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Old 06-26-2015, 08:38 PM   #15
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Welcome, JenandJes. You will get a lot of good advice here, but some of it will leave you scratching your heads and wondering what's going on. Slow down, take a deep breath, and relax a bit.

Get the gross weight of the Airstreams you are thinking about. Figure 15% of that will be weight on the tongue. That's a bit high, but gives you a couple of pounds of leeway. The gross weight is the total weight the tow vehicle will have to pull and stop. The tow vehicle will have a Gross Combined Weight Rating. Subtract the weight of the tow vehicle (fully fueled and loaded with yourselves and your stuff) from that GCWR and you have the maximum the trailer can weigh. If that number is more than the Gross Weight of the Airstream you are okay.

"Have you considered an Airstream diesel pusher MH instead of an Airstream TT? You will not need to worry about tow weight restrictions. Then you can tow any vehicle you want." Well, not quite. Gross Combined Weight Rating will be a factor here.

Do a bit more research before you start shopping. As others have said, an Airstream is not a large coach, and if you are going to be full-timing, you WILL have days where you are stuck inside.

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Old 06-27-2015, 03:50 PM   #16
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Airstream diesel pusher motorhome can easily tow a Jeep Wrangler as a toad.

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Old 06-28-2015, 01:01 PM   #17
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Choice of tow vehicle also depends on where you plan to go. I already had a 4.6 L Tundra when I bought the FC 23D, and it functioned adequately. Probably would still have it if we towed mainly on the flats and low rolling hills. But we tend to spend a lot of time in the mountains, so we traded the Tundra in on a Ford F-250 turbo diesel, which might be a bit of an overkill on the flats, but really begins to hit its stride in the mountains. You will find a pickup handy when towing, as you will invariably have junk like generators, chairs, tables, chocks & blocks, etc., that you'd just as soon keep out of the trailer and the back seat of a Suburban.

Car dealers are more than happy to take more than one trade-in on a sale, and there's always Carmax, so ending up with the TV and trailer you want shouldn't be too much of a problem, whether the Airstream dealer will take a car in trade or not.
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Old 06-28-2015, 01:43 PM   #18
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Ray Ekland ( spelling?) ( talented and thoughtful writer)

Ray brought up a point to new would be full timers ( of which we get questions from quite often )

He advised to try it out for a while before you totally commit to it. It sounds like an exciting romantic adventure. When in reality…it might not be your cup of tea or all that it is cracked up to be. It depends on you, your life style, your economic standing, your expectations, your ability, and your comfort level.

( Next is a hotly debated can of worms, but to me, especially important for inexperienced in towing drivers )

#1 Trying to compromise on good gas mileage, and a good safe tow vehicle…is exactly that….a compromise.

#2 A small wheelbased tow vehicle can be pushed around and bullied by a trailer. ( granted….an experienced driver with a great hitch set up might not have problems )

#3 Power is not the only issue. Brakes and transmission are SOME other issues

My advise is to read read read, ask ask ask, before you buy OR tow

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