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Old 03-08-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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Talking Help towing an Airstream Safari from AZ to CA

Hello All,
I'm currently looking into purchasing a 1977 22ft Safari that is near Prescott, AZ. Problem is I dont have a sufficient tow vehicle at the moment in order to get it home (97' V6 3.4L Tacoma, I live in La Crescenta, CA 91214).
I am looking for someone who might be willing to tow the AS for me.
Obviously willing to pay for gas and time.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 03-08-2012, 03:34 PM   #2
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Hi Christian

If the Tacoma is in good shape and you are a little bit patient it will easily tow a 77 22' Airstream. You will climb the large hills in second gear at 45-50 MPH but other than that it will run along nicely at 60 MPh and give you pretty good mileage. If you have the original radiator you may need a new one. It will need a transmission cooler if it is an automatic, brake control and wiring and a class 3 receiver. No matter what vehicle you ultimately tow with you need a weight distribution hitch and sway control.

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Old 03-08-2012, 05:15 PM   #3
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I may be able to, depending on timing. I'm your neighbor in Glendale. I'll PM you!
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:44 PM   #4
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I read a lot of forums on tow vehicles and it seemed most people thought it not a good idea to tow with the Tacoma. That said the Tacoma is in excellent shape, manual transmission and I have looked into weight distributing hitches but I really dont know what I am looking for? Reese was mentioned as a solid hitch and I found that online but unsure what model to look for. Seeing how I have no experience towing I dont want to put myself in a tough situation. A friend of mine said he pulled a 63' 22ft Safari from NM with a v6 Explorer without the brakes hooked and claims to have had no problems!?
Again thanks for all input!
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Thanks Mike! I'll give you a call tomorrow.
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