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Old 12-09-2013, 03:33 AM   #41
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In reference to the 310 BHDS WEIGHT. YELLOW WEIGHT STICKER IS 7310 Empty on my Liberty Edition.
Max weight for the unit is 9900 LBS. When we made the decision to buy the 310 over the 320, It was for the following, 1) the800 lbs lighter weight 2) the larger dinnette. 3). The larger open space in the living area, which is where everyone hangs out all the time. I really wanted the large shower but in reality you only spend 5 minutes in the shower and hours in the living area. I am happy on the floor plan I purchased and would not change if I wanted.

As far as towing goes. The gas truck is the way to go if you are only using your trailer less than 8 times a year. My Ram shows no signs of being under powered. With the right combination of towing capacity and accessories the right half ton will do fine. Sure the 3/4 or higher do better, but cost thousands more. Deisels alone are 10k more than gas New.

I put the airbags on my Ram 1500 and it was a world of difference. No sag. More stable on the roadway. Firm and stable on rough roadways.

The majority of the New 1/2 ton trucks out their get around 12 in town and 20 MPG on the highway without the trailer. I am getting 10 highway with trailer and gear. Weight was 8300 lbs . 55-60 MPh in PA. Mountains and hills 60 % of the time.

The 310 and 320 are very similar so any one you pick will be great.
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Old 12-10-2013, 11:04 PM   #42
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We have a 2014 320 as we'll and love it. We ordered from the factory after shopping for months. Picked it up in April and camped 13 weekends before October. It's now stored indoors for the winter as we live in Iowa. Can't wait for spring. As for towing our TV is a 2008 Tundra dbl cab 5.7L with towing pkg. Speaking from towing all summer and longest trip being 3hrs away I would recommend getting a 3/4 ton HD. Our Tundra has no issues with power, it's the tail wagging the dog on the interstate that is unnerving. We love our truck but are at the moment shopping for a used diesel or a gas 3/4 ton ourselves. I will have to use the truck daily as we'll and don't want the extra maintenance of the diesel but I also don't want to have any regrets so we can't decide what to do. Diesel trucks are just so expensive and we want to stay under 25k. Any advice knowing the trailer we are towing.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:03 AM   #43
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We have a 2014 320 as we'll and love it. We ordered from the factory after shopping for months. Picked it up in April and camped 13 weekends before October. It's now stored indoors for the winter as we live in Iowa. Can't wait for spring. As for towing our TV is a 2008 Tundra dbl cab 5.7L with towing pkg. Speaking from towing all summer and longest trip being 3hrs away I would recommend getting a 3/4 ton HD. Our Tundra has no issues with power, it's the tail wagging the dog on the interstate that is unnerving. We love our truck but are at the moment shopping for a used diesel or a gas 3/4 ton ourselves. I will have to use the truck daily as we'll and don't want the extra maintenance of the diesel but I also don't want to have any regrets so we can't decide what to do. Diesel trucks are just so expensive and we want to stay under 25k. Any advice knowing the trailer we are towing.


I would try to find an 08-10 Ford F250/350 with the 6.8L V10 gasser. This is the truck I have, and it will easily handle that trailer and more. The 6.8L V10 is a workhorse of an engine and is extremely reliable . No maintenance cost/issues like the diesels of the same era. The only downfall is it is a pig on gase, but I didn't buy it for its fuel economy, I bought it to pull my summer house on wheels. . It is also a very strong and durable truck that can take any abuse you throw at it.
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:12 AM   #44
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Thanks Pwrplay, I have definitely considered this. Anybody have thoughts on the 2011 and up ford 6.2L gasser? I would really like to try and stay around 12-14 mpg all around driving as this will be a daily driver. What are the 08-10. 6.8's getting?
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Old 12-13-2013, 10:14 AM   #45
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If you are going Ford, take a look at the EcoBoost with a Max Trailer Tow Package/HD Suspension!
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Do you plan on uping to a bigger trailer?
If you are you might plan for that now.
2014-15 SD 6.7 350?
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Thanks Idaho, but I know these are famous last words but we can't see going bigger anytime soon. We went from a pop up to this 32ft beast. And ordered it brand new in April this year. I would love to have the 6.7L diesels but they want 40k plus and we are trying to stay around 25k. Looking at either 2500hd 6.0 or F250/350 with either 6.8L or 6.2L. We want to make 2 long trips I the next 4 years. One to Disney world in Florida and one to Yellowstone. Other then this we typically stay within 3hrs of home mad the truck will be driven daily about 30 miles per day for back and fourth to work. This is why I feel a gasser may be more a realistic option at this point. Don't get me wrong we would live a new diesel but just doesn't make sense.
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Thanks Idaho, but I know these are famous last words but we can't see going bigger anytime soon. We went from a pop up to this 32ft beast. And ordered it brand new in April this year. I would love to have the 6.7L diesels but they want 40k plus and we are trying to stay around 25k. Looking at either 2500hd 6.0 or F250/350 with either 6.8L or 6.2L. We want to make 2 long trips I the next 4 years. One to Disney world in Florida and one to Yellowstone. Other then this we typically stay within 3hrs of home mad the truck will be driven daily about 30 miles per day for back and fourth to work. This is why I feel a gasser may be more a realistic option at this point. Don't get me wrong we would live a new diesel but just doesn't make sense.
No worries, I understand where you are coming from.

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Thanks Pwrplay, I have definitely considered this. Anybody have thoughts on the 2011 and up ford 6.2L gasser? I would really like to try and stay around 12-14 mpg all around driving as this will be a daily driver. What are the 08-10. 6.8's getting?
I'm getting 10MPG towing and city driving when empty. I get about 14-15MPG hiway when empty.
The 6.2L are getting good reviews and is a good option but you may pay a bit more For the truck depending on how well the truck is equipped.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:11 PM   #50
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We recently purchased a 2014 Coachmen Freedom Express Liberty Edition 320BHDS the actual dry weight is 8102 lb, hitch weight 841 lb.
My tow vehicle is a 2013 Silverado 2500, 6.0 vortec gas engine 360 hp, 3:73 rear axle. I feel I'm right at the max limit with this tow vehicle for the weight of the travel trailer. We live in Pennsylvania with lots of steep hills.
I don't think you will be happy with the performance of your tow vehicle pulling this travel trailer.
As far as your question on different models I've only seen Freedom Express and Freedom Express Liberty Edition in the 320.
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