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Old 08-30-2009, 11:01 PM   #1
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OK looking for an A/S and a TV to match. I have two female Labradors (very well trained) and a wife(working on training) .

I think I need an SUV TV for the dogs, and currently have a 2003 Expedition 5.4L.

I like the idea of two twins for beds, we are big 6'2" 235lbs, and 5'10" 140lbs, shhhh!

We are young(39&42) and retired and love golf as well. Where can you stow golf clubs in an A/S?

I will be buying new unless I find a real steal.

So with Dogs in mind first and Golf in mind second how about some A/S and SUV TV ideas.

BTW, thanks in advance.
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:25 PM   #2
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Well, the first is easy...the golf clubs go on her bed!

Welcome to the forums. You can try Ebay and Craigslist for AS listings. There are some real deals. You might find someone here thats close to one your interested in to go take a look for you.

Your Expedition should tow fine unless your just looking for a change in a TV.

Happy hunting!

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Old 08-30-2009, 11:59 PM   #3
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We have been pretty happy with our van as a tow vehicle, the downside being that it rides like a truck. But when it comes to hauling dogs and stuff, it's the king!
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:04 AM   #4
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Our 09 Tundra would maybe be a good choice. We recently lost our little one, but she was really little, about 10 pounds, so she would fit anywhere.
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TV is getting up there in age, kinda got my eye on the Touraeg 2 and a 25' FC, International, Classic.

Still haven't kicked the tires yet, was waiting on some info on here so I know what to look for. Keep it coming.
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OK looking for an A/S and a TV to match. I have two female Labradors (very well trained) and a wife(working on training) .

I think I need an SUV TV for the dogs, and currently have a 2003 Expedition 5.4L.

I like the idea of two twins for beds, we are big 6'2" 235lbs, and 5'10" 140lbs, shhhh!

We are young(39&42) and retired and love golf as well. Where can you stow golf clubs in an A/S?

I will be buying new unless I find a real steal.


So with Dogs in mind first and Golf in mind second how about some A/S and SUV TV ideas.

BTW, thanks in advance.
Hi, my personal opinion would be that you should consider a 25' or smaller trailer for your present tow vehicle. [late model sizes, not vintage] Also, beware of really good asking prices on Airstreams; There are many scams out there. Don't buy any used trailer unless you can actually touch it. "Retired and love golf", but really 59 & 62 years old, right?
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I'd suggest deciding on the Airstream floor plan and size that fits your needs best, then finding a good tow vehicle for the Airstream...especially since you are planning to get a different vehicle...don't know the Touareg's towing numbers/ability. Hopefully you will keep the Aristream longer than a given tow vehicle...
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:52 AM   #8
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Really looking for ideas from people with 2 dogs and 2 adults. A/S and TV ideas. I was thinking Touareg and 25' A/S with twin beds.

What are the differences in the Classic/International/Flying Cloud?

Thanks again.
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Well, we bought ours based on two dogs and two adults. Golden retrievers, one 97lbs and one 68lbs, so we are about even, we are a little smaller, but our dogs are a little bigger We tow with a Expedition, while we have not really towed near as far as many on here, the big ex did fine across 4 states and 750 miles first time out.

There are more opinions on here about the TV/Trailer size choice then you can possibly sort through.. but lots of info to help you make your choice. Lots of people tow with TV's that lots of OTHER people think are complete death traps, and yet never have an incident, and people out there doing everything "right" with 1 ton or larger rigs and expensive hitches, still end up on their roofs. We tow a lighter "vintage" 'stream, and like I said our Ex seems to do fine.

Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your retirement.. I did it at 37.. been ok the last 13 years.
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Welcome to the forum! My wife an I are about your size and we had 2 100lb labs that went everywhere with us (lost one to old age last year). Our 4 year old, Moose, has enough energy for 2 though. Our preferred TV of choice is a pick up truck with a camper shell on it.

The dogs ride in the back of the truck when we travel and they have their own dog beds back there. I don't have to worry about the gobs of hair that labs are known for shedding. If it gets bad, I just pull out the rubber mat and hose everything down, incuding the dog (and he loves it).

I can also carry extra camping stuff in the back, such as generator, grill, firewood, folding bikes, easy-up, waste water tote and so on. Since my TV is a crew cab, I also have all the room in the back seat for either people or yep...more stuff. I have racks mounted on top of the camper shell that we carry kayaks on too.

This set up has worked very well for us for the past 3 years we have had the Airstream. The Airstream has a queen bed and it is big enough for both of us. Moose gets to come up on the bed too, but it gets crowded with him there. We have a slide out on our trailer and the little bit of extra room makes a big difference with dogs. To bad they don't make AS's with slideouts anymore.
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Our 25 works great for us.....

We love our Burb as a TV.....

FWIW QC would prevent me from buying new again....
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:17 PM   #12
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It's hard to beat a "Burb or a pickup or van as a tow vehicle. Our loading regime goes like this: a) open up back of truck, b) shovel in stuff until I'm too tired to shovel in more; c) close up back of truck, d) drive away.

'course its a 3/4 ton diesel, but I've never worried about what I wanted to take ... except for the motorcycle, and I guess I could work that out if I were really motivated ...
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Old 09-01-2009, 09:26 PM   #14
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What are the differences in the Classic/International/Flying Cloud?
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the interior design (colors etc...) i personaly love the international.

i second the notion to FIND the trailer you love, then worry about the TV, not the other way around...
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