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Old 03-20-2013, 01:18 AM   #43
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Overloading as to exceed the gross vehicle weight rating of the pickup truck chassis is illegal. (VC Sec. 24002)

I'll have more on this after I'm done with my research. Exp, law enforcement , ins company's , automobile manufactures.
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:09 AM   #44
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I'm so confused...
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Old 03-20-2013, 05:34 AM   #45
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I have been confused with almost every thread that I have looked at on the forums. That is why I will rely on the experts for my answers. It took 20 min at a seminar and a 5 min conversation afterwards with Andy T at an RV show to be sold on his expertise and knowledge. Please just call them and be reassured.
Wasn't Wally B an innovator, experimenter and inventor ? He figured out a way to get it done and then went and did it !!
Didn't they call him crazy ??
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Old 03-20-2013, 06:23 AM   #46
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For those of you who tow will smaller vehicles, where do you put your stuff?

Things like generators and fuel, chairs, grills, ice chests, and the like.

I have no interest in joining the safety and ability discussion, but I am curious how you manage the items above. With fuel costs virtually out of control, towing with a smaller vehicle may become more appealing.

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Old 03-20-2013, 07:15 AM   #47
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Most smaller Suv's come with roof rails. We use a Thule system with a large storage box and a bike carrier. Can also add a kayak carrier when we need it. The box holds a large volume of material, anything bulky and light or not needed on a daily basis. The SUV has lots of cargo space for heavier or bigger items.
Just don't call me crazy for putting things on my roof !!!
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We like to keep it simple and travel light.

When on the road the two mountain bikes go inside the 23'. That way they are safer from theft and stay dry.

We are not interested in gas generators. They are not popular in the campgrounds we stay at.

We don't transport wood. We buy it at the park that we are staying at.
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:27 AM   #49
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We like to keep it simple and travel light.

When on the road the two mountain bikes go inside the 23'. That way they are safer from theft and stay dry.

We are not interested in gas generators. They are not popular in the campgrounds we stay at.

We don't transport wood. We buy it at the park that we are staying at.
I camp at a lot of campgrounds that have at least 2-point hookups so no generator necessary. But I also do plenty of boondocking in areas that still requie A/C, so I still need a place to put my genny.

I don't have a small tow vehicle, but I also don't want the genny and gas cans in the tow vehicle when I'm driving, so all of that goes in the Airstream and sits neatly in tubs that are deep enough to contain any potential leaks and fit snugly enough to hold them tight.

Anything that fits through the Airstream door, gets stored in the Airstream. Bikes, generators, awning poles, flags-- all of the essentials. It's packed in there pretty tight, but it's neat and unloads quickly. If I have to make a "pit stop" on the side of the road to use the Airstream's facilities, it's a bit of a climb, but that's fairly rare, so not a real bother.

Anyway, I really like how open-minded the Canadians tend to be about these things. I see too much Ugly American in the responses, it doesn't wear well.

Can-Am knows their stuff, it's just that simple.

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Old 03-20-2013, 09:25 AM   #50
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This is my first airstream but I have towed a few things up to and including a 7.5 ton tractor with a 25K all terrain forklift on a lowboy trailer.

I did a lot of research before I bought my tow vehicle and trailer, The dealer said I could tow a 25 ft no problem but we opted for a 19 to start and may trade up to a 23 if we feel the need for more room. Personally I would not tow a trailer that is more than 3/4 of my trucks rated tow capacity.

Yes I believe dealers first and foremost want to make a sale, you drive it off the lot - it's your problem. Some of the videos on the CAN AM web site are ridiculous - really a mini towing a airstream? Just because it can be done, should it...

I know that thru the mountain passes where I live I won't be the one pissing off the drivers behind because I'm going so slow.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:44 AM   #51
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I know that thru the mountain passes where I live I won't be the one pissing off the drivers behind because I'm going so slow.
When towing with our mid size V6 car we keep up with the traffic on grades.

Once in a while we have to get out, accelerate, and pass slower moving vehicles.
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Give it up !!! That part of the thread died long ago.
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:38 AM   #53
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Not true for non-commercial recreational towing.

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Just an FYI, if you do an internet search on towing laws by state, several western states and B.C. list GVW as "Manufacturers stated value" or similiar statements. I have done this since I tow mostly in western CA and US. None of the ones I have found state anything about commerical only. One source is towingworld.com. At least make your own decisions.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:14 PM   #54
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You must have shopped at Can-AM !!!!!!!
Me too!

Here's my rig....


and here's my story...
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...rse-91344.html

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Old 03-20-2013, 12:19 PM   #55
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I flipped a 97 Explorer (V8) with a 24' SOB that was set up right with a WD hitch. Once the tail starts to wag it is hard to stop. The dealership convinced me I was more than safe. When you are on your roof and your kids are crying you will go back to pulling trailers with full size vehicles, well at least I did. I'm not saying that it can't be done or that this particular SOB pulled like an AS but it is better to be safe than sorry.

Please be careful.

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PS everyone was fine and we all still camp. But, it was a very scary day.
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Old 03-20-2013, 12:31 PM   #56
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I flipped a 97 Explorer (V8) with a 24' SOB that was set up right with a WD hitch.
Agree, those were not the greatest TV's. Can you tell us more about how it was set up. Any photo's?
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