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Old 01-28-2010, 02:46 PM   #1
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I have a 2005 Bambi but no tow vehicle. My husband had a truck which I hated to drive and I gave it to my son when my husband passed away. Now I'm looking for a good used tow vehicle thats easy to drive and set up. Any suggestions?
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welcome 'hound

there are 1000s of options and 100s of threads on this issue.

here's one

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...cle-39142.html

easy to drive and set up are relative terms...

some folks that HATE trucks still end up liking smaller trucks...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...le-26058.htmls

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If you are after an SUV, I would suggest you look at a used GMC Envoy Denali. We had a 2006 one that was the best riding SUV I've ever had. It was the 4 wd one with a 5.3 V8 and has all the bells and whistles you could want as standard. I had bought it to pull a trailer, but realized it was not enough for what we ended up buying in a trailer. JMHO
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we too have no need or desire to own a pick up. Airstreams are very easy to tow (when set up right). There are some very good alternatives that are comfortable, capable, and fun to drive. Here are some examples....

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I have a 2005 Bambi but no tow vehicle. My husband had a truck which I hated to drive and I gave it to my son when my husband passed away. Now I'm looking for a good used tow vehicle thats easy to drive and set up. Any suggestions?
Hear you go.
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We tow our 19' Bambi with an '07 Tacoma Double Cab with factory tow package (important)...It does fine and is not a huge truck. It doubles as our everyday vehicle, too.
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If you don't want a pickup truck, your choice will probably be an SUV. Preferably a V8 for the mountains with a factory hitch receiver of 6k lbs or more. Some V6 will pull fine, but the extra umph is blessing for grades.

I have a VW Touareg with air suspension which makes hitching up very easy as I do not use a weight distributing hitch. A hitch with a 1" drop and a friction sway bar is all that is needed. The air suspension is self leveling and and allows me to raise or lower the car by 6" which is helpful for hooking/unhooking at non level campsites. Un attached, the car performs like a Porsche.
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If you don't want a pickup truck, your choice will probably be an SUV. Preferably a V8 for the mountains with a factory hitch receiver of 6k lbs or more. Some V6 will pull fine, but the extra umph is blessing for grades.

I have a VW Touareg with air suspension which makes hitching up very easy as I do not use a weight distributing hitch. A hitch with a 1" drop and a friction sway bar is all that is needed. The air suspension is self leveling and and allows me to raise or lower the car by 6" which is helpful for hooking/unhooking at non level campsites. Un attached, the car performs like a Porsche.
is your VW a v6, 8 or 10? what is the weight and specs on your trailer? I bought a 78 28' and am working on finding out info on the trailer. I have a 04 V8 with air suspension and trying to figure out if it will tow the 28'
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Answers to your questions can be found here....

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And as you look at vehicles, consider that most TV manufacturer guidelines specify weight AND trailer frontal area (I think; I would certainly ask online of brand enthusiasts if that is available). The second of those is most often ignored.

With trailers, 90% of drag is the frontal area/departure area/undercarriage. Trailers that address those issues with greatly radiused entry & exit plus sidewalls -- with a fully enclosed undercarriage -- are the easiest to tow.

The gap between TV and TT is always more than 24", so each vehicle is separate as to aerodynamics; and TT height trumps weight, so make comparisons with others with this in mind (if they tow SOB's).

I haven't made a broad comparison yet, but it appears to me that solo mileage versus towing mileage is a difference of 30% to 40%; consistently since the early 1970's (given similar speeds) for nearly all vehicles. A turbocharged diesel tends to be best, all other the same.
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is your VW a v6, 8 or 10? what is the weight and specs on your trailer? I bought a 78 28' and am working on finding out info on the trailer. I have a 04 V8 with air suspension and trying to figure out if it will tow the 28'
Even the V6 is more than adequate for up to a 7500lb trailer. The V10 TDI is pure overkill.

I would use WDH - never mind VW's vaccillations on this issue.
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I have a 2005 Bambi but no tow vehicle. My husband had a truck which I hated to drive and I gave it to my son when my husband passed away. Now I'm looking for a good used tow vehicle thats easy to drive and set up. Any suggestions?
Finding someone to build a custom receiver is the biggest challenge, unless you are willing to drive to Can Am in London, Ontario.

Some passenger vehicles that are "rated":
  • Honda Pilot
  • Audi Q5
  • Mercedes GLK350 (to 3500 lbs)
  • Volvo V70 (2008 and up)
  • Volvo XC90
  • Volvo XC60
  • Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse
Any of these would do a good job with the Bambi, provided things are set up correctly.
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