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Old 07-23-2014, 01:58 AM   #1
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Talking Greetings from the Rocky Mountains

Glad to join you all in this thread. If I may ask.......just purchased a 2012 23ss ROO, up from a Coleman 1995 stony creek. Our tow vehicle is a 2002 gmc Yukon Denali, by passed the auto ride feature by adding fairly good shocks since auto ride compressor went out. What r your recommendations in regards to proper hitch size, sway bars, brake assist, etc in order to have the comfortable travels pulling this size ROO? A lot of mountain passes to climb. Likely considering replacing the Yukon with half ton or three quarter, gmc, Chevy, dodge, ford or tundra. Recommendations for upgraded vehicle? Thanks
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:49 AM   #2
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Welcome to our campfire. I'm a tundra driver and love the dependability and ride comfort but all manufacturers are making nice half tons now. This is a good resource to start your research. Good luck.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:16 AM   #4
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Welcome to our campfire. I'm a tundra driver and love the dependability and ride comfort but all manufacturers are making nice half tons now. This is a good resource to start your research. Good luck.
Thanks dcheartwood. Agree, the Tundra has a lot to offer. Does the 5.7 have the hp for mountain driving, pulling? Any model years to stay away from? Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:34 AM   #5
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Welcome from the Front Range! I am pretty new here also, but not new to camping or towing. I would say consider how much towing vs daily driving the truck will be used for. Comfortable towing can make the trips more enjoyable, but if you are only towing rarely it might not make sense to get a 3/4 ton for limited use.

In the 1/2 ton (which is a misnomer at this point in time) range at altitude, you won't beat the Ecoboost F150 as an engine/trans combo, plus it is just fun to drive as a DD. If you get an F150, the max tow package is a really nice option to have. As dcheatwood stated, there are capable trucks from most of the manufacturers. No matter what you buy in 1/2 ton range make sure check the payload sticker on the truck you are looking at, as that is what is usually the first rating people surpass. And the sales staff often has no clue and just quotes the highest possible towing and payload ratings for that brand. Changing to some LT tires never seems to hurt anyone towing in the 1/2 ton range either.
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:42 AM   #6
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Old 07-23-2014, 10:47 AM   #7
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Hey mmm, thanks for the consideration. Yep, daily driving required more than the pulling of TT. Is the Eco boost a 6 cyc? Never owned Ford, just gmc and Toyota. Tell me more about the weight consideration and what to make sure of on this. Also, info on if I should consider wdh, sways, type of tire blocks, and even best way to level unit when backing into camping spot......hitch block, tire ramps, etc.
Current unit is 2012 23ssROO, tv is 2002 gmc Yukon Denali. Thanks for any ideas you may have. As you can tell, pretty much a newbie to the TT scene, moving up from pop up which was a breeze. Thanks, Greg
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IMO, with you living/camping in higher elevations...the Ecoboost F150 will be a delight for your DD and towing needs...the turbos on the 6 cylinder will maintain your HP when climbing elevation vs normal gas engines.


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<SNIP> Likely considering replacing the Yukon with half ton or three quarter, gmc, Chevy, dodge, ford or tundra. Recommendations for upgraded vehicle? Thanks
First, welcome to the Forums from Huntsville, AL Wags!

Second, Recommendations on a truck? Hooooweee! This will touch off a religious war

I am of the Ford EcoBoost Faith, but there are members of all other truck Denominations on the Forums as well

One bit of advice: plan for the future! you have a Roo now, but if the upgrade bug bites you no telling where you will end up

(Take us for instance...we went from tents->Popup->TT & now our 5er )
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