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Old 11-22-2007, 11:44 AM   #1
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Question looking for Airstream, towing issues

I am looking for an Airstream-
-needs sleeps 4 comfortably- 6 in a pinch-no sleeping on a table top
want a used model but not needing repairs
want a model tha is easy to back and tow
ease of setup and break down really ,really important
cost is an issue with a target of $26,000 or less

The tow vehicle I am considering is:
Avalanche 2008
Tundra 2008
possibly a Honda Ridgline( will it pull what I want for comfort?)

comments or suggestions would be appreciated
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Old 11-22-2007, 11:55 AM   #2
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Hi swifty6,
I used to have a 25' Safari 6-sleeper that would work, but you do need to drop the dinette table to make a bed to get those last two people in. It has a double corner bed, a goucho(sofa) and dinette that each make into a bed.
The Avalanche and Tundra would be able to tow it, not so sure about the Honda. Probably not.
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Old 11-22-2007, 12:38 PM   #3
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I am looking for an Airstream-
-needs sleeps 4 comfortably- 6 in a pinch-no sleeping on a table top
My Classic 31 Will comfortably sleep four, six in a pinch. Thats two in the master bed, One on the dinette(two if necessary) and one (two if necessary) on the couch.
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want a used model but not needing repairs
Almost all will need some repairs. They get used or not used they still break. Some things break from lack of use others from use.
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want a model that is easy to back and tow
The larger ones are easier to back. The smallers one are easier to tow.
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ease of setup and break down really ,really important
Same across the board.
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cost is an issue with a target of $26,000 or less
Your will be looking at a older trailer. Say 1990s. That will need some repairs.
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The tow vehicle I am considering is:
Avalanche 2008
Tundra 2008
possibly a Honda Ridgline( will it pull what I want for comfort?)
Thse will depend on your choice of trailer. Pick that first then the truck.
Use the 80% rule. If the trailer weighs 5000 lbs fully loaded pick a truck that is rated for at least 6000 lbs.
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Old 11-22-2007, 03:42 PM   #4
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The Ridge max tow rating is 5000'. I don't have a problem as our 22' SS total weight is just over 4000# loaded and I don't need a WD hitch or sway control. Sounds like your gonna need something around 28'-31' and maybe the Avalanche.
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Use the 80% rule. If the trailer weighs 5000 lbs fully loaded pick a truck that is rated for at least 6000 lbs.
Is that the 83% rule you're talking about there ? If you're allowed to break the rule, how much cushion are you allowed ? 3%, 4%, 5% ?

Should we just call it the 85% rule ? Just wondering...
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i am towing with 2007 tunda w/5.7 6speed trans & toe pag. AS 31' w/ sway controls.wt of AS is 8300. pulls great. i found the AS on craigs list it had been up graded & now i am compounding to a bright polish, not bad for 11G.
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I'm pulling my '77 Soveriegn with a '99 Suburban, slightly modified engine -- but very stable pulling, slow up hills but I'm not in a hurry. My rig weighs on the order of 6800# fully loaded. I've upgrade the torflex axles from the stock 3200# to the 3600# units - well worth the investment, IMHO.

Good luck in finding what meets your needs...
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