After we settled on the Airstream 30-ft Flying Cloud bunk trailer, we had to find a truck to tow it. Oh, this decision was stressful. Although I grew up driving my parent’s big trucks in Alaska, I’d never actually owned a truck. And neither had my husband.
We spent hours researching trucks and brands online – Dodge, Chevy, Ford – we had it narrowed down to the big three brands. You’re probably thinking, “Well, duh!” but seriously – we had to start somewhere!
And we knew we wanted a diesel truck – hands down they dominate in the towing world. Check. At least that choice was easy.
And we knew we wanted a BIGGER truck than we needed. Because we’d heard too many stories of people trying to tow a trailer with a truck that can’t handle the load – resulting in a less controlled tow, transmission failures and even accidents. Shudder.
Some of the smaller Airstream models can be towed with small trucks and even SUVs – but we were getting one of the largest Airstream trailers – so we knew we needed at least a 3/4 ton truck – for safety and comfort.
I surveyed everyone I knew, asked in various online forums, read reviews, watched YouTube towing demonstrations and visited local truck lots – test driving a few. I wanted someone to tell me one truck was the absolute best bet – but that changed depending on who you talked to!
I likened it to asking runners at a marathon who makes the best shoe – Nike, Adidas, New Balance or Saucony? The reality is – they ALL make great shoes and depending on personal preferences and past experiences – each runner will have their own opinion.
We finally settled on the 2015 Ford F-250 diesel. It’s a beast. It’s blue, making me think of my beloved Seahawks. And it has a comfortable interior. But most importantly – it is designed to haul. It’s what it’s made for. It’s more than enough to tow our trailer – so we have some wiggle room in terms of weight. From what we’ve seen so far – it tows the Airstream trailer like a breeze without even showing much effort.
I hope we made the right choice. I hope she gets us all over the country and keeps our shiny, tiny home safely behind us. 🙂 We shall see!