After many visit to dealerships and a visit at the Airstream factory, my wife and I will finally order a 2014 19' flying cloud. This is the length and floorplan that we think suits our lifestyle the best.
Now we need to get a tow vehicle. After reading many posts here, it seems that the payload is the limiting factor more than the towing capacity.
A usual camping trip will include my wife and I, our mountain bikes and bike gears, clothes and food. The bikes need to be in the TV when driving since I don't like when it rains on them.
I have narrowed down the list to 3 TV:
- porsche cayenne : 1700 lbs payload
- F150 crew cab, 6' bed with bed cap (200 lbs) : max 1500
lbs payload after bed cap is installed
- F250 crew cab, 6.75' bed with bed cap (200 lbs) : payload is not an issue
The total approximate "payload", including the airstream's hitch weight is 1300lbs, including camping stuff, so any of the 3 vehicle should do. The thing is that we might bring friends along on some occasion, which would increase the total weight by at least 300lbs, now being over the F150 max payload capacity and near the Cayenne's max.
We live in the Midwest right now but are from the mountains of the East and we might move to the West in a 1-3 years span.
As anyone ever pulled with a Cayenne and what are your toughts about being near the max payload capacity?