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Old 01-28-2007, 02:57 PM   #1
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Dilemma - Small Truck...Just Park One or..?

Hello,

I am going to renovate my cottage and so thought I would get an Airstream to avoid sleeping in dust, etc. At first I thought I would get a 30-sih fotter and have it towed in and just park it. then, i thought about a two'fer, where i get a small, old trailer to tow with my 2.7 liter, four cylinder Toyota Tacoma. Are their units that would work for the tow option? I would not travel extensively at all.

What are the best deal choices for a trailer that will be parked and not trailered at all?

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Old 01-28-2007, 04:45 PM   #2
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Hi John,

We had a Toyota Tacoma four cylinder and found it insufficient to pull even our 16' Bambi. It wouldn't get to highway speed without straining like crazy, and often couldn't stay there. Since I loved Toyota trucks, the next try was a Tacoma 6-cylinder and that did a reasonable job except that being so narrow compared to the Bambi, it was exciting trying to use the mirrors to see if someone was passing, etc. This otherwise was reasonable, but not wonderful as a tow vehicle. Since then, we bought another Airstream that required still more horsepower and now I understand why everybody recommends a larger truck. With our Dodge 1500, V8, 5.7 Liter, the Bambi pulls like it's not even there. And our 25-foot Safari is no problem either. My advice is go directly to a V8 and enjoy everything but the gas mileage.
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A 2007 2.4L Tacoma has a tow capacity of 3500lbs - you didn't say what year you have but I'll assume you are at 3500lbs.

So if you are buying a newish Airstream you'll want a 16' Bambi at most.

If you get a much older Airstream you can get a bigger one (since they weigh less) but 70s era airstreams are seldom found in 'move in' condition - and they are far from cheap if you do find one in great shape.

All that said...if you really just want an Airstream to live in for a while, I'd recommend getting one that is 5-10 years old and big enough for your needs and then getting a friend with a big truck to move it onto the site for you.
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The stats for a 2.7 l Tacoma are 3500 lbs towing capacity and 350 lbs tongue weight. Very few vintage trailers fall into this range, the tongue weight being the biggest problem. With the new Tundra hitting the dealers soon, you should be able to get a good price on any 06 left overs on the lot. You would have a much larger selection of trailers with a 4.7 L Tundra.
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Old 01-28-2007, 06:08 PM   #5
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Thanks Guys - What is the Ideal "Parker"?

Discretion is the better part of valor...so, a "parker" it is.

What are the best options for a trailer that will just stay put? Weight is not relevant, just room, layout, quality and price. Any advice?

You guys are great - you have made a newbie feel very welcome.

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