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Old 06-19-2015, 09:34 AM   #1
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Has anyone pulled an Airstream Bambi with their AI out west?

I was considering purchasing a Bambi to pull with our 2014 Interstate. I am concerned that either the engine or transmission will not handle pulling thru the mountains out west. Does anyone have experience with this?

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Old 06-19-2015, 09:38 AM   #2
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Seems every rally I go to there is at least one duel Airstream rig. All have told me great combination with smooth safe towing.

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Old 06-19-2015, 10:27 AM   #3
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I towed a 19 CCD for 6 years with my 2004 Sprinter 2500 at it near the CGVW. I eventually went thru a turbo, alternator AND transmission during what was to become the final trip of that rig combo at 115K.

When it ran well, it was great! I would never pull another trailer over 2000lbs without extensive mods to the Sprinter, which I have done to my 2011 service van.

Suspension and cooling system upgrades along with the very necessary aux. transmission cooler.

I might even think of doing it again!!!!

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Old 06-19-2015, 04:34 PM   #4
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The later model interstates are built on Sprinter 3500 vans with dual rear wheels and lower axle ratios. They can handle towing better than the older 2500s since the axles, brakes and other component are stronger. They also have a V-6 with more power.

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Old 06-20-2015, 11:07 AM   #5
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The newer Interstate 3500's are built to tow if you stay within the guidelines. My 2010 towed flawlessly through the mountains with a minor reduction in MPG
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Old 06-20-2015, 11:25 AM   #6
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I agree with John. I tow a 1965 17' Caravel with no problems. The 3500 is very stable with the dual rear wheels and was probably built with towing in mind. I also use the Prodigy RF wireless brake controller because I tow the Caravel with two other vehicles and it allows me to plug and go.
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Thanks to everyone for your insight!

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