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Old 06-28-2016, 07:36 AM   #15
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You should read this thread about Chrysler 300's performance:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...es-116384.html
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Old 06-28-2016, 07:37 AM   #16
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Not so many years ago most Airstreams were towed with sedans, now people can't imagine it. Don't be fooled, we have been oversold on the need for trucks to do this.
Today's sedans????

Good luck with that!
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Old 06-28-2016, 11:13 AM   #17
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Here we go again... this thread can be closed soon...
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:08 PM   #18
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:57 PM   #19
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When the trolls are done I would like to come back into the discussion and see what we can learn from it.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:50 PM   #20
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Not so many years ago most Airstreams were towed with sedans, now people can't imagine it. Don't be fooled, we have been oversold on the need for trucks to do this.


Sedans of the 60s and 70s were built on real frames and heavier. Plus trailers were much lighter even for the same size (lack of tech goodies). That's a very apples to oranges comparison.
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When the trolls are done I would like to come back into the discussion and see what we can learn from it.

Who are the trolls, dkottum? Anyone but you that has input?

All of the responses in this thread are either thanking the original poster or adding more information based on their own experiences or preferences. No different than your input.


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Who are the trolls, dkottum? Anyone but you that has input?

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I thought he was referring to the Chrysler 300 reference, whereby a recently purchased used vehicle with a failed rad cap and a cracked expansion tank overheated, and that is somehow relevant for any sedan towing an Airstream.

I'll take a sedan, or a sport utility, if the payload capacity is there. If it isn't, my first step would be to take less stuff with me when vacationing. If that doesn't work, then by all means purchase a truck. That is what they are for. But it is required in that case for carrying stuff, which is certainly a valid reason, but not necessarily for towing. The two concepts frequently get blurred, IMO.

I like the Taurus SHO that CanAm writes about, with a high output Ecoboost, and less tow vehicle weight to carry around than an F150.

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I thought he was referring to the Chrysler 300 reference, whereby a recently purchased used vehicle with a failed rad cap and a cracked expansion tank overheated, and that is somehow relevant for any sedan towing an Airstream.

I'll take a sedan, or a sport utility, if the payload capacity is there. If it isn't, my first step would be to take less stuff with me when vacationing. If that doesn't work, then by all means purchase a truck. That is what they are for. But it is required in that case for carrying stuff, which is certainly a valid reason, but not necessarily for towing. The two concepts frequently get blurred, IMO.

I like the Taurus SHO that CanAm writes about, with a high output Ecoboost, and less tow vehicle weight to carry around than an F150.

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May be you did not read the thread fully. The jury was out whether the cooling system failed because of the tow, or the towing test failed due to faulty cooling system. Anyway, thats the only member experience with 300 and at a minimum should be taken as a data point. Calling people trolls for having a differing opinion is unacceptable in my book.

I personally have never seen a sedan/minivan towing a large trailer (on the road or in a campground). You can see video of any truck/SUV towing a large trailer up and down a grade on YouTube. I am yet to see a similar video for a sedan/minivan. Why is that? I cannot see them work anywhere but in flat, cool terrain, and used periodically for local trips.
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Here you go. An SUV towing a large trailer. And by someone with a great deal of experience with Airstreams. His tag line is Airstream Life

https://youtu.be/Hmg3A5l9s0M


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How many of you have towed with both? I have, and going back 45-years. The car (1970s unibody among others) was better in every respect save payload, then, and according to Andy, still is.

A truck is NOT a stable platform, empty, loaded or towing. It can simply carry more. Everything else is compromised for that goal. 4WD only makes bad into worse.

It's okay from 55-65 mph operated within its limits, but not above that. Hitched to an Airstream it is the truck which will initiate the accident. The weak link.

All we have to do is give it broken surface roads and/or wet surfaces. A pickup is a three legged dog.

I use a one ton bought for business nine years ago. Spec'd it for longest life at lowest cost. 2WD for better COG, IFS plus rack & pinion steering.

My grandfathers luxury police spec '68 Dodge Monaco was a better TV. Even though I'd put that Dodge truck up against the similar trucks of anyone here for a test.

Physics of the thing is fact.
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Here you go. An SUV towing a large trailer. And by someone with a great deal of experience with Airstreams. His tag line is Airstream Life

https://youtu.be/Hmg3A5l9s0M


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Actually, my TV is a GL350 (same as the one in the video), and I'm pretty familiar with them. It has a very powerful turbo Diesel engine and is rated at 7500#. As I mentioned, I'd like to see a video of a sedan/minivan that have very low tow ratings do the same.
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Sorry, end of a long day and misread your post. I almost had one of a 911 towing an Airstream in the UK last year but couldn't stop in time. Not a large trailer but large enough. I've been in a sedan pulling a large Airstream but didn't have a chance to video. As long as the vehicle is rated to pull, and carry the weight I don't see any issues. I will have to set an objective to video said combo when/if I see one again.


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