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Old 11-19-2002, 03:31 PM   #15
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With that Excursion of ours, you could pull a 34' Limited w/a slide with no problem. That V10 is a sweet motor! I'm a Chevy guy, but I'll have to be straight with the V10

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Old 11-20-2002, 09:34 AM   #16
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I am sure my wife would love a 34' but I now realize why my father didn't go larger than 25'. I would not be able to get into some of my favorite campgrounds like in the Sequoias if it was larger.

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Old 11-20-2002, 05:16 PM   #17
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Here's our rig parked in camp at a state park in Michgan's Upper Peninsula this past August.

Anyway, it's a Ford Club Wagon 15 passenger van with a Triton V10. When not towing the A/S it's our hot air ballon chase vehicle.
Not the greatest gas mileage but it pulls our Overlander as if it wasn't even there! Plus we have room for tons of stuff in the van when we are on the road. (packrats ya know)

Still wanting to get a smaller trailer someday so we can use our alternate tow vehicle - a 68 Mustang Fastback. Gonna be hard to convince the rest of the family we need TWO Airstreams though...but I think it's a great idea!
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Old 11-20-2002, 05:40 PM   #18
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My undersided set up

Okay Okay I know I'm pushing the limit here ... Trailer dry 2600.

Wet and loaded ... 3200????

Mini-Van's towing capacity ... 3500..
Strong V6 ...Brake controler ... tranny cooler ... and fairly slow local hops only for now.

If I didn't spend so much $ on restoration ... maybe I could afford a better tow vehicle.

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Old 01-13-2003, 06:00 PM   #19
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Mighty Van and Humper

Nissan Quest is 10 years old and to date served us well. Has been towing various trailers for last 7years. It has 200,000 miles on it and still has original 4 core rad, engine, transmission, starter, and alternator. Tow mode alters tranny shift points. A good puller considering Mini-ute 3.0 V6 engine. Very good highway stability and passes most 18 wheelers on the Ontario hills. Averages 24MPG without trailer and 16MPG with. (imperial gallons) Leather, sunroof, etc makes for comfy touring and have to admit it will be difficult to give this one up when it is time for it to retire.

Hummer H2 is new and is "Tow vehicle in training". H2 belongs to sister and will be available to us for weekend outings. Will be good for traveling Canadian back roads for remote camping.
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Old 01-14-2003, 06:54 AM   #20
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Here is my entry. A 2001 Ford Excursion V-10 Triton towing a 1978 Excella 31'.

Unfortunately Ford will discontinue the Excursion in 2004. Driving my SUV and towing my trailer, I really don't feel that I am supporting terrorism. I am kind of up-to-here with the effete snobs who say I am.

Sorry, for the soapbox, but I spent 20 years in the Air Force and another 15 working classified projects that help us all sleep at night. It just sickens me that when there are so many things that need to be addressed, to pick on us is just an unproductive waste of time. I object to being classified as un-American or sacreligious because of the vehicle I drive.
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Old 01-14-2003, 09:33 AM   #21
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Sorry, I fail to see how others see how driving your Ford (American) and towing an Airstream (American icon) "supports terrorism." I'm getting pretty sick of some small minded people's ideas of the world. ..... O.k, that felt better....I'm off of MY soap box.

Here's our tow rig (more like a dinghy?). It works, but only locally. Still looking for my perfect tow rig, the new Dodge Hemi Wagon shown at the Detroit Motor Show gets my vote if it's built on a strong enough frame.
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Old 01-14-2003, 10:29 AM   #22
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I too like to Hemi Wagon concept vehicle. The new Caddy is even more promising. 19 feet long with a V16 rated for 1,000hp and 1,000 ft LBs of torque ( not a miss print ). It also gets 19MPG without a trailer. No doubt with that much power the frame will be would be extremely rigid. The future is looking very promising for interesting tow vehicles.
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Old 01-14-2003, 11:43 AM   #23
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On soapbox temporarily...

The ditz that produceded the anti-suv ads is a foreigner, had a piece on NPR last week interviewing her. We've heard that yokels have torched suvs on dealer lots and poured acid on privately owned ones out east. Makes one mad to just think abou it Ok, I'm off the box now, sorry.
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Old 01-14-2003, 01:03 PM   #24
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What would Jesus drive........


When I heard, read or see in or on TV, newspapers & radio ads saying that if you drive an SUV, you're supporting terrorist; one has to think what kind of people are behind such scare tactics.

What would Jesus drive makes about as much sense to me as what would Howdy Dowdy drive.

This thought interesting:

When a country falls into chaos, patriotism is born.

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Old 01-14-2003, 02:25 PM   #25
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What would Jesus drive...
Probably a big ol' truck...He was after all a carpenter!

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Which big ole truck?

Chevy, Ford or Dodge?


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