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Old 08-27-2013, 12:58 PM   #113
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It may not be a mirror-polished head-turner, but if traveling and camping is more important than using the side of the trailer to style your hair, there are good trailers out there in the ballpark of your budget.
That's really good to know - thanks!
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:19 PM   #114
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As to leather or cloth interior-

We travel with a cat. So far she hasn't scratched the leather in our Tundra or the Ultra-leather in our Airstream- but we lay a towel down on the couch to protect it.
All of our cars have leather and we have leather furniture in the house. The leather in my 1999 Nissan Pathfinder still looks new except the bottom cushion on the driver's side.
There are a couple of scratches in the couch cushion at home from a startled cat.
Our daughter has a dog and her car has leather seats. Her seats still look new in a 2006 Ford 500.
I like leather because of its durability and resistance to food and drink stains.
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Thenks, m.hony!

It's looking like AWD, Ecoboost and leather, then, hmmm?
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Thenks, m.hony!

It's looking like AWD, Ecoboost and leather, then, hmmm?
I doubt you'll find an Ecoboost Flex without leather, actually. So it's good that it all lines up.
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It can take a long time to find the perfect AS, and then you usually have to jump on it when it comes along. If you have a chance, find some trailer rallies to go to, WBCCi, or Forum rallies, and get a chance to look at some trailers and talk to people and start figuring out what you like and don't like. I've never been to a rally where folks weren't happy to show newbies around. I have found myself giving tours just when we're out camping and people are curious to see what an Airstream is like inside!

$10k is a really nice amount to have to start looking with. I agree, you can probably find a nice usable trailer in that price range, and personalize it as you go. When I bought my trailer ten years ago everyone kept saying it 'would do' until I was ready to upgrade, but I'm still not ready to upgrade
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:48 PM   #118
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AS question, please - my folks live in the Palm Springs area where things like seatbelt buckles get hot enough to cause burns if you leave a car in full sun in the summer.

What does heat like that do to an AS? Does it cause expansion / contraction problems? Won't it make the interior uncomfortably hot? OK, so 97 is already uncomfortably hot, but does an AS get hotter than a white-exterior trailer in the sun?
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Airstreams do in fact get hot in the sun. Newer airstreams have white roof panels to help with this (and my Argosy is off-white, and the PO put some KoolSeal-type product on it... it does OK in the sun.)

The color is part of it, and the aluminum construction that helps our trailers last so long is another part, it transmits heat better than plywood-and-plastic white trailers.

Shade and awnings help out a lot, but I think the wheels are the best way to keep the trailer cool... isn't everyplace in California relatively close to the mountains?
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Thenks, m.hony!

It's looking like AWD, Ecoboost and leather, then, hmmm?
Come to think of it...
I've never seen a Flex with cloth interior...
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Just want to throw this out there. I enjoyed towing with the office's Flex Ecoboost. But a 2011+ Dodge Durango with the V6 gets similar fuel economy and is rated to tow 6200 lbs with the tow package. (7200 with its V8, which I own)

Gives you another car-like tow vehicle but with a higher rating for more flexibility in trailer choice.
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Just want to throw this out there. I enjoyed towing with the office's Flex Ecoboost. But a 2011+ Dodge Durango with the V6 gets similar fuel economy and is rated to tow 6200 lbs with the tow package. (7200 with its V8, which I own)

Gives you another car-like tow vehicle but with a higher rating for more flexibility in trailer choice.
Yeah, but it doesn't look like a packing crate with warp drive.
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Airstreams get very hot in the southwest sun. The insulation is only 2" of fiberglass and as said, aluminum transmits heat fast. Go north and uphill in the summer.

If you can't get the trailer first, make sure you know what trailer you want before you buy a town vehicle. As Stef and others say, you'll probably have the trailer a lot longer than the tow vehicle. Some people make mistake and pay for it; try to get it right the first time.

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Looking to get a weight distrobution hitch as well as getting my class 3 factory reinforced. I have a 2013 flex with the appearance pkg... Ecoboost... Not bragging just wondering if the 20 inch wheels will be a factor. Need help setting up my flex. I have no worries about its ability. I could tow with another vehicle I have wich is rated for more.... But why? I love driving the flex solo much more. I'm pushing the limits with a 64 overlander but hey... I live in ia! Maybe if I was going to tow it through th Rockies I would give it a second thought. For the 100 mile camp adventure in the woodlands of the Midwest I know I will be fine. Andy at can am rv? I know you can hook me up with a safe setup.
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Just a note about towing...I tried to tow a 25 foot Int with a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Lots of downshifting which drove me nuts! or more nuts. Sold it, bought a Dodge/Cummins in 2008 and it tows across the Rocky Mountains easily. IMO the diesels with the huge torque will tow best and are more economical fuel wise, once initial purchase is completed. There may be some situations where a gas or flex engine may not have the power, such as the passes in the Rockies over 11,000 feet....
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Just a note about towing...I tried to tow a 25 foot Int with a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Lots of downshifting which drove me nuts! or more nuts. Sold it, bought a Dodge/Cummins in 2008 and it tows across the Rocky Mountains easily. IMO the diesels with the huge torque will tow best and are more economical fuel wise, once initial purchase is completed. There may be some situations where a gas or flex engine may not have the power, such as the passes in the Rockies over 11,000 feet....
If the vehicle is shifting constantly you are in the wrong gear. That's why I would only buy a tow vehicle that has the option of manually selecting gears. The Flex Ecoboost has paddle shifters and when in manual mode the transmission will not go in to 6th gear. A non-ecoboost flex only has the option of Low or Drive. The Eco-boost flex will have no trouble towing an Overlander from a power standpoint, 365HP 350TQ is LOTS of power!
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