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Choosing a Tow Vehicle

Unread postby donsco on Mon Jul 14, 2014 11:05 pm

Hello,

Just purchased my first TT (2011 Wind River 230RKS) with unloaded veh weight 6180 lbs and now researching the right truck to safely and comfortably tow with. I am thinking I'll need a 3/4 ton and would appreciate any advice on that. Also interested in whether to go gas or diesel, and what size of engine. Your help and info is very appreciated!

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Re: Choosing a Tow Vehicle

Unread postby RonJK on Thu Jul 17, 2014 10:21 am

Here is an article that may help you with choosing a tow vehicle.

Welcome to the forum and enjoy the new trailer

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Re: Choosing a Tow Vehicle

Unread postby frank on Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:50 am

First of all welcome to the form donsco
I am definitely not a Expert on this but I myself favor the three-quarter ton diesel that's about all I can say I hope in some small way this was of some help
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Re: Choosing a Tow Vehicle

Unread postby jimmy b on Sat Oct 10, 2015 7:32 pm

I currently pull a tt weighing 5800 lbs with a 04 dodge ram 1500 with a 4.7 but
The hills kill me. I have thought about an avalanche with a 5.3 would this better. I
Only pull the tt about 4 trips a year and can't afford a diesel at this time and don't really
Want a diesel as a daily driver. Or should I just keep the dodge and suffer through the hills
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Re: Choosing a Tow Vehicle

Unread postby govols on Wed Dec 30, 2015 11:38 am

Mine weighs about 6800 pounds and I pull it with an '08 Ram 1500 4x4 with a 4.7 V-8. It doesn't like it, but with OD turned off it does well most of the time. Our first trip took us through the southern Appalachians, and I figured out to go ahead and pull it into 2nd as I started up the hills. If I let it get under 52 mph it would drop into 2nd and lose speed all the way to the top. If I pulled down manually at 55 mph It would hold it and even accelerate on the hills. Basically, it fell out of its power band somewhere around 2800 rpm and couldn't pull, but at 3200 it had plenty of pull.
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