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Old 09-26-2016, 09:00 PM   #71
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I promise to do a build video series once we get our transit.
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Old 09-26-2016, 10:22 PM   #72
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I am now towing my 25' EB with 2016 3.2 L diesel Ford Transit van. I traded in my f-250 6.5L diesel truck for the van. It was not by choice but for necessity. My wife became very ill and it required a vehicle that was wheelchair accessible. I also needed a van that could pull our trailer since I knew this would be our home away from home while staying at various health facilities.
I really liked our truck and was very concerned about replacing it with the van and using it as our day to day plus tow vehicle. I must say I have been pleasantly surprised at how well the van operates in both capacities. Granted I do not have the power that I had with the truck but so far it seems to be more than adequate plus the handling and the ride seems just as good. What I am really pleased and surprised about is the better mileage and the greater versatility the van gives me.
Unfortunately I lost my beloved wife recently. I could if I wanted to get another truck but I like the van so much I don't think I will. In fact now that there is just me I think I will sell my EB and buy the new basecamp. We bought the EB to haul our kayaks, bikes and other type of outdoor gear. With the van I can do this as well as make into a separate traveling bedroom if need be. Oh one other thing I have gotten with the van is lot of attention. More people approach me about the van now than the trailer.


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Old 10-12-2016, 10:11 AM   #73
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After shopping for transits, we're not 100% sold. There are lots of little design things that are stupid. Plastic handles for shutting doors, the fact that you can't shut the sliding door without first opening another window or door, the controls, the seats, the high brake pedal, the airbox design that lets water in, the list goes on.

We do like the ecoboost motor, but we aren't ready to sell our 4x4 7.3L E350 yet.

We like the 4x4 3500 144" WB Sprinters on paper, but we've read that the maintenance costs on a sprinter are insanely expensive, and since we full-time, we can't be running off to some obscure dealer and waiting in line for 3 weeks to have it looked at every time a sensor goes out (which appears to be quite common).

So... we'll probably stick with our current van for a while.
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:45 AM   #74
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We are new owners of a Flying Cloud 28A. Before purchasing the Airstream I did a ton of research on tow vehicles and vans in particular. We currently have a GMC 1/2 ton with Max Trailer package and 6.2L gas V-8. I've spent a lot of time at Sprinter-source, fordtransitusa, and expedition portal forums.
I would love a new Transit but there is no way it comes close to meeting the tow requirements for our trailer. The best tow rating you can get with a Transit is with the 3.2 diesel and 3.73 gears. That gives you a 7500 pound tow rating and GCWR of 13500. Your van better pretty close to empty if you are anywhere near a trailer weight of 7500. The gvwr of our trailer is 7600. Ford says no weight distribution hitch because of unibody construction. Max hitch weight is 750. Our trailer advertised tongue weight is 974

This is not meant to be a slam on the Transit. I would love to have one for the ceiling height and other features. Unfortunately it doesn't have the capability to tow our Airstream.

Our plan is to buy a Chevy / GMC 1 ton van as a tow vehicle. 10,000 pound tow capacity and can use a wdh. We live a few miles from the Quigley 4x4 factory, so are also considering this option as well.

Our main goal is to bring our bicycles and kayaks with us and possibly a dual sport motorcycle or two. Bicycles will be stored inside and kayaks on the roof.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:01 AM   #75
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We have a Nissan 3500 HD cargo Van. It has the same tow capacity. You can stand up in it and cargo can be kept inside away from the weather elements. Not to mention having a weight of over 6,000 lbs. I see this has completely gone under the radar .... Ideally the heavier the tow vehicle the better. I would rather have more weight upfront in the tow vehicle , the heavier the trailer the more it will want to push (dominate) your tow vehicles every move. If that person who had their Airstream roll over recently mentioned here , had a heavier tow vehicle maybe the outcome would have been much different.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:08 AM   #76
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Ujoint offroad will be offering 4x4 kits for the NV in the near future. He does great work. Im betting itll be far superior to a quigley comversion.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:20 AM   #77
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We like the 4x4 3500 144" WB Sprinters on paper, but we've read that the maintenance costs on a sprinter are insanely expensive, and since we full-time, we can't be running off to some obscure dealer and waiting in line for 3 weeks to have it looked at every time a sensor goes out (which appears to be quite common).

So... we'll probably stick with our current van for a while.

Our previous tv was a Mercedes 350GL diesel that we sold in favour of a GMC 3500 diesel van. The Mercedes was a much more refined tv, but was completely unreliable. I was reluctant to tow with it because I was afraid of a breakdown far from a dealer. Also, as pointed out, Mercedes maintenance costs absolutely spoil the ownership experience.




