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Old 01-09-2015, 02:33 PM   #1
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diesel questions.

Need some advise. Just bought a 2013 sunset trail reserve 26bh. Have a 2003 expedition with a 5.4 engine, tow package and wd hitch. Don't know if we will be able to tow the trailer well on extended trips or should I look for a diesel. Been looking on line for used diesels like an excursion or suburban. We need seating for 6-8 people and prefer a 4x4. Anyone have any comments? Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:06 PM   #2
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I think the 6-8 people seating requirement is going to limit you in tongue weight. It's not necessarily the grunt of the engine, it's the weight capacity that's just as if not more important.
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:39 PM   #3
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Had 3 4x4 diesel Excursions and while I loved them for people carrying, towing was another thing...
as stated, you want people or stuff? can only have so much of both in any large suv...
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Old 01-09-2015, 04:01 PM   #4
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Thanks Mark and John. I'm sure there is something out there that will fit both towing capabilities and passenger capacity, just have to keep looking.
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:15 PM   #5
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You might want to look into a Ford E350 or chevy 3500 van. These should allot you the payload for your tongue weight and 6-8 people. You will find diesel engine weighs more decreasing your payload. I don't think you need a diesel engine as much as you need payload capacity.
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:26 AM   #6
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Towing anything 26'+ w/8 people is putting you on the next level as far as Tow vehicle's go.... Ford F-450 CC , GM C4500 CC, even then it's gonna be crowded. Most trucks are built for 6 tops, comfortable. W/ the tow capacity of course....You could get by with a 350/3500, but again, Tight.
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Old 01-10-2015, 02:15 PM   #7
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All great comments and I will continue to do the research. Great Forum with great members. Thank you.
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Old 01-11-2015, 12:13 PM   #8
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Rick, I think you're in the market for one of these.

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Old 01-12-2015, 01:05 AM   #9
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Thanks John. I've always been a big fan of Rams. This is exactly what I'm looking for. Only question I have is does it float and if so, how long does it float. If it does then each grand kid would have their own window to fish from.
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Hmmm,
how about a motorhome, pulling a smaller rv for the kids sleeping arrangements ?

That's the ticket... Our buddies have a phaeton that will seat 10 or so comfortably while running down the road, but only sleep MAYBE 8...

but get a little pod as a tag along and the bigger kids can sleep in it
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Hmmm,
how about a motorhome, pulling a smaller rv for the kids sleeping arrangements ?

That's the ticket... Our buddies have a phaeton that will seat 10 or more comfortably while running down the road, but only sleep MAYBE 8...

but get a little pod as a tag along and the bigger kids can sleep in it

Excellent idea!!
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Hmmm,
how about a motorhome, pulling a smaller rv for the kids sleeping arrangements ?

That's the ticket... Our buddies have a phaeton that will seat 10 or so comfortably while running down the road, but only sleep MAYBE 8...

but get a little pod as a tag along and the bigger kids can sleep in it
But that means using the MH for all transportation needs, pretty bothersome having to break camp just to run a single errand and leave everyone stuffed into the tiny trailer. While long and expensive, I think the custom pickup would be a better solution (yet probably still shorter and less expensive than a MH).
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Old 01-12-2015, 12:12 PM   #13
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Thanks again John. That is definitely something to consider. We chose the 26 footer because it fits the driveway. That way we won't have to rent a storage space. We use our tv for everyday use and going to a motorhome just wouldn't work. Like my wife says "bigger isn't always better".
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