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Old 04-11-2007, 07:15 PM   #1
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I have a 2007 Dodge Nitro with a GVWR of 2500 pounds. Looking to buy a Airstream Bambi next year but want to make sure I can haul it with my car. I have seen them hauled with the Toyota FJ Cruiser and the Jeep Liberty. I'm not sure what the weight is for any airstreams so I'm thinking that the smaller ones would be suitable for hauling with my tow package. I hope you don't think me naive about all of this but any help and suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks so much.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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I have a 2007 Dodge Nitro with a GVWR of 2500 pounds. Looking to buy a Airstream Bambi next year but want to make sure I can haul it with my car. I have seen them hauled with the Toyota FJ Cruiser and the Jeep Liberty. I'm not sure what the weight is for any airstreams so I'm thinking that the smaller ones would be suitable for hauling with my tow package. I hope you don't think me naive about all of this but any help and suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks so much.
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Best I can tell unless you have the factory tow setup you probably aren't going to be able to tow even the smallest Airstream with your Nitro. I checked the Dodge website and it wasn't very clear on towing capacity of the standard Nitro. It did say that you could tow up to 5,000# with the special package. 3,500# without. The lightest of the current Airstreams weighs in around 3,000 empty. Also the manufacturer's play games with the towing numbers, by not allowing for vehicle load, full fuel tanks etc. Run a board search for towing capacity and you will find out things you probably never wanted to know.

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Old 04-11-2007, 07:54 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. That is disappointing. Good thing I only leased for 2 years. What kind of vehicle should I consider buying to tow something like the Bambi or the Globetrotter? I don't want a mammoth vehicle but I don't want something too small either.
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Thanks for the reply. That is disappointing. Good thing I only leased for 2 years. What kind of vehicle should I consider buying to tow something like the Bambi or the Globetrotter? I don't want a mammoth vehicle but I don't want something too small either.
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I don't know what your personal preferences are but I would make sure that whatever you buy is rated for at least 5,000# of towing capacity for the Bambi. Look for factory installed tow packages, in most cases they will include things like added cooling capacity for the radiator, additional transmission cooler, different rear end ratio, frame hitches Class IV(4) would be ideal and 7 pin wiring. And then there is what is known as 2 footitis. You may start out with the Bambi, but may want to upgrade. It might be a bit cheaper to start out with a slightly larger tow vehicle to avoid upgrading both the trailer and a tow vehicle at the same time

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Old 04-11-2007, 08:52 PM   #5
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No with a Nitro.....

You might find a very small vintage it **might** be able to pull, but it'd have to be pretty small.....
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I agree with the others. The Dodge Nitro is not much of a tow vehicle. You could maybe do a small Vintage Airstream, but that's probably about it. If you want to tow a modern Airstream, you will need at least a half ton truck/SUV to do the job for the smaller Airstreams.
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hi jackie

nitro<<tab
ok

nitro<<<basecamp
ok

nitro<<<<vintage bambi
ok

nitro<<<<<modern twinkie
not ok...

go boom!

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Old 04-11-2007, 09:16 PM   #8
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I have a 2007 Dodge Nitro...I'm not sure what the weight is for any airstreams so I'm thinking that the smaller ones would be suitable for hauling with my tow package.
A new 16' Bambi has a GVWR of 3500lbs (vintage bambis are considerably lighter). Another issue is the Bambi's dry tongue weight of 430lbs - it will try to go to 500+lbs if you are not careful. The tongue weight counts against your max payload of 1150lbs.

I assume 'hauling with my tow package' meant that your Nitro came with the Nitro trailer tow group - you'll need to add the coolers and class III weight distributing hitch (500/5000lbs) if you don't. Also, you didn't mention if you have the 3.7L v6 (210HP) or the 4.0L V6 (260HP) and if you have the 3.21 or 3.73 axle ratio.

All that said...if you have the 3.7L v6 and 3.21 axle towing the Bambi won't be fun...particularly on hills. My vote would be no. If you have the 4.0L V6 and 3.73 axle you should be fine. If you have the 3.7L and the 3.73 axle and you don't try to tow in hills or for long distances you'll probably live with it through your lease and then upgrade your tow vehicle.
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Depending on how far you roam, and how frequent, you might consider going with a dedicated TV. Hey, budget dictates and I undertowed for a long time...not much fun..but keep a vehicle that seldom rolls except on the occasional weekend. Some of the thirstier older workhourses can be found reasonbly and usually insurance gives you a break if it is not a heavy driver.

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Jackie & Rob---Welcome to travel trailers and the forums. You are smart to ask questions and many people here will provide you with their experiences.

Much has been written here in the past couple of years about minimum tow vehicle characteristics for a given size trailer. Use the search function and enjoy the reading. You will see discussions about how tow vehicle weight, wheelbase and power influence both safety and satisfaction with the trailering experience.
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What kind of vehicle should I consider buying to tow something like the Bambi
As I mentioned earlier, your Nitro may be fine depending on your engine and axle ratio. That said, what follows is a list of the tow vehicles used by those on the forum with 2006 and 2007 16' Bambis:

1995 ford ranger
2000 astro van
2005 Dodge Dakota V8
Dodge Ram 2500 TD
2004 Chevy 2500 Diesel
Dodge Durango
Range Rover
2001 GMC Youkon Denali
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee
2005 Toyota Tundra 4x4 4dr
2006 jeep liberty
2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2004 Toyota 4Runner
1997 Chevy Tahoe
Range Rover Supercharged
2005 Toyota Tundra dual cab
1996 Toyota Land Cruiser
1968 Wagoneer
2001 GMC C3
2003 Honda Pilot
2001 Range Rover Discovery
2007 Yukon Denali
1993 Suburban
2007 GMC Acadia
2004 Lexus LX430
Toyota FJ Cruiser
honda ridgeline
jeep grand cherokee
2004 Tacoma 4x4 V6
2006 Toyota 4runner Sports Edition
1990 Ford pickup
2002 Jeep Liberty (3.7L)
2002 Volvo X Country
2007 Honda Ridgeline
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:49 AM   #12
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Thanks for all the useful information. You all really know what you are talking about and thanks so much for the list of vehicles that will tow a Bambi. My husband and I currently restore classic cars and would really like to find a Bambi that has a good exterior appearance but needs some TLC for the interior and since it's considerably lighter then the newer models, by the time we are ready to road test it, I will have another vehicle that can actually tow it. Thanks again everyone.
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