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Old 11-04-2014, 05:28 PM   #15
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I never knew there was an Isuzu Luv. I thought it was Isuzu P'up or Chevy Luv- same truck either way-
I know someone is being silly, but a P'up/Luv might tow a 16' Airstream.
I pulled utility trailers, cargo trailers, and horse trailers (albeit not very fast and it didn't climb hills well) with a 1987 Mazda B2000-
I would have pulled a 16' Airstream with that Mazda.

Does your Luv have a Prodigy, Hayes, or Tekonsha brake controller?
LOL, M.Hony, caught it. its 'Chevy luv' . can you get 13" D load range tires ?
If its a 81' I bet the frame is rusted out, or you have re-welded your welds? If you have the diesel Isuzu P'up, you have a fuel mileage champ. Check the frame.

At least he didn't say 'S-10' LOL
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Old 11-04-2014, 05:48 PM   #16
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If you can tow a Bambi with a bicycle, you can tow one with a Luv truck.

Your best bet would be to draft a tractor trailer rig as you drive down the road. Slip the driver a couple of 100 dollar bills to take you right where you want to go.

You won't need a brake control if you mount tires on the front of your Luv truck. In a panic stop, you will run into the back of the Semi, tires on front absorbing the collision.

Hitch ball on bumper is OK as long as you safety wire the bumper to the frame with bailing wire. (Duct tape will work if you don't have bailing wire)

Bring a log chain so you can chain your Luv to the semi if you run low on gas, or get into really big hills.

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Old 11-04-2014, 05:53 PM   #17
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nobody mentioned yet to make sure you followed up with all the re-calls on your Luv before you start to pull ... or hold on.. that was chevy.. not isuzu
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:15 PM   #18
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I had a Luv pu years ago,, and for myself I would not pull a 5 foot trailer with a riding lawn mower on the back for more than a few blocks.. There is nothing left for reserve power or brakes for anything else...

The clutch and transmission were hardly enough to pull the pu around let alone any trailer for any distance.

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Old 11-04-2014, 06:16 PM   #19
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LOL, M.Hony, caught it. its 'Chevy luv' . can you get 13" D load range tires ?
If its a 81' I bet the frame is rusted out, or you have re-welded your welds? If you have the diesel Isuzu P'up, you have a fuel mileage champ. Check the frame.

At least he didn't say 'S-10' LOL
Have a good one.
It would have had 14's...
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:32 PM   #20
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The 52 hp diesel will pull Wally Byams beret off your head, but that's about it.
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Old 11-04-2014, 07:53 PM   #21
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IMO, That's too much truck for an Airstream...


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Old 11-04-2014, 08:04 PM   #22
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gonna need sway control for sure. EVERYTHING will be passing you.
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:13 PM   #23
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gonna need sway control for sure. EVERYTHING will be passing you.
Even the trailer.
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Old 11-05-2014, 06:36 AM   #24
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The 52 hp diesel will pull Wally Byams beret off your head, but that's about it.
Yeah but-
It has 100 ft. Lbs. of torque...
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Actually owned one. Hit a bump and the frame broke in half at the cab/bed. Can't imagine if I was pulling something😱
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Yeah but-
It has 100 ft. Lbs. of torque...
Remember, early Airstreams were pulled by a bicycle. 52 HP would be 51 HP too many. Too much truck and you will break apart your Airstream ;-)
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:11 AM   #27
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One of my first combinations was a 1965 36 HP VW bug pulling a 1962 Shasta 13' trailer. Yes, the Shasta had the wings...That era of Shasta. I seem to recall never putting it into high gear with the trailer on the back. Kinda slow going.

My '76 Mercedes 300 Diesel with 72 hp pulled my 1962 Bambi throughout the west. Slow and smokey, but it got there.

My '83 Suburban with the 6.2 L 145 hp diesel towed all over hell and gone, and up past the Arctic Circle (not the ice cream store) with a 25' Airstream on the back. Also somewhat slow and smokey, but it got there. The suburban, purchased new, was a real POS but it had 220,000 on it when I sold it to someone who wanted the second engine which by then had 120,000 on it.

I like my current Grand Cherokee with the Hemi. About 11 times the HP of the first VW I towed with. It is not slow, it is not smokey and it is a real pleasure to drive.
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Old 11-05-2014, 08:02 PM   #28
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Engines lose power over the years so while your Luv on paper towed 5600 lbs. in 1981 it doesn't now. I wouldn't even try towing a 16 ft Bambi Sport with it. I wouldn't try towing anything heavier than a lightweight utility cart to be honest.

You need to go online and do homework about towing and once you're informed and have picked out your Airstream look for something in the F-150 or F-250 range especially if you are looking to tow anything heavier than a 16 ft Bambi Sport.

The new GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado say they can tow up to 7000 lbs. with the V-6 and tow package. However, Chevy made some wild claims with its old S-10 that turned out to be complete cow doo doo. The new Canyon amd Colorado are too new, so I haven't heard of anyone trying to tow even a 16 foot Bambi Sport with one. In their ads Chevy and GMC don't show them towing anything heavier than a jet ski.

Loaded the 16 foot Bambi Sport is around 4500 lbs. Depending on the amount of artistic license Chevy and GMC took with their tow ratings you may get away with towing the little Bambi Sport. I would't go any heavier with a mid-sized truck. I probably would go down to a pop-up trailer less than 2000 lbs. to be safe driving a mid-sized NEW truck.

Welcome to Airstreaming. It sounds like you need to go online and do more homework and buy a bigger tow vehicle.
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