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Old 01-09-2016, 02:05 PM   #1
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Question from a newbie...

So, we have the opportunity to take ownership of a, Airstream, something we have been wanting to do for quite a few years now. One hitch so to speak, is can we tow it?

So, it would be a 23' dual axle trailer.
Our 2 vehicles,
#1 is a 2004 Suburban LT AWD, 5.3l V8, 8,200-8,400lbs listed towing capacity.
#2 is a 2004 Dodge Durango, 4.7L V8, 3,700 to 5,750lbs listed towing capacity

After doing some research online, I feel that either of these vehicles are able to comfortable tow an Airstream, the Suburban in particular. However, i am looking for real world experience.

For those of you who tow a similiar size trailer and do not use an f350, Ram 3500, or other heavy duty vehicle, are you comfortable towing? More importantly, are you comfortable stopping?

Thanks for your help.

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Old 01-09-2016, 02:15 PM   #2
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I've been a fan of Chevy & GMC. We have towed 30ft, to 20ft trailers with no problems. Our last Airstream was a 25ft and we towed from Fort Pierce ,FL to Oh. Only problem was the 2004 Suburban did not have a tow system.
2006 we upgraded to 2500 Diesel .

Not sure about the Dodge, The Suburban will do the job.


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Old 01-09-2016, 02:19 PM   #3
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Your suburban is very capable of towing a 23ft Airstream or even bigger. I tow my 25ft with a RAM 1500 & I also use a Equalizer WD hitch.
Hope it works out for you.
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Old 01-09-2016, 03:27 PM   #4
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You will be fine with either of your vehicles. I'm pulling the 23' with a diesel because I can, not because my F-150 didn't do the job.
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Old 01-09-2016, 04:19 PM   #5
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I tow my "73 24' Argosy (probably about 4000 #) with a 2004 Z71 Suburban with the 5.3l engine and 4:11 rear end ratio. It does an excellent job in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:27 PM   #6
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I tow my 1977 23' Safari with a 2005 Toyota Tundra with a 4.7 V8 and couldn't be happier. We've been through mountains and towed on very hot days with no problems.

I've also towed my enclosed car trailer with my '54 woody wagon in it and had no issues. The woody probably weighs as much as the Airstream.
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Old 01-09-2016, 10:31 PM   #7
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I have a Nissan Armada V8 AWD. I have been towing a 25' Airstream for several years now. I agonized for quite a while before buying it as I was considering 23 and 25 - I was concerned with the 7000 GW of the 25. In the end I went with the 25 and my Armada did a fine job. I do have elect brakes on the AS. I just upgraded to a 28' International with 7600 GW.

I highly recommend a weight distributing sway control hitch.
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Old 01-10-2016, 05:22 AM   #8
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I tow with an older Ram 1500. Your Suburban should work just fine. Post some pictures of your trailer when you get it.
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Old 01-10-2016, 06:03 AM   #9
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Tow our 2015 23D International Serenity with our 2007 Mercedes ML320 CDI diesel. It is a perfect match for both power, braking and axle ratings. Use a Hensley Arrow hitch. Cruise 55 mph. Handles 6% grades east of Phoenix fine up and at 35mph in second gear will hold speed due to Diesel engine back pressure when going down.
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Old 01-10-2016, 10:38 AM   #10
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We tow with a 1997 Tahoe with the 350 V8 and a tow package on it. No issues
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Old 01-10-2016, 11:07 AM   #11
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Hi Jay,

I have towed a 25' Flying Cloud for several years with a 2011 GMC Yukon XL with no problems. I live in Colorado so hills are the norm.

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Old 01-10-2016, 11:25 AM   #12
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We towed our 7309 max (6980 real world weight) 2010 international 28' for years with our 2000 Suburban 2509 with the 5.3 liter and 3.73 rear end (Equalizr.) with no problem, even at higher speeds in Texas on the straightaways. We replaced it with a new Sprinter 3500 (rated for 7500 towing and with a massive payload safety margin.) the small 3 liter diesel, mated with the with the 4.1 rear end generates the same torque as the Suburban, but less hp, so it's more challenged holding high speeds but otherwise just fine. We've slowed down a bit.

You'll have no problem with your GMC product, but spend some time weighing the parts of your rig and tuning your WD hitch--that will really pay off in excellent handling.
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Old 01-10-2016, 12:06 PM   #13
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Interested in your experience - we have a recently purchased 2015 25' Serenity. We have an opportunity to purchase a 2007 MB ML320 Cdi which my wife LOVES. Have read elsewhere that late 2007 models were rated at 7000lbs towing capacity. Would love to hear feedback on this choice.
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Old 01-10-2016, 01:01 PM   #14
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I have pulled two 25 ft AS with my 03 Dakota for 13 years now. ( 4.7 Quad Cab 2WD Auto, 3.55 rear end) Your 23 should be a walk in the park. The Durango will need to have a Tranny cooler, and you tow with OD off!

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