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Old 10-09-2015, 02:39 PM   #29
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If not a popup or a tent for the kids plus an Airstream Basecamp or a Casita for the adults, then maybe something like this guy: Camplite 13RDB Automotive Travel Trailer Overview | Livin' Lite RV, or even smaller: http://www.livinlite.com/camplite11fk-overview.php - kinda like the Jayco hybrid suggested earlier in this thread.
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Old 10-09-2015, 02:47 PM   #30
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The Ridgeline can tow up to 5000#. Here's our rig which weighs in just under 3900# ready for travel. This was taken at 10,000' in New Mexico. We've been towing this for nine years throughout the Southwest without a problem. Don't need no stinken V8.
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Old 10-09-2015, 04:28 PM   #31
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The Ridgeline and Pilot have the same 3.5 engine.

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Ours is the Niagara. It has a 14' box and single axle. I love popups but much work. I could not see towing the Avalon with my Pilot, it just seems too taxed.
The Pilot has 250HP. For years we towed our 23' with a 150HP Nissan Mini Van. Cruise all day at 100klm/hr./60MPH. No problem.
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Old 10-09-2015, 04:33 PM   #32
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Try this one http://www.roulottesprolite.com/english/xtreme23.htm

This is a Quebec travel trailer manufacturer. A friend of mine bought one with a slide out- she towed with a Ford Escape- took it from Canada's west coast to the east coast. Had no problems. Stopped off at the factory in Quebec, got a couple of things done and was on her way.

Several years later, it's still in use and in fine shape.

Trailer camper Xtreme 23 : Roulottes Prolite
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Old 10-09-2015, 04:35 PM   #33
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What Can I tow?

You could tow a vintage Bambi!! Much more fun than a pop-up.
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:09 PM   #34
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Anxiety free towing towing really relates to how safe you and your loved ones arrive. I pulled pop-up campers prior to the Airstream. Coleman Rio Grand, 2600lbs no brakes, Astro Van. Entirely capable. Coleman/Fleetwood Utah 3700lbs electric brakes, Astro van, scary. Bought Silverado 1500, more than adequate. Airstream 27FB, 7500lbs, Silverado 1500, back to scary. Replaced by 2500HD, pleasure to tow. Life is more dangerous than we think, may you choose wisely.
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Old 10-10-2015, 04:23 PM   #35
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I pulled pop-up campers prior to the Airstream. Coleman Rio Grand, 2600lbs no brakes, Astro Van. Entirely capable. Coleman/Fleetwood Utah 3700lbs electric brakes, Astro van, scary.
Wow, we too towed a Coleman Rio Grande/no brakes, with our Nissan Van. South twice, West coast, and then the East coast, and many trips in Ontario and Upstate New York. Worked great. As I mentioned above we then towed the 23' with the Quest and it was fine. Not sure why an Astro would have problems with a 3,700lb pop up. Did you not have a properly adjusted WDH installed??
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Old 10-10-2015, 05:48 PM   #36
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...and I tow a 30' Airstream with a 1/2 ton pickup-
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Old 10-10-2015, 08:10 PM   #37
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Ok guys, back to reality. The OP wants to bring 4 people and a trailer that sleeps 4 , with a Honda Pilot that is only rated to tow 3500# Trailer, or 4500# low profile boat.

Now the 16' sport is 8' wide and 8'6" high plus the a/c 9'3" This is the max frontal area and weight the Pilot can tow and stay within spec.

He would like an Airstream but the 16' sport is the only AS he could pull BUT it only sleeps 3 full size people comfortably. He and wife plus boy and girl preteens . I don't think the boy and girl are going to share a bed. So even a 19' FC won't cut it even if the Pilot could tow it.

So bottom line the Airstream won't work for the OP's Pilot unless someone sleeps outside.

IMHO forget the AS as long as you bring the kids or get a PU with a camper or a van to pull it and house the kids.

Other choice is a pop up.
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Old 10-13-2015, 03:41 PM   #38
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His model Pilot is rated at 4500 lbs. That's enough for a 16, 19, 20, or 22 Airstream.

I have a Ridgeline (close cousin to the Pilot) which has the same drivetrain but is rated a little higher at 5,000 pounds. I have no trouble at all towing a 19' Bambi.
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Other choice is a pop up.
...or a hybrid (probably a better choice than a pop-up).
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Thanks for all these posts. All helpful.
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Old 10-14-2015, 08:53 AM   #41
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My suggestions are:
Smaller vintage AS (our 55 FC weighs about 3100 lbs)
Look at TrailManor hard sided folding trailers (lighter than AS, more insulated than a pop up)
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His model Pilot is rated at 4500 lbs. That's enough for a 16, 19, 20, or 22 Airstream.
There is a foot note to the 4500# in his owners manual and that is only for a low profile boat.

For a trailer he is limited to 3500#.

This has to do with frontal area and weight of the trailer.

So he is limited to a 16' Sport and not much gear with his 4 passengers.

Stay within manufacture spec's and be happy .
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