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Old 10-30-2007, 11:33 AM   #1
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Hello all, I am a Casita owner (17 ft Spirit Deluxe), I love it to death but my family recently grew by one. There are now 4 of us and we have outgrown her. I have always wanted an Airstream and have always said that when we out grow the Casita we'll have to get one. I wanted to know from some veterans how they pull on the road. we like to do some trips through the Titans, Yellowstone, etc.. Any input would be appreciated and responded to. You are all very lucky to have such a great trailer. Thank you, Jim
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Old 10-30-2007, 11:39 AM   #2
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Hi Jim, welcome! Those little Casitas are so cute. Congrats on the new addition to your family and good luck with your Airstream search. Are you thinking of a new or vintage model?
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:04 PM   #3
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Jim- A big welcome to you and your family to the forum! Nothing but nothing tows like an Airstream! With only five body styles in it's 75 year history there is a reason for such a following of such an American Icon. It's an Airstream slipping through the air!
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Old 10-30-2007, 02:58 PM   #4
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Thanks to you all for the warm welcome!
Mel- I am most likely looking at a new one or slightly used. I have dreamed of fixing up an older model, but just don't have the time these days.

rickandsandi- I have heard they tow like no other. What about gass mileage with the weight. I tow with a Chevy Avalanche. Pulling the 2500 pound Casita I would get about 13 mpg on the highway and a little less in town. Any input?
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Old 10-30-2007, 05:23 PM   #5
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When my son and I picked up my 31' Sovereign in Michigan and towed it back to Baltimore. I came down through the West Virginia (not very high by western standards) mountains at night in the dark, pouring down rain, road construction for miles, surrounded by semi's , we're doing 60- 65mph and keeping up with the trucks. No white knuckles. Had to really concentrate but never really felt the trailer behind me. I think I'm a little more aware of my 2007 Classic than I was of the 76 31' Sovereign, maybe because it's heavier. Oh, at the time I was towing with a 2500 suburban with the 8.1 L engine. Great TV!!
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Old 10-31-2007, 12:50 AM   #6
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Welcome to the forums! Congrats on your new family member!

The Casita's are really cute, changing to an Airstream, however, will be like supersizing! If you are looking for a more "vintage" model [yes, you can find them in good working order] here is a link that will give photos, layouts, and other interesting stuff so you can think about what you like best!

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Good hunting!

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Old 10-31-2007, 10:37 AM   #7
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Thanks to you all for the warm welcome!
Mel- I am most likely looking at a new one or slightly used. I have dreamed of fixing up an older model, but just don't have the time these days.

rickandsandi- I have heard they tow like no other. What about gass mileage with the weight. I tow with a Chevy Avalanche. Pulling the 2500 pound Casita I would get about 13 mpg on the highway and a little less in town. Any input?
We pull a '08 22' Safari Sport, loaded at 4000# with a '06 Honda Ridgeline, no WDH. So far our MPG range has been 14-17, cruise control set on 64. Low was with AC on and hitting a head wind on I-10 going east. High was coming back, it was cold, didn't need AC and the wind was at our rear.
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Thanks again for all the replies. What a great community you guys are. I have my eye on a 2008 SS Safari SE,I think that is right. It weighs in at about 5000 lbs. but what a sweety she is. I'll let you all know when it becomes official, meanwhile I am going to search the site that CaddyGrn recommended. Thanks again. Jim
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Your Avalanche should do just fine with a SS. You will realize it is back there in the mountains, but the Chevy shouldn't have many issues with 5,000 lbs. IMHO. I am by no means an expert but I think a 25' Airstream is about the top of the range for a 1/2 ton and your Avalanche is probably a bit stronger than the typical 1/2 ton if you have the larger V-8. If it is the smaller, that may be a different story in the western mountains. But in Texas and the Texas Hill Country, you should be fine.

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I tow a 2005 25' Classic that weighs 7500 full with a 2000 Chevy Silverado with a 5.3 and get 11-12 MPG. I think thats pretty good.
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