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Old 08-20-2017, 08:05 AM   #43
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That's funny! I like the look of a van, you don't see the back when you are towing anyway, and I think it is more aerodynamic than a PU when hooked up to a trailer. Oh and all that easily accessible room in there too. To each his own?
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Old 05-06-2018, 11:40 AM   #44
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I finally got around to added E-Track to our van so I can strap down our toys for trips. We have comfortable seating for 4 adults and 6'x8'x5' of space to haul whatever tickles our fancy.
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:55 AM   #45
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That looks great. Was just looking at Check Vans on their website.
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Old 05-08-2018, 11:56 AM   #46
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Try looking at 2007-2013 crewmax
used. 2 wheel drive. Rides smooth,easy access to cab.
Get a top.
Beat that thing like a rented mule.
It can handle your Eddie.
Cheap and comfortable.
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Old 06-12-2018, 06:37 AM   #47
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Van TV

I tow with my GMC Savana van, it is the perfect tow vehicle. No climbing in and out of a pickup bed to find something that will be wet or covered with dirt. Lots of interior room. Room to keep your good clothes and valuables

The Savana and Express 2500 vans will pull most RV's, and you can order after market seats, ceiling and wall coverings from van conversion company (or have them install) to get the feel of a luxury car and not a work truck. Just be careful if you buy a full conversion van, as a complete custom interior can add lots of weight.
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Old 02-17-2019, 02:49 PM   #48
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In response to a PM request for info on our Ford Transit 350 van, we have been happy with it towing the FC20, but have not really done much camping over the last year, due to health issues and family commitments. Hoping to do more camping this year!

Feel free to ask questions, and I will reply in the next day or two.

Happy Trails!

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Echoing earlier comments, towing with a van is great. Tons of storage for coolers, camping and road gear, and back-up sleeping. Freedom to wander to remote areas with the AS parked safely somewhere.

The new Ford Transit 350 vans still have some pretty decent tow ratings FYI.

http://www.fleet.ford.com/resources/...de_r5_Mar3.pdf

Check the Airstream on PDF p. 2/39, and Transit ratings on p. 27. We recently got a 2017 Transit 350 with the 3.5 EcoBoost engine, and it handles our FC20 just fine [max weight of 5,000]. 3.73 rear end, and GCWR of 12,600, yields max trailer weight of 7,100 with the low roof 130" WB. Thus a slightly larger AS would work too.

Nothing like our old Econoline Club Wagon 350, however, nor the E-250 before that.

As someone said, compromises . . . this niche works for us . . .

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No I did not do that, as the nearest scales are quite far away.

On the registration the weight is 4781. We added a bench seat, so I am guessing the total with driver and gas is going to be at least 5500. The van's GVWR is 9500, and GCWR (as stated earlier) is 12600.

I want to do a full weigh-in with and without the trailer eventually, at which point the axle ratings will come into play, depending on load distribution in the van. With the FC20 maxing out at 5000, there is some room for tools, camping and road gear, a small Yamaha tri-fuel 1000 generator, and so forth. At least a comfortable margin of error I hope. When I get to this stage of gearing up for serious towing, the additional numbers you suggest will get filled in. I have relied on Ford's representations about the overall towing capacity for now. [and our previous Transit's performance, see below]

The Transit tows the FC20 very well, as did our 2015 Transit which got totaled in a rear-end collision last fall.

For larger Airstreams the new Transit is probably not the right tow vehicle. For us, however, the combined rig is very comfortable, in a KISS solution after downsizing from a 25' years ago. Even a 23FB would probably work IMO.

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Old 03-29-2019, 01:55 PM   #49
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Full size van is the way to go.
Switched from a 2500 Suburban 8.1L gasser to an E-350 7.3 turbo diesel and love it.

We were really fortunate to have found one. V10 and 7.3PSD Econolines are rare. 5.4L gasser is gutless for towing the heavies. Stay away from any of the earlier Ford 6.0L diesels- very problematic.

Ours is a 15 passenger so it's got the extended body. Extra distance between the drive axle and hitch point isn't a problem using a Hensley. Also, upgraded the hitch receiver with one that has longer attachment arms improves the weight distribution.

I take the very rear bench out for tons of cargo space. Still leaves plenty of roomy passenger seating.

Couple of Yakima roof bars up top and we can haul bikes or even four full sized kayaks.

The turbo diesel rocks. Not nearly as susceptible to altitude sickness like a normally aspirated gasser (no matter how much displacement).

