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Old 10-23-2006, 06:10 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by starflyte1
Thanks for all the replies! Each made us feel so good about the Suburban with the 3.73 that it is in our drive at this time. It is ours!

My husband drove it the 120 miles home and is quite happy with it. It has a Class III hitch and everything that goes with that. Now, to get what is necessary to hook up to the A/S that we haven't found yet.

Thanks to the people on this forum, we have bought a TV that will last at least as long as we will be needing it.
Just for general info... We pull a 31' Excella with a 1500HD (6.0 & 3.73). The 1500HD is very similar to a Suburban 2500, but with an extra foot or so of wheelbase. Anyway, with a Reese dual cam we've found it to be a very nice towing combination, even on some of the winding bits of southern Indiana. Generally getting around 11-12mpg towing, with a low of something like 9.8 (back roads, steep hills, lead foot, my bad) and generally around 14 unladen.

The previous owner of our Airstream used a 1500 'burb and took it from Cincy to Tennessee, Florida, OK, and other places on a regular basis.

Saw it posted here sometime in the last year that 28-31' trailers are kind of 'tweeners. Too big for the "me too" toy trucks, and not big enough for a retirement base camp, thus somewhat more available than some others.

With 2 kids + a dog, 31' is just about right. We can seperate them when they quibble!

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Old 10-23-2006, 06:23 PM   #16
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Congrats on the Burb. Post a picture of it when you can. Happy hunting for the AS of your dreams.

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Old 10-23-2006, 06:36 PM   #17
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I have seen some really good deals on Reese weight distributing hitches on Ebay, if you are savy there. However, I have messed with Airstreams for years, and find that 2 out of 3 used ones sold by individuals will come with a hitch set. There are several models, they come with different weight ratings on the bars. Your new 'Burb will not require a lot of attention to pull the size you want, yet it is pretty important to get the hitch set up right. There are instructions on the Reese web site. Read and follow them and you will do well.
Of course there are other hitches out there, with supporters of each kind. That will have to be a decision on your own.
The brake controller that is easiest to set up is the Prodigy, and it is a very good one. You can find that new on Ebay as well, along with a factory wiring harness to hook it up with.
Good luck on the purchase, and I encourage you to be diligent in the hookup of the hitch and brake control.
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Old 10-23-2006, 07:07 PM   #18
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I towed my 31ft classic with a 5.4L gas engine and a 3.73 limited slip rear end.
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Old 10-24-2006, 01:00 PM   #19
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I would post a picture if only I could! I am trying to put our B online to sell and can't do the picture transfer.

Hadn't thought of A/Ss coming with a hitch, but will wait to buy until after we buy a trailer to see if it comes with what is needed!

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Old 10-24-2006, 04:03 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by moosetags
I can attest that the 3.73 rear works great. I am pulling an '05 Safari with an '05 Suburban 4x4x4 (four wheel drive/Quadrasteer) 2500 with the 6.0 liter gasoline V-8. We have pulled about 10,000 miles this years including an extensive tour of New England with quite a bit of mountain driving. I am very satisfied with the performance.

As to a 34', I think it would work, but I would opt for a Sierra or Silverado 3500 (non-duely) with the 8.1 (still available in the pick-ups) with the 4.11.
Strange but the 8.1 is not offered in the new redesigned body style. They only show 6.0 and the diesel. It's a shame because the new body style is so much better looking than anything GM has offered in a long time.
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Old 10-24-2006, 04:03 PM   #21
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Another yes for 3.73 rear end.

We pull our 27' Overlander (6080#) loaded with our 6ltr 3.73 Suburban with no problems. We love the 37.5 gal fuel tank! (except when we have to fill..)

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Old 10-25-2006, 12:47 PM   #22
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I pull a 30' Safari with a F-250 PSD with 3.73 rear end. I get good mileage and feel almost no difference with the trailer back there...except the ride is more like a 1/2 ton rather than a 3/4 ton and just a little slower from a stand still. But at highway speeds, I forget it is back there.
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Old 10-31-2006, 02:32 PM   #23
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Canoe Stream, why not tell them I have (will have) an Airstream?
I was just having a joke about Airstream owners having a bit of fun with SOB owners ignoring us because they figger we're just a bunch of snobby millionaires. Doesn't stop me from being friendly with them and it is usually well rewarded! Not meaning to have an inside joke on you or anything...

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Old 10-31-2006, 03:52 PM   #24
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Thanks! I thought it was something like that, but wasn't sure.

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