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Old 04-07-2006, 10:23 AM   #15
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I currently tow a 2002 25 ft Safari SS with a 1999 Grand Cherokee 4.7 with Goodrich LT tires. The trailer actually weighs 6500 # fully loaded, including a couple of sewing machines and clothes for full timing. It is the LS version with corian and all the goodies. I don't understand where the 7300# estimates came from.

That said, the Cherokee, the Cherokee is a bit borderline in the mountains, but the comfort and ease of entry and exit makes up for what it lacks. It is approaching 100,000 miles without any major troubles. I do use the best of fluids everywhere, and change them frequently.

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Old 04-07-2006, 10:48 AM   #16
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Hi Vinablanco--A solution to your tow vehicle quandry (she wants an SUV, he wants a pickup) might be a 3/4 ton Chevy Avalanche. Also don't be too quick to give up on the A/S you have. If you are at all handy, you should be able to put it in usable shape for not too much $, and then like a house it becomes a series of up grades over time. Happy A/Sing.--Frank S

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Old 04-07-2006, 12:40 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by jimmickle
I don't understand where the 7300# estimates came from.
The axles were upgraded across most of the lines sometime during the 2005 model year. The older Safaris that were pre change were in fact 6300lb GVWR. However, post change, the Safari Six Sleeper in particular, now has a 7300 GVWR. So now there is even more NCC (net carrying capacity) for all the extra items one might want to haul with them.
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Old 04-07-2006, 05:21 PM   #18
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Hello Vinoblanco -- Isn't is something how events roll through our lives and voila, you end up trying to find something to tow a 31-footer. There are frequent threads about "what can tow what?" in the Forums. The SUV to pull an Airstream thread did touch on the Cherokee and a few other models. I think you're getting a lot of good advice here.

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Old 04-07-2006, 06:24 PM   #19
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Brian we are right in your backyard along with at least 8 other airstream owners. Would love to hear from you. My 92 Jeep inline 6 is rated at 5,000 lbs I would think your V8 should be able to handle the load, if not there are pleanty of two vehicles out there that will do a good job.
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Old 04-07-2006, 07:04 PM   #20
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hello VinoBlanco ,

just came across this discussion . thought I may weigh in on this. Your jeep is outmatched in the photo no doubt about it . just look at it . I believe that it could pull it down the road . But a sudden stop or quick manuever could out it in the ditch right quick. I know that you are considering a bigger tow vehical an the 25 ftr . definatly the 2500 hd would be more than enough for the 25r . would be great for the excella. Do you have to buy a brand new truck to pull either coach? having to put 30 or 40 grand into the excella seems high but it may need the full monty . The deal concerning K&N filters is this .The oil that you spray onto the filter media to help filtration , will and does get airborne into the intake airstream ,small tiny particulates coat the hot wire meaning the heated wire inside the mass airflow sensor and fouls the signal to the pcm . causes poorer mileage . Your v8 jeep can pull the 25r fine . You wont be able to race up the hills like the diesel will do though. And always remember when your towing what is being towed . good luck!!
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Old 06-14-2006, 08:16 PM   #21
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Hi, guys,

I have to weigh in on this one. The trailer looks great, but the axles have the wheels too high in the wheel wells, and they look like they're gone. I don't know about the other things, but this was a trailer that somebody loved and wanted to leave it as a legacy. I also see the trail-drag wrinkle behind the wheels.

I'm reading this late, so I'm very curious about what was decided here. Obviously, I bought an Excella. I would think that inheriting one could only add to it's value.


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