Feature Vehicle: Cabriolet Custom Trucks "La' Tour"
So you just bought that 40' fifth wheel of your dreams, packed it to the gills with food, water, fuel, and toys. Hooked it up to your bad ass one ton dually and you're headed to your favorite ride spot to get in some quality time camping and riding with the family. You've planned for every possible contingency...
Your trailer now tips the scales at almost 18,000 pounds, your F350 4x4 weighs in at a tad over 8,000. You just hit the bottom of 15 mile 7% uphill grade. As you shift into 2nd and bury the throttle through the floorboard the best uphill speed you can muster is 47 mph.
A VW microbus puking black smoke and full of hippies on their way to a Grateful Dead revival passes you like you're in reverse. Not to worry! As you finally crest the hill and start your eight mile descent down the other side, you can feel that 18,000 lb behemoth pushing you. You're gonna catch back up to them!
55 mph, 60 mph, 65 mph, 70 mph... You hit the brakes and as you slow back to about 55, the brake pedal goes to the floor. Gaining speed on the grade, you blow past the microbus at 75 mph, smoke streaming from under your wheel wells. And like a fighter plane going down in flames, so are you. Your brakes are on fire, any possibility of checking your speed is gone. Better hope that there aren't any corners coming up...
The current trend towards bigger and bigger boats and RV's has caused a dangerous situation on our roads. Your one ton truck has a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of 11,000 lbs and a GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) of 18,000. That means your 8,000 pound truck can tow a 10,000 lb trailer safely. A 40' fifth wheel weighs from 12,000 to 20,000 plus pounds and a 36' cigarette boat weighs about 14k full of fuel. You don't have to be a math whiz to see that adds up to...
Now we all know the manufacturers give a "little room" in those ratings. And I myself tow a 15,500 lb 40 footer to the Dez behind an F350 PowerStroke. I've also lit my brakes on fire and almost rear ended a semi on Interstate 8. Wanna see something REALLY scary? Pilot a 24,000 lb missile down a curvy 7% grade with flaming brakes!
What to do? Well we all know that "Size Matters." The solution is to go BIG! And when you wanna go big there is only one word you need to know...
We got in touch with the guys that have the ultimate solution for your big towing needs, Sport Hauler Trucks. Located in Provo, Utah, Sport Hauler is the western region dealer for Cabriolet Custom Trucks, who manufactures and customizes the biggest and the baddest recreational haulers money can buy. With a product line that includes four basic models. The Super Duty and Classic LE, which are based on the Ford F450/550 chassis, and powered by the Navistar 7.3L PowerStroke. The Sportliner, based on the Freightliner FL60 and powered by a 275 or 300hp Cat 3126B. And the top of the line La Tour, based on the Freightliner FL112 and powered by a ground shaking 410hp Cat C-12. The Cat C-12 puts out 1450 ft-lbs of torque.
"Give me the keys... I wanna drive it!"
I had the opportunity of taking a test spin pulling a 48 foot flatbed loaded with two Hummers. About 24,000 lbs worth of trailer and payload. And, all I can say is, "I want one!" Smooth, comfortable and easy to drive, this truck is the Holy Grail of toy haulers. With its six speed Allison automatic transmission in fifth, gear I pulled a 6% grade on Interstate 15 at 75 mph, with throttle to spare. The La' Tour was easier to drive with it's 40,000 plus pound combined weight than my F350 is with half that. The truck's road manners with it loaded, and at speed inspires confidence.
Well enough blubbering about how bad I
want one to tow my 40 foot Weekend Warrior with, how about some
photos and stats!
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|Transmission:||Allison HD 4060P six speed automatic|
|Rear Axle Ratio:||3.73:1|
|Fuel Capacity:||160 gal|
|Tires:||Michelin PXZA 255/70R22.5 Highway Tread Radial Tires|
Freightliner 12,000 lb Taperleaf Springs
Hendrickson 20,000 lb Air Ride Suspension
|Brakes:||All Brake Package
Wabco 4 Channel ABS with Traction
Bendix AD-9 Air Dryer with Heater
|Tow Rating:||48,000 lbs|
The La' Tour is one serious tow machine. Its list of hundreds of standard features and dozens of optional accessories is much to long to be provided in this forum. To find out more about this incredible truck please follow the link below. I don't know about you... But after driving one myself, I'm convinced that this is the only way to travel!
Sport Hauler also carries the F450/F550 Classic LE and Super Duty Cabriolet Custom Trucks.
For more info on Cabriolet Custom Trucks...
Sport Hauler Trucks
1475 North State Street
Provo, UT 84604