Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-19-2015, 04:49 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
2016 28' International
Kerrville , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 5
Airstream with Chevy Tahoe

I have a new Chevy Tahoe LTZ with all towing options. I was considering an Airstream 28, but some information suggests that with the shorter wheelbase (116 inches) of a Tahoe compared with a truck a shorter trailer would be safer. The tow vehicle is rated at 8500 pounds which is well more than needed. Do you have experience towing with a Tahoe, Yukon, or Expedition, or any suggestions? Thanks
Airstream Wannabee
__________________

__________________
ELSheffer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2015, 05:27 PM   #2
Moderator
 
moosetags's Avatar

 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 10,762
Images: 5
Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

As to your question, we originally towed our new 2005 Safari 25FB (7,400#) with our 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe. It was OK. We felt safe, but the Tahoe was just not quite up to the task. It was really slow going on significant upgrades. Afetr a short time, we moved up to a 3/4 ton Suburban. The Suburban was much better suited for the job. We have well over 100,000 miles of towing with the Suburban.

Brian
__________________

__________________
SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with HAHA
2005 Suburban 2500 Quadrasteer (Olivia) & 2018 Silverado 2500 (Lillian)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2015, 10:04 PM   #3
3 Rivet Member
 
Hogfan's Avatar
 
2015 27' FB International
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 123
Blog Entries: 1
Hi Wannabe,

We were wannabe's for a very long time and finally pulled the trigger recently on a similar trailer- we finally settled on the 27'FB. We have a 2005 Tahoe and we would LOVE LOVE LOVE to purchase a new 2015 Tahoe, but we put the brakes on the purchase to do a little more research first.

Our current Tahoe seems to pull ok, but we must be over the 1600lb payload, which I don't love. So if we purchase something new, I'd like to plan on a higher payload. The problem is that other than the new F150, I haven't been able to find a higher payload in any other 1/2 ton SUV or pickup.

Look forward to the additional feedback you will receive as we are watching this topic closely ourselves!
__________________
Hogfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 11:18 AM   #4
4 Rivet Member
 
Ohiobrits's Avatar
 
2015 27' FB International
Howard , Ohio
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 267
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hogfan View Post
Hi Wannabe,



We were wannabe's for a very long time and finally pulled the trigger recently on a similar trailer- we finally settled on the 27'FB. We have a 2005 Tahoe and we would LOVE LOVE LOVE to purchase a new 2015 Tahoe, but we put the brakes on the purchase to do a little more research first.



Our current Tahoe seems to pull ok, but we must be over the 1600lb payload, which I don't love. So if we purchase something new, I'd like to plan on a higher payload. The problem is that other than the new F150, I haven't been able to find a higher payload in any other 1/2 ton SUV or pickup.



Look forward to the additional feedback you will receive as we are watching this topic closely ourselves!

Hogfan, if you can, locate a CAT scale and weigh your setup with everyone onboard, AS loaded and see how it looks. 1600lb payload is quite a bit of payload. Unless you travel with lots of people and gear in the TV you should be OK. You may be surprised. The Tahoe will have the GVWR and axle ratings in the nameplate on the drivers side door frame. Check the same plate in any actual 2015's you are interested in to be sure there are no surprises. Options and build can impact payload significantly.
__________________
2015 27FB International Signature "Danielle"
ProPride / 16" wheels / 600W solar / 864 AHr Lithium
Victron MultiPlus Inverter / BlueSolar / ColorControlGX / BMV 702
Porsche Cayenne Diesel
Ohiobrits is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 11:53 AM   #5
3 Rivet Member
 
Hogfan's Avatar
 
2015 27' FB International
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 123
Blog Entries: 1
Looks like our actual payload on the Tahoe is 1345. So, picking up a few hundred more may be quite useful!
__________________
Hogfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 12:18 PM   #6
3 Rivet Member
 
DeltaRon's Avatar
 
2015 28' Flying Cloud
Cumming , Georgia
Join Date: Jul 2014
Posts: 228
Chevy Tahoe

