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Old 06-24-2003, 12:47 PM   #1
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Question Tow vehicle for 34 footer

I am considering a 34' airstream trailer and am wondering if anyone has input on pulling it with a 96 Ford Bronco / 351 Winson V-8 with factory trailer towing package. Please hurry with your advice and suggestions for we are ready to buy. Thanks all!
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Old 06-24-2003, 01:35 PM   #2
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I would vote not to soley because the Bronco has a very short wheelbase. It may be able to tow the weight but I would seriously consider a vehicle with a longer wheelbase.

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Stan,

Way too much trailer for too small a tow vehicle. You would have some real stability issues here.

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IMHO, the Bronco's 104" wheelbase is just WAY too short for a near-10,000 lb 34' trailer.

There are those who'd use as little as a 140" (half the ball to rear axle distance) of a an ExtendedCab/ShortBed, but I prefer the 156" of a CrewCab/ShortBed or 158" of an ExtendedCab/LongBed. Longer wheelbase fights the effects of sway on a trailer. More conservative types would recommend the CrewCab/LongBed.

I also wouldn't try to pull that much weight with a small-block motor. There are many times I'm grateful for the 7.3L diesel.
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How about a Hensley Arrow on an Intrepid....

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OOOH, OUCH!

Way to stir this topic up again Eric LOL


Seriously, stick with a larger tow vehicle. You'll be happy you did.


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Yea I know, but I just couldn't resist. Just trying to keep things lively around here!

I agree fully with all that has been said here about a larger vehicle.

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Agree with everyone except Eric on the Intrepid.

RoadKingMoe is right on when it comes to a longer wheelbase. I have a regular cab, long bed pickup, and there are times I wish I had a longer wheelbase tow vehicle. Overkill on a tow vehicle makes your towing and camping experience MUCH more enjoyable.
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Tow vehicle for 34 footer

Greetings Stan!

Your '96 Ford Bronco, even with the largest available engine, automatic transmission, and the heavy duty trailering package was rated at either 5,800 pounds or 6,000 pounds (there was a mid-year change for some reason). There were also some very specific guidelines for maximum frontal area in addition to weight limitations.

I briefly considered a '96 Ford Bronco to tow my 6,000 pound Overlander (26' 8") in late 1995. The frontal area guidelines squelched that idea - - and then when the saleman parked the Bronco next to my Airstream - - it looked like the trailer was twice as long as the Bronco. My impression was that the power would have just been adequate for the Overlander if it hadn't violated the frontal area guideline, but I probably would have passed anyway due to the extreme difference in size between the trailer and Bronco.

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Hi, Stan!

Buy the trailer. Ditch the Bronco!

We pull a 34' trailer with a V10/3.73 Excursion Limited. The Excursion does very nicely with the tires inflated to near max (about 70psi). Now that I've towed it over a thousand miles, I know that I certainly wouldn't want to try towing it with anything smaller or lighter.

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And we wonder how RV accidents happen!
Take it up with some of the Canadian members that have the Intrepids (and some of we Americans that have 'em too for that matter)!

Speaking of Canadians (whom I do respect) anyone seen one around lately?

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This is all very useful information

We're thinking about acquiring something in the 28-31' range, which 'non-pickup' tow vehicles would be recommended for such an Airstream? (We could go with a pickup truck but would 'prefer' the storage of an SUV type vehicle.)

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