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Old 02-11-2016, 01:56 PM   #29
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45 is generally an Interstate minimum speed limit.
My Tundra and 30' will pull any hill east of the Mississippi at 65 mph.
I haven't towed with this combination, but the old 16' trailer and Chevy 5.3 would pull any hill west of the Mississippi at 55 mph.
I think my Tundra and 30' could even maintain 55-60 on the Ike gauntlet.
Don't know that for a fact.
Just a feeling I get.
Sure, parts may be wearing faster.
Parts also wear faster on 3/4 tons and 1 tons when connected to a trailer their entire life.


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Old 02-11-2016, 02:00 PM   #30
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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.
That is very true, but as a manufacturer's rep, that line is the published specs for that particular vehicle. I have seen those whom you reference advocate that it is OK to exceed those specs. Contrary to many OPINIONS here and elsewhere, they are NOT guestimates nor marketing numbers. As a fleet service rep, I have seen the consequences for exceeding specs many, many times in my career.
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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.

That seems to be more of a concern for older HD trucks. New HD trucks have a nice ride.

Haven't seen any damage report by forum members towing with a newer HD truck.
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That is very true, but as a manufacturer's rep, that line is the published specs for that particular vehicle. I have seen those whom you reference advocate that it is OK to exceed those specs. Contrary to many OPINIONS here and elsewhere, they are NOT guestimates nor marketing numbers. As a fleet service rep, I have seen the consequences for exceeding specs many, many times in my career.
We are fortunate to have Airstreamers of all experiences on board, and you're remarks are always appreciated. It would be good to discuss this idea of the right tow vehicle specifics for the particular Airstream, purpose, and load but I see already someone will derail it.

I hope the O.P. has gained enough info to proceed with his Airstreaming plans. It's a good life.
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Old 02-11-2016, 03:43 PM   #33
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Doug,
I'll give you my take when finally putting down my own hard earned money. As you know, if you've run across many of my posts, I am fortunate over the past few years to be able to get my company vehicles configured close to my needs to tow in varied conditions with my own unique loads and trailer. I've towed with:

2500s both gas and diesel
1500s 5.3 and 6.2, 6 speeds and 8 speeds
Escalades, Yukon XLs, Avalanche, Express 1500 (my old personal vehicle)

Never tried a 3500, as it is overkill for me and just didn't want one.

I've done the math every way, but sideways. Balanced my forcasted present and future travel conditions for percent of time, etc. Listened to my wife as to which ones were comfortable and easy for her (even now) to get in and out of, park etc.

I love a 2500 diesel, but don't NEED it for more than a projected 5% Rocky Mountain travel days.

2500 Gas was fine, but something about 2500s made my wife's sciatica act up and would get progressively worse. (I believe it was entry and exit causing this).

I wound up with a 2015 1500 MaxTow, 6.2L, 8 speed. Won't bore you with all the details why, but important to this thread is the fact that I am just below all the axle and GVW ratings with ALL my toys and equipment on board (on paper anyway, haven't scaled it yet....haven't even hitched to the new TV yet....darned winter, anyway) and I'm well below GCWR and max trailer weight.

In a nutshell, not too much and more importantly, not too little TV. The right tool for the job, by the numbers and my duty cycle.
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Rich, sounds like a perfect setup for you. Even customized to her sciatica.

We are on our second Airstream and second half-ton truck. We are snow birds, traveling widely on the way to winter destinations. The two of us need little payload capacity traveling around the country and a comfortable, maneuverable and economical daily driver when we are exploring, or going to the movies.

We also need a two vehicle that is absolutely solid on the highway, capable of mountains throughout the country. The Ram 1500 5.7 Reg Cab 3.55 rear end was the least expensive tow vehicle that suited our needs. After two w.d. hitch brands we competed solved any unsteadiness on the highway with a ProPride hitch.

Our experience has been it does the job very well. The occasional drawbacks are it's a three passenger truck, and 3.92 rear end would pull the hills better. Our next tow vehicle would suit us best if it was a SUV, but you can't beat the economics of purchasing and maintaining a simply-equipped pickup truck and gas engine.

With that experience, I recommend the o.p. give his Titan a go, learn what it can/can't do, how it might be improved, and proceed from there.
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