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Old 03-02-2015, 09:40 PM   #1
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What should I buy to tow...

Hello everyone.. I am new to the forum.. A few years ago I purchased a 30ft 1997 Excella Classic. I think it is fully loaded with all the wood trim. I haven't weighed it yet but I hope to. Up until now I have begged, borrowed and rented trucks for the little I had to move it around but now I am in the market for a tow vehicle It is tougher then I thought decided what to get.

Just wonder what some of you use..
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Old 03-02-2015, 09:55 PM   #3
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Welcome to the forum. You have asked a question that will certainly stir up the hornet's nest, as most everyone has their own opinion and desires in a tow vehicle.

I would suggest you find out the GVW of your trailer, and that should be on an aluminum plate on the front road side of the trailer, and then shop for a vehicle that will comfortably tow that much weight, and one that you want to drive.

Good luck with your search.
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Old 03-02-2015, 10:10 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

For an Airstream of that size, you could get by with just about any half to
pick-up, but if you really plan to travel with the Airstream, a 3/4 might be more appropriate.

You need to get a traveling weight and tongue weight of the Airstream, and then crunch some number on some trucks.

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Welcome aboard!! Where have you been?

Ok.. time to travel, eh? Do you have the weights of your AS(Airstream)? Expect about 10-15% of the weight to be on the 'tongue'.

You should consider an appropriate 'hitch' which does 3 things.
1- Keeps trailer connected to the TV (obvious, right?)
2- Keeps trailer from developing 'sway'
3- Properly achieves 'weight distribution' which will correctly load the 'tongue weight' onto your TV (tow vehicle)

On a 'side note', I like my TV to be the 'control' point of whatever I tow. A smaller, lighter TV 'may' tow your AS across the street, but what happens when you MUST have a TV that will control the 'tow load'? It is simple physics. This is why we have the 'heavy/strong' guys on the 'LINE' in a football team. The fast, light, nimble guys get to run...but when the physics comes to play, the big guy may squish the little guy...
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Buy a big block, 3/4 ton Suburban. They are easy to drive, you'll enjoy all the room for extra gear, good brakes, easy to get serviced, and they are hefty enough so the tail won't be wagging the dog. Very versatile vehicle.
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:53 AM   #7
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for a 30' Excella, I +1 for the Suburban
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A 3/4 ton Suburban won't tow any better than any other 3/4 ton truck, but if you want a big SUV, they are great, except you can no longer buy a new one from any manufacturer, only 1/2 tons.
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A 3/4 ton Suburban won't tow any better than any other 3/4 ton truck,
The advantage of the Burb is the one piece body structure compared to the two separate body parts on the pick ups is that it firms up the frame. The Burb will have less frame flex which is a good thing.
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The advantage of the Burb is the one piece body structure compared to the two separate body parts on the pick ups is that it firms up the frame. The Burb will have less frame flex which is a good thing.
Modern truck frames are stiff enough that that is no longer an issue, and never was a significant issue.
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Modern truck frames are stiff enough that that is no longer an issue, and never was a significant issue.
Yup. Especially the fully boxed frame ones.
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My local dealer has a new 2014 toyota tundra on special right now. Regular cab 2WD 5.7L with the tow package. So far it is at the top of my list..
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The advantage of the Burb is the one piece body structure compared to the two separate body parts on the pick ups is that it firms up the frame. The Burb will have less frame flex which is a good thing.
Where is it written that flex in a tow vehicle is a bad thing?
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