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Old 10-03-2005, 04:43 AM   #15
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I echo the recommendations for a larger tow vehicle for a newer Bambi. I have a 2005 Tacoma Access cab. It easily tows a 1963 Globetrotter which weighs in at about 2700 lbs.

I also tow a 5000 pound boat/trailer locally. Even though it is well within the stated towing capacity for the Tacoma, I would NOT recommend doing so for any distance -- you really feel the trailer.

If you're thinking Toyota, IMHO, the Tacoma just isn't up for long distance trailing with a trailer over 4000 lbs. Go with the Tundra.


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Old 10-03-2005, 05:05 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Barkingdogg
Oh I agree,
I would not want to pull the 2400 lb Caravel with any thing less than the F150 or engine smaller than the 4.6 liter (v-8). I think this is a full size PU.
I'm a little confused here. You'd be just fine pulling a vintage Caravel with the Toyota. I tow a 16' Scamp at 3,000 lbs loaded with my '94 Toyota SR5 extended cab 3.0l V6 without any problems at all. It's the new 5000lb Bambi that I wouldn't tow with anything less than a full-size truck...


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Old 10-03-2005, 06:55 AM   #17
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Cool Excellent choice..

Originally Posted by hiker
Thanks Silvertwinkie and SilverRanger. Based on your comments, we decided to look at Chevy pickups because we do want to tow our 19' Bambi through the Rockies. We test drove the 2500HD Duramax and really liked it. The Duramax is more than required to tow a Bambi, but we plan to keep the TV for 10 or more years so we should be able to recoup the diesels' higher up front cost. It's sobering to think about buying a TV that could outlast us.
Greeting hiker,
Based upon your long-term goal of ownership, and expected usage, I completely agree with your thinking and choice of towing vehicle.
When you're ready to pick up the new Bambi, let me know..
The GVWR of the Bambi is 4500 lbs, not 5000 lbs(as mention in a previous post).
BTW, the name "hiker" is perfect for you...
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Old 10-03-2005, 10:25 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by hiker
We will be buying a 2006 19' SE Bambi Safari LS and are considering options for a TV. We like the 2005 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 long bed double cab but need advice about whether it will comfortably tow the Bambi. The 2005 Tacoma is a 4.0L V6 with nearly the towing capacity of the Tundra. Curb wgt is 4100, Wheelbase 140.9, GVWR 5450, Towing Capacity 6500, GCWR 11,1000, tongue load 650. Do you think, based on the above specs, the Tacoma will do the job? We also would appreciate hearing from 19' Bambi owners about what you use for TVs and how satisfied you are, and whether any of you are towing with a 2005 Tacoma.
Hiker...welcome to the forums! I also have a 19' Bambi (2002 model) and found that upgrading to a V8 vehicle reduces wear and tear on the V6 engine plus gives us more power in hilly terrain. When we first purchased our trailer, we were towing with a Chevy Blazer V6. It was awfully slow in hills and we had no power. Now we tow with a GMC Sierra 2500HD (over kill) with a crew cab and don't even know we are towing. Hills are no longer an issue.

With regards to TV's, there are alot of good threads on this topic already so I won't get into too much detail here. Here are some links:






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Old 10-05-2005, 08:03 PM   #19
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Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and sharing your experiences. A lot has happened since my first post. We have gone from planning on a 19' Bambi Safari to a 22' International to a 19' Bambi International and then back again to the 22' International. I think my wife has always preferred the 22' International but was humoring me until I saw the light. The good news is that the Chevy Duramax can pull any Airstream made. The bad news is that we are still about two months from final purchase which leaves too much time to change again. Perhaps, a 34' Classic SO, and selling our house to pay for it, is in our future?

Thanks again. I really enjoy reading your advice and hearing about your adventures. Hopefully, next summer we'll have some of our own to share.


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