Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-04-2009, 10:37 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
Woodlands , Texas
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 11
Blog Entries: 3
Best Tow Vehicle- '80's (7000#?) Airstream

Hard to pin down the best tow vehicles. Looks like I'll need to be able to pull about 7000# trailer + 1-2000# for total weight (gear). Do I need a 3/4 ton for this? Diesel? Ford Chevy Dodge Toyota? Any SUV's (Suburban, Tahoe, etc.) that will pull this weight? Would like to find a mid 2000's model suv (interior storgae) that will handle the AS. Need biggest motor? Liters? V8 enough? Heavy duty towing package, anti-sway, etc. Any good sites for finding used tow vehicles for sale? Looks like 30' AS from 80's wieght about 7000#. 70's models lighter? Any suggestions. Thanks!

aaastircrazy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2009, 12:28 PM   #2
Rivet Master
SteveH's Avatar
2005 39' Land Yacht 390 XL 396
Common Sense , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 5,282
I would say for a 9000 pound load, trailer and stuff, you would need a 3/4 ton truck/SUV to have any comfortable reserve. Granted, there are 1/2 ton trucks now rated to tow that much, but with no "comfortable reserve". At a minimum, I would want a vehicle equipped with the towing package, a 4.10:1 rearend gear (3.73 would work with a Diesel), and at least a 6 Liter engine (gasoline), or any Diesel. If you are staying on the flatlands, a lesser drive train would work, at least until you got sick of it.

SteveH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2009, 03:45 PM   #3
4 Rivet Member
altamont's Avatar
2007 27' Safari FB SE
Tracy , California
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 321
We have friends that pull their "ultralight" with a Nissan V8 pathfinder. After two trips out they are looking for a 3/4 ton diesel even though, on paper at least, their TV should work. Comfort is the name of the game and not having a good size reserve is not a happy situation.
2007 Safari FB SE LS
2008 F-250 Lariat Power Stroke Diesel Crew Cab
WBCCI 1538

To err is human. To arrrrrrr is pirate.
altamont is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2009, 07:27 PM   #4
3 Rivet Member
99Limited34's Avatar
1999 34' Limited
Darien , Wisconsin
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 116
I'd definitely vote for a 3/4 ton for that much weight..Some half tons might be rated to tow that much, but you'd be pushing it, I'd rather have some reserve....You'll need a good sized V-8.. I definitely prefer the diesels...They are great for towing...
1999 Airstream 34' Limited (The Cottage)

2008 F-350 Diesel
WBCCI # 4106

Steve & Jan
99Limited34 is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best color for Airstream tow vehicle cbgenrich Tow Vehicles 175 01-22-2015 01:31 PM
Need best tow vehicle for my Airstream aaastircrazy Our Community 30 02-22-2013 09:28 AM
F150 (max 7000 tow rating) pulling Safari 25? Eckhart Tow Vehicles 9 04-03-2009 07:22 AM
Airstream Tow Vehicle?? Ultradog Tow Vehicles 4 05-29-2006 03:18 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:51 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.