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Old 10-13-2016, 11:47 AM   #78
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Our previous tv was a Mercedes 350GL diesel that we sold in favour of a GMC 3500 diesel van. The Mercedes was a much more refined tv, but was completely unreliable. I was reluctant to tow with it because I was afraid of a breakdown far from a dealer. Also, as pointed out, Mercedes maintenance costs absolutely spoil the ownership experience.
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I'm thinking about doing the same as my ML has the same drive train as the GL. I've got a 180k on it, but it seems to break down once a year. Just last week I wanted to tow and the check engine light was on again. Luckily it didn't go into limp mode this time. $600 to get the glow plug controller replaced and now the oil cooler is leaking as well. It's one thing after another.
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Old 10-20-2016, 10:53 AM   #79
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Thanks for coming over ExploreMore.

...Going to do more research on long wheel base and short along with cargo capacityObviously diesel is out so that takes that out of the equation...

An empty commercial van would likely be cheaper but the passenger vans could still be family drivers for road trips without the trailer. Vans might also be available at fleet prices or used from airport type shuttles places.

Great comments.
I've seen a few posts that seem to discourage long wheel base, but I can tell you a long wheel base anything will ride much better over our country's jagged roads and highways. If too short, when loaded heavy and towing you can end up in a front down, back up type of teeter totter that's very dangerous and longer wheel base can eliminate that situation.

I'm finding out that older conversing vans seem to have been cargo versions from factory, fitted with the big windows, tall roof, interior trim and seats but newer vans seem to be passenger versions, possibly ordered without seats. But I'm just starting to learn more about these conversion vans so not sure how they are done.

Right now I like the idea of a newer 2014+ GM (chevy or gmc) 3500 with the new 6.6L duramax (much better than the older 6.5L or 6.2L) and 6-speed 6L90 transmission... if one can be found is the problem. One note about the diesel is it's a tuned down version found in the trucks for longer engine life, so that's not bad at all! The truck crowd will try to tell you its a smaller and less powerful duramax than trucks, but its the same engine with a different program in the ecu.
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It's turned down because of concerns with shedding heat. Engine is enclosed compared to a pickup. That said, 300HP and 500TQ is overkill for our trailer type.


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Old 11-27-2016, 07:16 PM   #81
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Jo Ann and I just were talking about this idea this afternoon, so this thread is very helpful. That Nissan NV Passenger sounds interesting, but could it safely handle a 9800-pound 34' Airstream?

Our situation, again, is that we're currently in a 40' MH. When we first started talking about going to an Airstream I said we had to get rid of the equivalent of the stuff in the smaller basement bay. We did, but somehow it all has come back. All of that stuff will have to go in the tow vehicle. If those of you who tow with this vehicle say it is safe we'll go look at one tomorrow.

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Old 11-27-2016, 07:23 PM   #82
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it's always good to have a margin of safety. I'd be reluctant to town 9800 with a vehicle rated at 10k. Could it do it? Sure. Would it be safe? Well, that's up to you, but I wouldn't do it.

It's also important to remember that whatever weight you put inside the van will reduce the towing capacity.

Let's say your van is rated at 10k. But you put 1000 lbs of toys inside the van. It's now rated to tow 9k.
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Further looking at the website looks like it can only tow 8700 pounds, so guess that idea is out. We may go to Roswell anyway tomorrow and talk to the dealer and see what's what.
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Old 11-28-2016, 12:39 AM   #84
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Jo Ann and I just were talking about this idea this afternoon, so this thread is very helpful. That Nissan NV Passenger sounds interesting, but could it safely handle a 9800-pound 34' Airstream?

Our situation, again, is that we're currently in a 40' MH. When we first started talking about going to an Airstream I said we had to get rid of the equivalent of the stuff in the smaller basement bay. We did, but somehow it all has come back. All of that stuff will have to go in the tow vehicle. If those of you who tow with this vehicle say it is safe we'll go look at one tomorrow.

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Our 2013 Nissan 3500 HD cargo Van V8-5.6 Liter is rated for 9,500 Lbs. with the factory tow package. We pull the light 22' Sport Bambi , over 5,000 Lbs. lighter than a 34' Airstream. Even the 3500 Nissan cargo would be to small. If I were to go to a larger Airstream using our Nissan 3500 HD I would not pull anything heavier than 7,600 Lbs. which is about what our van weighs loaded with two people ,with full tank of gas & cargo. A total GVWR(15,200 Lbs.) for Van plus trailer to keep a safety margin within the Nissan cargo 3500 HD limit. Even then the factory tow package hitch would have to be upgraded to handle the 500 to 600Lbs heavier total hitch weight.
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