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Old 10-22-2006, 09:08 PM   #1
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thinking of airstream/ sprinter combo

I'm new to the forum. I have a Dodge Sprinter, and want to match it with an Airstream. We've never experienced travelling in a travel trailer, but it is very appealing, so we're going to rent one next month to have some fun. Like to rent an Airstream, but that doesn't seem possible around here (Chicago area), so we're renting a box type TT for a trip to Ozarks/ Arkansas.
Anyone towing with a Sprinter? I'd like a 19' Airstream, but the 4500# GVWR seems a bit close to the 5000# tow rating. Perhaps a 16' is a better choice, but the extra room and separate shower would seem to be pluses.
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Old 10-22-2006, 10:13 PM   #2
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Go ahead!

There is a forum member (Lewster) towing his 19 ft CCD all over the U.S. with his cargo Sprinter full of RV spare parts (he is an RV repairman).

I'd like one for my 26ft Argosy, but can't quite swing the payments.
Great combo!

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Old 10-23-2006, 10:52 AM   #3
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At the I'rally a Sprinter AS B-Van was pulling a cargo trailer. Essentially an external closet for stuff! The impression was that the Sprinter BVan made a good tow vehicle for a load like that except that the mileage dropped to 12-14 mpg or so.

The "bit close" at 500 lb or ten percent under is commendable caution but perhaps over conservative. The issues are handling and hills.

An SOB is probably going to have more of an adverse impact than an A/S because of its shape and handling characteristics.

I wonder if a rental will allow towing. To do it right you will need a good hitch and the proper towing equipment.
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Old 10-23-2006, 11:14 AM   #4
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FWIW (and I don't necessarily condone it ) The Sprinter can handle more than 5k towing. I suspect the towing capacity in part is limited by the liability involved. In Europe it has a much higher overall capacity rating and tow rating than in the US. I realize that towing rules in the EU are different than here in the states. But it does make for some interesting comparisons. I have driven a loaded Sprinter and was very impressed with the overall performance of it. We are seriously considering one for my wife's bridal business. So if you see a Hot Pink Sprinter van with Black and Gold logos on it....

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Old 10-23-2006, 12:08 PM   #5
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The Sprinter is a very intriguing vehicle. We'd looked at one to replace our Safari van. I was dissappointed to learn the Sprinter has less towing capacity than the now defunct GM Safari/Astro vans. With our 24' trailer I'm definitely looking for more, not less towing capacity. Lewster reported great success towing the 19' AS and his Sprinter so if your decision is between the 16' and 19' with the concern being the ability of the TV you currently own I think it's clear you can get the 19 without worry. The caveat being that you will need to pay close attention to the hitch set-up and all the other recommended practices when towing.

This probably doesn't help since you already have your Sprinter but I read that a Turbo V6 diesel as well as a V6 gas engine are on the horizen for US spec'd Sprinters. As far as the Sprinter in Europe being given a higher tow rating I wouldn't even consider that as a reason to rate it higher over here. It's obviously not an apples to apples comparison. What I found interesting in Europe this summer is that I didn't see a single reciever type hitch. Every hitch I saw was a bolted on ball on a skinny curved extention that was integral with the ball. Looked more like something you'd see at the end of a set of stairs or on the headboard of a bed than a serious hitch.

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Old 10-25-2006, 05:58 PM   #6
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Yeah! Our area A/S dealer is going to work with us so that we can take a 19' International Bambi next week. I'll report back.
Bernie talked about the funny hitches in Europe, and it reminded me of when we were in Germany a few years ago taking European delivery of my wife's Benz (btw-it's a good deal). Over there a MB is just a car, and comes in economy, sport or luxury trim. We saw a Benz car pulling a horse trailer, several as painter's vehicles, and the fastest ride we took was in a MB diesel wagon taxi that topped 120mph (200kph) on the autobahn to the Stuttgart airport.
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Old 10-25-2006, 06:39 PM   #7
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Do it.

When my project is done my dual wheel SPRINTER 3500 will haul my Mini Cooper while pulling my 'contemporized' 1976v ARGOSY, painted two-tone to match the MINI.

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Old 10-25-2006, 08:30 PM   #8
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Hi Sergei,, nice to see more pictures ,,,thanks for putting them on the Forum,,, donna

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