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Old 10-18-2013, 07:08 PM   #15
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I wouldn't go to Mexico to start with. The stories we hear would chill your blood...
I think it depends on where you live. I know a family who live on a boat on the coast, with no problems so far. It's a quiet life, if anything. But I also know that they are careful never to display any obvious wealth - they take the bus, rather than a car, that sort of thing.

I don't think I'd take a big, shiny trailer down there. Airstreams just attract too much attention.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:31 PM   #16
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I think it depends on where you live. I know a family who live on a boat on the coast, with no problems so far. It's a quiet life, if anything. But I also know that they are careful never to display any obvious wealth - they take the bus, rather than a car, that sort of thing.

I don't think I'd take a big, shiny trailer down there. Airstreams just attract too much attention.
Actually, you are correct. THE MOST dangerous area in Mexico is near the border. Problem is, you can't drive down into Mexico without going across/ thru the border.
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Old 10-18-2013, 09:58 PM   #17
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Definitely agree with this. I'd negotiate with the seller to meet with the trailer at the border. No way would I go into Mexico, for any reason.
We have 15 year employee who owns 2 sections of farmland there. He told me last time he was here that the cartels intercept all cell calls. They know when he comes to work for us and goes back.
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:10 PM   #18
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I think it depends on where you live. I know a family who live on a boat on the coast, with no problems so far. It's a quiet life, if anything. But I also know that they are careful never to display any obvious wealth - they take the bus, rather than a car, that sort of thing.

I don't think I'd take a big, shiny trailer down there. Airstreams just attract too much attention.
That is true, but you still have to cross the border area. Since we live in Texas, and have a green card employee (for the last 15 years) from there he tells us what is really happening there. Lots of things happen to Americans who cross over that is not reported in the media. It's not like Canada where you can cross over and all you have to worry about is the extreme price increase, the green fuel cover is not diesel, simple things... It's the absolute lawlessness. Cell calls are intercepted by the cartels. There are some media reports on this. They (cartels) have setup cell towers south of the border. He is very afraid of leaving his family alone when he comes to work. Not trying to scare anyone, but I would not go there. If I had to, I'd meet the person at the border. If I had to cross over would never bring a new vehicle. Would leave it north of the border in a secure spot 100 miles north.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:35 PM   #19
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Hi Every body,

Thanks for the feadback, in fact i have put my trailer on a scale and it was 7000 pounds, empty it's 6500. and the car and driving now with is a Touareg TDI V6 wich have 404 foot torque, it's awesome for pulling I love it! I wish I could keep it but I can't because I can't afford it anymore. I am actually trying to get and older one or a TDI V10 but they are not easy to find so that's the reason why I wanted to check on my other option. ANd I did look at all the cars you are suggesting and still wondering if, as I lady I want to own a huge gas pickup or truck that would cost me a fortune on gax for 4500 km. :-/

For the Mexico part, no one should worried, I'm going down the Baja peninsula not the other side of Mexico... and of course I'm not by myself, 3 or 4 of us are going to follow each other and drive during the day not night as the road are very tight and could be dangerous as it's very dark no light and sometimes animals crossing etc...

Thousands of people are going down there from America and it's been pretty safe most of the time. There is some check point but they are mostly looking for the bad people who would come with weapons and things like that.

Anyway, the subject here is trailers and cars so I shouldn't be talking longuer about where I'm going...

Just hoping I find a good car soon!
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Old 10-19-2013, 02:50 PM   #20
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If you find a Touareg V10, you want to get an extended warranty, but doubt they are any good south of the US border.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:56 PM   #21
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Old 10-19-2013, 04:44 PM   #22
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The two I would consider: Suburban XL 2500 or Yukon XL 2500.
They aren't building them in 2014.

And the rumors about 2015, are just that AFAIK.

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Old 10-19-2013, 07:59 PM   #23
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They aren't building them in 2014.

And the rumors about 2015, are just that AFAIK.

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Old 11-23-2013, 01:08 PM   #24
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Our friends pull a 30' with a gmc Denali and they love.

Is anyone pulling a 25' or larger with the new Jeep Grand Cherokee Eco diesel?
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:14 AM   #25
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I pulled my 30 foot Airstream all the way down Baja Mexico safely with a Volkswagen Touareg TDI Diesel V10 and it went really well! The car have 550 foot torque of power so it helps a lot for going up all the hills!

The only danger I found about the driving down here is very narrowed road and lot of big trucks passing by really close and fast. It was stressful but only drive during the day time so I made it here safely. There was also 4 of us following each other, always good to be more than one car just in case of mechanic problems. Local people were super friendly and it went really well with all the check points and driving!

It was so nice to have the trailer while traveling, to be able to cook at night, shower and have a nice sleep!! I love my Airstream so much!!!
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:48 AM   #26
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We towed our 34ft with a 2011 F150 5ltr crew cab with great performance and good mileage. We found that the extra cost of the diesel was not justified for the job. The point of the tow vehicle is to get you to your destination, not tow for days on end like a transport.
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Old 11-30-2013, 07:17 PM   #27
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Ford F150 ecoboost

Just picked up 2014 Ford F150 Super Crew (Platinum) w/ ecoboost. we love it and it will compare in luxury to any SUV and will tow 11,300 lbs. Take one for a spin and you will consider as a daily driver. And when not towing gets 20 miles per gallon.
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Old 12-01-2013, 09:38 AM   #28
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Greeting one and all.
In the latest issue of Airstream life(WINTER 2013) there is a wonderful article by Andy Thomson on load capacity. He also refrences his overall pick for a towing vehicle; it'a the Ford Expedition! It so happens we pull our 2008 25 ft Safari with our 2007 Ford Expedition. I really cannot overstate how happy we are with it. It's my wifes everyday driver and a wonderful tow vehicle. With the back two rows of seats pulled down we have more than enough space for packing whatever! The expedition delivers 350 HP. As for the millage well..... the best I have done pulling the Silver Gal, (camper not my wife) is 12.5 mpg generally its in the range of 10 mpg! We bought it used with less than 20,000 miles for just over $18,000. All in all great SUV. I would love to get a new one with some more bells and whistles but....... Ford is getting very proud of them.
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