I bought a 2015 Tahoe with max towing fir a "planned" FC 25. But ended up buying a FC 28 Rear Queen. Discovered that tongue weight of FC 28 was at max for the Tahoe. Bit the bullet and traded in for 2015 2500HD Duramax and went with ProPride WD Hitch. Glad I did!
__________________
DeltaRon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 12:23 PM   #7
4 Rivet Member
 
B00merang's Avatar
 
2010 20' Flying Cloud
Hailey , Idaho
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 390
Just got back from a 7,168 mile trip pulling my 20ft FC with my 2012 Tahoe Z-71. For the first time in 5 years of ownership I almost lost the rigt due to swaying...still don't know what combination caused it, but "Daisy" was swaying to where it pulled the back of the Tahoe back n forth.. going less than 65 mph. It was not fun. After getting a replacement anti-sway bar (I lost the other) I had no other problems....but something like this makes you gun-shy for awhile. So while the Tahoe does a nice job pulling my little 20ft, I would get rid of the Tahoe and get a quarter ton truck with its longer wheelbase and larger engine for anything larger. That 5,000 lbs I'm pulling with the standard Tahoe/GMC engine is as heavy as I'd want to go. Safe travels. jon
__________________
B00merang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 12:29 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Gsmblue's Avatar
 
2015 25' Flying Cloud
Bend , Oregon
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 553
We have no probs with our 2013 Expedition EL 4x4 with max tow package pulling a 2015 25ft RB.

Payload 1642
max trailer weight 8900
WD max tongue 890
wheelbase 131inches


Not got on to the CAT scales yet, but is all nice and level with the WD hitch and handle well. I feel we have capacity to spare in loading the SUV if we have to.

I take it easy going up the long mountain passes we have around here and let the tow/haul mode handle the descents. We get anything from 10-12mpg which is fine for us, the 33.5 gallon fuel tank is a real help
__________________
http://britishairstream.blogspot.com
Mad Astrophysicist turned sales guy that works to fund his dirty snowbaording habbit, mwah-ha-ha . . .
Gsmblue is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 12:53 PM   #9
Nirvana
 
2012 27' Flying Cloud
Gulf Breeze , Florida
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 9
My experience with the Tahoe has been good. We towed our first AS (an '05 25' International) with a 2003 Tahoe with total comfort. The previous owner also had a Tahoe and had no problems. We bought a 2012 LTZ and and now tow a 2012 27' Flying Cloud FB. We really like the Tahoe as this is our third. Most of our travel is in the Southeast - no mountains. You shouldn't have a problem in the "hill country" but you may need something stronger if you go West. I'm sure you will carefully consider the hitch which is an entirely different subject on which you can get some excellent advice on this forum.
__________________
Nirvana is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 01:24 PM   #10
TahoeStream'n
 
subfan1's Avatar
 
2012 20' Flying Cloud
La Habra , California
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 831
Images: 3
Hi we have a 2008 Tahoe LTZ. 4 spd auto 3:73 rear gears and tow our 20 foot FC. Just returned from a 4000 mile trip from so cal through Rockies mt Rushmore Yellowstone lots of steep hills. I use 2nd gear a lot but it did very well with no issues. I use a equalizer hitch. The newer models are more powerful and 2 additional gears. Should be better. Look at the GMC Denali with 6.2l and 8 speeds. That combo should do great.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________
subfan1 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 04:56 PM   #11
4 Rivet Member
 
SSquared's Avatar
 
2013 25' FB Flying Cloud
Longmont , Colorado
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 495
We tow a 2013 25FB with a 2010 Yukon Denali (short wheelbase, 400HP 6.2L engine, 6 speed tranny, AWD). We're satisfied with braking and pulling power (It can't climb the big passes in Colorado at the speed limit but we're OK with that). We're concerned that the tranny gets pretty hot on the big climbs (close to 250 degrees; "normal" is 160 to 200, but apparently brief occasional high temps are OK).

