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Old 09-01-2006, 06:34 PM   #1
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I've been interested in Airstreams for many years. Now, my wife and I are retired and are thinking about doing an "around the USA" tour and are thinking about buying an Airstream. My question: will my Ford Ranger pull one of the small ones---like a Bambi?

Maybe this is the wrong forum. If so, please tell me which one to post my question on, won't you?

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Old 09-01-2006, 07:38 PM   #2
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Answer in a nut shell---NO To small- not enough HP -to short
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Old 09-01-2006, 07:40 PM   #3
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Hi,

I've been interested in Airstreams for many years. Now, my wife and I are retired and are thinking about doing an "around the USA" tour and are thinking about buying an Airstream. My question: will my Ford Ranger pull one of the small ones---like a Bambi?

Maybe this is the wrong forum. If so, please tell me which one to post my question on, won't you?

Thanks.
I owned a Ranger and I donít feel it would Tow a Bambi safely. I sold it to buy a F-150 to tow my previous trailer a Globetrotter. If you are planning on making an extended trip you will need a TV which can handle hills, and mountains. If you spend a little time using the search function you will find out a great deal about safe towing and which TV works best for each trailer. Everyone here is helpful and the advice you receive is sound and safe. You should start by looking up the Capacities of the Ranger and compare the specifications to the trailer you are interested in. Towing is part art and part science.

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Trailer Life Magazine has a listing of all tow vechicles and their ratings you can find it on the web. This should let you know all your options.
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Thanks a lot folks for your suggestions---which I will follow up on.
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Old 09-02-2006, 06:26 PM   #6
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Well----I checked my Ranger manual and read a lot of gcvrw's and the like. I found the load limits for the two axles. But you have to know how much load you will be carrying in the truck and in the trailer, etc. Come on now! My question is: how big a truck do I need to pull the smallest Airstream with nominal loads in both truck and trailer. Isn't there any ballpark guide?

Should I trade in the Ranger for an F150---or similar, if you are a Chevy person, let's say? Is the Bambi the smallest? I think I saw a used RV dealer here locally (Southern Oregon) with an older Airstream "smallie." I think it was probably around fourteen feet long. Any ideas? I intend to go and chin with him in the near future and find what it is.

Is it safe to go with a used one?

Any info will be greatly appreciated from this novice!

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Old 09-02-2006, 06:50 PM   #7
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Hi,

I've been interested in Airstreams for many years. Now, my wife and I are retired and are thinking about doing an "around the USA" tour and are thinking about buying an Airstream. My question: will my Ford Ranger pull one of the small ones---like a Bambi?
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I towed an Argosy 20 with a Ranger, 4.0 engine, extended cab, 2wd, 5 speed. It was woefully underpowered at best, and "white knuckle time" while trying to tow the trailer. 0-60 times required a calendar to measure, and I always got the feeling I was being pushed, rather than doing the towing.
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Old 09-02-2006, 09:41 PM   #8
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The question was can it. yes it can. I saw a dodge dacoda pulling an older 23'. I asked him about it and he said " I aint in a hurry and aint going far." The question should be first: Is it safe? Will it shorten the life of the truck? I put 1060 lbs. of gravel in the bed of my ranger. I had no problem gettting to 45 MPH with the 2.9L. Then I started fish tailing. It bottomed out the springs.
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Old 09-02-2006, 10:20 PM   #9
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Hi,
I've been interested in Airstreams for many years. Now, my wife and I are retired and are thinking about doing an "around the USA" tour and are thinking about buying an Airstream. My question: will my Ford Ranger pull one of the small ones---like a Bambi?
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Well, since you asked for opinions, here is mine.
An "around the USA" tour sounds like a great idea!
A small Airstream will be too small.
In my opinion, you need about 25' to be comfortable for an extended time.
Once you settle on the size Airstream, you need to get a "more than adequate" tow vehicle. A tow vehicle not only needs adequate horsepower, it also needs adequate wheel base, weight and braking capacity.
You will have a far happier time with a more than adequate rig.
Nothing spoils a trip like having the tail wag the dog creating an urgency for a restrooom.
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Old 09-02-2006, 10:28 PM   #10
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A 1/2 ton truck of most any brand will do. Try to get the longest wheel base you can. Remember if you decide later to with a bigger trailer later that would probably mean another tow vehicle change . If you error, error on the BIG side.---pieman
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Old 09-02-2006, 11:31 PM   #11
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Hi, Heaviside. In answer to your question; Yes you can, but you may not. It's not safe and more than likely illegal. Any half ton pickup with a V-8 would do the job up to maybe 23'.

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We have a 1999 v-10 Dodge Ram 4x4 3/4 ton towing a 22' Safari, and it works great!
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Old 09-04-2006, 12:44 AM   #13
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Well......maybe, but not for long trips

We had a 2002 Ford Ranger 4.0L 4x4 with 4.10 rear end and large V6 engine and towing package (which the AS dealer said we should be OK towing a 22'). We tried to tow our first AS..... a 2004 22' CCD. We took it out on our maiden voyage once with the Ranger......and afterwards promptly began a search for another vehicle.
It really lugged down even with the smallest of hills. I can't imagine a 19'er being much easier to tow.
We ended up with a 3/4 ton......which was overkill.......but we ended up trading up to a 28' CCD later....which was a good thing!
Here's a pic of our Ranger hooked up for our maiden voyage!
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Here's a pic of our Ranger hooked up for our maiden voyage!
Did you have a WD hitch on that? It looks like the front wheels are almost off the ground.
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