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Old 06-16-2010, 05:26 AM   #1
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2010 Tundra and 1998 34' Classic

Just drove 1100 miles from Christiansburg Va to Dallas Tx with my 2010 Tundra with the 5.7 litre automatic extended cab with campertop and picked up a 1998 34' classic limited.Averaged 18 down empty and 10 back but we ran about 72 average on the way back.Took us 17 hours down and 20 hours back.Had to stop every 200 miles and fill up truck, campers got a hensley arrow hitch that could not have been any better,passing tractor and trialers at 75mph and no say,wiggle or pucker factor.Could not be more pleased in how the truck performed with this kind of weight.

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Old 06-16-2010, 06:07 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your 34 foot Classic. Now that you have long distance towing under your belt, what are you going to do? I see you're only about 20 miles from Virginia Highland Haven Airstream Park. A long weekend there would be a perfect follow up to your trip to Texas and back.

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Old 06-16-2010, 06:26 AM   #3
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Another Airstreamer in the area! Fantastic! Welcome home and when you get a chance, check out Highland Haven for a cooler weekend experience.
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:47 AM   #4
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it's nice to hear that it towed so well. just note that your trailer tires might not be rated to tow at 75 mph.
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:33 AM   #5
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You broke the spell !! 10 miles per gallon on 34 classic full load is not bad at all. How did it handle on sudden break between 60 - 75 mph, any push on the Tundra ? just curiuos . Happy streaming & enjoy your new rig.
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:17 AM   #6
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I own a small lot on the New River that my camper sets on thru the summer months.The Tundra done great pulling this camper.It also has a Hensley Arrow hitch that makes pulling so much easier.

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Old 06-17-2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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Gretchen & Dewayne - glad to hear you had such a good experience. Others who posted the news about the towing speed and the tires aren't kidding. A tire blows at high speed, and it can chew up your wheel well and the side panel before you know it.... EXPENSIVE!!!!!!!!

With three axles your Stream will certainly continue to run smoothly even if one tire suddenly deflates. You could conceivably drive for miles before spotting the problem.

We welcome you here. We look forward to meeting you and seeing you down the road. There are times you HAVE to go 75 to escape a bad situation, but spending a weekend at the factory watching someone have $3K of damage repaired due to a high speed blowout will convince you that "the journey is as much fun as the destination - especially in a 34'!

DO visit Va Highland Haven - or Highland Heaven if you prefer. Oh and if you take the tasting tour of some of the big wineries... take the Airstream to safely sleep off the effects of tasting!

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Old 06-17-2010, 12:49 PM   #8
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I'm planning on buying a new 30 ft Classic and, surprise, surprise, I'm wrestling with the Tow Vehicle issue as all newbies do. Glad to hear the Tundra did so well. What do you think the prospects are for long term wear and tear? I'm trying to decide on going 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton, as most everyone does. Most of the old-timers (I use the term respectfully) advise to go the 3/4 ton route if you plan to do much road time. What are your thoughts after your initial experience?

I'm trying to decide between a decked out RAM 1500, a Tundra or a decked out 2w drive RAM 2500 with the Cummins. One big issue is the truck will be a daily driver for my wife and I see the 1500 or Tundra as a more manageable daily ride for her. But, she only does about 5,000 miles a year so most of the time for the truck will be towing, which we plan to do a lot of in a year or two. I've read several other long threads on this issue. But, I thought I'd solicit some new comments if anyone is willing.
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Old 06-18-2010, 12:20 PM   #9
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Did you use 6th gear (overdrive) pulling the trailer, or did you only go up to 5th gear? I'm curious how the transmission handled pulling that large of a trailer. A auto mechanic suggested that I stay out of 6th gear while pulling a rv (he said it helps the tranny not labor and helps it stay cooler).

By the way, my TV is a 2010 Tundra Crewmax 4X4.

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Old 06-18-2010, 01:41 PM   #10
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I have a 30’ Flying Cloud with the lounger chairs in front. Towing with ProPride hooked to a Toyota Tundra 4WD Platinum. P3 brake control. Truck seems to have plenty of power, at least at lower elevations-haven’t been above 2000’. It is stable in crosswinds and dealing with large trucks. Wish it had a larger fuel tank and better tow mirrors.

I use tow mode when pulling and have never seen the transmission or engine temp gauges move, uphill or down.

The weights seem to be reasonable, truck with two people full fuel and shell over bed, 100# in the back

Front axle 2650
Rear axle 2250
Total 5050

Add trailer, empty water, full propane, equipped galley and household.

Front 2600
Rear 2900
Total truck 5950

Trailer 5500

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Front axle 4000
Rear axle 4150
GVWR 7200
Max Towing 10100
Max combined 16000

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Max gross 8800
Max cargo 2048

I am pleased, tows well and drives like a car in town, parks in ordinary spaces. I would definitely buy the Tundra again.
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Old 06-18-2010, 01:57 PM   #11
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That's impressive. I've been thinking about the flying cloud instead of the Classic because it saves about 3,000 lbs. That would certainly bring it into the weight range of the Tundra. I'm intrigued. It sounds like you've been doing the flatlander thing mostly. Have you had any experience with grade?
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Old 06-18-2010, 03:42 PM   #12
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Not much grade, one 1800' climb. Passed two diesel 5th wheel TV's during it. I bought the Flying Cloud for the lounger chairs. Could not be happier with them. I live on a sailboat most of the year and getting into a lounge chair is luxury.
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Originally Posted by richinny View Post
it's nice to hear that it towed so well. just note that your trailer tires might not be rated to tow at 75 mph.
The only saving grace, assuming you have D rated tires is that the weight being carried by each tire on your tri axle is less than some of the tandem axled smaller Airstreams. Especially those like mine that are the slide outs.

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Old 06-18-2010, 06:28 PM   #14
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Just think of the fuel mileage they would have gotten if they would have slowed down to 60 MPH. Fortunately for some of us they park it in the summer months.

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