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Old 02-10-2016, 06:20 PM   #15
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We've towed our Airstream usually at 6,500 - 7,000 lbs in every state west of the Mississippi, several times, and much of the east with our Ram 1500 Hemi. I suspect the our trucks are similar. On the sleep downhill runs, keep the speed down using the transmission and brakes as needed. At 46K miles, our truck brake wear is hardly detectable. Depending in the uphill grade and altitude, it will do what it will do but you'll get there in plenty of time for lunch.

Try it out and learn how to get the most from it. It may surprise you. If it works your wallet will be a lot heavier.
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:06 PM   #16
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At 51,000 miles, I may need brake pads next oil change or 55,000 miles.


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Old 02-10-2016, 08:44 PM   #17
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Been through Colorado many times. Also the Sierras in California. It is what those numerals are for below the "D" on your shift console. 3rd gear, 3600 r.p.m. Is 55 m.p.h. And up the hill you go. Coast over the top and just judiciously manage your inertia as you descend.

The only complaint I have about the Titan is fuel mileage. 10-11 mpg while towing isn't great but as well as most are doing in a gasser but 15 mpg solo around town is painful.

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Old 02-10-2016, 11:32 PM   #18
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Why not?
It's been in the hills of Kentucky and Tennessee-
Not mile high, but the rig performed beautifully.
Don't think I'm ready to try the Ike gauntlet?
I don't mind going 45 uphill.
It's the going downhill that concerns me.


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You may not mind going 45 up a hill but everyone else here will. this is where accidents happen. Lots of people will be trying to pass a vehicle that is barely able to pull the load on a brochure rating. Going downhill you will need to go even slower. shouldn't be a problem in Florida, but too many here try to pull heavy trailers over mountain passes with tv's that on paper "should do it". Maybe a smaller Airstream or a larger pickup might be a consideration so that you won't get in trouble.
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Old 02-11-2016, 04:54 AM   #19
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I disagree.
I think if I am going 45 everyone else will just go around me.
Doesn't cause accidents.
I've never heard of an accident caused by a vehicle going 45 mph.
If that were the case, how many 18 wheelers would be rear- ended climbing a hill? All of them!
If there is an accident, the root cause is not the RV.
The root cause is the other driver speeding and following too closely.
I've driven in Colorado with a 16' trailer and a GM 4.8.
Won't buy a new different rig for that one trip to Colorado.
Don't drive in Colorado every day.
Will use the 99.9% of driving to chose vehicle- not the .01%.


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Old 02-11-2016, 05:18 AM   #20
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When you are pulling a trailer shouldn't you drive slower than when solo?
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Old 02-11-2016, 01:17 PM   #21
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Absolutely.


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Old 02-11-2016, 01:18 PM   #22
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Especially when you have ST trailer tires rated for no higher than 65 mph...


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Old 02-11-2016, 01:27 PM   #23
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I can only tell you this. I ran my 30'er (same as a 31'er for weight purposes) while it was hitched to an Avalanche. All my toys were at home...empty TV..but trailer loaded for camping. Scaled at 15700#, so I think you'll be over. Then if you have stuff in the bed....????

Not saying you can't, but don't expect it to be effortless...and don't be surprised if stuff on the truck starts wearing out faster or breaking....over time.
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Old 02-11-2016, 01:33 PM   #24
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Apparently an Avalanche weighs more than a Tundra.
I may be overloaded.
Still not ready to trade.
It is moot, anyway.
I have no money nor credit- can't borrow...
So I tie with what I have- a half ton pickup.
No payload numbers will change the circumstances/situation.


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Tow... Not tie...


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Old 02-11-2016, 01:36 PM   #26
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I suspect so, Avalanche was a pretty substantial vehicle. Over 5000#s. My scale ticket had 3 passengers and probably a full tank (60 gallons) water. Bikes were on the tongue too. Stuff adds up quick, thus my reference to OP about stuff in the bed.
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Some states post a minimum speed for their controlled access highways. What we have seen is 45mph, but I suspect that there may be some that differ a bit. It does not take long to get around someone doing 45. It takes even less time if they pull off at an acceptable turnout. There are few turnouts on interstates, but there are at least two lanes to let folks get past.

The valid point to consider is that not every rig should travel on every road or at all times. Rush hour traffic through ongoing construction was horrible in Salt Lake. Traveling 55 was a problem, because the trucks were traveling 70 or better and the lanes were very restricted. However, doing I70 through the Rockies was a breeze. When a truck needed to go slow they moved over. When they wanted to go faster, they waited for a break in traffic and then moved into a faster lane.

When you have a vehicle that has limited performance you need to pick your route with your safety and the safety of others in mind. We followed a 1 ton camper into Yellowstone from the West entrance. It slowed considerably going up hills. This was a bit frustrating, but in Yellowstone, you really need to slow down and see the scenery. However, on a two lane road that folks often travel to get to the next job or do personal business, a slow moving vehicle can be a hazard. Making 45mph is not that bad. But if climbing hills pulls you down to 15-25 mph, consider where, when, and how you go. That's not to say don't go. Just be considerate of others. Weekends in a tourist area might be wise to give a miss and rush hour in commute areas should be avoided. But with your RV experience this is likely preaching to the choir.

So, I think you should tow it. Given sufficient budget to purchase your dream and all the appropriate upgrades to keep it your dream; given a well maintained TV; and given a conservative approach to towing, you can make it work.

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Old 02-11-2016, 01:53 PM   #28
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. . . Not saying you can't, but don't expect it to be effortless...and don't be surprised if stuff on the truck starts wearing out faster or breaking....over time.
Which leads to the either side of that coin with a heavier truck, "don't be surprised if stuff on the Airstream starts wearing out faster or breaking....over time".

So says some of our long-time Airstream repair shop owners on the forum, Inland Andy and Andrew T. These fellows tend to recommend tow vehicles no larger than needed for the job. My Airstream Owners Manual also refers to this, so that is another factor to consider.
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