm prepared for our first camping trip, will need some advice about if it's feasible for us to get a generator, and I REALLY want to get a different hitch system. (The camper does have WDH(???)-sway. I know it has sway, don't know if WDH is part of that or not, it appears to be one of those cheap dealer hitches, and I can't find a brand on it, I'll post pictures once our spring weather arrives.)

Joined Good Sam today, and we're hopeful next week we will find out where our next duty station will be, so we can start planning our trip cross-country.

Anyway, thanks for the help figuring out the right truck for us, we're thrilled with it, and now, when we see a Tundra...we're glad we didn't get it, because we like the Chevy so much. (And doubly glad because we would have been part of the recall )
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Old 02-20-2010, 09:04 AM   #38
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Choosing your next truck.

I am glad that you are happy with your purchase because that is so much better than buyers remorse!! I also hope that everyone reading this thread hoping to gain info for a truck purchase will consider the facts. Ford is the only company to pull thru this economic slump without asking the tax payers to help. Please dont start hammering me with Nissan, Toyota, Honda arguments!! The history books don't lie. Remember Pearl Harbor? Yes, I AM narrow minded!!! Please reward FORD!! Great trucks from a great company founded by a great man.
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