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Old 05-24-2015, 12:41 AM   #1
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What tows your Forest River?

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Old 05-26-2015, 12:15 PM   #2
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We have a 23 ft Surveyor Sport . The Silverado tows it just fine, but now I want to move up to a TT with a slide that offers more room. But I'm limited with a small rear end. So be aware!

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Old 05-26-2015, 12:56 PM   #3
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I tow an EVO T2850 with a 2012 Dodge Ram 4 door, 2500 6.7ltr, std trans. I love the set up! Plenty of power and decent on fuel mileage, plenty of capacity and payload to throw whatever I want in the truck bed.

The only con (which isnt a con anymore) was learning how to tow with a std trans. I have towed with nothing but autos until now and I had to learn how to do it with the std.
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:01 PM   #4
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2006 F150 Super Cab, 6.5' bed, 4x4, 5.4L engine, 3.73 gears. Tows great with decent fuel mileage.

My truck has the 4 speed automatic transmission. Long big mountains require 2nd gear and 55 mph because I don't like to rev the engine over about 3500 rpms. I sometimes wish for the newer 6 speed tranny with the manual shift option to give me more options in the mountains.

Towing a 28.5' 2008 Surveyor 263 weighing in around 5500 lbs.

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Old 05-26-2015, 06:15 PM   #5
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We tow a Cedar Creek 36 RE with a full size T2000 Kenworth converted to tow a 5th wheel with a Smart Car on the deck of the truck. Some say overkill but it works for us.
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:20 PM   #6
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I tow a Micro Lite 23LB with a 2014 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel with an 8 speed transmission and 3:55 rear gear. We average between 14 and 17 MPG when towing depending on wind and terrain. Just came back from a 200 mile trip and got right at 15.6 MPG driving into a 20 MPH wind on the way home.
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Old 05-26-2015, 06:39 PM   #7
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We tow our 42' Palomino 17K loaded with 2001 F350 Lariat 4x4 7.3L 10mpg only con it's a SRW and looking to upgrade to a new 1 Ton dually Ford or Dodge either one would be fine with me.
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The Rockwood 8280SS of that vintage (and only one other Rockwood model) had the GVWR and pin weight the F150 could handle, with 800 pounds to spare. When we bought the truck we figured we were resigned to pull a TT, but then we found the Signature Ultralite series.

And we reeeeally liked the floor plan!

It don't fly down the road, but it goes down the road. And I always say anyone pulling anything with a 1/2 ton should add tranny cooling capacity and a gauge to monitor tranny temps. Even with the factory tow package.
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2015 Sierra 365saqb towed by 2014 f350 srw, 6.7 powerstroke, pulls like a champ

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Old 05-26-2015, 07:32 PM   #10
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I use to think my F-150 was fine, but the hillier the terrain, the windier the weather, the worse the truck traffic... the whiter my knuckles got... Now pulling about 6,500 to 7,000 pounds with little effort and the wind doesn't bug me, the trucks barely move me, and the hills... what hills? I really like my Ram 2500 and the diesel power is incredible. We're now looking at TTs with 10,000 to 11,000 pound GVRW, and I'm not worried. Probably will sell the Surveyor next year and get something bigger and nicer... just before I retire...

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