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Our tow vehicle

Unread postby CHEROKEE GYPSY on Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:46 pm

We tow with an 06 Ford SUPER DUTY, it is a V10 with 410 LS gears. It's sweet till you stop for gas,gets 10mpg towing.
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Re: Our tow vehicle

Unread postby PrivatePilot on Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:08 pm

"Classic" (that's the word I use instead of "Old" :D) 97 Chevy 6.5TD crewcab longbox here.

Does the job well, lots of space and capacity to spare, and I can eeek out about 11-12 MPG with the fiver. With my previous ball hitch trailer (which was lower and much more aerodynamic) I could get 13MPG steady, but the fiver takes it toll. :)
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Re: Our tow vehicle

Unread postby Big Rig Guy on Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:52 pm

95 Ford E 350 dually with custom sleeper and rear deck, powerstroke turbo and 4.23 rear ends, gets the job done. Less power than what the new ones have now, but paid for. I built it a few years ago and doubles as a shop truck too. It gets better fuel mileage than the wifes explorer 4 wheel drive.
Replaced the transmission this year with a beefed up unit.
It's a plain jane, no carpeting power windows etc. The sleeper comes in handy for my two dogs, it's basically their doghouse.
Extended trips works well for the dogs, as soon as they get into the sleeper they lay down and go to sleep till we arrive at our destination.
The rear deck carries a 65 gallon water tank and all the camping items. It's a full 8 feet wide and 8 feet deep.

The second pic is today hooked to the Jayco, I am at the limit for capacity with this setup, it pulls and brakes well, but about 1000 pounds over the manufacturers combined unit weight of 23000 pounds. I like the van front end for getting into campsites, I can squeeze in much better than a one ton dually pickup. I trade that for, it's very hard doing service work on the engine. Because it is a dually van setup, the rear end is close to a foot wider than a dually pickup, this makes it very stable on the highways.
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Re: Our tow vehicle

Unread postby Hunter11 on Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:23 pm

CHEROKEE GYPSY, have you seen my post about the Crossroads Texas Rally on the forum? I hope you guys can join us.
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Re: Our tow vehicle

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Thu Nov 13, 2008 12:54 am

'08 F250 SD 5.4L V8 4:10 rear and tow package. Tows like a champ!
Stripped down XL model, got it used with 9K miles on it, but got a sweet deal on it and have reupholstered the vinyl seat with heavy duty cloth, looks and FEELS much better! 8-)
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Re: Our tow vehicle

Unread postby fla-gypsy on Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:54 am

That is a sweet set up Cherokee Gypsy, I sometimes wish I had the V 10
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Re: Our tow vehicle

Unread postby CHEROKEE GYPSY on Thu Nov 20, 2008 6:42 pm

Hunter11 wrote:CHEROKEE GYPSY, have you seen my post about the Crossroads Texas Rally on the forum? I hope you guys can join us.
Thanks Hunte11,we only live about 15 miles from where you are having it.We may just leave the 5er at home and come out and see you.Will have to check with Cherokee and see what she has planned.
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Re: Our tow vehicle

Unread postby Hunter11 on Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:56 pm

CHEROKEE GYPSY, either way would be great. If you decide you just want to drive over and meet everyone we are planning on having a potluck dinner that Saturday night.
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Re: Our tow vehicle

Unread postby jp rver on Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:05 am

Still using my old Ram 1500 4x4 reg cab with the 5.9L 360 seen below. A little over 69,000 on the odometer now. The TT is winterized, so the truck is reduced to commuter status now until the end of Feb. My commute is only 10 miles round trip, so fuel consumption is not a big issue for me. ;)

I plan on driving this truck until 2010 or 2011, and then trying to find a newer gently used 3/4 ton extended cab.
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