I've gotten almost 12mpg fully loaded- that's around 17.5k pounds. Was lucky to get 6mpg with the Chevy. If I keep it under 70, I can get 20mpg highway unhitched.

They're definitely rare, but keep your eyes peeled. Might get lucky. I just checked out a really nice 2010 that had the V10, 4.10 rear and sliding door (much better than the barn doors IMO). Dealer knew he had something and priced it that way, unfortunately.

Go figure on the Transits with no tow capacity. Little bird told me Ford's correcting that with upcoming model.
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:40 PM   #50
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I don't understand why so many people use pickup trucks? A van makes much more sense! Room to spare! I like the window van because you can see so much more around you.
Vans generally donít have 4WD. They are horrible on ice and snow. So someone like me in WI where we get snow and ice it would be miserable trying to drive a rear wheel van around. I think for those that live outside the snow belt a Van makes quite a bit of sense though.
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Old 03-29-2019, 05:52 PM   #51
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Vans and ice/snow

I have owned 3 vans. 1976 & 1984 GMC Rallye STX's, and currently own and tow with a 2013 Ford E150 XLT Premium van with max tow package including a 3.73 Limited slip Diff. The past 2 Decembers we had snow events in the 12"/15" range in Hendersonville, N.C. I was pulling cars up the hill we live on with my van. Even helped a couple of mid sized pickup trucks get up the hill. Never had a problem in the snow. The first 2 vans I owned in Cincinnati, Ohio and drove through many, many large snow events. I think it may have more to do with the driver than the vehicle. I have seen my share of 4 wheel drive vehicles off the side in ditches because the driver has a false sense of security because, after all, it has 4 wheel drive!
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Old 03-30-2019, 07:26 AM   #52
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I have owned 3 vans. 1976 & 1984 GMC Rallye STX's, and currently own and tow with a 2013 Ford E150 XLT Premium van with max tow package including a 3.73 Limited slip Diff. The past 2 Decembers we had snow events in the 12"/15" range in Hendersonville, N.C. I was pulling cars up the hill we live on with my van. Even helped a couple of mid sized pickup trucks get up the hill. Never had a problem in the snow. The first 2 vans I owned in Cincinnati, Ohio and drove through many, many large snow events. I think it may have more to do with the driver than the vehicle. I have seen my share of 4 wheel drive vehicles off the side in ditches because the driver has a false sense of security because, after all, it has 4 wheel drive!
I have a sloped driveway. Not serious, but itís been a problem. Weíve had UPS trucks barely able to get out of it. Iíve had vans for elecrtricians and carpenters stuck that took forever to get out with a few needing another vehicle with a tow rope to get pulled out. These were good drivers. But when you stop on a slope I donít care what you have that rear wheel drive vehicle is not going anywhere if there is icy snow underneath. Iíve been in driveways that had I not had 4 wheel drive I would have never gotten out. So thatís why I donít buy rear wheeled drive cars, vans, or pickups. And yes there are those that drive their 4 wheel drive pickups like idiots. 4 wheel drive isnít the panacea to drive fast. Or they think, ďHey I can drive through 2 feet of snow.Ē But I know for a fact a 4 wheel drive vehicle has far more stability and tracks far better on snow than a 2 wheel rear or front wheel drive. Until GM or FORD makes an all wheel drive van never going to get one.
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Old 03-30-2019, 08:43 AM   #53
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I guess everything is a compromise to some degree.
Having a driveway you need 4WD to get into is a pretty good reason

I loved the full/part time 4WD on the Suburban. Used it occasionally but, it was almost always because of sand or dirt camping location; with that clearance on the Airstream was almost always the overarching consideration. The other benefits of using a van far outweigh an SUV, IMHO.

We get lots of snow here in MI, and I've never had a problem with my van. We do winter camping, too. I always use an all-season tire or something with fairly aggressive tread.

Here's the best of both worlds right here: http://www.quigley4x4.com/
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Old 03-30-2019, 09:17 AM   #54
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The YouTube Airstreamers, Less Junk, More Journey chose this van. Since then, they've been all over the country, including Alaska.
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Old 03-31-2019, 02:26 AM   #55
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Vans generally donít have 4WD. They are horrible on ice and snow. So someone like me in WI where we get snow and ice it would be miserable trying to drive a rear wheel van around. I think for those that live outside the snow belt a Van makes quite a bit of sense though.
Plus thereís a general stigma to vans, especially white ones. They just look suspicious.
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:45 AM   #56
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Plus thereís a general stigma to vans, especially white ones. They just look suspicious.
You watch way too much TV...

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