We like the small size and manueverability compared to pickup trucks. The Yukon fits in our garage with about a foot of length to spare; a crew or extended cab pickup will not fit. The turning circle is 39.5 feet; much better than the longer pickups.

We have pretty much used up the capacity of the vehicle. Our tongue weight is about 1000 pounds (the Yukon receiver's limit). On our three-month trip earlier this year, we stored some light items in a soft roof bag because the cargo area was full. We have removed the third row seat, which gives us extra room about about 110 pounds of extra payload. Our weights on this trip were as follows:

Front axle 3260 (axle rating 3550)
Read axle 3920 (axle rating 4200)
Yukon total 7180 (GVWR 7300)
Trailer axle 5420

We are a bit uncomfortable with the towing stability of our rig. We think we'd be happier towing with a longer wheelbase vehicle, but we don't want to lose the advantages of the Yukon's shorter length (compared to a crew cab pickup)

Net: Tahoe/Yukon is a good choice for someone doing relatively fewer towing miles, and more non-towing miles, if the payload and storage volume works for you. (and the Denali trim's memory 12-way power seats & power pedals are sweet)
__________________
SSquared is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 05:06 PM   #12
Rivet Master
 
drboyd's Avatar

 
1978 25' Tradewind
Metro Phoenix , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,428
We tow a 25' elderly (roughly 4000# dry) coach with a 2005 Tahoe. It does OK (except uphill), but I'm pretty careful about how the Reese Dual-Cam is set up.

I'd love to have a Diesel Excursion or even a Yukon Denali - but we'll see about those down the road a piece.
__________________
"Between what matters and what seems to matter, how should the world we know judge wisely?" - E.C. Bentley, Trent's Last Case
drboyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 10:50 PM   #13
Rivet Master
 
Moflash's Avatar
 
2007 28' International CCD
Springfield , Missouri
Join Date: Apr 2011
Posts: 1,167
We have a 28ft International and I would not recommend your Tahoe as a suitable tow vehicle for this model.The 28 has one of the heaviest (actual)tongue weight of all Airstream models coupled with your short wheel base I don't think u will enjoy the combo.


Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums
__________________
Moflash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-27-2015, 06:27 AM   #14
2 Rivet Member
 
1987 32' Excella
1999 33' Land Yacht
Clear Lake , Minnesota
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 49
Images: 5
Ten years ago I went to the Chevy dealer with Airstream Spec's and asked for the appropriate vehicle. They sold me a Tahoe which i really liked, but when I did my own post purchase due diligence I discovered my error and fortunately faced it squarely, sold the Tahoe, took my loss and got a 2000 Ford Excursion LTD. Next came the '98 Excella 1000/30. Then in southern Utah someone illegally entered and crossed the highway suddenly appearing in front of me. The collision forced us to cross the oncoming traffic and down an embankment straight on to a telephone pole which I was able to avoid by mere inches because of the strength of my tow vehicle which was pushed sideways down the embankment by the trailer weight. I am absolutely sure the Tahoe would have crumbled under those conditions and that I owe our lives to the Excursion. So, even though it is a bit thirsty at 11.5 mpg city and 9.5 towing I don't mind feeding the beast which saved our lives.
Above all, respect the spec's and only use good tires!
__________________

__________________
Devananda-E9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Towing 27ft Airstream with Duramax Chevy Tahoe BoldAdventure Tow Vehicles 4 07-18-2013 01:22 PM
1999 Chevy z71 Tahoe Chitown AirStreamers Tow Vehicles 2 05-12-2013 03:15 PM
Towing with a Chevy Tahoe 4RXLA Tow Vehicles 5 06-08-2010 11:45 AM
2004 Chevy Tahoe Z71 as Tow Vehicle? aversenti Tow Vehicles 13 10-18-2006 12:01 PM
28' Safari and Chevy Tahoe Silvercamper Tow Vehicles 11 08-15-2005 08:18 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.