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Old 02-23-2013, 08:10 AM   #29
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I tow my 34' triple axle with a Ford Excursion. I like the extra room of this suv over other models. With the 3rd row seat out, there is over 6' of cargo space available. Also, the shape and configuration give it fantastic visibility for both pulling and backing.
In the larger suv range, the suburban comes in a 2500 package as well. Both of these will be the largest of the suv options available amd they are more than capable of towing any trailer airstream makes. (they are both available in diesel as well). Personally, i like having the extra cargo space of the bigger suv's. The downside to an SUV is that storing "dirty"items can be inconvenient...gas cans, generators, wet outdoor rugs, etc.

I met a fellow airstreamer towing a 19' with a VW toureg a few moths ago. He was very pleased with his setup.
I believe you will find that tow vehicles are hot topic here. There are many SUV options available depending on the size of the trailer you decide to purchase. Ultimately, you need a setup that is safe, you are confortable with and fits your needs.
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What car can I use to tow my 31' Sovereign? I just have a Chevy 1/2 ton sports van
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:56 PM   #31
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Why do people put the cart before the horse? If you're getting a trailer, and a TV to go with it, wouldn't you figure out what trailer will fit your needs first? Then, find a TV to match up to it? If that's not the right order, then just get a 17' Sport - you can tow it with about anything.
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Old 03-02-2013, 02:12 PM   #32
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What car can I use to tow my 31' Sovereign? I just have a Chevy 1/2 ton sports van
Even back 50, 60, 70 years ago Airstreams were towed with cars.

Today it is still possible if the set up is done right.

Review posts from forum member "Andrew T". He writes about many car options.

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Old 03-02-2013, 04:53 PM   #33
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Why do people put the cart before the horse? If you're getting a trailer, and a TV to go with it, wouldn't you figure out what trailer will fit your needs first? Then, find a TV to match up to it? If that's not the right order, then just get a 17' Sport - you can tow it with about anything.
Horse before the cart

BassAkwards, I've also wondered why the TV is the first thing folks worry about.
Decide on the "cart" first and werk forward.

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Is the AS dealer in NYS?
I wasn't aware we had one yet.

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Old 03-02-2013, 05:30 PM   #34
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I was just reading an article in the latest Airstream Life magazine written by Andy Thomson with Can-Am RV. He talked about towing a 30' A/S with a Taurus SHO. I was wondering how a car like this with a 1,000 lb. tow rating could safely tow a trailer weighing in at approx. 7-8,000 lbs? I went over the Siskyou mountains in 2006 with my '07 30' Classic. My TV was a '05 GMC 2500HD diesel. It was over 100 degrees outside and my tranny temp gauge was reading 210. How well would that Taurus tranny survive under conditions like that not to mention the brakes themselves trying to hold back all that weight going downhill?
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Thumbs up Oh but I do love my tow vehicle

Hi All - so today I put a deposit down on a 23ft FB specifically because I can tow it with my current tow vehicle ( I own a 19ft 2008 Int'l with a 2006 4Runner v8 TV). I think I really want a 25 ft eventually but can't get over moving into a larger tow vehicle. This thread is helping me rethink that. I LOVE the 4Runner though - so I'm out here trying to decide if I should get my deposit back or not.
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Old 03-02-2013, 06:47 PM   #36
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I was just reading an article in the latest Airstream Life magazine written by Andy Thomson with Can-Am RV. How well would that Taurus tranny survive under conditions like that not to mention the brakes themselves trying to hold back all that weight going downhill?
The 4,400lb 2013 Taurus SHO has 13.86 Dia front brake rotors.

Your 6,000lb 2004 2500HD pickup appears to have 13.25 Dia front brake rotors. Trailer Life Magazine Open Roads Forum: Tow Vehicles: How Big are your Brakes?

Looks like the car may have better stopping abilities.
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If the trailer has brakes, why do we even need brakes on the tow vehicle? As long as the engine is strong enough to get the rig rolling on a public street, the trailer should be able to do the stopping. How's that for logic? My truck has 3 brake systems. Peddle, Trans, exhaust. But my tow vehicle was built to Tow, and to Haul loads. A ford SHO was built to be an entry level sports car for a family guy to be able to sell the cost to his wife so he could sit in traffic and satisfy his ego. Each to their own, but I bet the SHO brakes heat up and fail before I even need to touch my brake peddle.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:15 PM   #38
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Never ending argument, and of little value because neither one is ideal for a medium-sized Airstream.

As has been stated earlier, pick the trailer first, then pick a tow vehicle to match towing and non-towing needs.

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Yes but this under sized vehicle issue still makes the hair on the back of neck stand up.
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I was just reading an article in the latest Airstream Life magazine written by Andy Thomson with Can-Am RV. He talked about towing a 30' A/S with a Taurus SHO. I was wondering how a car like this with a 1,000 lb. tow rating could safely tow a trailer weighing in at approx. 7-8,000 lbs? I went over the Siskyou mountains in 2006 with my '07 30' Classic. My TV was a '05 GMC 2500HD diesel. It was over 100 degrees outside and my tranny temp gauge was reading 210. How well would that Taurus tranny survive under conditions like that not to mention the brakes themselves trying to hold back all that weight going downhill?
Not forgetting that Andy's Taurus will have been modified somewhat; extra transmission oil cooler, brake controller, bespoke or modified hitch and a well tuned weight distribution system. With these modifications, the manufacturer's tow rating is rendered meaningless.

If you ever get a chance, you should try to hear one of Andy's talks; they're most instructive and will challenge what you know about towing.
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Hi All - so today I put a deposit down on a 23ft FB specifically because I can tow it with my current tow vehicle ( I own a 19ft 2008 Int'l with a 2006 4Runner v8 TV). I think I really want a 25 ft eventually but can't get over moving into a larger tow vehicle. This thread is helping me rethink that. I LOVE the 4Runner though - so I'm out here trying to decide if I should get my deposit back or not.
You might want to get some professional assistance with setting the 4Runner up, though; you can't just hang a trailer on the back of these things without doing some modification work. Have a chat with Can Am, they'll put you on the right track.
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I was just reading an article in the latest Airstream Life magazine written by Andy Thomson with Can-Am RV. He talked about towing a 30' A/S with a Taurus SHO. I was wondering how a car like this with a 1,000 lb. tow rating could safely tow a trailer weighing in at approx. 7-8,000 lbs? I went over the Siskyou mountains in 2006 with my '07 30' Classic. My TV was a '05 GMC 2500HD diesel. It was over 100 degrees outside and my tranny temp gauge was reading 210. How well would that Taurus tranny survive under conditions like that not to mention the brakes themselves trying to hold back all that weight going downhill?
Forgot to say that Andy's piece was to demonstrate how little raw power is actually needed to keep an Airstream rolling, given it's superior towing characteristics. It made fascinating reading and (might) make you realise that big HP, or even torque, numbers are not the be all and end all.
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