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Old 01-02-2010, 08:06 AM   #1
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Talking Got my Airstream after 20 yrs of talk! person here. Just bought 1967 Tradewinds after 20 years of talking about it. Trying to decide on new tow vehicle now. Own 2006 Toyota4Runner..4 WD sport edition which is supposed to tow 5000 lb but conderned about factory hitch and short wheelbase after reading all the posts. Have friends with the Chevy Avalanch that love the truck so considering moving on up....any words of wisdom would be appreciated...Donna

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Old 01-02-2010, 08:09 AM   #2
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Hi Donna! Welcome, Im a sort of Newbie too, we just purchased a 66' Tradewind!
We tow with a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.

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Old 01-02-2010, 08:30 AM   #3
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Welcome, silverdonna and jezibels, to Airstream and Airstreaming.

Before either of you spend any money on repairs or fixets, it's wise to make a list, along with the costs, of everything that you find wrong, or would like to upgrade.

Then you can make a plan for the timing of the repairs as well as do some budget planning, or forecasting.

Making the trailer "water tight" is the first major consideration to make. Then safety issues, convenience issues, and lastly, cosmetic issues, become a part of your "fixit" planning.

If you have questions, many owners can help both of you, on this web site.

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Old 01-02-2010, 08:45 AM   #4

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Thumbs up Welcome aboard...

The Chevy Avalanche has the same wheelbase as our Burb and is a very capable tow vehicle,(TV). They did have some leak problems around all the cover panels a few years ago but I believe most have been addressed.

Pay close attention to the factory receiver on all GM's late 90's up..

It's not just restricted to the 2002 2500 series.

Good Luck...don't forget to post those pictures.

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So when is this..."old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:05 AM   #5
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:26 AM   #6
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

The 4Runner may be slightly on the shy side, but I would try it out before jumping into a new tow vehicle at this point. An Avalanche will definitely do the job.

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Old 01-02-2010, 12:39 PM   #7
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Hey there, silverdonna and jezibels! Glad to see you aboard with your new purchases!

Love to see some photos of them, OK?
If it's to be, it's up to me.
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Old 01-02-2010, 12:55 PM   #8
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You will love it here the people are wonderful...

Enjoy airstreaming and wonder why you waited so long.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:29 PM   #9
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Tradewind and Lexus GX470

Pull my 72 Tradewind with the Lexus GX470. The 8 Cyl has lots of power and am getting more confident after going to Colorado last summer. Though the 70's Tradewinds are quite different from the 60s units ut the size and configurations are similar. You'll find lots of help here on doing about anything.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:36 PM   #10
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Welcome Silverdonna and Jezibels

The Toyota 4 runner should be fine for the 67 tradewind if it's stock at 3850 lbs, just keep in mind that everything you put in the trailer is added weight, like water at 8.3 lbs per gallon. If you add about 600 lbs you'll be around 4400 and good to go as long as you don't put 4 people and 600 lbs in the 4 runner, total weight is important. Be sure to have an anti-sway control, preferably the Reese dual cam type and it'll track straight as an arrow, check tire pressures VERRRY IMPORTANT. If all else fails (like you feel not enough power) try a Ford Expedition 5.6 liter with factory tow package (9000 lb tow).
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Old 01-05-2010, 10:23 PM   #11
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We had a 2004 4 runner, loved it. We towed the first couple of trips without any problems, but we knew we were close to the towing capacity - ie 5000 lbs. In fact when we were getting the tow package put on, the local rv dealer was reluctant to even put the hitch on. On a trip out we had a lot of sway problems, and that was not a pleasant trip. We upgraded to the hensley and a 2009 Tundra. Last couple triips out we didn't even know the A/S was behind us. We are a bit overkill, but we now feel much safer - and that is worth a lot. Best of luck as you enjoy your travels.

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