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Old 10-03-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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SUV, not pickup to tow 25' airstream?

Recently sold a fairly new Roadtrek SS Agile (not enough room for 2 persons, 2 dogs. Airstream has the same attention to detail. Want 25' new Flying Cloud, International, whatever. But have 2011 Acura MDX, not good for towing more than about 5500 lbs. Need suggestion for an SUV that would handle 7300 to 7500 lbs. or more. Don't want a pickup. Suggestions, please?
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:18 PM   #2
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I'm towing my FC fb 25 ft with a 2007 yukon (not xl) 5.3L. With a Equi-lizer hitch. I bought the yukon used and it had nearly new tires "P" rated going to change to LT.
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Old 10-03-2011, 11:45 PM   #3
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First off, welcome to the Forums. We're glad to have you with us.

We have a 2005 Safari 25FB, named Lucy, who weighs in at 7400# ready to camp. During the last 5 years, we have towed Lucy over 80,000 miles and have spent 940 nights in her.

Lucy has had two tow vehicles. One is a 2005 Yukon XL 2500 (3/4 ton) 4x4 Quadrasteer. The other was a 2004 Chevrolet Suburban 2500 (3/4 ton) Quadrasteer. Both of these have the 6.0 liter gasoline engine. Both did an excellent job of towing Lucy in all situations.

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Welcome! There are lots of easy options among SUVs. In each case "properly configured for towing" is a necessary qualifier.

Diesel or V8 Touaregs seem to please several Airstreamers.

BMW X5s set up by CanAm RV pull much bigger trailers than you're talking about. As long as we're talking CanAm, I'm sure M-Class and Grand Cherokee would handle a 25' trailer well with one of their setups.

Yukon/Tahoe/Suburban

Expedition/Navigator

Sequoia

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I think I did not know how to use this forum before, so I shall repeat my question: what is CanAm RV, and can they modify my 10 month old Acura MDX to let me pull 7300 lbs.?
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CanAm RV is an Airstream dealer in Ontario. They specialize in setting up hitching systems and often set up some surprising combinations. There are several members of the Forums who have expressed satisfaction with their setups.

Contact them, describe the tow vehicle and trailer and see what they have to say. Andrew T is a forums member and their hitching guru.

(my apologies if you read this post when I had a link to and description of the wrong canam posted. I've edited it.
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We have a 2011 27' FC that we tow with a 2001 Suburban 1500 w/ a 5.3 v8. Works fine; but we don't break any speed limits going over mountain passes. I think--not very sure--that Suburbans have pretty high tow weight ratings, and it has loads of interior room. Check the Internet.

The handling is awesome. I upgraded front disk rotors to vented just for an added safety margin.
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I think I did not know how to use this forum before, so I shall repeat my question: what is CanAm RV, and can they modify my 10 month old Acura MDX to let me pull 7300 lbs.?
I'm a client of CanAm - they modified my Honda Odyssey minivan. Given that they set up Lexus RXs and Pilots/Odysseys to tow bigger trailers than your 25', I have little doubt that they could modify your MDX and set it up to safely tow the 25' trailer. Given the number of clients they have, it's very likely they have set up (and driven) multiple modified MDXs.

What they'll do is weld in a reinforcement for the hitch. They're also very good at dialing in the hitch set-up. In other words, I would not just hitch up and go without getting the modifications and set-up right.

Downsides? You will be over the rated towing capacity for the Acura, which will result in heated comments in RV forums about you endangering yourself and everyone around you. (Tow capacities are typically based on extreme powertrain cooling tests and hitch strength.) More realistic, the Acura dealer might not warranty work related to towing the trailer in the less-than-likely event that something breaks.

Other than using the Acura or the other suggestions above, a Dodge Durango/Jeep Grand Cherokee with the V8 are rated to tow this much weight.

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My MDX specifies a max trailer weight of 4500 lbs and tounge weight of 450 lbs with 2 occupants with the tranny and power steering cooler. Acura does not recommend a wd hitch on the MDX.
I would assume there is a safety factor built in to the manufacturers tow ratings that allows for some of the errors we all make while towing and the varying road conditions we encounter. IMHO it seems that exceeding these ratings reduces this safety buffer and can create a potentially dangerous situation.
I tend to be more conservative in thia matter; obviously do your research and understand your setup before going outside mfg recommendations. There are several interesting setups I have seen on the forums; the CanAM people may have some good information if you choose to go in that direction.
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We all tend to be biased towards the TV we use....

With that said, the Suburban is the only vehicle meant to tow an Airstream.

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We have a 2004 25 Classic that weighs in at about 7400 with a hefty 900 to 1000 tongue weight. Our TV is the 2006 Infiniti QX56 with a 5.6 motor and 4 wd. The hitch is the Reese with the anti-sway bars and 800lb. bars. This combination has been very good for us with enough power to go anywhere. Good luck in your search for the right one for you.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:29 PM   #12
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Well you can get a used Ford Excursion and have all the advantages of a truck and an SUV. It is basically an F-250 that is all cab. It will pull your trailer like it is not even back there.

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I agree with perry. I tow my 34 with an excursion V10 4x4. Lots of room, very comfortable, tows fantastic. The V10 and 7.3 diesels are very reliable. You can drive your money out of them if they are taken care of.
I have about 5 1/2 ft of storage behind the second row seat. 8' with the 2nd row folded down.
The ex is a little overkill for the 25' but worth a look. Suburban/yukon/expedition/ navigator should also work well
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CanAm set up my assembly (2001 BMW X5 4.4i, Hensley & 2002 ASCL 31') which weighs in at around 14,000 pounds (see avatar). I've towed it over 32,250 miles with absolutely no problems. Search on "withidl" for more detail.
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