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Old 06-11-2016, 04:34 PM   #15
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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...

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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.
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Old 06-11-2016, 04:58 PM   #16
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We have a 2013 TAHOE LTZ and did over 9,000 miles last summer. I did change to 16" Michelin on the AS and never had a problem with power or towing.

I always thought that trailer live was to take it slow and enjoying the trip.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:00 PM   #17
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I use an Anderson hitch, easy on easy off.
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Old 06-11-2016, 05:14 PM   #18
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TAHOE has a great tow package and the Air Condition seats can't be beat.

We get 13 to16 miles to gallon and have traveled from AZ to Glacier National Park, Yellowstone and Colorado on all different grades of road and only had one flat tire on the Tahoe while in Glacier park and I call OnStar and while we had lunch at the Lodge they show up and fixed the tire.
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Can-am sounds like the place but I am pretty convinced that I will be going 1 ton diesel.
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A full size van is a better choice than a one ton. Short rear overhang and better accommodations for people and gear.
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Old 06-12-2016, 01:26 PM   #21
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If it were me - I'd get a tow vehicle I like and will be able to enjoy. Then I'd (and we do in fact) tell our friends to meet us where we will be and give them a list of nearby hotels ...

Our TV is a stock 1997 Tahoe LS 2-door and it does just fine all over Colorado ...
I also use a 97 Tahoe LT,but use a Ht383 crate motor and MONSTER brand racing transmission, to pull my 2007 Safari 23ft.Uphill is no problem,but long downhill runs heat up the brakes. I am changing to a 99 Silverado rear disc brake axle,instead of the drums.
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Do not use a tahoe!

I went to a Chevy dealer in Washington state with my AS specs and they sold me a Tahoe. I really liked that vehicle until I bought my 98 Excella 30 and realized I had been misled by the car dealer. I took my loss right away and got a Ford Excursion. A few months later in Southern Utah a car illegally crossed the highway right in front of us forcing us across the oncoming traffic and sideways down an embankment missing a telephone pole by inches. There is no way the Tahoe could have made the maneuvering the Excursion managed. I and my passenger owe our lives to my decision to respect the specs. You do the same. 3/4 tonis minimum.
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