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Old 08-02-2016, 08:32 PM   #1
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Hello from Mississippi!

We are getting ready to purchase our first Airstream! We are so excited to get on the road and meet fellow Airstreamers. What is the best truck to pull a 28 or 30' Airstream? Appreciate any advice.
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Old 08-02-2016, 09:14 PM   #2
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Impossible question to answer without testing all trucks produced. Like most things everyone has different taste. That is a big heavy trailer. My opinion is that any 3/4 ton with a proper towing package should do the trick.
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Ditto on the 3/4-ton pickup recommendation. I like and recommend diesel trucks.

What is your budget for a tow vehicle?
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Old 08-03-2016, 06:35 AM   #4
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:01 AM   #5
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Ditto on the 3/4-ton pickup recommendation. I like and recommend diesel trucks.

What is your budget for a tow vehicle?
Thanks, I am thinking $50k. Going to look today. F150 looks like it handles 10,400k and F250 up to 12,400, Toyota Tundra 12,500. We want it to pull easily in the mountains for sure.
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:40 AM   #6
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Be sure to check the cargo carrying capacity of each TV. I don't know the tongue weight of the coach you are looking at. If it is close to 1,000 lbs. You will be severely limited on what cargo you can carry when the TV has a half ton rating. Don't forget cargo capacity. Each passenger subtracts from the rated capacity as well as luggage etc.
A TV with 1,500 pound cargo capacity towing a trailer with a 1,000 pound tongue weight only has 500 pound left of the rated capacity.
Don't look in a sales brochure for this info. Look at the placard on the door post of each TV you are considering. These capacities are different with different trim packages.
Be sure to get the tow package on whatever you buy.
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Welcome to the forum Zac. The vintage of your potential new 'stream will wildly affect the truck decision. A older 30' could weigh 1/2 as much as a newer one, making a possible pleasurable towing experience in the mountains turn into a right lane, flashers on, crawling up a hill night mare.
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Make sure to do the research on the Tundra. Yes it pulled the space shuttle on TV, but all of my research and interwebs reading put it on the borderline. I had a 2015 CrewMax 1794 edition and it would have probably pulled my new purchase fine, but I was concerned about stopping and/or emergency situations when people are people on the highways. I ended up with a 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 HD diesel with Allison transmission. I barely felt the airstream when I was bringing it home from the dealer. Hope this helps. Just be mindful that all dealer will show you charts and tow ratings. You need to factor in what you are going to add to the trailer, what you might carry in the back of the truck. The 3/4 Ton helps because you go up a class in hitch and springs. In the end you need to go with what you feel your personal storage needs are and how comfortable you are in stopping suddenly, etc. Good luck with your search and decision.
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Welcome to the Forum!

Remember, it's not just having the power to pull, it's the ability to stop when you need to and keep the "truck leads - trailer follows" relationship intact at all times. You're looking at a couple of big trailers. Never, in the history of trailer towing, has someone in a bad situation said "Gee, I wish I had less truck!".

We started towing our 27FB Classic with a 3/4 ton Dodge with Cummins turbodiesel just because that was the truck we already had. When we upgraded to a new one, with a few more "bells and whistles" I found that, while shopping Rams, there was less than $300 difference between the 3/4 ton and a 1 ton - which gave us almost 2000lbs more load capacity. No brainer. I highly recommend as much truck as you can afford, and make it a diesel. The torque, power, and engine brakes, as well as fuel economy make the extra price worth it - they are bred to haul. Our '15 Ram 3500 doesn't even seem to know it is pulling 7500lbs of trailer!

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Old 09-08-2016, 05:25 PM   #11
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We did it!

We pick up our 30' Classic tomorrow! So excited to meet some of the fellow AS folks. Anyone winter in Florida? Any suggestions?

Thanks to all for your input.

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We pick up our 30' Classic tomorrow! So excited ...



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Now you need to do a few "shake down" cruises on the Natchez Trace Parkway to Jeff Busby or some other close by campground!
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Well, couldn't pick it up! Two major issues on the inspection: 1) water running down the side of the trailer by the door (air conditioners not draining; upon further tech inspection water was all over the top he feels the return air is mixing with cool air on both air conditioners. 2) could not attach hitch because it interfered with the propane gas line and location of battery box.
They are calling Airstream for solutions.
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