Originally Posted by Larry C
Sometimes, its a lot better decision to listen to people who have been towing trailers for years, instead of trying to reinvent the wheel....some of the newer 1/2 tons would handle a 28, maybe a 30' Airstream, if you really paid attention to the weight/balance/hitch....but for a bit more money, a 3/4 ton will do a lot better job. Diesel has it's advantage, and disadvantage, but overall, that's my first choice.
Projected point hitches are OK if you want to spend a lot of money $2,000 to $3,000 for a hitch that's difficult to hook up, and require constant maintenance. My personal preference is the Reese Straight Line (or Dual Cam). It's reasonably price, easy to set up and hook up.....
Most any vehicle will "pull" the trailer, but it takes a "tow" vehicle to safely tow it, and STOP it......stopping can be more important than "pulling" especially in heavy traffic, or downhill in mountains.
There are people on here who "pull" Airstreams with some of the damnedest combinations you'll ever think of.....thank God, I don't often have to contend with them in heavy traffic, or be ahead of them when they're on a 6 to 8% downhill decline....
For whatever it's worth...
Larry, Can-Am RV is a second generation dealership, been in business forty years, set up thousands of RV's for towing. That's not reinventing the wheel. We have taken their advice for much the reason you mention, best to listen to experience, and have wonderful towing set up and daily driver, takes the mountains and brakes with excellent results.
Our ProPride hitch is very easy to hitch/unhitch, requires only routine grease for the w.d. bars and hitch ball. It stays on the airstream, no lifting, and positions the trailer back for tail gate clearance to open. It is absolutely stable in all traffic and weather conditions, two fingers on the steering wheel control.
It is fine to tow with larger trucks, but there are no free lunches. They may be more expensive to buy, maintain, difficult to control if you have to, and can be a rough ride for you and your Airstream. The significant advantage is load carrying capacity, with a sense that bigger must be better.
We have towed our Airstream all over the country many times with our half-ton pickups and found them perfectly suited for the job. You're right, the newer ones are much more capable than just a few years ago. I think the 8 and 10 speed transmissions offering seamless selection of engine power, and great compression braking is probably the greatest improvement to the lighter trucks.
I agree, a Tahoe would be challenged with six passengers, gear and large Airstream. My suggested solution is less passengers and high quality hitch setup. Reducing speed provides a great safety margin. I doubt the Tahoe is much less stable than the longer wheelbase suburban because the distance of hitch ball to rear axle is less. We just traded a 120" wheelbase Ram for a 140" wheelbase Ram, with our ProPride hitch there is no detectable difference in stability. They are both rock solid.