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Old 09-14-2012, 05:42 PM   #31
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We had a pop-up towed by a minivan. Wanted to upgrade the trailer. Shopped all over for a hybrid that our minivan would tow. Found one we loved. It happened to be parked right next to a travel trailer that was 5,000.00 cheaper! We ended up buying the TT and then found a used truck to pull it! No regrets

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Old 09-15-2012, 08:28 AM   #32
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We bought our truck first, by 6 years. We found the time to start camping again after our kids were done sports, they are now 20 and 22. Our truck is now 8 years old and time for replacement so the search is ongoing with no rush to get another truck and we love our trailer.

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Old 09-15-2012, 07:39 PM   #33
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Bought our TV several years before we even thought of getting at TT. So we own a TT fit to our TV but unfortunatly we already thinking about getting a much larger TT which means.......
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Old 09-16-2012, 08:20 AM   #34
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We bought the TV first with no idea of ever getting a TT. Soooooo, when we did get a TT we just matched up the two. The TV is a 5.7L Tundra with tow pkg. and the TT is a 26RLS.

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Old 09-16-2012, 04:07 PM   #35
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Had a FW for 18 years, pulled it with a Chevy 3/4 ton 350, then up to a 3/4 ton 454, standard shift and then up to a 3/4 ton vortec auto and then to a 3.4 ton D/A combo. Got rid of both the truck and FW this last fall, bought a 3/4 ton Dodge Diesel standard six-speed long bed. Then bought a FW that I thought would marry to it pretty well, and it did as long as I wasn't pulling the boat behind the FW. After trying that, and wife not wanting to drive the six-speed (and me having a little problem backing with both feet in the floor) we went back to a 3/4 GMC D/A combo short bed. More than enough power for our combo, Jayco Eagle SuperLite HT 26.5 RLS and boat, Crestliner Superhawk 1900 weighing around 3,800 pounds on the trailer. If I had had the GMC when we bought the trailer, I might have gone for a little bit heavier, stouter built FW. However, we have used our FW for 29 days this year and really haven't regretted the decision to buy this FW. Right now have a couple of little problems to get fixed under warranty, but not much.
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:43 PM   #36
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I bought my trailer to fit my 1/2 ton suburban. I was limited on my choices and next time will by the TV to match the trailer.

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Old 09-21-2012, 07:14 AM   #37
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We have a Chevy Astro and love it as a dog show vehicle (we do that several times a month), and wanted a TT we could comfortable pull with it. We researched accordingly and bought a Jayco X17z which fits our needs perfectly, and didn't require we get a different tow vehicle.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:42 AM   #38
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I got the biggest baddest truck I could afford cause I like to have lots of safety margin... then I got the RV...
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:35 AM   #39
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Hey Clutch, what are the main differences going from a 3/4 ton to a one ton, but staying with SRW? Suspension and such I'm guessing.

We bought our truck first and then bought the camper based on what the truck could pull. We just lucked that the truck had the 3:73's in the rear-end. None of the new half-ton trucks on our local lot have this rear-end. Most of the have the 3:42 or 3:55, so I wish I could say that I planned it that way when I really just got lucky. On my next truck 3/4 ton or 1 ton SRW (based on clutch's answer) I will pay attention to what rear-end gears are back there, some people are only lucky once. :hihi:
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:54 AM   #40
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I was only pulling a 1986 Coleman Laramie pop-up when I bought the (new) 1996 Ford F-250 PowerStroke diesel. I knew I was going to be moving to a TT in the future and my oldest son was starting college that year so I figured this would be my last chance to buy a "big ticket" item for awhile. In 2000, the Jayco Eagle 266 FBS was purchased and is still our "home away from home" after 13 camping seasons. BTW- our youngest son still has the Coleman Laramie which celebrated its 26th "birthday" this month.

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