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Old 03-14-2012, 02:45 PM   #43
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I think "Andy" would set up a Fiat 500 Abarth so it would tow a 19ft Bambi....
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #44
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I think "Andy" would set up a Fiat 500 Abarth so it would tow a 19ft Bambi....
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Day then...the praise is without end.

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Old 03-15-2012, 07:33 AM   #45
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follow up.
from reading these forums i have learned that my local dealer might
not be the best place to buy a AS. I talked with Andy's dealer and they do not
have the model I am looking for and are a little expensive. So I also checked out
colonial air stream in NJ they have a hugh selection of AS great prices. Also seemed
to have extensive knowledge about The LR4 and hitches. Like Andy they recommended a weight distribution hitch and have done my model vehicle in the past. I am leaning
towards a 23 FB anyway with is well within in the specs of my vehicle even so both NJ
dealership and Andy recommend changing the hitch so thats what I will do if I purchase
one of these. I definitely notice both the NJ Colonial dealership and Andy seem to
know what they are talking about not just hitch wise but also knowing much info regarding the AS
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:59 AM   #46
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Colonial is definitely a good choice, you can expect the best.

Good luck on your new adventure!!

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Old 08-12-2012, 11:27 PM   #47
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follow up.
from reading these forums i have learned that my local dealer might
not be the best place to buy a AS. I talked with Andy's dealer and they do not
have the model I am looking for and are a little expensive. So I also checked out
colonial air stream in NJ they have a hugh selection of AS great prices. Also seemed
to have extensive knowledge about The LR4 and hitches. Like Andy they recommended a weight distribution hitch and have done my model vehicle in the past. I am leaning
towards a 23 FB anyway with is well within in the specs of my vehicle even so both NJ
dealership and Andy recommend changing the hitch so thats what I will do if I purchase
one of these. I definitely notice both the NJ Colonial dealership and Andy seem to
know what they are talking about not just hitch wise but also knowing much info regarding the AS
Echo,

Can you please provide another update. I have a lr4 and just read this entire thread. Great info. My wife and I are thinking about a 19 as and I never thought about hitch problem.

Did you change the receiver and hitch? How is it driving on the highway, mountains and pastures?
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:42 PM   #48
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I tow with an FJ

Hello!

I tow my 23 foot Airstream International with a slightly modified 2007 FJ Cruiser...the "taboo" tow vehicle of all time. Yes it has a short wheel base but acceptable, below mods are what I did to make my truck work for me:


Transmission Cooler ( FJ's dont come with one )
Reese Hitch ( FJ's hitch was junk)
Air Ride bags in the rear only to help level the truck when loaded
WD system with sway control

Prodigy II brake controller




I live in Socal and haul my rig up to the high desert on weekends. It tows fine. I do feel it back there from time to time but never had a sway, have done medium to heavy breaking with the Prodigy and it works well. I climb quite a grade going up and coming back but just stay in my nice slow lane to the right and do 65 MPH and let the world go by. Crossing the high desert out by Edwards AFB generates a stout cross wind almost every day and the trailer pulls just fine.

Would I go to Colorado and descend a snowy road.....no but I would not do that in any tow vehicle.

For me bottom line is research as you have and adjust accordingly/safely. I am going to by my wife an LR4 soon and use it as a second tow vehicle after adding the Prodigy II and evaluating the factory hitch.

Drive safe everyone....you cool dudes with big tow vehicles wave to me as you pass by please....I am the little guy with the cool FJ and the SWEET Airstream behind it.

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