Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-19-2015, 10:34 AM   #1
3 Rivet Member
 
ghaag's Avatar
 
2014 30' FB FC Bunk
2007 25' Safari FB SE
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Jonesboro , Arkansas
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 146
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?
Thanks,
Greg
__________________

__________________
ghaag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2015, 10:38 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
AWCHIEF's Avatar
 
2006 23' Safari SE
Biloxi , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 8,138
Images: 33
Seems every rally I go to there is at least one duel Airstream rig. All have told me great combination with smooth safe towing.
__________________

__________________
MICHAEL

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
AWCHIEF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2015, 11:27 AM   #3
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
lewster's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,281
Greg,

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!!!!




Lew Farber
RVIA/RVDA Nationally Certified Master Tech
Master Tech Energy Systems, Inc.
AM Solar Certified Installation Center
Lifeline Batteries**Magnum Inverters
541-490-6357
__________________
Lew Farber...ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician...RVIA Certified Master Tech ...AM Solar Authorized Installation Center...AIRSTREAM Solar & Electrical Specialist...Micro Air 'Easy Start' Sales and Installations
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2015, 05:34 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Boxster1971's Avatar

 
2013 Interstate Coach
Fulton , Maryland
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 2,265
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.


- - Mike
2013 Lounge EXT on 2012 Sprinter
__________________
- - Mike
--------------------------
2013 Airstream Interstate Lounge EXT
Boxster1971 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2015, 12:07 PM   #5
2 Rivet Member
 
2014 25' International
2010 22' Interstate
Carol Stream , Illinois
Join Date: Dec 2014
Posts: 38
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
__________________
John Millner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2015, 12:25 PM   #6
3 Rivet Member
 
hamiltonmj's Avatar
 
1965 17' Caravel
2013 Interstate Coach
Opelika , Alabama
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 115
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.
__________________
Mike Hamilton
WBCCI # 2766
2013 Airstream Interstate (Darth Vader)
1965 17' Caravel (R2D2)
hamiltonmj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2015, 04:54 PM   #7
3 Rivet Member
 
ghaag's Avatar
 
2014 30' FB FC Bunk
2007 25' Safari FB SE
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Jonesboro , Arkansas
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 146
Thanks to everyone for your insight!
__________________

__________________
ghaag is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Has anyone worn out their Coupler? thecatsandi Hitches, Couplers & Balls 28 04-02-2012 02:45 PM
Has Anyone Else Had a Bear Climb In Their Airstream? cclarkego Off Topic Forum 117 01-17-2011 09:30 PM
Has anyone put a photo tower on their Airstream? Msmoto Photography 4 12-13-2009 10:28 PM
Who's done their Airstream with their custom style interior? ANY PICS LAWFISH Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 1 02-08-2009 06:36 PM
Has anyone ever added on to their airstream wvairstream Full-Timing 18 11-16-2008 10:24 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.