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Old 06-02-2014, 12:34 AM   #1
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tow vehicle advice needed for 2006 19' Bambi

We're back! After selling our 2003 25' Classic, we spent the next 4.5 years with a wonderful 2003 36' Foretravel diesel pusher. We had a great opportunity to sell and that happened a few days ago. Out of the blue, we had an opporunity today to purchase (and we did!) a 2006 19' Bambi SE 75th Anniversary, looking like it came off the showroom floor.

We have a winter home in Arizona, and plan to spend the summers in a rental home north of Seattle. Basically, the Bambi is a rolling motel room (ok, suite!) to get us between AZ and WA... with some short-term camping opportunities here and there. No more 9,000+ mile summers in the DP towing our 2009 Honda CRV.

So, here's the question. The CRV has the world's most uncomfortable seats for any trips beyond an hour. And it is clearly too small to tow the Bambi (at 4500lb GVWR).

We need to come up with a used, mid-size, well-rated/reliable/comfortable SUV to tow our new baby... and we would appreciate any suggestions. The Bambi will be delivered to us tomorrow, and our HOA will give us about a week before we need to move it off the driveway!

We would be very grateful for any advice on an appropriate tow vehicle that is NOT a truck! Thanks in advance,

Pat and George

PS We'll change our avatar soon... that was our former 2003 25' Classic!
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Old 06-03-2014, 03:50 AM   #2
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Since it is your money, and I want to spend it, try this bad-boy on for size:

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Old 06-03-2014, 05:29 AM   #3
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VW Touareg, Mercedes 350 Bluetec, Jeep GC diesel would be my own three top choices.
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:33 AM   #4
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:52 AM   #5
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Ford F-150, can't go wrong.
NOT a truck was a specific requirement

(Not a slight on the F150)
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Old 06-03-2014, 08:54 AM   #6
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Well gosh, it's a no brainer, go for a Chrysler 300.
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Old 06-03-2014, 12:32 PM   #8
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Thank you all for your advice and thoughts... we're leaning heavily toward the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Andy.

We hadn't thought about it... but, actually, we owned a Jeep Cherokee back in the early 90s to tow our Com-Pac 16 sailboat when we lived in North Carolina. It was a great TV, until George had a head-on collision. Someone crossed the center median and ran into him, while he was towing the sailboat. The boat fared better than the accordion-folded Jeep - which George walked away from, thanks to the airbag! It was quite interesting to see a half dozen firefighters physically pick up the sailboat and lift it onto a trailer to tow from the accident scene!

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Ford F-150, can't go wrong.
I agree, but the 2015 with all the aluminum in it would be a great choice to tow an Airstream.
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I drove all of the above (except the 300), test towing with the Jeep GC EcoDiesel and ML350 BlueTec. The ML350 was the hands down winner. While I don't know if it would be a issue with the 19' potential overheating was a serious issue with our 25'.
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Welcome back to the Airstream fold! I have already chimed in through your email inquiry about tow vehicles, but i didn't realize that you didn't want a truck...sorry! Just glad you're back! And now we have a "twin" in Tucson!
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:27 PM   #12
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We have towed our 2002 19' Bambi with the last three versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, all with V-8 gas engines. All towed with ease and the vehicles were most comfortable. Our latest is a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee with tow package, air suspension, and the 5.7 liter "Hemi" V-8. It is by far the best one yet and gets the best gas mileage, both towing and solo.

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too bad you aren't considering trucks - my club cab silverado is like a tahoe with a bed to store stuff
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