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Old 04-18-2011, 06:20 PM   #1
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Hello from Turks and Caicos Islands

Wife and I moved from the USA to the Turks and Caicos Islands six years ago and built a home here. Now we are planning to buy an Airstream International 27FB and use it to tour the western USA during hurricane seasons. We plan to buy the trailer as soon as we figure out which one to buy. We have definitely settled on the 27FB, though.

Right now I am trying to figure out if a rented Expedition ( Budget?) would be good enough to tow the trailer from Syracuse to Dallas. Does anyone know if Budget's SUVs come with hitches?
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:56 PM   #2
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If you can find anything to rent anywhere, it's going to need a brake controller for a 27'. Perhaps one of the pickup trucks with a built in brake controller, but good luck finding any rental company that knows what one is.
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Old 04-18-2011, 08:19 PM   #3
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Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

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

Renting a tow vehicle may be problematic. Every auto rental company that I have checked out prohibits towing anything with their vehicles. If you tow, it may negate all of their insurance coverage. You need to start checking for a tow vehicle now.

You might have to consider buying a used tow vehicle and working out an arrangement with a dealer to buy it back when you store the Airstream.

Good luck in your quest.

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Old 04-18-2011, 09:43 PM   #4
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U haul trucks allow you to tow a trailer.
When you find your tow vehicle post your solution, many inquiring minds would like to know.
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Old 04-18-2011, 10:43 PM   #5
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Hi Turks and Caicos folks: I've cruised those islands as a boat captain, very nice and a good idea to leave during the "windy season".
I just bought a 25' Safari and I would advise that rental company employees are not familiar with renting a "proper" tow vehicle. I don't have one so I went the same route as you and finally decided to hire a real tow truck company to tow mine home (when it's out of the shop...someday). These trailers are quite heavy (see quality) and require a good TV and load levelers connection between the TV and the trailer AND and break controler. This is quite important or things may get stress full on a long haul.
I'm just on the steep learning curve as you are....so hang in there.
With an Airstream you can't go wrong. They hold value and are seriously cool.
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Old 04-19-2011, 05:41 AM   #6
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Del is right- "seriously cool"- we have only slept in our HOUSE once since we brought ours home almost a month ago(Our friends think we are crazy) we lived on our 30' Cowhorn Schooner for years in the Caribbean and the AS feels like home again. Good luck on the new venture!
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:24 AM   #7
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hi y'all, and thanks for all the welcomes. I am finding the same bad news about the tow vehicle. I have checked with Enterprise, Budget, Alamo,etc. and am finding the same thing. They will rent you a large pickup truck, but their policy is "no towing". And of course their inventory is not equipped for towing at all.

I spent years in the oceanographic business, and rented many a Ryder and U-Haul to get equipment from New England or California to some other coastal area to mobilize a boat, and I have to say I am not too enthusiastic about the idea of relying on a Ryder or UHaul truck. Besides, their tow hitches are really geared to pull a little UHaul rental trailer, for that stuff you can't cram in the truck when moving.

I hesitate to buy a truck, even a used one, that will sit for probably 9 months a year. But that might be the way I have to go. My father in Texas has a nice F-250 Ford set up to haul his 24 ft. travel trailer ( I think it's a Kodiak) and he wants to trade-in his F-250 extended cab for something smaller like a F-150.

Would a F-250 be enough to pull the 27FB?

I am surprised any of y'all ever heard of the Turks and Caicos, but if you were seagoing folks then it makes sense. I was in the offshore, underwater high-tech acoustics business for almost 40 years. I spent my life on the ocean, and now I want to explore the inside of North America. Our ideal setup is to use our home here as a base, and spend summers in the Airstream, and winters on a small crusing catamaran.

If you like tropical photos, etc. there are thousands on the blog.
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Old 04-19-2011, 06:49 AM   #8
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That F250 will be more than adequate.
I think your islands are beautiful. I passed by a few years ago when sailing from Trinidad back to the states.
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My knowledge of Turks and Caicos isn't so exotic and adventuresome. I have watched several episodes of HGTV's "House Hunters International" that featured your island while spinning on my elliptical. It looks like a relaxing place to have a second home.

Welcome to the forum.
You will enjoy your 27'FB. We had a 28' CCD which is basically the same length as the 27'FB and loved the size. We plan to move to your floor plan when we are ready to hit the road for long trips again or full-time. There is more space around the bed in the 27' vs. the 28' and we like the pantry. Though, if enough years go by we may get one of the new 30' CCDs.

I would go for the truck. We towed ours with a GMC 2500. With a truck bed you can store a generator which is handy when you need A/C at a rest stop or non-hookup camp grounds. For our big out west trip we had the generator, 4 bikes, a couple of coolers, leveling boards and a couple rubbermaid containers in the bed. The coolers were used as waterproof containers while on the road and were put in use for food in the campgrounds known for bears. We are a family of four.

For our bikes in a truck we prefer the Yakima BedHeads. We are avid cyclists and most of our trips are bike related. Races, charity rides and just going someplace to ride an epic route. If you go with the BedHeads, skip the locking ones. They cost a lot more and are no more secure than the regular version. We use a cable and lock.

Enjoy your trip out west. We may do one too in our Westy to visit my family in Washington. A northern route this time. Maybe we will run into each other. Airstreamers stand out and are usually keen on meeting other AS owners.

A fun way to get familiar with life with an Airstream is to visit this site:
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:18 AM   #10
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I know all about the DC-4 in the lagoon. The 70's and 80's were very interesting in the Caicos.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:08 PM   #11
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DC4? I know where there is what looks like a twin Beech on the Banks....a friend says it's been there since the 70s. Great spot for lobster. and unfortunately, Lionfish.

I have found out more about my father's truck. It's a 2003 Ford F250 Super Duty, four wheel drive, with a Supercab and the big V10 motor. he takes meticulous care of his vehicles. Its set up to tow. I suspect it's the top of the line model.

I bet those are a pig on gasoline, but where I live it's never been below $ 4 a gallon and our fishing boat gets about 2 mpg trolling, so it's not going to be a huge shock.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:23 PM   #12
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Been 15 years or so since I've flown in and out of there, but I remember a Navajo in the water on short final to Provo and a C-46 sitting in the water on final for South Caicos.

Like Robin said, those airports were really busy in the 70's and 80's. I heard you could get fuel 24 hours a day.

Beautiful water, but the Airstream will be much better during hurricane season.

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Old 04-19-2011, 12:59 PM   #13
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I think I know where the Piper is, then. I have photos of what's left of a small single engine right by the flight path for a short final onto Provo. If you wade thru the other photos til you get to the bright translucent photos there is a photo of that one here, I bet:

2 Gringos in the Caribbean: February 2009

We haven't been to South Caicos yet.
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