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Old 11-07-2008, 03:40 PM   #15
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We have several customers towing with Buick Enclaves one with a 25' Front Bedroom the rest have 30-34's. To me it is a far superior chassis to tow with than the old fashioned truck chassis suburban. The body structure is like a brick with no rattles or squeeks in it.

This summer on the way to the Rally in PEI one of the units in our Group was a Enclave with a 99 34'. I drove it for 100 miles in Northern New Brunswick which has several 9% grades. It was so quiet you had to use cruise control to keep the speed reasonable. The 3.6 litre has a very wide powerband which combined with the 6 speed transmission gives excellent performance and better mileage than any of the other 4 rigs in our group. I also did a couple of test drives with it in PEI on very rough frost heaved roads the long suspension travel gave a smooth ride and excellent control. Other than the Porshe or the BMW X5 I would say it is the best handling SUV I have ever towed with but it rides better than the Porsche or BMW. And you can buy two for the same price.

Don who owns this particular Enclave is retired from GM and has been towing since 1973 with a couple of dozen different tow vehicles, everything from Suburbans and pick ups to sedans and vans. He feels this is the best tow vehicle he has used.

So don't panic there is a replacement for displacement.

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Old 11-07-2008, 07:34 PM   #16
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I plan to take our Lucy everywhere in this country that we want to go being pulled by our big Suburbans. If Suburbans turn into econo-turds, we'll move on to a pick-up.

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Old 11-08-2008, 01:30 AM   #17
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hmmm.... that Buick doesn't look half bad up there. Andrew, is there a towing test report on the Buick (and cheaper Chevy) around?

Care to report about the mileage? Might just work for my 25' Argosy. Short rear overhang, I'll look into the wheelbase.
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Old 11-08-2008, 08:35 AM   #18
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Hi Marc

I have a copy of the article from RV lifestyle magazine, if you would like to send my your email by PM I can send it to you. I think it would be kind of long to post. I would like to say I wrote it but it is mainly just a copy of an E mail from a customer that tows with one. It will easily tow either of your Airstreams. Depending on which engine you have the performance will be equivilant to your Van but the ride will way smoooother.

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It was so quiet you had to use cruise control to keep the speed reasonable.
So don't panic there is a replacement for displacement.

Andy
This is one positive feature we too noticed after towing with the V6 sedan. I recall coming back from Watkins Glen a couple years ago on HWY 90. We kept creeping up to 70 MPH. Had to put the cruise on to keep it down where we wanted it. We also noticed there was no engine noise. You could hear some road noise from the tires and some wind noise but no engine noise in 4th gear at 2,700 RPM.
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With the days of cheap fuel behind us, we are all looking for ways to conserve, and even more so in the future, and I don't believe many of the youngsters of today will be buying 10,000 pound RV's and the appropriate tow vehicles when they get to be retirement age.
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A moderate political comment was allowed to stand quite a few posts back. Replies on that comment hijacked the original thread. I have edited out responses to the political comment and welcome further on-topic input. We've got a great group of thoughtful members -- thank you for your willingness to increase the Airstream knowledgebase!
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I got curious about the Enclave and looked up the towing capacity from buick.com.

www.buick.com/pdf/2009EnclaveSpec.pdf

With the "available Trailering Provision Package" the tow capacity is only 4500lbs. Not sure how long it is going to last with a '99 34' 8000+lbs trailer.

Is there a beefier towing version of the Enclave available or are the ratings different in Canada?
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