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Old 11-30-2017, 09:57 AM   #1
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Issues with towing 16' Sport with a 2008 Ford Edge?

Hello Forum,

It has been my dream to own an airstream for years now. As of recent I have been looking at the 16' Sport. It's perfect since it's going to be just for me. I am running into a road block though and I'm turning to the forum for help.

I have a 2008 Ford Edge with a class 2 hitch. I know I have to upgrade to a class 3 which is not an issue. The issue is that I have been told I will be at the top of my max towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. I was told it would be fine for local trips, but for long trips I will be putting a huge strain on my car. I am a travel nurse and was hoping to one day use this as my primary housing.

Have any of you used the Ford Edge to travel long distances with a 16' airstream sport? Any issues with this? I love my Edge and plan on keeping it for the life of the vehicle. Any feedback will be helpful before I move forward with purchasing my dream airstream!

Thanks in advance!

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Old 11-30-2017, 10:20 AM   #2
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You need a proper hitch receiver. You should have a hitch with sway control and weight distribution IMO. You will need brake controller, and extension mirrors.

Then you will need proper set up of the hitch and weight distribution.

And you will need to consider how much weight you are carrying with you in the vehicle.

That’s it.

No, you won’t put a huge strain on your vehicle if you follow the above. You can be well within the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Out of interest, do you have the four cylinder or the V6?
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Old 11-30-2017, 12:39 PM   #3
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You need a proper hitch receiver. You should have a hitch with sway control and weight distribution IMO. You will need brake controller, and extension mirrors.

Then you will need proper set up of the hitch and weight distribution.

And you will need to consider how much weight you are carrying with you in the vehicle.

That’s it.

No, you won’t put a huge strain on your vehicle if you follow the above. You can be well within the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Out of interest, do you have the four cylinder or the V6?
Thank you for responding and letting me know all I need to get done. I have a V6 engine and hope this will be suffice. I really do not want to think of having to get a new vehicle for this.
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Old 11-30-2017, 03:28 PM   #4
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I also tow a 16' Bambi. Some things to note that are VERY important. The tongue weight requirements.

Kitten is 100 lbs over what her tongue weight is quoted as. You also need to look at the carrying capacity of the 16'. It isn't a lot and half of it is taken up if you are towing with full water (I don't have the details in front of me, but can take a picture of the sticker on her if you want more details).

One other element is, not all 16' Bambi's have the same ratings. Certain older models are heavier and have higher tongue weights. If you get one that has rock guard panels or electric tongues, this adds weight to the Bambi and the tongue. Also, the battery that comes with the 16' Bambi is very small capacity and if you are doing boondocking can be quite an effort. If you add an extra battery, it adds additional weight to the Bambi as well as the tongue. Replacing with Lithium will help, but there is other items to consider with cost, etc.

Okay, all of that was very discouraging. I LOVE my 16' (Kitten) and pull her with a Porsche Macan S. I couldn't be happier with my Airstream. But, I spent a lot of time looking at numbers and considerations before making the decision to pull the trigger (note, I had an extra 1k in towing capacity and 100 lbs in Tongue Weight I could play with).
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:54 AM   #5
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Hi,

I've owned both a 2008 and presently a 2014 Sport. Since my tv is a 2014 Silverado 1500, I have no problems. Suggest you contact Andy at Can-Am for a professional opinion.

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Old 12-01-2017, 10:37 AM   #6
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My friend has an edge, v6,nice little unit,I wouldn’t even pull my boat with it...
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Old 12-01-2017, 10:56 AM   #7
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Your 10 year old Edge's transmission is not going to last 6 months if you use it for towing.
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:01 AM   #8
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Speaking from experience, Never push the limits of your tow vehicle. In the long run you will not be happy with the result.
Don't forget to look at the payload capacity of your Edge. Subtract the tongue weight of the Sport and your weight. Then see how much you have left.
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:12 AM   #9
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This is a simple decision. There are 7 numbers you need to understand

1. Weight of trailer fully loaded (this is on the label on the trailer)
2. The tongue weight with weight distribution hitch (10-15% of trailer weight)
3. Maximum Load Capacity of Tow vehicle (Only located on tire inflation label on door column)
4. Rear axle maximum Load (on Label on Door column)
5. Payload in Truck (people + stuff)
6. Maximum combined vehicle weight (trailer +tow vehicle)
7. Receiver rating with and without wei9ght distribution

Now the first issue is your combined load less than the max combined load rating?
Two, Is your Payload + the tongue weight less than the Max payload of the vehicle?
Three, After you engage your weight distribution hitch is the weight on your rear axle less that its rating?
Four, Is the tongue weight less that the vehicle receiver rating?

If you can answer yes to the 4 question you are good to go. If any of the questions have a no then you need to correct the issue.

Remember any vehicle out there will pull an Airstream. If you want to be safe and in many states legal you need to have the 4 answers to be yes. If any are no then your stopping ability maybe impaired and well as you stability. Your tires will be overloaded and you will have to handle a $100K rig at 65mph with only three tires. In any case If you have no's and want to still take your chances would you please post you travel plans so I can avoid your accident waiting to happen.
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Old 12-01-2017, 11:24 AM   #10
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I have an Edge. Nice car so far. I would not tow anything with that wheelbase.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:08 PM   #11
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new trailer - old car?

If I were you, I'd look for a used 16'er, instead of spending what you could buy a house for in some parts of the country. Cruise the classifieds and ebay, take your time, and don't buy anything without looking at it first. Take what you save and spend it in on a used, but newer tow vehicle.
That 8 year old transmission may not last long, and you'll have to spend the money anyway.
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Old 12-01-2017, 02:26 PM   #12
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I like Robert's advice. We happily traveled all over the interior western states with a 16' Bambi, and never had an issue with its interior layout, but it has very limited interior storage. Because we tend to travel with a lot of camping gear, our perfect solution was a Tacoma truck with a cap (topper, canopy) on the back. It gave us the power plus the storage space we needed. Something to think of if you're hoping to go full-timing. What would do you do with your must-have stuff?

The aforementioned CanAm is an RV dealer in southwestern Ontario, Canada, where we bought Bambi the First as a lightly used AS. They advertise themselves as towing specialists. http://www.canamrv.ca/ If you spoke to someone there (like owner Andy) you'd get some additional professional advice. If you don't want a truck, you might consider a lightly used mini-van for your luggage requirements.
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Old 12-01-2017, 03:36 PM   #13
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Thank you all for your responses! Although I wanted to hear it would be possible, better be safe than sorry. I will be looking for a new tow vehicle that can handle the Bambi! I really can't thank you all enough.
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Old 12-01-2017, 06:07 PM   #14
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I have a 2016 Bambi 16' and tow with a Toyota 4Runner limited......5000 lb cap. Bambi is 3250 GVW....I think your Edge is too small to pull the Bambi...Your too close to the limits.....It's a funny thing...I was in Cary this summer for a Family Reunion
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