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Old 09-12-2010, 09:02 AM   #15
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I echo the question above - what do you WANT to tow with? That size of trailer gives you a lot of options. (That said, there aren't many sedans with a high enough tow rating for this - manufacturers assume you'll buy a pickup or SUV for towing duty.)

My Argosy Minuet is similar in weight to your Bambi. I tow it with a Honda Odyssey minivan with a basic weight-distribution hitch and friction anti-sway control. I've been delighted with how it tows; the set-up is very stable and it's handled swerving around "surprises" very well. We averaged 15 mpg towing in PEI and Nova Scotia this summer. It's great to have all of the interior space. I've been so happy with it that we replaced our 2005 van with a 2010.

But. A minivan isn't the simplest tow vehicle for a newbie. There is a bit more hassle in setting it up; for example, the wire harness isn't plug-and-play like it is in some vehicles that come with a factory tow package. You need to add transmission and power steering coolers. Plus, you can't fill all of the seats with people and still be under the 3500 lb weight rating.

I've also towed with a Lincoln MKT (which is basically a Ford Flex) and a new Jeep Grand Cherokee. Both towed well and, when equipped with their tow packages, were easier to set up - just plug the brake controller into a plug under the dash and off you go. In other words, there are plenty of SUV options here that will work well for you if you don't want a truck. Of course, a truck gives you a bed for carrying "outside stuff" or household chores.

One more thing - having a backup camera is lovely for lining up the hitch first time, (almost) every time.
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:15 AM   #16
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We tow a 22' Safari Sport with a Honda Ridgeline with no problems. We chose it over the Taco because it has more interior room, more comfortable ride, and has a large trunk where our generator and spare tire can reside.
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:36 AM   #17
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I've been looking at new TVs as well and for smaller units it's a lot easier. The Toyota V6 quad cab is very good and it's the best sm truck option. For SUVs the Newer 2006 and above Acura MDX and Honda Piolt will work very well with a 16'. If you want more power the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a very nice TV and my new favorite is a 2008 and higher Volkswagen Tuareg V6 TDi! Pricey but a used one might fit in my budget. As said before you have lots of options with a 16' Bambi. I currently tow with a 2004 MDX outfitted with upgrades (help from CamAm) and am happy so far but I do want more power. We did great in CO this year(both up and down) but it's sucking the gas, @ 10-11 MPG. That's why the TDI is attractive to me. I wouldn't mind a truck (Toyota) but I still tend to be drawn to the SUV and I had a VW Jetta TDI and loved it so that's why I'm leaning toward that one.

Make a list of needs and "wants" and start researching on cars.com and KBB.com and find your best fit. Good luck and let us know what you get.

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Old 09-12-2010, 11:02 AM   #18
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blmitch5,

My neighbor (four doors down) just bought a new Dodge Ram pickup and is selling a Tuareg that I'd swear they just bought. I'm not sure if it's a TDi, but I can check. They take such immaculate care of their vehicles that I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. As a matter of fact, we are now having their son detail our vehicles for us, since he learned so much from Dad!

If you are interested in it, I'll find out more and take some photos for you...
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:11 AM   #19
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Thanks! I bought my Bambi through this forum so it's only fitting for me to buy my TV here.
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:58 PM   #20
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We really appreciate all of the advice from everyone. Lots to think about!

Terry (and all): Please let us know about any upcoming Airstream rallies in or near Arizona.

Also, can anyone explain how to attach a photo to our profile? I had no trouble downloading a test photo, but the instructions on how to show it in our thread make no sense (something about a BB in the corner of the full sized image...???).
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:17 PM   #21
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honda van perhaps?

if you're hauling kids ever--get a 4 door truck or a 2005 or newer honda odysey van. the honda vans are extremely comfortable, powerful, and manuverable. They are pricy but i feel they are one of the best all around vehicals on the road--even as a van. cheers--ted
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Old 09-12-2010, 05:10 PM   #22
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We really appreciate all of the advice from everyone. Lots to think about!

