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Old 12-10-2012, 07:19 AM   #71
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FYI. 99% of all cars / trucks fuel tanks are located ahead of the rear axle. Most cars tank is below rear seat. Payload and towing capacity are 2 different issues. Newer vehicles have increased towing capacity much from use of 6 speed transmission. Fuel mileage has also benefited too. Computer is able to allow engine to stay in most efficient rpm range and pull vehicle with less effort.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:22 AM   #72
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I will say that the Flex front wheel drive is not as rugged as an F150 truck.
For some reason folks naturally assume FWD is a weak system. In many cases they are very robust. Our FWD Nissan Van for example was a heavy duty one (300,000 miles problem free).

Back in the late 60's one of the 1st FWD vehicles was the Olds Toronado. The FWD system was so overbuilt GM used it in the GM motorhome with great success. Many are still on the roads today.

The Flex has the advantage of modern technology. Improved design/and parts quality is a bonus.
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Great thread, people. It's not my favourite car but the Flex is on my list for when I need to replace my TV, with the appropriate modifications from CanAm of course.

Echoing statements from others, a pick-up truck is not your only option to tow an Airstream.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:06 AM   #74
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The Flex will likely be completely changed by the time you need to replace your tow vehicle. Want to change it could be a different time frame.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:26 AM   #75
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The Flex will likely be completely changed by the time you need to replace your tow vehicle. Want to change it could be a different time frame.
You're not wrong, I was thinking aloud. I'm very happy with my tow vehicle at the moment and still have a way to go to pay for the thing!
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Andrew, do you think with the reinforced hitch set up that you do, that something as long as 29 ft and about 5000 lds or less is doable with a Flex? I'm getting my project started, and would love the extra couple feet.

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Certainly a 29' Airstream is not a problem for the Flex. What year did you wind up with?

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Certainly a 29' Airstream is not a problem for the Flex. What year did you wind up with?

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Andy, in December I bought a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDi for feature use asa tow vehicle two or three years from now. The plan is for a Casita 17' or a shorter Airstream, depending on what I can find when I get closer to the time. I'll need to make a trip to Canam for a hitch and set-up before towing anything.
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Andy, in December I bought a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDi for feature use asa tow vehicle two or three years from now. The plan is for a Casita 17' or a shorter Airstream, depending on what I can find when I get closer to the time. I'll need to make a trip to Canam for a hitch and set-up before towing anything.
I enjoy reading Andrew T.'s towing info, but sometimes I wonder if he's casting lines to the south to see what he can catch.

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C'mon Doug...Let's not forget that Andy Thompson is the fellow that the Airstream company has over to Alumapalooza every year to give a presentation about towing.

There are lots of people who set up hitches...but Andy's the man that the company "who makes our trailers" has over "to their own property" to discuss towing with us.

Wouldn't you agree that's a heck of an endorsement ??

This forum is very lucky he cares enough to enter into discussions with us, because he has more experience after setting up thousands of hitches over his many years in the business, than anyone else anywhere.

Nuff said.
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I just bought a Ford Flex- chose it just for its towing ability. 4500 lbs of capacity is plenty for my 1957 Overlander. I'm not worried at all. And I certainly do trust an individual with experience over published figures any day of the week... Just my humble opinion.
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Andy, in December I bought a 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDi for feature use asa tow vehicle two or three years from now. The plan is for a Casita 17' or a shorter Airstream, depending on what I can find when I get closer to the time. I'll need to make a trip to Canam for a hitch and set-up before towing anything.
The Passat isn't rated to tow.

The Casita 17' Deluxe loaded for travel weighs 3200-3500#.

How do I know? I've had 2 17' Casita Deluxe's since 1999 until last year. I've weighed them both while traveling. Both weighed 3250# with 465# on the hitch.

I also have a 13' Casita deluxe and it weighs 2500# with 250# on the hitch.
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In the picture above your Airstream is just sitting on the ball of the Tahoe. Your not actually towing it this way are you?

I just wonder as the Tahoe is sitting level so you must have some serious rear springs in it. Those older 25's had substantial hitch weight.

I see you have an SSR, easily the best handling and performing Chev truck I have ever towed with. Loved how it worked.

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In the picture above your Airstream is just sitting on the ball of the Tahoe. Your not actually towing it this way are you?

I just wonder as the Tahoe is sitting level so you must have some serious rear springs in it. Those older 25's had substantial hitch weight.

I see you have an SSR, easily the best handling and performing Chev truck I have ever towed with. Loved how it worked.

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Andrew T - what are those strap on mirrors? My Chevy Silverado crazy beefed up 3/4 ton specifically for TOWING - came with tiny, non-Towing mirrors :-(

Just curious about options. Apologize for the hijack.
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