Originally Posted by j54mark
It would be interesting to know if any of the GM diesel sedans are still running after all these years. Few did for long, even when new.
I know of at least one... it's here in Iowa... just saw it a couple of weeks ago, and it belongs to a friend of mine who's a mechanic. It was his grandfather's. It's got 80k on the clock and is on it's third block, this one out of the last run they made. It was junk when it was new, and hasn't improved at all with age.
Silvertwinkie is the "go-to" guy for experience in towing Airstreams with late-model sedans. He towed their 19' Bambi with a Chevy Caprice. He decided that the Caprice just couldn't do a 25' trailer, and moved up to a Suburban, but he has a LOT of experience and answers.
I know Jeep Liberty owners will probably want to filet me, but I've towed only a very light weight tent trailer with both a CJ-7 and a Scrambler. Both were questionable at best. I successfully towed a '61 Bambi with a Chevy Astro which would have been OK had I used appropriate tires and sway control. I had tall, squishy sidewall tires, and no sway control and it was a white-knuckle tow the whole time. IMHO towing ANY Airstream (including the Bambi 16' of ANY vintage) with less than a 120" wheelbase if you have the option to do something else is just plain foolish, regardless of how competent the drivetrain may be.
For comparisons, the Liberty has 104" wheelbase. The CJ-7 had a 93" wheelbase. The early '80s Scrambler had 103". The Chevy Astro has 111" wheelbase. The Chevy Tahoe has a 116" wheelbase. The Suburban has a 130" wheelbase and the Ford Excursion has a 137" wheelbase.
When things go bad while towing, they happen fast. The shorter the wheelbase of the tow vehicle the faster they happen, and the less time you have to respond and recover. Sway control does a good job of masking what's happening until your sway control is overcome, and then it's too late. My advice is always to give yourself as much of an edge as you can. If you're starting from scratch, get something with a longer wheelbase.
The problem with the T-reg, Land Rover and most other European imports is that they're just not built to handle the tongue weights of the U.S. trailers. European spec trailers are seldom spec'd with a tongue weight over 200lbs. Even though the European imports have been rated to tow our weights, if you choose one, make sure that the hitch setup is appropriate for your tongue weight. There was even a discussion here recently about how a Rover hitch setup failed and Rover refused to deal with the problem to the customer's satisfaction. http://www.airforums.com/forum...ght=land+rover
Not that they're not suited to the job, you just have to be very careful about what job it is that you want them to do that is within their specs.