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Old 08-09-2013, 01:13 PM   #71
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> An Odyssey or Sienna would be good, if I could count on them for towing. I will be talking to several mechanics today about this TV issue.
It's about set up. My Sienna LE has a strengthened hitch (to resist torque from the weight distribution system and to help distribute the weight better), an additional oil cooler and a decent brake controller; it wouldn't work without those things. As it is, we're sitting in a Campground in Massachusetts in our 2011 28' International, having towed with the Sienna, trouble free, from south western Ontario. We went to Florida and Louisiana a year or two back.

OK, so it's POURING with rain now in Mass. but it's cozy in the Airstream
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:59 PM   #72
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Sounds nice, Steve.

I would prefer a van over a truck for its usefulness to us when we're not towing. And setting up a Sienna for towing sounds attractive, but we don't have anyone nearby that can do that, that we know of.

There is, OTOH, a wealth of used Ford Excursions and Expeditions around here. The Excursions comes in a t-diesel V8 or a gas V-10. I believe we'd be able to pull with the Excursion safely and comfortably, yes? The seating looks very comfortable. And with some seats folded or removed, we have a lot of cargo space--space that's just hard for someone with a back injury to access comfortably.

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Old 08-13-2013, 09:27 PM   #73
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Sounds nice, Steve.

I would prefer a van over a truck for its usefulness to us when we're not towing. And setting up a Sienna for towing sounds attractive, but we don't have anyone nearby that can do that, that we know of.

There is, OTOH, a wealth of used Ford Excursions and Expeditions around here. The Excursions comes in a t-diesel V8 or a gas V-10. I believe we'd be able to pull with the Excursion safely and comfortably, yes? The seating looks very comfortable. And with some seats folded or removed, we have a lot of cargo space--space that's just hard for someone with a back injury to access comfortably.

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I'm no expert on tow vehicles but I know a man who is; he who must not be named but he lives in Ontario. He's a fan of the Fords you mention so I'm sure you could get something sorted, especially if you call him and ask.

We hauled our Airstream north from Mass. up to Quebec City yesterday. We went through Franconia Notch in the White Mountains National Park and whilst that's not so high up there, it's a fairly long climb and the Sienna worked beautifully. The gas mileage was up a little on our usual, we were still above 13 mpg. I'm not saying the Sienna is to everyone's tastes but it certainly does the job for us.
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New Bambi owner confused about towing vehicle!

Ok, my husband and I are new to this site. Just bought our first AS 19ft (we are over 60 and were sailors for years) and can't wait to use her as soon as the weather clears up here in Montana. Question though - we have a 2007 Tacoma 6cyl double cab extended bed truck with towing package and just added the electric brake system. We thought this would be just fine in the towing department but after reading all of the vast differing opinions on the subject, now wonder what to do!

I know I am probably opening up lots of cans of worms but any new opinions on our truck's capability with her new friend, Bambi?

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Ok, my husband and I are new to this site. Just bought our first AS 19ft (we are over 60 and were sailors for years) and can't wait to use her as soon as the weather clears up here in Montana. Question though - we have a 2007 Tacoma 6cyl double cab extended bed truck with towing package and just added the electric brake system. We thought this would be just fine in the towing department but after reading all of the vast differing opinions on the subject, now wonder what to do!

I know I am probably opening up lots of cans of worms but any new opinions on our truck's capability with her new friend, Bambi?

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You have a small Airstream and a Tacoma that you already own and is properly equipped for towing. Take a trip or two with the Tacoma, if its performance is unsatisfactory you can look for another tow vehicle... if you're happy with it's performance, you can just enjoy the trip!
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What he said...
I would try using the Tacoma...
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Thanks for the replies! I think we will just hold off buying anything new since we have this one all fixed up for towing already plus the ole girl is paid for. I will keep my fingers crossed that the Tacoma will not have too many complaints when going up and down all the mountain ranges here!
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The key phrase here is paid for...
More money for camping trips-
I have 2 notes left and 34,000 miles.
It might have 35,000 miles when I get it paid for April 23.
Woohoo!
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