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Old 04-27-2013, 10:21 PM   #15
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Contact this Airstream dealer in Canada; they specialize in setting up tow vehicles similar to yours and have been very willing to offer help to forum members.

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I suspect your SRT will be an outstanding tow vehicle for the 25' Airstream with proper hitch setup and weight distribution.

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Old 05-09-2013, 01:54 PM   #16
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I own a 2014 Grand Cherokee SRT & towed with a Touareg TDI - simple answer would be "no" - your just to close to the edge (envelope) and will spend so much time worrying about payload of the Tow Vehicle, tounge weights, load distribution within the trailer - just not good ideal...
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:07 AM   #17
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Sadly, I traded my SRT for an F250.

Thanks for all the replies, I really appreciate it.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:16 PM   #18
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Although the SRT is fun (I'm loving my 2014), TRUST ME, for towing your Airstream, you are much, much, MUCH, better off with the F-250!!!
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Old 05-10-2013, 09:16 PM   #19
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I promised myself that I wouldn't bite on the tow with a Jeep thing but I'm bored in a hotel in Thunder Bay. Never get bored in the Airstream since there is always something to fix. So here's my skinny on it. My first Jeep was an 89 Cherokee that towed a 2000 pound boat. My kids finally turned it into a piece of junk that I had to give to the kidney foundation. It had 495,000k on it. I unloaded my next Jeep, a 93 GC onto my sister after it had towed my 97 25ft Safari about 100,000 k. That Jeep currently has 476,000 k on it, is a daily driver, and is rusting away into a piece of junk. My next Jeep was a wrangler that towed the old boat, and was stolen in Montreal, and shipped to a desert in the Middle East. The next GC was a new 2000 with the 4.7L. It towed the 25 ft Safari about 100,000 k before my wife grabbed onto it. She is still driving it since it only has 276,000 k on it but was complaining that the rusty bits made it look like a piece of junk so I had to get it fixed. My next GC was a 2003 model. It towed the 25 ft Safari another 100,000 k before it turned into a piece of junk so I gave it to my kid. He just drove it 4500 k to High Level, Alberta towing his Globetrotter. The thing got a flat tire near Whitecourt that cost $40 to fix. It has 495,000 k on it. I hope he makes it back with that Globetrotter. My current Jeep diesel had towed the Safari about 100,000 k before the Safari was replaced by a 30ft Signature in 2012. This jeep has 290,000 k on it and has towed the Signature about 30,000 k.

Who needs 0 to 60 in 6 seconds with an SRT that will most likely turn into a piece of junk in 4 or 500,000 k. Probably only sell for 50% of its original value to some poor collector who has no idea that it dragged an Airstream around for 1 or 200,000 k.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:56 PM   #20
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I'd be very cautious about going with the 25 and a Grand Cherokee. Actual tongue weights are considerably higher than specified by Airstream. Our 2011 FC23FB tongue weight actually comes in at 785 lbs with full propane, water, and modest camping load. Airstream advertised a tongue weight of 470 lbs. We chose our FC23FB to match our 08 Grand Cherokee Diesel and have been very happy for over 23,300 towing miles. I'm just waiting for the 2014 GC Diesel.
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I'm to the the forum but have a similar question. I have a 2006 Jeep Commander V-8 with factory installed towing package including transmission cooler. It tows our 22'FB Jayco Jayflight with ezlift hitch just fine. But I'm looking at a 2000 30' Airstream Excello with Hensley hitch. Based on my research the Airstream will be at the limit of the Jeep's towing capacity.
First, am I correct about the ability of my Jeep to tow the 2000 Airstream? Should I consider a vehicle with a greater towing capacity?
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:43 PM   #22
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I think the safety factor of a larger TV is a better decision than a maginal capability seven year old Jeep.
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I'm to the the forum but have a similar question. I have a 2006 Jeep Commander V-8 with factory installed towing package including transmission cooler. It tows our 22'FB Jayco Jayflight with ezlift hitch just fine. But I'm looking at a 2000 30' Airstream Excello with Hensley hitch. Based on my research the Airstream will be at the limit of the Jeep's towing capacity.
First, am I correct about the ability of my Jeep to tow the 2000 Airstream? Should I consider a vehicle with a greater towing capacity?
If this Jeep has the 5.7 Hemi engine (we use it), power will be sufficient. The Hensley style hitch (we use it as well) will give great stability. The question is payload and towing capacity, and the actual weight of the trailer loaded for travel.

Most of us don't know all the things needed to set up a good tow vehicle, so we go over the top as unnecessary insurance. This second-generation Airstream dealer in Canada has probably set these up, is a forum member, and can tell you how it will work, and what you need. Call them.

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Old 07-09-2013, 10:39 AM   #24
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I think the safety factor of a larger TV is a better decision than a maginal capability seven year old Jeep.
Vehicle size may or may not be a factor in TV/towing safety. So many variables come into play with this kind of discussion.
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Grand Cherokee and 25 FB Airstream

I have a 07 Grand Cherokee 4X4 Overland and 25 FB Airstream. The specs for it is 7400 GVWR and the 25 is also 2400.. so this is as high as I can go both for safety and legally. These are the specs from both Jeep and Airstream. These vehicles and trailer are required to be labeled as to these specs for a reason...They didn't used to be. It is about safety not convenience or tow ability, remember it is the law, and if you have an accident your insurance company, the police and the other guys lawyer knows about these requirements....Check your factory specs on your vehicle and your trailer.
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I have a 07 Grand Cherokee 4X4 Overland and 25 FB Airstream. The specs for it is 7400 GVWR and the 25 is also 2400.. so this is as high as I can go both for safety and legally. These are the specs from both Jeep and Airstream. These vehicles and trailer are required to be labeled as to these specs for a reason...They didn't used to be. It is about safety not convenience or tow ability, remember it is the law, and iif you have an accident your insurance company, the police and the other guys lawyer knows about these requirements....Check your factory specs on your vehicle and your trailer.
Ran my 2013 Grand Cherokee with the HD tow package and hemi across the scales today hooked up to a 2006 Safari FB and weighed 12,140 pounds...well within the Grand Cherokee specifications. I always have a certified weight ticket in the glove box to show ambulance chasing lawyers, my insurance agent and the highway patrol
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remember it is the law, and if you have an accident your insurance company, the police and the other guys lawyer knows about these requirements....
What do you mean?
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