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Old 03-04-2015, 10:37 AM   #29
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I always learn something from these discussions. I am a fan of diesels for towing, period. However, a while ago when people started to push the Tundra and it's abilities I did some research and by golly I learned something. I still would not buy one to tow our 30' FC as I need payload - I often have my,my wife, two 60 pound + dogs, two kayaks and a golf cart in the bed of the truck. Plus all the normal AS stuff.

So, the discussions in my opinion are great - if kept civil.

Thanks for this forum by the way - as stated I learn a lot.
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:00 PM   #30
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That's why they make Fords and Chevys-
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:01 PM   #31
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A Tundra won't (or shouldn't or can't) pull a 30 with a golf cart in the bed-
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:06 PM   #32
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Beeswaxowl - I asked for some recommendations here too and I found a 2012 Tundra 5.7L with 4WD. Like someone advised previously, maybe it's not the vehicle to tow your AS (we pull about 7,000 lbs) but I wanted to make the case for 4WD on any truck if you're planning on doing some disperse camping on BLM land. We've been doing some scout trips on backroads and it's a bit comforting to know we have the 4WD. It doesn't get you out of every tough spot (as we found in sloppy clayey mud one rainy afternoon) but we feel we can check out more potential spots for dry camping this way. If you're good with RV parks and developed campgrounds, then 4WD is probably a waste of money. Good luck!
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:14 PM   #33
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I still recommend a Tundra, but not with an 800# Harley in the bed-
I am absolutely ecstatically happy with my rig.
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:24 PM   #34
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Want to buy one for me too? I'm considering the same TV! :-)
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Old 03-10-2015, 01:36 PM   #35
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Buy you one what? With what money?
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:20 PM   #36
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Towing capacity as defined by the auto manufacturers (which really should be called pulling or dragging capacity) is not usually the major issue when selecting a tow vehicle, PAYLOAD capacity should be. Just about any half ton pickup truck will pull just about any Airstream including the heavier 34 footers and the ones with slides. Where you get into trouble is the cargo capacity of the tow vehicle once you add the REAL tongue weight of your Airstream and whatever else you put in the tow vehicle.

Half ton pickups usually have a payload capacity of between 1,300 lbs and 1,900 lbs. Some have more but those are usually "work trucks" with a cloth bench seat in the front, roll-up windows and a relatively short bed. I don't see too many Airstreams getting pulled by "work trucks." Most are pulled by fancier models with longer wheelbases and often a cap with God knows what inside. After you set aside 900 to 1,000 lbs for the tongue weight, which is a typical real world tongue weight for a packed-for-camping contemporary 25 to 30 Airstream, you can see where the math can quickly come up short.

So if you travel with basically an empty bed no problem. But if you put your 500 - 700 lbs. motorcycle or your rock collection in the bed and have a heavy cap to boot, then watch out.

If you are a casual camper (which means you probably have a job, spouse, 2.1 children and 1.25 dogs) and only go away for weekends and the proverbial two to three weeks of vacation relatively close to home, then a smaller less capable tow vehicle is fine. On the other hand, if you spend most of your life on the road and drag a lot of your worldly possessions with you, a larger tow vehicle will be very much appreciated.

Of course, WHATEVER tow vehicle you have you should use a properly set up weight distributing/anti sway hitch.

When in doubt, go big, or go home!
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I've got a friend who has the very same Airstream. He got it from his dad last year. He is new to this as well and has a late model 1/2 ton GMC. It pulled it but that's about it. We hooked up my 2015 F250 diesel to it and I gave him the keys. He said it was like night and day. If your going to use it then get a TV your Comfortable with and that can do the job. That's one heavy trailer. Pay me now or pay me later. Good luck


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Or one of these....
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I know this thread is dead... But I just wanted to add that I ended up going with a 2015 Tundra. I am pretty sure I will be really happy with this truck.
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Yes, you will.
Does your new Tundra have the larger fuel tank, integrated trailer brake controller, and ability to adjust headlights down under load to prevent blinding oncoming cars at night?


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Ok, Beeswax, let's see those pics of your TV & AS together
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Just wanted to say "I liked this thread," and learned quite a bit. Thanks to all.

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