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Old 11-06-2016, 11:00 AM   #15
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We are in the same position as you are. We were about to buy a new Int'l Sig 25FB but wanted to try one out before buying. Like 57% of new AS buyers we have never towed or slept in a trailer. So we made some inquiries. All we came across through a google search was Airstream2go but the price to rent for a week was $7,000.00 which seemed ridiculous to us. We did some more shopping and did some more research .... including listening to podcasts. We learned on a podcast that Haydocy Airstream out of Columbus, Ohio will rent us a 2016 FC 25FB for substantially less (we have our own tow vehicle but they also rent tow vehicles) and then apply the rental price to a purchase should we decide to buy. We can deal with the games of purchase price/applying rental amount later. But we booked a week in April. We live about 600 miles from Columbus, Ohio but we decided to take the drive and take a trip from Columbus, Ohio to Nashville, TN and back. Assuming the new AS that we wanted was about $73,000.00 we just couldn't bring ourselves to throwing out 10% of the purchase price to Airstream2Go. For some reason Haydocy did not show up on our google searches for rental but we are glad we found them. They will provide the hitch and a brake controller in the rental amount and provide instruction.
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Old 11-06-2016, 12:46 PM   #16
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We are in the same position as you are. We were about to buy a new Int'l Sig 25FB but wanted to try one out before buying. Like 57% of new AS buyers we have never towed or slept in a trailer. So we made some inquiries. All we came across through a google search was Airstream2go but the price to rent for a week was $7,000.00 which seemed ridiculous to us. We did some more shopping and did some more research .... including listening to podcasts. We learned on a podcast that Haydocy Airstream out of Columbus, Ohio will rent us a 2016 FC 25FB for substantially less (we have our own tow vehicle but they also rent tow vehicles) and then apply the rental price to a purchase should we decide to buy. We can deal with the games of purchase price/applying rental amount later. But we booked a week in April. We live about 600 miles from Columbus, Ohio but we decided to take the drive and take a trip from Columbus, Ohio to Nashville, TN and back. Assuming the new AS that we wanted was about $73,000.00 we just couldn't bring ourselves to throwing out 10% of the purchase price to Airstream2Go. For some reason Haydocy did not show up on our google searches for rental but we are glad we found them. They will provide the hitch and a brake controller in the rental amount and provide instruction.
Was Haydocy substantially less expensive than Airstream2Go?
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Old 11-06-2016, 01:26 PM   #17
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We rented from them last year for a 10 day trip and it was a great experience, the whole family loved it. We'd never towed a trailer before, but after their orientation we felt very comfortable. The Tahoe worked well. We ended up buying an Airstream this year and now we tow with a Suburban.
Just noted that your TV is a Suburban. What size AS do you have?
I gave my Suburban to my sister the first of the year, and, picked up a '91 Excella 25ft Memorial Day. My TV is a GMC 1500.

I miss my Surburban and have has thoughts of trading for one. So I'm interested in your experiences with the Surburban as a TV

TIA.
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Old 11-06-2016, 01:39 PM   #18
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A Tahoe hitched up properly is well able to tow a 28' AS. An F-150 with factory tow kit can easily pull it too.

F-250 is overkill. But overkill is the American way. We love to buy more than we need. Nothing wrong with the 250. Go for a 350 if you want. It's easier to hitch up sloppily and not feel the affects of your carelessness.

Towing with a 250 may be easier or more convenient, but that's not necessarily better.
Yes but if your f150 or Tahoe is hitched sloppily you have zero margin of error.
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Old 11-06-2016, 02:34 PM   #19
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We rented

We were newbies and before we plunked down cash for a tow vehicle and AS we rented an International and the provided Tahoe with tow package for week and a half. AS2Go was great outfit and the experience - while expensive - was what led us to buy a 2016 Classic J and a Ford F 350 diesel.

That we bought a truck with more towing power than a Tahoe was in large part because the Classic really needs a 3/4 or 1 ton in our view and from our experience with the Tahoe and the International.

While we didn't do any major mountains we did do Craig's Pass in Yellowstone - not huge grades but a lot of tight switchbacks (at least from my perspective). Uphill was ok but I did find the trailer pushing us a fair amount on downhill requiring regular application of trailer brake. But this was also my very first trek up and down elevation towing anything .

Nevertheless, I know that if we had gone with a FC or International we wd have bought a Tahoe. But having now driven my Ford F-350 I think it would have been a mistake.
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Old 11-06-2016, 02:53 PM   #20
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Just noted that your TV is a Suburban. What size AS do you have?
I gave my Suburban to my sister the first of the year, and, picked up a '91 Excella 25ft Memorial Day. My TV is a GMC 1500.

I miss my Surburban and have has thoughts of trading for one. So I'm interested in your experiences with the Surburban as a TV

TIA.
Hi slbsto,

I tow my 22' with the GMC 1500 SLE 4x4. (it could easily handle 25,28).

I used to tow with the GMC Yukon - which I guess is the baby burb as they used to say - her sister being the Tahoe.

Both had the power and torque - but the key difference was the TV 's wheel base length.

What a huge difference it made in the towing experience. Another reason for the switch was I wanted a truck to carry things like the generator and extra fuel tanks, propane tanks, blue buggy bikes, fire wood etc. So I picked up a used truck cap. Adds a bit of weight but eliminates the wind drag that an open truck bed with gate up is known for.

