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Old 01-18-2015, 11:50 AM   #1
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Towing 30' to 34' Airstream with a 3/4 or 1-ton van

What experience has anyone had with towing larger Airstreams with a 3/4 or 1 ton van? Gas or diesel engine? Spouse wants a van for ease of in and out and loading.
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Old 01-18-2015, 12:45 PM   #2
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That's what my parents did for a while: full timing in a 34' AS, towing with a 1-ton van. It worked very well for them. The only complaint I ever heard was an occasional grumble from Mom about the truck-like ride of the van.

As I recall, it had two front seats, two rows of bench seats, and then storage in back. If it was me, there would have been only one bench row and more room for stuff.
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towing 30' to 34' Airstream with a 3/4 or ton van

Probably the best and most versatile choice. Short rear overhang is king. In combination with trailer it is also most aero. TW on 34' is lower than the thirty and tows better. Nail a Pro Pride hitch to trailer. A Draw Tite Class V hitch receiver.
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The Mali Mish crew tows their trailer with a van, they've got five years on it if I remember correctly. Might want to visit their blog at malimish.com, they have a tow vehicle page.

The 34' triple axles tow like a dream, true and steady.
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Probably the best and most versatile choice. Short rear overhang is king. In combination with trailer it is also most aero. TW on 34' is lower than the thirty and tows better. Nail a Pro Pride hitch to trailer. A Draw Tite Class V hitch receiver.
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I tow with a 1/2 ton Chevy Express. I love it as a tow vehicle! Explorer Vans can build in a variety of configurations. The only negative are the mirrors. I mount McKesh mirrors to the door. I have never investigated if the OEM mirrors could be replaced. I would want a lot more umph than my 5.3L puts out to tow a 34 footer however.


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Can you tow a 34' classic with an f150 or do you need a f250? Sorry ford loyal here
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The only thing I would wonder is whether or not you can easily get one with 4x4 (if you should want that option.)

Living in texas, it may not be that important to you.

We use our 3/4T diesel truck as our everyday driver here in the frozen North. They don't always do a great job of snow plowing in a timely manner on residential streets in our area and trucks tend to be rather light on the rear axle. Admittedly it is not often, but it sure is great to have when you need it.

There have also been a few times even in warmer weather when we have been happy to have the 4x4 feature .........

- pulling the trailer off a wet grassy site, there are times where I don't think we would have succeeded had I not used four wheel drive.

- spitting gravel back onto the trailer when negotiating steep gravel roads in some campgrounds. Flipping into 4wd stops that right away.

- a few times when touring hilly remote gravel back roads (without they trailer) in places like Arizona.


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Can you tow a 34' classic with an f150 or do you need a f250? Sorry ford loyal here
That is a question for the ages - there are tons of threads here on that very topic, but if we get into it here, we'll never hear another remark about towing with a 3/4 or 1-ton van.

Here's something in the GMC Towing guide that covers their Savana van, which may be an example of what the OP had in mind. http://www.gmc.com/content/dam/GMC/g...wing-guide.pdf
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