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Old 06-01-2006, 08:31 PM   #1
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Consumer Reports uses Airstream as Test Trailer

I noticed in the current issue of Consumer Reports that #13992 is used as their "6500-pound test trailer". Does anyone know the history of this unit? regards

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Old 06-01-2006, 08:47 PM   #2
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Old 06-01-2006, 09:02 PM   #3
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Actually, they hooked it up to a Chevrolet Tahoe and drove it to 60 mph in 23.3 seconds. (page 60 of the July 2006 issue) Pretty impressive performance for the Chevvy, but I am curious about what the forum might know about the trailer.
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Originally Posted by herrgirdner
but I am curious about what the forum might know about the trailer.
I can telll you this, the membership #13992 is currently an active WBCCI membership number. So the owner (or previous owner) is a member, I can also tell they are a Lifetime Member living in CT and have been on several caravans and national caravans. For the sake of privacy, I won't post her name, I suspect by the directory listing, she is a single woman.

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Readers would be cautioned to understand upper limits to Tahoe towing. Search on appropriate keywords and you'll find some recent suggestions about the Tahoe.

My online CR subscription says the model is recommended, repair incidence is average. Good points: Acceleration, transmission, ride at low speeds, standard stability control, rear seat. Low points: Fit and finish, fuel economy, third-row comfort.

Quoting about the driving experience: "The Tahoe rides pleasantly around town, but the ride deteriorates at highway speed, with noticeable pitches and head-tossing body motions. Cabin quietness is pretty good, though. The steering is responsive but too light, and it doesn't provide much road feel. Pronounced body roll makes the Tahoe feel ungainly at corners. Like some larger SUVs, it posted a relatively low maximum speed in our avoidance maneuvers but remained secure. The 295-hp, 5.3-liter V8 pulls strongly. It easily hauled a 6,200-pound trailer to 60 mph in 22.3 seconds. But expect only 13 mpg overall on regular fuel. The four-speed automatic transmission shifts very smoothly. The Tahoe proved to be a competent off-roader overall, with good traction and ground clearance. Braking performance was adequate, but stops were long and the pedal was spongy."

BTW, the 13mph noted above looks to be CR's average mileage when not towing!

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Old 06-01-2006, 10:18 PM   #6
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Towing mileage

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My mileage is about 14 when NOT towing around town with mostly 50/50 highway/ city mileage. NO Bumper to bumper stuff here in ABQ.

Not sure of the engine used in the test, but I have the 6.0L.

That said, the TOW mileage with a 34'er is really pretty good at 11 or 12.

Sorry for the thread detour, but seemed like a good info addition.


PS - Shouldn't the "NEW" engine technology be yielding additonal MPG's??? Especially if they use the 5.7L engine.
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Old 06-02-2006, 06:23 AM   #7
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That's interesting about the online CR vs the print CR. I just reread the article to make sure I didn't misquote it, but the print version has the trailer at 6500 lb, and the performance at 23.3 secs.
Anyhow, thanks for the information about the trailer. I couldn't imagine CU tying up capital assets in an Airstream just so they could see how an SUV would perform. That settles that question. This must have been a loaner for the test. Maybe the owner is pictured in the article, along with the car and test trailer.
I think I will send a note to CU asking about the test conditions, whether the trailer was loaded or empty, and any other damnfool questions that spring to mind. Maybe they even will tell me which model it is.

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Old 08-05-2006, 06:27 PM   #8
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Tahoe milage

We have a fairly new 06 model. Pulled our 2003 Classic to Salem and Back. It has been on a few other local outings. Mileage initially looked "good". Now, 4100 miles the average is 14.5 mpg. It is a 5.3 l with 4.10 rear end. With a strong tail wind we can get 14 mpg towing the classic. The Salem trip looks like it may have averaged 13.5. But I drive slow.

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