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Old 05-23-2012, 02:20 PM   #1
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Tow vehicle suggestions

I need a vehicle to pull approx 10,000 pounds. Im looking for a non truck. Any suggestions would be helpful

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Old 05-23-2012, 03:59 PM   #2
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10000# is at or near the upper limit of almost all "non-trucks". The only suggestions that I would have would be a Suburban, Excursion, or full size Ford E-Series or Chevy/GMC van.
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #3
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Good luck. The 2WD 2500 Suburban (GMT 900) has a max tow rating of 9,600#. You can get a 2WD Express Cargo van with the 6.6 diesel that's rated to 10,000 but I think that it's the cargo variety (no rear seats or windows) *edit* I'm wrong, you can get it in the passenger variety.

The question is, what, besides that 28' Flying Cloud do you need to pull?

Current Chevy offerings: http://www.chevrolet.com/assets/pdf/...trailering.pdf

Current Ford (I'm pretty sure the E Series van is the only option, they don't have a 3/4 ton SUV): 2012 Ford E-Series Wagon Work Trucks | View Towing Specifications | Ford.com
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:36 PM   #4
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We think a full-sized van offers many advantages for towing. A one-ton (3500) passenger van has removeable seats, so it may be used in many configurations for camping with your gear in the cargo area, or putting in all the seats and hauling the entire family to Aunt Sally's 80th birthday.

Another advantage is the excellent value when compared to SUVs. Here's an example in your area:
2002 Chevy Express Passenger Van

Avoid the 15 passenger model, with excessive rear overhang. The 12 passenger is easily found, and has often been used as a gently used van pool vehicle, not as a tow vehicle.

What are you towing?
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:41 AM   #5
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the trailer wieghs 7,700 pounds. I was estimating 10,000 with gear and a buffer
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Old 05-30-2012, 07:42 AM   #6
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If I cant vent for a second--- I keep seeing this picture of a guy on a bicycle pulling and airstream and I need a big truck to pull mine
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:08 AM   #7
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Go back and check your trailer weight again. Does it actually weigh 7,700. Airstream listed that as 7,300 maximum fully loaded.

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My wife has this thing where she hates trucks---lame, I know. I'm using an infinity qx56 with tow package. It has 9000lb rating and tows well. Plus, the rear view camera is a game changer when it comes to hitching up. It tows my 34ft foot excella.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:25 AM   #9
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Buick Enclave. Saw one pulling a 32' Airstream and apparantly doing a fine job. I followed him in the mountains in the Canyon country for a few days and it did well.
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Old 05-30-2012, 08:29 AM   #10
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These days in the 1/2 ton range, for comfort and file economy the sequoia rules. Yes I have one. But I get 12 -13mpg towing at 60mph can seat 8. Get 17 mpg just driving around. On the highway I can get 20 mpg+. It will tow 9800#. The 3/4 ton sub which they don't make with the big motor anymore gets(8.1 l) 12 mpg driving around and 9 -10 towing and only tows a little more. And is a hard ride. Also less interior room. And sear configuration isn't set up as nice. This is the 08 and up version of the sequoia. Good luck with the search.
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And I can also say this because my friend has a 3/4 ton with the 8.1 liter, tows a 28' safari. The sequoia has a better transmission, and a 4.10 rear end. We have gone many places together and I can stay with him on the hills no problem and going down, I can manually shift my 6 gears so I use my brakes about 1/2 of what he does with his 3 gears he has to choose from. I finally got him to admit it was nicer but he still wants that cargo room behind the rear seat. but the sequoia has the 60/40 rear split 3rd row that folds flat, so you can get the room you need. and still seat 7
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Just my experience

First rig (this time around) was a 1/2 ton GMC towing a '75 23' Airstream....great combination. Then sold the 23', and bought an '01, 25' widebody Airstream. Although the truck was rated to tow 9800 lbs, and the trailer significantly less, I was dissatisfied with the towing. Traded the 1/2 ton for a 3/4 ton Diesel, and have been happy ever since even after trading up twice, first to an '04 28', and now a '10 31'. It's a wonderful tow vehicle, but it may not be for everyone.

I guess the only moral of this story is you will probably end up dissatisfied with a marginal tow vehicle.
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First rig (this time around) was a 1/2 ton GMC towing a '75 23' Airstream....great combination. Then sold the 23', and bought an '01, 25' widebody Airstream. Although the truck was rated to tow 9800 lbs, and the trailer significantly less, I was dissatisfied with the towing. Traded the 1/2 ton for a 3/4 ton Diesel, and have been happy ever since even after trading up twice, first to an '04 28', and now a '10 31'. It's a wonderful tow vehicle, but it may not be for everyone.

I guess the only moral of this story is you will probably end up dissatisfied with a marginal tow vehicle.
There's a balance question here between a marginal tow vehicle and an oversized tow vehicle when you are not towing, that is, a daily driver especially for those who take extended trips away from home. Or for those who would have a truck only for towing the Airstream.

We're seeing some European-type smaller diesel SUV's, Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango with high tow rating, and a new Ford Explorer with a V6 Ecoboost. All have good-handling independent suspension, trucks do not. These seem appropriate to the towing needs of most Airstreams, where diesel trucks seem more suited for large 5th wheel trailers. They also would serve well as the family sedan. However, needs vary among individual owners.

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There's a balance question here between a marginal tow vehicle and an oversized tow vehicle when you are not towing, that is, a daily driver especially for those who take extended trips away from home. Or for those who would have a truck only for towing the Airstream.

We're seeing some European-type smaller diesel SUV's, Jeep Grand Cherokee/Dodge Durango with high tow rating, and a new Ford Explorer with a V6 Ecoboost. All have good-handling independent suspension, trucks do not. These seem appropriate to the towing needs of most Airstreams, where diesel trucks seem more suited for large 5th wheel trailers. They also would serve well as the family sedan. However, needs vary among individual owners.

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Yes, you are right, Doug. I would not recommend the crew cab 3/4 ton Diesel 4X4 for an everyday driver. I'm fortunate enough to have another vehicle for that, but we've put 50K miles towing on the sludge burner in a little over two years, and IMHO, a finer tow vehicle is not available. Of course, everyone must make their own choices.
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