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Old 07-16-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Recommended Tow Vehicle for up to 23 foot Airstream

Hello, I am new to this website and am looking to buy a used, late model airstream up to 23 feet long. I know about towing capacities, etc. in theory but I hope someone can recommend a pickup truck or an SUV that I can buy used, that has the best gas mileage, can handle the trailer, and is also handy for daily driving around.

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Old 07-16-2009, 06:31 PM   #2
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This is the topic of the century

Welcome!

I have freinds that tow a 25 with a Crown Vic, and have for 30 years, same trailer new car. Maybe a Grand Marqiue now.

A 23 can be towed with any full frame vehicle, just make sure the towing capacity is correct.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:42 PM   #3
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I tow a 23ft with a Toyota Tacoma 4dr and love it, great match. 12 mpg average.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:34 PM   #4
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In my opinion (and we all have them, don't we) any full sized, 1/2 ton, V8 powered, towing package equipped pickup will fill you need, as will any simular sized SUV.
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Thanks very much to all of you. Sincerely, Greta
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Old 07-17-2009, 08:58 AM   #6
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:55 PM   #7
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I love my Ridgeline but I just traded it in this week for a Nissan Titan to tow my 25' international.

The Ridge can only handle 5000lbs tow and 500lb tongue weight and would not be appropriate for a 23'. 22' sport would be "ok", just "ok".

I miss my Ridge but for a 23', you'd probably need at least a V8 1/2 ton pick-up or derivative of that, like Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia, etc.
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So now I have the trucko--2010 Tundra w/ tow pkg. Now to start dreaming the single-barreled dream, the AS. I learned a lot more from you guys about trucks than I did from truck dealers!Thank all of you for your help. You can bet I'll use your help when I start looking seriously (ie. with money in hand) for the AS.
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What ever you do.......support the American economy. You're going to buy a great US made trailer why not buy a great US tow vehicle. GM,Ford Chrysler all are good and with incentives from all dealers it is the time to pounce.
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What ever you do.......support the American economy. You're going to buy a great US made trailer why not buy a great US tow vehicle. GM,Ford Chrysler all are good and with incentives from all dealers it is the time to pounce.
Actually, a lot of foreign badged vehicles are built in American plants now too. So you can buy Hondas and Toyotas and still support American labor.
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Actually, a lot of foreign badged vehicles are built in American plants now too. So you can buy Hondas and Toyotas and still support American labor.

I've heard that said before and I wonder what percentage of the money actually goes to support US labor and how much goes back to the fatherland in the form of profits every year?
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Hello, I am new to this website and am looking to buy a used, late model airstream up to 23 feet long. I know about towing capacities, etc. in theory but I hope someone can recommend a pickup truck or an SUV that I can buy used, that has the best gas mileage, can handle the trailer, and is also handy for daily driving around.

thanks, Greta
Hi, I would say that you would be safe with just about any half ton truck or half ton SUV with a factory tow package; But as for fuel mileage, don't expect too much from either of these. The best you can do on mileage is how you drive it. Too fast or wrong gear and your fuel mileage will drop.
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I tow our 22' Sport ( aprox. 4000 lbs. loaded) with a GMC Envoy ( Denali V8). I got 15 mpg, overall, on a recent 3500 mile trip. I previously owned a 2003 6 cylinder Envoy that was quite capable of pulling a 4500 lb. trailer. My wife and I use our Envoy as a our primary vehicle, and get about 19 mpg overall when not towing a trailer.
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I've heard that said before and I wonder what percentage of the money actually goes to support US labor and how much goes back to the fatherland in the form of profits every year?
Well, if folks cared about the nationality of the profit makers, they would have to re-investigate carefully their "nameless" stock portfolios--mutual funds and such--with the end result being that they are making profit from numerous foreign companies, and numerous foreign investors are profiting by owning our companies, or owning large portfolios that include our companies. But I don't invest. If I did, I'd have to find out which foreign companies abuse child laborers and so forth, since I wouldn't want to profit from that. Thus who makes the profit is too complicated.

As for the cars: "Five of the top 10 cars on the cars.com list are Japanese nameplates - four Toyotas and one Honda. Or that three of the domestic U.S. models on the list are trucks. Of the Top 10 vehicles on the list, the only U.S. nameplate passenger cars on the list are the Chevy Malibu, made in Kansas City, and the Ford Taurus, made in Chicago." Toyota Tundra is among the top 10, made in San Antonio. Only one GMC, one Chevrolet, and one Ford rank in the top 10. Tundra is more "American made" than Dodge Ram.
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