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Old 10-14-2013, 01:41 PM   #1
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Best SUV to pull my big 30 foot Airstream with?

Hi guys,

I have a big 7000 pounds boy 30 foot Airstream 2010 to pull down Mexico and I was looking for a Diesel car or a car that have a lot of torque to pull my trailer 5000km south from Canada Vancouver.

Any idea of what's the best car to pull my trailer safely down there and that is not going to cost me a fortune on gaz?

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Old 10-14-2013, 03:44 PM   #2
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The only Diesel SUV that I know of is the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and I believe it comes with an optional Diesel V6, but don't know how well it will tow your 30 footer.

I tow our 31' (really the same trailer with a slightly different floor plan) with a 2500 Ram Diesel pickup, and it does a great job, but it's not an SUV.
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Old 10-14-2013, 04:11 PM   #3
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The diesel Mercedes ML and GL can have the same V6 engine. In Canada, you might be able to get the V8 diesel in the GL. Both are only made in Alabama for the world market.

I towed my 2013 25FB International Serenity home from the Los Angeles dealer with my 2007 ML 320 CDI with no issues through the mountains, other than getting a nail in the right rear tire at a rest stop.....

But it was slightly overloaded on the front axle and GVW when the trailer was loaded with gear and full fresh water tanks and my wife was in the car.

The newer models have a greater towing capacity and hitch rating.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:17 PM   #4
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We tow a 30' Flying Cloud with an F250 Diesel - could not ask for more in a tow vehicle. We looked for SUVs but found nothing we liked or that we thought could handle the load - our trailer GVW if well over 7,000#
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:21 PM   #5
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We tow a 30' Flying Cloud with an F250 Diesel - could not ask for more in a tow vehicle. We looked for SUVs but found nothing we liked or that we thought could handle the load - our trailer GVW if well over 7,000#
I'd almost bet loaded for travel you are pushing 8,500#'s because we are.

There are probably lots of SUV's that will pull a 30 footer, but not the way I want to pull it carrying the stuff that we carry. Our Cummins equipped Ram 2500 does a wonderful job and the weight in a non-issue.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:30 PM   #6
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I am not sure there are any Diesel SUVs allowing you to safely tow a newer 30 ft Airstream (at least not in the US).

Benz GL Bluetec has 7500# towing capacity, but you will exceed its tongue weight limit.
VW Touareg has 7700# tow rating, but has too short a wheelbase for a 30 ft Airstream. It also does not have much of a payload capacity.
Audi Q7 is rated for 6600#.
Porsche Cayanne is rated for 7716#, but has a rather short wheelbase, low tongue weight limit, and not much of a payload.

In Canada you may have Land Cruiser Diesel (we, unfortunately, do not have this great vehicle in the US, only the gasser). Its rated at 8200#, has ample tongue weight limit and payload, but has a shorter wheelbase -- this last issue can probably be mitigated by top of the line hitch.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:39 PM   #7
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Apart from the power/torque of a diesel, The longer wheelbase of a truck compared to an SUV is something to think about - makes for a more relaxed towing experience.

Before we bought trucks (our last two tow vehicles) I considered an SUV, because whatever vehicle se selected was going to be our daily driver.

When I really thought about it, in our case a crew cab pickup was a better choice. You have lots of space in the cab, four full doors, creature comforts are pretty good in today's trucks, and all the "junk" - tools, generator, ladder, gasoline, lawn chairs, and God knows whatever else whatever get locked in the truck bed (with Leer cap) out of the way. The cab stays tidy and we keep big rubbermaid boxes with boots shoes and other stuff in the back of the truck to declutter the trailer on longer trips.

The only slight disadvantage is a little more difficulty sometimes in parking - it hasn't turned out to be a big deal for us.

Relatives and neighbours appreciate us having the truck too when they have something large to move - and I'm fine with that!


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Old 10-18-2013, 02:45 PM   #8
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It's probably no secret that I don't like trucks much, but I would not take an expensive SUV into Mexico. That's bound to attract all kinds of unwelcome attention, not least from the law - such as can be, in places.

I'd get a used truck in good condition.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:40 PM   #9
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How about a Ford Excursion? You can't buy a new one, but I was looking at them a couple months back, and it wasn't too hard to find used ones with less than 50k miles on them, and the price was a steal compared to any of the midsized diesel SUVs available new today. Oh, and you will need something with more towing capacity than any of those new midsized diesel suvs available today too.
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It's probably no secret that I don't like trucks much, but I would not take an expensive SUV into Mexico. That's bound to attract all kinds of unwelcome attention, not least from the law - such as can be, in places.

I'd get a used truck in good condition.
I wouldn't go to Mexico to start with. The stories we hear would chill your blood...
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If you are set on going to Mexico with a diesel then you need to know that Pemex does not provide ULSD (Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel) fuel, which is required by most diesel vehicles 2009 and later.

Running the diesel fuel available in Mexico may clog the diesel particulate filter and will definitely invalidate warranty coverage for fuel-related problems you may encounter.

As to the question of pulling a 30-foot Airstream with a Mercedes ... well, I wouldn't know anything about that. It's probably impossible.
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The two I would consider: Suburban XL 2500 or Yukon XL 2500.
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I wouldn't go to Mexico to start with. The stories we hear would chill your blood...
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.
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Talked to Chevy dealer last week about the 2015 Suburbans. There are going to be some great changes. Especially to horsepower and towing capabilities. Rumor is hot that the 2015 Suburbans will be offered with a diesel! Can't wait!!!
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