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Old 04-18-2008, 11:10 AM   #1
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Have the Airstream, Shopping for a truck

Hi Everyone!

We are new to airstreaming (but lifelong obsessed). We just picked up our “new” honeymoon wagon. A 25ft 1975 trade wind land yacht double. We are currently in the process of shopping for a truck. We are pretty close to purchasing a 2005 Tundra (Access Cab V8 SR5 4WD). Airstream says that our trailer is 4190 lbs (dry). Does anyone have any feedback about this combination? Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:42 AM   #2
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I have a 75 Trade Wind (double) and I used to tow it with a 2003 Tundra Access Cab SR5 4X4. It was a pretty good setup, but lacked power on the longer hills. If your towing is mostly flat that should not be an issue. My truck had the 4 speed automatic transmission which made it tow (OD off) in 3rd gear. This was not great for gas mileage. The weight of the trailer was well within the specs for towing. It was a good TV. Here is what it looked like...
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Old 04-18-2008, 01:32 PM   #3
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Add 2000 lbs for water, food, clothing, incidental stuff you have to have with you on a trip, and aftermarket add-ons such as AC, and you will be close to actual scale weight.
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:48 PM   #4
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Go for a minimum 3/4 ton Chev, ord, or Dodge pickups. Like someone said one time that you never have to much power in your vehicle. You just not have to use it all.
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Old 04-18-2008, 04:28 PM   #5
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Hi Newlyweds,

Others here helped me work through the same general issue on this thread:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f368/98-30-excella-1000-weight-limits-walt-lyn-26030.html
The trailer and specs are different, but the thought process and considerations may help you avoid buying too little or grossly too much.

I'll attach the Excel version of the model I used to work through the numbers. You can plug in your trailer specs and those of the tow vehicles you are considering. Unless you're building something into the pickup box just set the values in the "Boat in Pickup Box:" section to zero.

Azflycaster ‘s results sound like a real good indication of what you can expect with that combination. I can add that two of the folks at a rally last weekend described that they are quite pleased with the towing of their 25’ Safaris with the 2006 and 2007 Tundras over the Coast and Cascade ranges here in Oregon.

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Old 04-18-2008, 05:54 PM   #6
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Driver1 - 2007 is when the Tundra went with the new look and bigger engine. I would still be towing with my 2003 Tundra, but I traded it for the 2007 Tundra. The bigger engine and longer truck make it a great TV for trailers that are not too heavy. The new setup:
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Old 04-18-2008, 06:18 PM   #7
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Good Point!

Azflycaster - I did hear about the 2007 Tundra models having a bigger GVWR, but didn't think to highlight it on my post. Good Point!

Your rig looks great.

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Old 04-23-2008, 09:02 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies! We test drove a silverado (my dad just retired from GM) but it's too much truck for us. Once we're "full-timing" we'll visit that again, but for now we need to think about day-to-day driving foremost. We can't afford a brand new Tundra so we're still looking for a slightly older one (2005-2006). Wish us luck, and thanks again for your replies!!
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Old 04-23-2008, 09:23 PM   #9
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Truck!

Off subject maybe but here is a TRUCK. just put your Airstream in the back.
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Old 04-23-2008, 09:33 PM   #10
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I think that the Tundra will do the job but, that being said, you should decide on one of the high hitches. Take a look at the Equal-I-Zer or the Hensley.

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Old 04-24-2008, 02:25 AM   #11
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I have towed my 78 , 24ft Argosy with the Tundra step-side for about 3 years. I am not full timing, and for the amount of pulling I do in the mostly flat Oklahoma country, it has been a good fit. I would not take this combo into the Rockies. I also do not ever pull with water on board; however, I know I have way too much "stuff" loaded into the Argosy. Be care of acquiring too much "stuff". We also have the Ford F150 with the 5.4L Triton that is a bigger engine than the Tundra and pulls our 31ft Sovereign with no strain. Of course there is very little "stuff" in the Sovereign as this point and I'm going to try to keep it to a minimum. Get the good weight distribution hitch as Moosetags says. Believe me it makes all the difference in how your trailer tows and your safety. I couldn't pay the price for the Hensley, but the EqualIzer is a good hitch for these lighter vintage trailers.
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Ive got a 1975 Tradewind double and I have towed it for the last 3 years with a 2000 1/2 ton Chevy p/up. (5.3L, 2wd, 3:73 gears) This has worked out very well for me. I've towed it up and down the west coast with no problems at all. The advantage of being able to use a 1/2 ton truck is gas mileage. I get 19mpg with just the truck and 10-12mpg towing. I wouldn't get anything bigger unless I was full-timing.

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I Have A Nissan Titan Crew Cab Le. I Pull A Safari 25 Fb Se. I Can't Tell You How Easy It Has Been. It Has 350 Hp And Pulls Like A Dream. I Didn't Do Any Special Hook Ups To The Truck. Just What The Trailer Came With. The Truck Gets About 12 Mpg On Avg When Pulling The Trailer, It Gets About 16/17 Mpg's Without The Trailer. It Is One Of The Most Comfortable Trucks To Drive And Makes Manuvering The Trailer Easy. The Truck Is Less Expensive Than Most American Made Trucks And Is Definitely Less Than The Tundra, Which Is A Pretty Nice Truck. I Have Had My Truck About 2 1/2 Years And Zero Problems. I Take It In For Regular Maintenance And Use A Synthetic Oil. Other Than That, Nothing Has Been Done To The Truck. It Is One Of The Least Expensive Trucks To Operate. Look On Edmunds.com For More Information So That You Can Make Your Own Decision. I Do Recommend The Titan Without Reservation. Take One For A Test Drive If You Can, I Think You Appreciate The Performance And The Savings.
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