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Old 03-05-2013, 11:12 AM   #29
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Interstateflyer, From your profile it looks like you are pulling your Bambi 19 with an Interstate Sprinter RV. If so, I'm curious how it's working out? We have a 2011 Pleasure Way built on the Mercedes 3500 Sprinter with dual tires. The towing capacity is rated 5000# and we're looking to buy a small AS for extended travel. We're trying to choose between the Sport 22FB or one of the higher end shorter ASs. We plan to use the RV as our living room and kitchen and use the AS as the bedroom and bath. The size of the bathroom will be of more importance to us. Any thoughts?
Were towing with a GMC Sierra 1500.

The most we've towed with the Interstate is 2200 lbs (T@B trailer). I believe that the tow rating of 5000 lbs for 2002-2006 Sprinter 2500 158" was based on an empty cargo van. The RV buildout weight could have significantly effected the towing capacity.

I see people with shorter wheelbase cargo/passenger 2500s towing mid size aluminum horse trailers.

Not sure about the original or current 3500s though. The 2500's 5 cyl seemed challenged going up some hills. Your newer V-6 van could be better.
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Old 03-05-2013, 03:10 PM   #30
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Were towing with a GMC Sierra 1500.

The most we've towed with the Interstate is 2200 lbs (T@B trailer). I believe that the tow rating of 5000 lbs for 2002-2006 Sprinter 2500 158" was based on an empty cargo van. The RV buildout weight could have significantly effected the towing capacity.

I see people with shorter wheelbase cargo/passenger 2500s towing mid size aluminum horse trailers.

Not sure about the original or current 3500s though. The 2500's 5 cyl seemed challenged going up some hills. Your newer V-6 van could be better.
No, actually 2002-2006 Sprinter 2500 tow rating was based on the van having the max payload in it. I looked into 1 as a tow vehicle then and was thinking that if it was rated like other vehicles in the US it would have had over a 7000lb tow rating for the 2500 and over 8000lb for the 3500 instead of 5000lb each and that made me decide not to buy 1.
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:32 PM   #31
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Can of Worms

T4Halo;

Boy did you open a can of worms and I'm one of them!

We purchased a 2013 16' Sport last October. We looked at the 22' Sport and the 19' Safari but for us it came down to two things:

1.) We tow with a V6 Jeep so weight was a big issue and we really liked the compact size of the 16' Sport.

2.) Money was also an issue and with a MSRP of $42K calling the base Sport "cheap" is for us hilarious.

If money and weight had not been a problem we would have gotten the 20' Safari.

I really like the room the 22' Sport has and being narrower is a plus and my better half loved the big bathroom, but if you can handle the extra weight and additional cost I'd would go with the 19' Safari.

I like the International version but I think AS charges way too much for the high cool factor interior.

Good luck and I think you will be happy with whatever model you get.

Nothing is more satisfying than to cruise down the highway on your first trip out towing the AS and getting all the looks, honks and waves from your fellow drivers not to mention showing it off to other RV'ers at campgrounds.

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Old 03-06-2013, 03:53 PM   #32
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T4Halo, .........
Nothing is more satisfying than to cruise down the highway on your first trip out towing the AS and getting all the looks, honks and waves from your fellow drivers not to mention showing it off to other RV'ers at campgrounds.

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That is so very true! I was amazed at the attention the little Airstream demanded. It is a blast to experience!

BTW Jack Dog, I can't find were anyone called the Sport "cheap". I hope that is not what I implied....

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Old 03-06-2013, 05:19 PM   #33
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LOL Bruce! I saw a 16' Design Within Reach yesterday parked at my favorite trailer repair shop. Couldn't take my eyes off of it. So cute, so little, so rounded...

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Old 03-07-2013, 07:28 AM   #34
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Thanks for all the input. Now the wife wants to look at the 23 and 25 both with FB. I have been pulling campers for 25 years and have never seen her this excited.

She is a little apprehensive about the longer and wider units. We rolled a 24 foot Terry TT and 97 Ford Explorer on I95 back in 1997. Trailer laid on its side and SUV on its roof. Everyone was fine but she has PTSD over the whole issue. I`m sure I`ll be fine with the 2010 F150.

Since the accident I`ve owned a 5th wheel, a slide in bed camper, a small hybrid and an Aframe. We haven`t had any issues with these units. I`m sure an AS will pull much quieter than the old Big White Box did.

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Old 03-07-2013, 09:18 AM   #35
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Have your wife watch this video, it may help her feel more comfortable towing an Airstream.
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:58 AM   #36
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I`ve had her watch the video a couple of times... I think that is one of the reasons she is excited again.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:27 AM   #37
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Thanks for all the input. Now the wife wants to look at the 23 and 25 both with FB. I have been pulling campers for 25 years and have never seen her this excited.



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Both excellent choices. I'm not a fan of the sports as they seem really tight inside. The 23 has an awesome cute factor and the layout is great provided you don't mind the corner bed. If the corner bed is a deal breaker move to the 25.
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:19 AM   #38
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I have a 19" Bambi, and my TV is a 1500 Suburban, would mine tow as well? I have the single axel. Thanks. sbb
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Old 03-08-2013, 09:34 PM   #39
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I have a 19" Bambi, and my TV is a 1500 Suburban, would mine tow as well? I have the single axel. Thanks. sbb
Your owner's manual should have a table that describes the towing capacities of your TV. They factor in the engine displacement, axel ratio and suspension.

You can input your TV's vin# on compnine.com to find out it's build info (if you don't have your window sticker).
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:44 AM   #40
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I have a 19" Bambi, and my TV is a 1500 Suburban, would mine tow as well? I have the single axel. Thanks. sbb
Any Suburban should be able to tow a 19' Bambi well. If you have the 6-speed and 3.08 rear it will be close to the weight limit and you should add an aux trans cooler, if you don't have an aux trans cooler with any other setup it is still a good idea to add 1.

Now if you meant will it go through the slalom coarse as fast as the Porsche can in the video not quite, the Porsche is faster through the slalom course solo then the Suburban so would also be faster towing. The Suburban might be faster towing then solo through the slalom coarse though if the weight distribution is setup right.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:18 AM   #41
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We chose the 22 FB because it was a tad narrower. By going with the narrow trailer we can store it on our property which was very important to us. Perfect fit. So even if we wanted to go larger we probably could not unless we stored. The floor plan is good, two adults and two small dogs and we can set up the outside for more room. Best way to decide is which meets most of your expectations or wants.
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:29 PM   #42
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I believe the biggest bed of any AS is in the sport 22FB. Being 6'4 an 85' long bed is great. Also bathroom is not next to the bed which is a plus.
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