Some musings from Mr UK Toad, a complete novice to towing but learning quickly
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It begins

Posted 05-01-2011 at 10:28 PM by MrUKToad

New to Canada (from the UK) and new to towing anything, Mrs Toad and I decided we'd like to buy a 28' International Serenity Airstream trailer. We are extremely fortunate to live within and hour of CanAm RV in London (Ontario) and it was there that we gained our first ideas about how we would tow this lovely aluminum palace. I had an idea that I'd like to avoid a truck because unless you're transporting scrap metal, or barrels of oil, or ride on lawn mowers, they just seem so unnecessary. As luck would have it, the good people at CanAm said yes, trucks are not required and whilst carefully not actually recommending a vehicle, they certainly gave us a few things to think about.

And so it was that for our first Tow Vehicle we were going to swim against the tide of popular opinion and opt for a (new) minivan.

At this point, sage old trailer types will be rubbing their chins and gnawing on their toothpicks thinking (and often saying) "you can't tow that with that!". Well, there's a fellow at CanAm who says that you can pull Airstreams with a whole phalanx of different vehicles, provided you set them up properly, and he has the facts, figures and science to prove it. Oh, and lots of happy customers. So, we put our faith in Andy Thompson junior and are now the proud owners of the aforementioned 28' International and a 2011 Toyota Sienna.

This blog will document my progress with the car and trailer, specifically on the towing issues and my experiences learning to tow 7000lb of aluminum (well, some of it's aluminum, quite a lot of it is wood).

So, if you want to see if you can (or can't) tow that with that, read on.....
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    What is the CVWR, GCWR and maximum tongue weight listed for the Sienna? What is the GCWR or better yet, the loaded weight of the Airstream? Take a look at the following web page if you want do some computations on your own: Travel Trailer Weight Calculator
    Posted 05-03-2011 at 04:35 PM by plblair plblair is offline
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    Originally Posted by plblair
    What is the CVWR, GCWR and maximum tongue weight listed for the Sienna? What is the GCWR or better yet, the loaded weight of the Airstream? Take a look at the following web page if you want do some computations on your own: Travel Trailer Weight Calculator
    If you take the bald figures quoted by Toyota then the math doesn't add up, at least according to the various weight calculators available on the Web. For a start, the published towing capacity of the Sienna is well below that of our trailer, so that makes us a non-starter, in theory at least.

    However, our rig has been set up by Andy Thompson at Can-Am RV in London (Ontario) and whilst his methods may not be accepted by a large portion of the RV community, the science, math, road testing and user experience he brings to towing certainly do add up.

    I don't think I'm sufficiently well qualified to go into the details of how he achieves such good results with smaller tow vehicles except to say that he has hundreds of satisfied customers towing the whole Airstream range with a series of cars, SUVs and Minivans. Few of those vehicles would pass the test of the weight calculators but all tow successfully and safely and have done for many years. If it's good enough for Andy Thompson then it's good enough for me.
    Posted 05-04-2011 at 07:50 PM by MrUKToad MrUKToad is offline
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    can i tow a 23 ft safari 1974 with a toyota tundra 1/2 ton
    Posted 08-22-2015 at 06:41 PM by island gypsy island gypsy is offline
 
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