Terry (and all): Please let us know about any upcoming Airstream rallies in or near Arizona.

Also, can anyone explain how to attach a photo to our profile? I had no trouble downloading a test photo, but the instructions on how to show it in our thread make no sense (something about a BB in the corner of the full sized image...???).
Will do! I'll PM with 4CU/WBCCI Rally info and I can coach you on getting a picture up on your profile, too...
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Oooo... I looked at Consumers Reports on the Touareg, and they had an "interesting" summary:

The Touareg has a quiet and luxurious interior with excellent fit and finish. Handling is responsive but didn't shine at the limits. Although the ride is steady, it is a bit on the stiff side. The 3.6-liter V6 pulls adequately but returns just 15 mpg overall.

A turbodiesel is also available, while the V8 engine has been dropped. The cargo area is modest. Many controls are complicated.

On the plus side, it's one of the few car-based SUVs that's a capable off-roader. Towing capacity is generous. Reliability of the Touareg has consistently been well below average.

A freshened Touareg arrives this fall and will include a hybrid version.
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I have to put a plug in for the pick-up over a van or SUV as a tow vechile. Our TV is a truck with a camper top, and it's invaluable for carrying all the extra stuff you need that you can't haul in the AS, nor would want to put in the clean carpeted areas of a van or SUV (firewood, charcol, grill, wet stuff after a rainy camping trip).
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The older ones had issues. But they (VW) makes a great car and suv. The TDI is the only way to go IMO. That where the milage improves. I had a 2002 Jetta TDI and it was close to 40 hwy and I put over 175,000 miles on it with only running belt changes and tires. There is a thread on here about how they tow and the mpg performance. Honda is a great choice so is Acura if you want fancy.
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Oooo... I looked at Consumers Reports on the Touareg, and they had an "interesting" summary:

The Touareg has a quiet and luxurious interior with excellent fit and finish. Handling is responsive but didn't shine at the limits. Although the ride is steady, it is a bit on the stiff side. The 3.6-liter V6 pulls adequately but returns just 15 mpg overall.

A turbodiesel is also available, while the V8 engine has been dropped. The cargo area is modest. Many controls are complicated.

On the plus side, it's one of the few car-based SUVs that's a capable off-roader. Towing capacity is generous. Reliability of the Touareg has consistently been well below average.

A freshened Touareg arrives this fall and will include a hybrid version.
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We use a Honda Ridgeline as our only vehicle & tow vehicle. It has all the comfort of a car plus it was designed to tow. The most knowledgeable person we know of relative to tow vehicles, hitches, trailers is the owner of Can-Am RV Centre in London, Ontario. His name is Andy Thompson. He writes a column in Airstream Life on towing and accepts calls. Check this test drive video on his Web Site Can-Am RV Centre (London, Ontario)

After hearing him speak to Alumapalooza, we took our Ridgeline & 19' Bambi to him. He reinforced the receiver in the Ridgeline, furnished, installed and set up a new hitch. He then took us for a test drive, demonstrated the stability and taught us lots about proper adjustment of our our brake controller and made tire recommendations for when it's time to replace the truck tires.

The hitch is easier to install than the one we had before and the trailer/truck drive better than ever.
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Old 09-12-2010, 08:41 PM   #27
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I have a first year 2004 VW Touareg. They had a few problems with them early on but a couple of recalls and all was fixed. I will buy another.

Towing with it is great. With air suspension, I can lower and raise the car to hitch/unhitch in some very unlevel campsites. Plus it can go anywhere a stock jeep can go which is great out West in the mountains. It pulls my 19 Bambi easily and I don't need a WD hitch because the car automatically self levels. I do use a sway bar and have no problems with side winds or trucks. The new Diesel 6 is a towing beast.

Don't get mislead by Consumer Reports. They would have us all driving a Prius!
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