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Old 05-25-2006, 05:15 PM   #1
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We are in the process of selling our home in Alberta and would like to travel, hopefully for months at a time. We are going to buy a truck, and a trailer. We both really like the look of the older airstream. We will be able to tow about 7500 lbs max. Does anyone have any advice on a model for us? Not too expensive, in case we hate RVing. There will just be the 2 of us. We are open to suggestions. Can we purchase in the USA, or are we restricted to Canada?
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Old 05-25-2006, 05:23 PM   #2
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howdy from Calgary macandannie!

You don't need to purchase in Canada, we bought in the states as the price was much better. Bringing the unit across the border is relatively easy. In our research there was definitely more available and cheaper priced units in the states.

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good luck with the search!

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Old 05-25-2006, 05:43 PM   #3
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Brad, thank you very much for the info. My husband and I are going to look in the USA as you suggested. We don`t know what length and weight we will be able to tow, but I am sure that someone on this forum will know. This is all so very new to us, but I think that it will be fun!
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Old 05-25-2006, 05:45 PM   #4
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Hello and welcome, Mac and Annie....

With the limit of 7500 lbs you are coming close to what we have to deal with Our (trailer in the sig) was too much for our 2000 Jeep GC so we got the Expedition. The Jeep was rated at 6800 lbs tow max the Expy at 8600 lbs.... In all actuality I don't notice much difference in the acceleration but the stability is better; the Expedition is wider (I can actually see with my McKesh help) and seems more stable--no sway probs, but really lacks power for being first at the go light.

No knowing what your tow vehicle is/will be was thinking an Airstream Safari...with tandem wheels.....the tandems start with the 25' models.

Hope you are going to have a home-base; our Airstream is only for a month, at the most, away from home....we are really crowded.

What is your tow vehicle"
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Old 05-25-2006, 05:59 PM   #5
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Hi to you and Lethbridge, I visited your town last summer and my father in law grew up there. Nice town and I love those "whoop up" days!

Good luck on finding your trailer of choice. Sometimes ebay has decent offerings, and there are ads right here on this forum.
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:03 PM   #6
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Hello and welcome, Mac and Annie....

With the limit of 7500 lbs you are coming close to what we have to deal with Our (trailer in the sig) was too much for our 2000 Jeep GC so we got the Expedition. The Jeep was rated at 6800 lbs tow max the Expy at 8600 lbs.... In all actuality I don't notice much difference in the acceleration but the stability is better; the Expedition is wider (I can actually see with my McKesh help) and seems more stable--no sway probs, but really lacks power for being first at the go light.

No knowing what your tow vehicle is/will be was thinking an Airstream Safari...with tandem wheels.....the tandems start with the 25' models.

Hope you are going to have a home-base; our Airstream is only for a month, at the most, away from home....we are really crowded.

What is your tow vehicle"
In the 1970's, the 23' Safaris have tandem axles and gross at 5800 for our 1979.

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How interesting....I thought I had to get 25' of trailer. I actually wanted shorter but HAD to have tandem axles

Second mistake First was we should have bought a used Airstream.

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Hello,
We are looking at a Chevrolet Avalanche, 2004. It is V8, with 5300 vortec engine(5.3 L) . The dealer thought that perhaps about 7500lbs to tow. I guess that I need to check the specs when we buy it.
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Go to the Trailer Life website and you can get towing specs.

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