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Old 12-31-2007, 05:43 PM   #15
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This guy didn't do too well with his Pathfinder.
What Pathfinder??? Where is the Pathfinder??

That vehicle in the pic looks like a little Xterra!!!!

This is a Pathfinder!

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Old 12-31-2007, 06:28 PM   #16
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This guy didn't do too well with his Pathfinder.

But it looks like he was towing a much larger and heavier Airstream than you intend to tow.
That is a 2004 or older Xterra. They are even smaller, and have a smaller engine, than the current Xterra.
Also, our kids have a 2004 Xterra, and it gets 8-10 mpg towing a small trailer with 2 motorcycles on it.
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Old 12-31-2007, 07:51 PM   #17
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You can find and post any photo to make a point...not knowing the story behind the photo.
Was it a trailer/T.V. control issue?
Maybe the driver was cut off by some idiot on a cell phone?
Maybe a moose crossed in front of him?
Maybe he hit the moose.

Maybe we all just need to buy one ton T.V.s to eliminate any of these questions.
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:29 PM   #18
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But it looks like he was towing a much larger and heavier Airstream than you intend to tow.
This photo does not portray any normal tow problem. The *&#@*)^ owner was trying to win a Darwin Award for 'thinning the herd.' He didn't have both of the weight distribution bars -- so installed just one and proceeded merrily down the road.

And Dave, that would be diesel of course. One ton? Needs more salt...
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Old 12-31-2007, 08:36 PM   #19
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This photo does not portray any normal tow problem. The *&#@*)^ owner was trying to win a Darwin Award for 'thinning the herd.' He didn't have both of the weight distribution bars -- so installed just one and proceeded merrily down the road.

And Dave, that would be diesel of course. One ton? Needs more salt...
Of course. End of subject.
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:15 AM   #20
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Sorry for the mistaken identity. They do look quite similar in pictures, though. I didn't intend to start a fight. The Pathfinder and Airstream are within the weight limits, the only real way to see if it is "adequate" is to try it. As a general rule, small SUVs that have high centers of gravity and relatively short wheelbases don't make as good a tow vehicle than something larger.
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Old 01-01-2008, 11:30 AM   #21
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We have a 2006 19' and have been towing with a 2005 Pathfinder LE, towing max 6000lbs and have been very satisfied with the combination. I've towed through all sorts of mountain passes over the last couple years, made rapid stops, taken evasive from an animal, been passed by semi's, etc. etc....all with out the standard diesel and a hensley combo that gets thrown around here.

To the original poster, from someone who has this combo and extensively field tested this combo...it's a great setup, you could benefit from something bigger like the armada but it's not necessary. If I were to do it again, I would get a bigger vehicle for sake of payload but I don't have intentions of changing mine for the next while. The pathfinder is not a safety risk for this type of trailer.

These threads are so funny.

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Old 01-01-2008, 12:32 PM   #22
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Greetings!

Considering all of the comments and private messages, we drove down to the Petaluma Auto dealers and drove the Pathfinder, Toyota 4Runner, and Toureg. Though the Pathfinder probably would have done the job, we liked the feel, smooth ride, and power of the 2004 V-8 Toureg. And the extra towing capacity and stability closed the deal. It was a bit more cost, but we think we'll using it around town more.

Thanks to all of you for coming to our assistance. Now, I've got to begin the search on this site for storage of the A/S. While I could probably get away with the driveway (it's big, and our neighbors are cool, but we're a highly-visible location), I think I need to find other alternatives.

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Old 01-01-2008, 01:06 PM   #23
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At T-reg! Cool.

You will want to check this out... http://www.airforums.com/photos/show...500&userid=682

and this... MySpaceTV Videos: Airstream performance by Airstream Southwest Coaches
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Congratulations on Bambi and the Treg! I have the same combination and it tows like a dream. Did you get the air suspension? It's a real plus for towing.
Also make sure your VW dealer does a check on the vehicle to make sure all TSB's have beem performed and updated. Have fun...
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we liked the feel, smooth ride, and power of the 2004 V-8 Toureg. And the extra towing capacity and stability closed the deal. It was a bit more cost, but we think we'll using it around town more.
gregory, congratulations on your decision. please post pix of the combination.

it's also nice to see someone such as yourself post your decision. oftentimes, the OP (original poster) will post once, everyone weighs in, and we never find out what sort of decision was made. so thanks for keeping us updated.

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Devoman has been pulling his 2005 25' Airstream with a Touareg -- evidently without complaint. For terrains other than the American southeast I would not recommend going 25'. But it sounds like you've hit a groove! Congrats.
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Yea...I think some pictures are in order.
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Congratulations on your new tow vehicle and welcome to the Airstreaming community. Sounds like you will have many happy miles of camping ahead of you!
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