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Old 01-23-2017, 12:38 AM   #1
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1st Test Run With New Camper

Wife and I did a test run today with the new camper. We loaded up the camper and truck just like we were going camping except for food. First stop was a flat parking lot and a review of the WDH set up. Made some minor adjustments here. With that complete we basically took what turned out to be a 3.5+ hour round trip for breakfast. I thought things went well. Truck and trailer seemed to work fine together and handled well down the interstate. Wife thinks the truck sounds like it is working to hard on hills so this worries her. Total load (me, the wife, gear, and trailer) is right around 7400 lbs. Well within our truck capability. Tow vehicle is a 2016 Toyota Tundra Limited. I feel all is ok with our set up.

With the wife's concerns we went and toured a couple Ford dealer parking lots ,after getting everything back home, looking a F250's. I can agree that the F250 will handle our load with ease but is the improvement worth the added cost of an F250? Is there anyone with experience with F250's that can offer some insight as to gas vs. diesel. I feel with the gas version you are going to still have the high RMP condition when going up hill as you do with the Tundra.
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Old 01-23-2017, 12:53 AM   #2
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Nice test run!

Are you saying you got honey-permission THAT easy to get a new truck?

Nicely done. So, tell us.....were you disabling over-drive and messing with tow-haul buttons just to ramp those rpm's a bit?

Just kidding.

Trucks......hmmmm......you're likely to get all the predictable array of opinions when you ask that question.

It's really all about "headroom". You can have:
1. Not enough truck (zero headroom and dangerous)
2. Enough truck (This is the never ending truck debate area)
3. Best truck (This truck never even warrants tow thread)


But one way I kinda force myself to be honest is by having more than one truck.
I LOVE 1/2 ton trucks as the driver\passenger. And my 1/2 ton is usually the one that is newer and a bit more dolled up with creature comforts.


But if I'm hitching up, and I KNOW how different the tow experience is going to be between the newer fancier 1/2 ton and the 13 year old "can't-wear-it-out" heavy duty truck, I'd use the HD truck for the RV every time.


I have lots of things to tow with the F150. Utility trailers, Kayak trailer, motorcycle trailer.......
But that HOUSE on wheels demotes my F150 from Category 3 to Category 2. Just being honest
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Old 01-23-2017, 01:26 AM   #3
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Just another option on trucks........

In my reply above, I pointed out my F150 is so much nicer to be inside of. But since the old Dodge (same would be true for other makes) is the better "tool" for the job at times, I recently looked into what is possible for improving\updating the interior of an older vehicle. I really didn't know what was practical.

Found me an upholstery fella that's been doing it all his life. Really a craftsman!

Showed him both of my trucks and explained what the emotions were. Lol

He completely understood and we struck a deal.
Stripped the truck to bare metal inside.
Soundproofed it 360degrees. (one of the things that newer trucks are just superior) Custom carpet, Headliner, and totally hand done seating and console.
He was a bit shocked I didn't want leather, (personal comfort preference), but it's going to be a brand new truck inside. All for around $2500.00

The price was so reasonable I dumped off a bunch of high end stereo equipment and mentioned to him "uh.....since the truck is stripped, would you mind?"

Point is, these new Heavy Trucks are out of my "old man budget"
Thus my reason to always have an old 7.3 Ford or Cummins Dodge around for the heavy lifting.

Problem is that even if it is very easy to keep them running and capable of the task, it's getting harder and harder to get a nice one, and impossible to get a "new one"

This is my attempt.

It could be an option and you keep that sweet 1/2 ton.
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If you're getting a new truck, you might as well factor in the weight of your next RV, as no doubt, you'll get the bug for something bigger down the road long before your truck wears out. Just sayin'.
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Wife and I did a test run today with the new camper. We loaded up the camper and truck just like we were going camping except for food. First stop was a flat parking lot and a review of the WDH set up. Made some minor adjustments here. With that complete we basically took what turned out to be a 3.5+ hour round trip for breakfast. I thought things went well. Truck and trailer seemed to work fine together and handled well down the interstate. Wife thinks the truck sounds like it is working to hard on hills so this worries her. Total load (me, the wife, gear, and trailer) is right around 7400 lbs. Well within our truck capability. Tow vehicle is a 2016 Toyota Tundra Limited. I feel all is ok with our set up.



With the wife's concerns we went and toured a couple Ford dealer parking lots ,after getting everything back home, looking a F250's. I can agree that the F250 will handle our load with ease but is the improvement worth the added cost of an F250? Is there anyone with experience with F250's that can offer some insight as to gas vs. diesel. I feel with the gas version you are going to still have the high RMP condition when going up hill as you do with the Tundra.


I tow my 291RESL approx same weight with my Nissan Titan NO CONCERNS
Happy towing and camping


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I tow my 291RESL approx same weight with my Nissan Titan NO CONCERNS
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Considering these campers push 1000lbs(or more) of tongue weight, i'd be willing to bet both of you are at or over cargo capacity. Actual trailer weight towed is seldom a problem...
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Cowboy Category 2 Truck debate.

I suspect there are more Cat2 rigs rolling down the road than any other category, of course. So it does prove "you'll be ok" is probably true.

Category 1 rigs cause us to take pictures and post about them and marvel at the audacity.

Category 3 rigs never get much attention. But the drivers of those rigs are usually veterans of many miles. They'll never even consider going down a category ever again.
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If you're getting a new truck, you might as well factor in the weight of your next RV, as no doubt, you'll get the bug for something bigger down the road long before your truck wears out. Just sayin'.
Rusty


X2... he speaks the truth... buy one truck for your next 2 RV's... a Cummins 3500 dually or powerstroke F350 dually... if not you will end up buying 2 trucks as well...BUY THE TRUCK THAT CAN HAUL ANY RV.. and your options are limitless when the trade in itch bites you.


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Barry, Most of us here have had a few RV's over the years, that's why we say to buy more Truck then you need right now, or you will be buying a bigger truck later, I think most have started with a 1/2 Ton, but the next RV will need a 3/4 Ton, I have had 5 RV's over the years, I started with a Truck Camper (Still Have One), then 24ft Trailer, then 5th Wheel, and now my 2nd Toy Hauler, so go with a 3/4 Ton, then decide on Gas Type.....If your going to get a 5th Wheel, someday, go with Diesel....
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Or buy the truck you want, then live in a house with a driveway so steep, you can't upgrade. That's my plan.
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