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Old 02-14-2014, 06:27 AM   #15
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The truck/AS combination you mentioned should be just fine. I handled our 1977 Tradewind with much less for a number of years - and had some significant hills too.

Good recommendations from others on safe towing speeds. I always keep my speed under 60 mph (100 kmh) when towing. That's a lot of weight to stop or move when an emergency arises! Here's an interesting video:


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Old 02-14-2014, 06:53 AM   #16
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Hopefully the truck you have, or going to get has the factory tow package.

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Old 02-14-2014, 07:18 AM   #17
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I have an 05 silverado 5.3 but with 3:73 rear. I pull a 30' Classic through Georgia, Tennessee and Carolina's. I run in tow haul mode and if it starts shifting frequently I shift to 3rd. It does lose power on steep grades but I still pass most in truck lane. I do tow at speed limit and build up speed just before climbing a mountain. I think you are fine with what you are towing. I would recommend LT tires and check your receiver. My 05 has 100k miles on it and I'm trading next week. Just wanted a new one.

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Old 02-14-2014, 10:25 AM   #18
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Cruise Control?

I thought in towing an AS or any trailer you don't use cruise control.

Thought I saw that somewhere.
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Old 02-14-2014, 10:46 AM   #19
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Use Cruise Control & Tow-Haul mode (it was selected by the Touareg when it sensed the trailer was hooked up) for many, many, many miles, three different tow vehicles with three different trailers all over this continent, wouldn't drive any other way, assuming the conditions permit it....
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Old 02-14-2014, 11:03 AM   #20
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I don't use cc with my 05 since it shifts to lower gear more frequently than I like. Newer truck may be less of an issue but my 4 speed shifted in and out of OD on every rise in the road.

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Old 02-14-2014, 03:23 PM   #21
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Re: cruise control.

I use it on long highway stretches. It is definitely NOT for comfort driving. In fact, since getting the Airstream, using cruise in a car has a different meaning now. It's only for fuel efficiency - not to set my mind on cruise control too (which sadly was what I was doing before). Having that trailer behind me makes me SO MUCH MORE AWARE of my responsibility as a driver!!! So the engine runs more efficiently but my min has to be 100% on all the time.

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