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Old 12-12-2009, 12:11 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Voyageur View Post

Anybody got a 4WD, 454 Suburban for sale cheap?
i think i just saw one in the classifieds!!

2005 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 - Airstream Trailer & Airstream Motorhome Classifieds

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Old 12-12-2009, 12:20 PM   #16
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Four Wheel Drive Only!

Thanks "Red Start". Funny, last night I bought a new Optima red top battery. As soon as she saw it she said, "Looks like it's "Red"y to start". Kind of like your nickname...

I don't want a tow vehicle without 4WD. I have been stuck many times, in our 99, 454, Sub. Lots of power - NO TRACTION! These weren't even off-road conditions. Once in Sarasota at the rally. I was towing over a wet part of a field and she just started slipping and digging in. Had to get pulled out with Airstream still attached. I know it is still possible to get very stuck with 4WD but it sure ups the odds...


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Old 12-12-2009, 12:22 PM   #17
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oops didn't read the ad closely heh heh. i agree on the 4x4 !!! those suburbans are difficult to find used - we tried but ended up with the dodge ram (4x4!!), which we also love.
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Old 01-12-2010, 08:48 PM   #18
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Land Rover Discovery as tow vehicle

I have owned a couple of Land Rovers and used them to tow trailers. Not my Airstream as of yet since I am in the process of restoring it. 1968 Safari.

However, I have towed a 1960 Ford Thunderbird and a 1955 Land Rover Series I 107 pickup on a 24 foot car trailer. The trailer did not have brakes. I have towed with both a Series I and II Discovery. Both vehicles handled the weight with no issues and was able to stop the trailer with out problems. Granted these were properly loaded trailers. The Rover 4.0 V8 is a bit under powered, but it is still has good torque. It does the job, just slowly. I also have Old Man Emu heavy duty springs which help with the weight.

The articles that are linked are regarding the LR3 which has a different hitch design. In the UK they have better hitch available that does get securely bolted the chassis and not just use the quick release system that we have in the states.

I am looking at picking up a truck my family owned when I was younger to be my Airstream tow vehicle... a 1975 Ford Crew Cab 4x4. It will get a rebuild with a newer 5 speed, fuel injection etc... however.

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