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Old 01-16-2011, 08:46 AM   #1
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Scion XB as tow vehichle?

We are thinking of buying a 16' Bambi CCD. Does anyone know if we would be able to tow it with a Scion XB? Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:50 AM   #2
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We are thinking of buying a 16' Bambi CCD. Does anyone know if we would be able to tow it with a Scion XB? Thanks!
Sorry nope. 1000 lbs or less max. The Bambi weighs 3200 empty. Do a quick google search and you will find that any towing is not recommended. I have friends with one and they can't even tow a pop up.
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:48 AM   #3
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I believe the Scion has the same drivetrain as my Toyota Echo (1.5l 4-banger).

In the Owner's Manual when you look up trailering it says, "Don't even think about it!"

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Old 01-16-2011, 09:50 AM   #4
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No way, Jose'

My sister-in-law has an XB, and it strains to carry 4 adults and several bags of groceries up the hills where she lives.

*pulls out some cheap sunglasses, polyester suit, and white wing tip shoes*

Sounds like y'all are in the market for a used car...
Good choices for a tow vehicle for a Bambi would be, in no particular order:
Full-size pickup with a small V8 (insert favorite manufacturer here)
Mid-size or larger SUV with a tow capacity of 4500 pounds minimum (the longer the wheelbase, the better it is)

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The xb came in two versions, one with the 1.5 and the second with the Camry drivetrain 2.4. I can't see either capable of pulling a 16' Airstream. But I pulled a 13' Scamp with my Camry 2.4 and it towed rather effortlessly.
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Um.. no.
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Scion XB is a toy car, not a tow vehicle

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Old 01-16-2011, 01:26 PM   #8
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It can tow one of these...not an Airstream but I believe you can get them in silver

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Please take our ribbing lightly as no one means any harm in it, but the bad news is your vehicle can not do it, safely...

Maybe a used F-150/1500 is in your future as that might be you least expensive option....
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John is right it is just good nature ribbing with truth mixed in.

We did everything bass ackwards. We bought the trailer and then discovered how dangerous our Explorer was when trying to tow the 28' Arogsy. So we had to add a 2000 Chevy 2500 to the list before camping.

It is really dangerous to use an under rated vehicle to tow any trailer. There are a few guys that can beef up any car enough to do it but it would be cheaper to just get a vehicle that will work. Ours is solely a TV and just sits around when not towing.

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Don't get discouraged, many of us got the aluminum bug and then had to upgrade to something that could pull it. If you really love traveling, you might want to figure out what trailer is perfect for you, and then get the tow vehicle to fit it. Once you have the right Airstream you may have several tow vehicles for it over the years.

We sold our lifted Bronco when we discovered it wasn't really built for safe towing and bought a full size van, which has been an excellent tow vehicle.
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Do you have this version of the xb?
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Be nice guys it's their first post! A mid size suv with a tow rating of 4500 lbs will work fine. Make sure (a must have) to buy a weight distribution hitch for it before you tow it home.

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Thanks!

Hey All-- Thanks for the quick, witty, and helpful responses. I think I have my answer! Since it is looking pretty likely that we are getting the Airstream, it looks like a new car is in order; we were looking for one anyway. Since we discovered it's close by, Tuesday we're visiting the Airstream factory and taking the tour. Rob't
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