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Old 10-05-2014, 04:06 PM   #15
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That QX4 is essentially the same vehicle as my Pathfinder. It has been reliable for 15 years. I'm gonna try for another 15 years.
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Old 10-05-2014, 04:53 PM   #16
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Thanks for info, I checked with my mechanic that has serviced the car over the years and he said "Only for a while" it really needs bigger radiator, trany cooler and beafed suspension. So I'm looking for a Infinity QX56. Can't wait to hit the road.
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The Mercedes SUV's are highly praised TV's especially for Airstreams. Wondering how much experience your mechanic has towing Airstreams?

Also... for many years now we towed our 23' Safari with an Infiniti G35 V6 sedan. Works great. No problems. The car now has 245,000klm's on it.
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Old 10-05-2014, 08:52 PM   #17
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that qx4 is essentially the same vehicle as my pathfinder. It has been reliable for 15 years. I'm gonna try for another 15 years.

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Nice looking car m.hony, our QX4 is also black, and our ML430 is black and the new addition QX56 is black. Hard to keep clean, but the best looking when they are.
Road Ruler, I had planned to use the ML430, but it has had some issues in the past and I had some concerns. Our mechanic is certified Mercedes mechanic, but to my knowledge has never pulled an Airstream, he does pull a 20' or so enclosed auto trailer, but perhaps he was being over cautious. I have pulled large cargo box trailers with 3/4 ton pickups and know there can be some advantage with a heavier larger footprint TV. I will no doubt be surprised at how good the Airstream pulls. And finally my wife loves the QX4 Infinity our daughter has and is absolutely crazy about the QX56 ..so "happy wife..happy life". I'm confident I will be please with the bigger car, so we will find out tomorrow as we hit the road. And, hey, if it doesn't live up to expectations we still have the ML430.
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Old 10-07-2014, 01:31 PM   #19
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I have owned the Pathy for as long or longer than I have any vehicle. I typically hold on to them for a looooong time. I like not having car payments. If it still looks this good after 15 years, maybe the appearance will hold up for another 15 years. It is my wife's daily driver. My daily driver is a black Road King.
I wanted a black Tundra, but could not find one. I settled for silver and I'm glad I did. It nearly matches the trailer.
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Nice set-up and the silver / silver is a good choice. Well first report is in. Pulled 900 miles in two days and I'm very pleased with results. Trailer is a trouble free pull with zero sway or handling issues. The QX56 has the power for an easy tow as we set the cruise control at 63-68 and it cruised at about 1800 - 1900 rpm without a struggle. Uphill grades would kick down to lower gear and run at about 2500-2800 rpm and maintain speed. A bit more engine noise when in lower gear and a slow clime from about 60 to it set point of cruise. Could probably use a different gear ratio or a bit more torque, it does have tow mode operation which changes the shift pattern and that helped. But the comfort, one of the most comfortable seats I have driven in, and after 11 hours driving with only stops for gas and a snack I felt no fatigue. I'm sure a 3/4 quad would be a stronger TV, but I found the comfort trade-off to be worth it. And plenty of room for the dogs and back seat movies were nice for our daughter. Gas mileage for the 900 miles was 10.5 avg. More later
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I towed my 2012 28' Intl with a QX56 VERY happily and successfully for 2 years. If I didn't have the need for hauling a generator, two basset hounds, and all the other gear that I "needed" -- like a small gas grill, etc., I'd still have the QX. I did buy a 2014 Ram 2500 4x4 with the 6.7L Cummins diesel for more storage space and the torque that comes with the truck for long haul, Rocky mountain type Airstreaming. (Oh, and the exhaust brake as well.) The Ram is a terrific TV through and through, but the QX is a tremendously capable SUV and gets remarkable gas mileage when you tow with it.
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Old 10-11-2014, 07:11 PM   #22
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I got 13 mpg today on a 9 hour trip to Texas today with the Tundra and Classic 30.
Happy happy happy!
The 2004 Interstate traveling with me got 22 mpg. Wow!
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We completed our 1900 mile trip with the QX56 and our new FC23. Very satisfied. Even towed about 300 miles thru 25-30 mph cross winds, felt some sway but never a hint of handling trouble. Even saw semi trailers on their sides, one a 53' box the other hauling a big 'ol sail boat, maybe blown out of control who knows. But I do know we are very happy with our Airstream and look forward to many more excursions. Thanks for all feedback, I'll get a picture posted one of these days. We plan a short trip up to El Capitan Canyon CA in a couple weeks.
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