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Old 08-06-2016, 03:34 PM   #11
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We tow our WJ with a 3/4 ton Ram with the 5.7 hemi. It does a good job towing and stopping. The latter is even more important sometimes. The only time we had a slight sway was when I over packed the front closet and put too much weight on the tongue. I moved some beverages back to the center of the trailer so the weight was over the axles and problem solved. We love our truck and trailer combo! No modifications and could even use the WDH we already had from a previous rockwood.
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Old 08-06-2016, 05:32 PM   #12
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I have a 3008. It's all a half ton needs to tow. I wish I had a heavier truck.
Kingfisher, i own a 3001w and for three years TV was an F150 ecoboost. It did a good job but struggled at times. When it struggled, I struggled. Very tiring. I upgraded to an F250 powerstroke diesel. Life completely changed. Easy towing, better mileage. More truck is definitely better. Literally dont know it is behind me. If it is within your means do it.
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:31 PM   #13
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I use a 2500HD chevy with a Duramax you could probably get by with a 1500 but the 2500 is just so much more relaxing to drive! By the way I am pulling a 3029W with the Equalizer hitch.
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:34 PM   #14
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Have owned a 3008 now for two years. Believing the dealer started with 1/2 Ton. Did ok here in Michigan but as previously stated struggled in hills and bounced a bit on these great Michigan roads. Upgraded this year to a 3/4 ton gasser and all issues resolved. Thought of a diesel but frankly it was overkill for the 3008. Added fireplace and slide out toppers. Plan on the new Lippert auto leveling system this Fall when released for retail sales. Getting older and I deserve them!
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Old 08-06-2016, 07:44 PM   #15
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3500HD GMC Duramax currently but started with a 1500 5.3 GMC. Upgraded tires to D's, added TPMS, 32" TV in bedroom, Tailgater satellite, and lots of other toys.
When we bought the 3001w, we already owned a 2013 GMC 1500 5.3 with the HD tow package. I pulled it for almost a year then added a K&N cold air intake system and a high $$ dual exhaust system before a 30 day trip. I suspect it added about 25-30 HP, but more importantly it added about 25 ft lbs. of torque and the engine breathed better at altitude! We pulled from Texas west to NV, then up through Death Valley to Oregon, across to Yellowstone, down to Colorado, and finally across KS and back down to TX. About 6,000 miles all in. We topped 8300'+ high passes at 55 MPH with no real issues; truck running at 3500 RPM in 4th. I could have gone faster IF I had wanted to pay for the fuel; the way it was, we were passing the 18 wheelers on the mountains anyway. Had great confidence in the TV and we only traded for the 3500HD Duramax dually because we are going to go to a 40'+ 5th wheel next year and tour the good old US of A! Now when I pull the TT, I can almost forget it is even back there, HUGH difference when I thought I was doing great.
Most of us buy the first RV based on about the maximum our current TV can handle. Then the dreaded "Trade up" flu bug sets in and we have to get a bigger, badder, TV to pull the bigger, badder RV. But it is amazing the difference with a larger truck that isn't at or above its limits.
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Old 08-06-2016, 09:15 PM   #16
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We owned a 2015 3029W. Loved it. great floor plan, did a few mods to it. Towed first few trips with our F150 egoboost... towing package, K&N air intake system, tuned. But it was a huge trailer with a little truck. after a white knuckle tow across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge followed the next weekend by a windy ascent into the mountains here in MD, we parked for the winter and ordered an F250. Could the 150 do it. Yes. But it was work. It worked me hard, and with a newly rebuilt shoulder, I was in pain and suffering at the end of drive. In comes the F250... and yeah, sooo much better. Didn't even know we were towing sometimes... actually, almost to a detriment, as it was super easy to forget. I read and read and read about folks with the too much truck is never enough mentality and the you can town anything with your 150. Everyone has points and everyone is set in their opinion. I just knew after working so hard to get there, I didn't feel I was doing my best to get the wife, kid and I to the spot safely. So I chose to upgrade. To that point, I even financed without the wife... it was my choice to drive something I felt would get us there safely. Fortunately for me, she loves the truck Travel safe, travel well and enjoy the trip!
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Old 08-06-2016, 09:33 PM   #17
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mobilmikey, well said

You stated that perfectly. I was tired of the white knuckle driving, the wandering TV. As good as the F150 did MOST of the time those times it misbehaved were exhausting. My F250 made traveling the good old USA an absolute pleasure (fun again). Too much truck is a blessing. If you are looking at buying an RV that is at the upper end of what your TV is capable of be prepared for a beat down. It won't be fun. I used to drive 300 miles in a day and be exhausted and beat down, I can do 600 now and just be tired.
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Old 08-07-2016, 11:03 AM   #18
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We owned a 2015 3029W. Loved it. great floor plan, did a few mods to it. Towed first few trips with our F150 egoboost... towing package, K&N air intake system, tuned. But it was a huge trailer with a little truck. after a white knuckle tow across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge followed the next weekend by a windy ascent into the mountains here in MD, we parked for the winter and ordered an F250. Could the 150 do it. Yes. But it was work. It worked me hard, and with a newly rebuilt shoulder, I was in pain and suffering at the end of drive. In comes the F250... and yeah, sooo much better. Didn't even know we were towing sometimes... actually, almost to a detriment, as it was super easy to forget. I read and read and read about folks with the too much truck is never enough mentality and the you can town anything with your 150. Everyone has points and everyone is set in their opinion. I just knew after working so hard to get there, I didn't feel I was doing my best to get the wife, kid and I to the spot safely. So I chose to upgrade. To that point, I even financed without the wife... it was my choice to drive something I felt would get us there safely. Fortunately for me, she loves the truck Travel safe, travel well and enjoy the trip!
X2 very well stated. We sometimes do 1500 miles in 2 days ... I want to be comfortable both with power and braking.
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