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Old 08-10-2005, 10:15 AM   #15
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Sometimes the simplest solutions are best..........

If your tow vehicle is rough on your trailer.....Slow down
If your trailer is rough on your tow vehicle.....Slow down
If the weather is bad.................................Slow down
If it is hot outside.....................................Slow down
If the road is hilly or curvy..........................Slow down

This is advice from a not so technical type person. But
some cowboys gots smarts real good.
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Old 08-10-2005, 10:44 AM   #16
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Tow Vehicle

I tow my '73 31' Airstream with a '88 Ford 150/300ci 6/4 speed. I had no problems at 65mph. Some hills caused the cruise to slow to 55mph.
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Old 08-10-2005, 02:06 PM   #17
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I'm told this is like owning a boat...

Ok, the air hitch looks like a good idea, so do the balancers.

This is getting expensive!!!!

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Old 08-10-2005, 02:15 PM   #18
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so Andy you are telling us that if we have an f250 that is over kill yet if I had a airstream that weighed 10000 pounds and I do believe that a 30ft with a slide out is around 10000 lbs that a f150 could handel it. wrong. every 150 i have seen can not carry that kind of weight.
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Old 08-10-2005, 03:55 PM   #19
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I tow my '73 31' Airstream with a '88 Ford 150/300ci 6/4 speed. I had no problems at 65mph. Some hills caused the cruise to slow to 55mph.
I agree...but the weight difference between a 1973 31' and a 2003 31' is about 3000#'s I tow my 75 with a F150 small V-8 and it does fine, but it also has a modified chip and factory towing package on it.

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Windstar as a tow Vehicle?

Alot has been written about tow vehicles, I have a 2001 Ford Windstar SEL with a 3.8L engine and a trailer tow package (transmission cooler, wiring harness). I am currently looking into purchasing a 2006 Safari 25 SE - SS. My dealer will install a proper hitch, another transmission cooler, brake controller and upgrade the wiring harness on my van and assures me that I will not have a problem towing. Should I be concerned?
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What is the tow rating of the Windstar and how much does the new Airstream weigh.I don't think that is enough truck.The newer Airstreams are very heavy.
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:49 PM   #22
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The Windstar is rated for 8500# (GCWR - What's this) / 3500# (Trailer weight) and the Safari is 5210# but my dealer assures me that they have installed hundreds of hitches on Windstars and I should not have a problem .
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Old 08-10-2005, 06:51 PM   #23
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Alot has been written about tow vehicles, I have a 2001 Ford Windstar SEL with a 3.8L engine and a trailer tow package (transmission cooler, wiring harness). I am currently looking into purchasing a 2006 Safari 25 SE - SS. My dealer will install a proper hitch, another transmission cooler, brake controller and upgrade the wiring harness on my van and assures me that I will not have a problem towing. Should I be concerned?
In a word, yes, you should be concerned. You don't tell us the wheelbase of the Windstar, but I assume it is about 120", a little short for a 25' Airstream but not impossible on its own. The Airstream Corporate site states that the gross weight of your trailer is 7300 lbs. I doubt that the Windstar has that high of a stated tow capacity. You can calculate the actual capacity by taking the Gross Combined Vehicle Rating GCVR and subtracting the weight of the Windstar, loaded with all passengers, fuel and gear and from the GCVR. I doubt that the result will be the required 7300 lbs and if it does, you don't have much to spare.

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Absolutely be concerned!

That combination is not going to work. (period)
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I will bet his dealer is Can-Am out of London, Ontario...if anybody can do it they can...

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I will bet his dealer is Can-Am out of London, Ontario...if anybody can do it they can...

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You are correct, my dealer is CAN-AM. How can they do it?
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You are correct, my dealer is CAN-AM. How can they do it?
They will also put a 30' Airstream with a 10,000 lb gross behind a Chrysler 300C, with a 3500 lb tow rating. Although the engine, Hemi, is powerful enough, the rest of the car is not.

They will also put a Hensley hitch and say that all of your problems are solved by the hitch. The other problem with the Windstar is the engine size, you will probably burn up the engine and trans. Although I am a believer in the saying, "some is good, more is better and too much is just right" when it comes to cubic inches - 1977 Lincoln 460CI 4V.

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There you have it 3500# trailer weight. Can Am likes to push the envelope with small vehicles.Pulling double the rated tow capacity is just stupid!
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