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Old 06-07-2015, 02:39 PM   #1
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What vehicle for towing an Airstream 25'

My wife and I are excited about Airrstream RVing and we need some help in deciding what tow vehicle to use for a 25' trailer.
Should we get a 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton truck? SUV?
Diesel or gas?
Are backup camera's helpful for newbee's?
Any imput would be very helpful.
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Old 06-07-2015, 02:43 PM   #2
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Welcome...now do a search. This is probably the most discussed issue and there are a ton of threads on tow vehicles.
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:36 PM   #3
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Welcome...now do a search. This is probably the most discussed issue and there are a ton of threads on tow vehicles.
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Yup, discussed by "experts" on all sides.

The big truck folks will tell you that you need a minimum of a 3/4 ton truck with a huge diesel engine.

The little car folks will tell you to get a Volkswagon.

I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. However, whatever you pick, it must have the proper gear ratios, enough weight carying capacity, and adequate cooling.
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:43 PM   #4
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In my opinion you can never have to much truck although some on here will totally disagree with that. My last TT was 36ft & weighted over 11K LBS, I had & needed a 3/4 ton truck & I always prefer diesel power over gas. My new AS ( to be delivered next month) like yours is 25ft. My current truck is a RAM 1500 ecodiesel & it will be very adequate to handle a 25 footer. Having said that, if you plan on carrying lots & lots of junk in your pickup bed consider the heavier tow vehicle. BTW, back up camera is a must have!
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:56 PM   #5
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Many U.S. Americans will recommend and indeed will insist that you will putting your family and everyone else on the highway in harms way if you do not have biggest baddest pick up truck made and a $2500 WD system. Our Canadian friends will on the other hand recommend a heavily modified Prious for your towing needs. Personally I am a happy camper towing with my 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Hemi.
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Old 06-07-2015, 04:10 PM   #6
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We tow our 25-footer with an F150 with the max tow package and heavy-duty payload package. So far, so good!


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I am expert. Because I say so. The proof is that I am posting on this forum. You need a F-350 dually. It has to be a Ford, because Ford is the best. You also need to buy a Propride hitch. Then you need to upgrade your brakes to disc. Afterwards you'll need Centramics on both your trailer and your tow vehicle. Also you will want to upgrade your tires on the Airstream to 16 inch LT tires. The Goodyear Marathons are known to explode instantly in the presence of happiness and pavement. All four tires will explode at the same time and cause a massive fireball of death along with killing a kitten the moment the blow out happens.

This is the most best grammar perfect summary of all the advice you will receive here on Airforums. If you disagree, you're a not as smart as those who preach this gospel or you are from Canada. And Canadians can't be trusted.



















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Old 06-07-2015, 04:40 PM   #8
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I am expert. Because I say so. The proof is that I am posting on this forum. You need a F-350 dually. It has to be a Ford, because Ford is the best. You also need to buy a Propride hitch. Then you need to upgrade your brakes to disc. Afterwards you'll need Centramics on both your trailer and your tow vehicle. Also you will want to upgrade your tires on the Airstream to 16 inch LT tires. The Goodyear Marathons are known to explode instantly in the presence of happiness and pavement. All four tires will explode at the same time and cause a massive fireball of death along with killing a kitten the moment the blow out happens.

This is the most best grammar perfect summary of all the advice you will receive here on Airforums. If you disagree, you're a not as smart as those who preach this gospel or you are from Canada. And Canadians can't be trusted.



















I like my Ram 1500 because I like to live dangerously.



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Yup, discussed by "experts" on all sides.

The big truck folks will tell you that you need a minimum of a 3/4 ton truck with a huge diesel engine.

The little car folks will tell you to get a Volkswagon.

I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle. However, whatever you pick, it must have the proper gear ratios, enough weight carying capacity, and adequate cooling.
This "expert" doesn't say you "need" a 3/4-ton diesel. But you won't regret it if you get one.
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Well, Bold - that settles it! 😂😂😂
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Larger is better!

My own experience is that 7 yrs ago purchased new 23' International in AZ. At that time I had a Dodge Ram, 4,7L engine. Purchased what I could pull. Wish I could have purchased a 25' trailer. Coming back from Tuscon to Douglas I barely made it to the top of Mule Mtn. I mean crawling!! As soon as I returned to Bama I traded for a Dodge Ram, Crew Cab, 5.7 Hemi engine. Gas mileage only between 8.5 to 9.6 mpg towing, but no troubles pulling mtns. Decided to move up again. Purchased a Nissan NV3500 12 Passenger van. Couldn't be happier! Towing I get anywhere11.5 to 13.5 mpg. Normal city is 15/16mpg. Hwy 18/21 mpg depending on terrain. In AZ not towing I've gotten 22mpg. No problems pulling mountains.
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Old 06-07-2015, 05:14 PM   #12
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Aquadogs - welcome. For your first post, you picked a duesi!! (Spelling intentional...)


The search feature in this forum seems limited to me (could certainly be user error) but I highly recommend Googling stuff like "best tow vehicle site:airforums" and that will return countless threads where this issue has been beaten to death - BoldAdventure's tongue in cheek reply sums it all up incredibly well...

My $0.02 for your questions...

Know what you want to do and why - them whatever decision you make has the highest odds of being the right one for you. :-)

Good luck!!
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A lot depends on your intended use. Full timers tend to need more carrying capacity than weekend warriors, families have different needs to couples.

Ask yourself what kind of vehicle you like driving. If you enjoy driving a truck, get a truck. Enjoy driving an SUV? Get one, there's many that can pull your trailer just fine. Want a van? Again, the modern Honda and Toyota vans will perform just fine, with the right setup.
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I'm on my third TV in the 14 years we've owned our 25 foot AS. The first was a Durango. The transmission was toast in less than 2 years. Traded it for a Yukon which was much better, but not nearly as good as our current F150. If you go this route, get the integrated tow package with the brake controller.
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