I decided to go with the crew cab that basically gave me the same interior as the Yukon/Suburban. For passenger and creature comforts. I of course opted for the 4x4 model because I tow in the snow (sometimes) and great to get out of those muddy Rally fields.

I think some people opt for the 250 for consistent speed on the interstates. I don't mind if I am at the speed limit or a little less - when faced with large inclines or strong headwinds. For the amount of times that happens I felt it was not worth the "overkill" as some may call it.

Maybe with a 250 I may have had longer life on the transmission?? I have just changed mine out at 200,000 klm. I'm sure she could have gone much longer but I had a transmission line leak and the 3-4 pack got wrecked - which is renowned. The fella told me that my 3-4 gear was pretty well used and most likely would have gone on me down the road. I was just glad it happened when I was not towing.

Keep in mind that 80% of my trucks use has been in towing my trailer all around North America. I had the tranny re-built for towing with beefed up components instead of the plastic things inside the original transmission.

I thought $3.5K on the tranny was a better investment than $58K that it would cost me on a new Sierra 1500 SLE 4x4 with whopping monthly payments. I see used ones in my year range with 300+ miles - so the engine has lots of life left and the truck is in excellent shape save the rockers which I will get done in the spring.

Needless to say I LOVE my Truck and don't think I would ever afford to get back into a new one again, so may as well keep my own problem, rather than take on someone elses
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Old 11-06-2016, 03:45 PM   #21
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Haydocy was less than 1/2 of the price when I use my own tow vehicle.
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Old 11-06-2016, 06:51 PM   #22
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Seen a couple of these rentals, one up side down on Bozeman pass, another on Cresta grade a couple years ago
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Old 11-06-2016, 07:10 PM   #23
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Seen a couple of these rentals, one up side down on Bozeman pass, another on Cresta grade a couple years ago
Was the Bozeman accident a 23? Was the cause of the Cresta incident a wheel dropping off the pavement? Maybe the ones you mentioned are two different incidents than the ones discussed on the forum. Your inside information would be appreciated to expand the knowledge of the group. Pat
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Old 11-07-2016, 06:46 AM   #24
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Just noted that your TV is a Suburban. What size AS do you have?
I gave my Suburban to my sister the first of the year, and, picked up a '91 Excella 25ft Memorial Day. My TV is a GMC 1500.

I miss my Surburban and have has thoughts of trading for one. So I'm interested in your experiences with the Surburban as a TV

TIA.
We have a FC 27FB. We looked at pickup trucks but chose a suburban because we use it for other purposes, and it has lots of interior room, 3 rows of seats, room for dog, etc. We've had no problems with it.
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Old 11-07-2016, 09:09 AM   #25
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What is the definition of half ton? Three-quarter ton? One ton?

These designations supposedly indicate payload. These days payloads varies widely across makers, models, and installed features. Saying “A three-quarter ton can do this” or “a half ton can’t do that” is outdated and meaningless.

A quick Google survey (subject to major correction) of current models’ payloads is revealing:

“Half Ton”
Nissan Titan........1329 - 1616
Ram 1500...........1237 - 1933
Chevy 1500.........1740 - 2020
Toyota Tundra......1440 - 2080
Ford F-150...........1641 - 2320#

“Three-quarter Ton”
Ram 2500.............1466 - 3060
Chevy 2500...........2968 - 3559
Ford F-250............3305 - 4267#

So a half ton pickup carries a half ton or one and a quarter tons (1237 to 2320 lbs); it just depends. And a three-quarter ton truck can carry three-quarters to over two tons (1466 to 4267 lbs). Any half ton with the right equipment can carry more than a three-quarter Ram with the wrong setup.

“Half ton”, “three-quarter ton”, “one ton”. These designations are outdated and meaningless. All that matters are the trucks’ individual specs.

Welcome to the 21st century. It’s different here.
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Old 11-07-2016, 11:48 PM   #26
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Do your self a favor and check out Tinnos. 1/3 the rate of AS2Go. I don't know how they can charge so much.

This place is 175 to 365 per night.

http://www.tinnosrvrental.com/Rental-Rates
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Old 11-09-2016, 09:50 AM   #27
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last fall we rented an Airstream to go...landed in Bozeman MT and spent a few weeks in the high desert with the 28' AS...and Tahoe and loved it. We found it trailered well..even up and down some pretty significant peaks as we made out way through Jackson Hole, Moab, Sedona and places in between. They were also really well outfitted inside. We dropped it off in Los Angeles and loved our experience so much we just purchased a Pendleton. this we tow with a Mercedes ML350d and are also very happy with the way CANAM in London hitched it up.
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Old 11-14-2016, 06:50 AM   #28
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We rented from Airstream2go last Spring out of Vegas and drove to Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Like many mentioned, we had never towed or slept in a trailer before and wanted to make sure we liked it. We loved it, and finding that out might have saved us from a costly mistake in a few years.

The trailer and tow vehicle were in great shape and very well outfitted. Even the pantry was loaded with staples in addition to the dishes, pans, grill etc.

This year I will most likely rent from Haydocy as it's significantly more affordable and closer to us in Chicago. I hope the experience is as great as Airstream2go.


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