Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-05-2014, 06:26 PM   #29
Rivet Master
Silverflames's Avatar

1969 29' Ambassador
brooksville , Florida
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 1,194
Originally Posted by perryg114 View Post
Probably a full size van is the way to go. Problem is they don't make very many for passenger use because you really need and want a crossover, at least that is what they are forcing on us. I guess I will worry about this in 10-20 yrs when my Excursion wears out.

The Expedition with the tow package is about 9000 lbs towing capacity.


With enough time, love, and money, any car or truck can be kept on the road!

Sent from my iPhone using Airstream Forums

Not all those who wonder are lost.
Silverflames is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2014, 07:13 PM   #30
4 Rivet Member
SSquared's Avatar
2013 25' FB Flying Cloud
Longmont , Colorado
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 334
SAE tow rating on SUVs?

Originally Posted by Andrew T View Post
If you would like a big spacious SUV to tow with check out the 2015 Ford Expedition Max. It has been mildly reworked for 15 and now has the 3.5 Echoboost drivetrain from the F150.

Compared to the old Excursion it has independent suspension front and rear which makes it massively more stable with a fraction of the road shock. It rides and handles better than any pickup you can buy and seats 7 or 8 comfortably.

The 18" tires it comes with are not great so either change them or go to the 20" wheel option. I hope this helps.

Andrew T
I just looked at the Ford, GMC, and Chevy web sites for their full size SUVs. They all quote tow ratings. I don't see any statements that their ratings are based on the new SAE towing standard. Am I overlooking anything? It would be nice to know if the numbers can be compared with the numbers on pickups.

SSquared is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 04:32 AM   #31
Rivet Master
Tincampers's Avatar

2014 25' Flying Cloud
Box Elder , South Dakota
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 1,070
2015 Ford Expedition | View Towing Specifications |
Tincampers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 06:15 AM   #32
Professional Wanderer
907airstream's Avatar
1987 34' Excella
FLW , Missouri
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 10
I finally found an excursion that was in great shape. I got a pretty good deal on it. The only way I'm let it go is if someone steals it from me. It pulls my 34 footer like nobody's business.
2004 Excursion 6.0 and a 1987 34' excella

Strong men fight so others don't have to
907airstream is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 02:14 PM   #33
Rivet Master
dkottum's Avatar
2012 25' Flying Cloud
Battle Lake , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 6,827
Payload is on the door jamb and different for each individual vehicle, max tongue weight on the particular hitch installed. Need to look there.
Doug and Cheryl
2012 FC RB, Michelin 16, ProPride 1400
2016 Ram 1500 Laramie Crew Cab 4X4 Ecodiesel 3.92 axles

The Truth is More Important Than the Facts
dkottum is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 03:04 PM   #34
4 Rivet Member
crisen's Avatar
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Fairbanks , Alaska
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 262
Images: 5
Max tow rating is actually a pretty useless number for people who tow travel trailers and expect to carry anything in the vehicle, like passengers. What matters is the GCWR, As an example if you look up the base curb weight in the above link, it is under the Capacities tab and add the max tow rating to it you will find that you are at GCWR. This means that once you add options, people and "stuff" your maximum trailer weight is reduced from the Max Tow number.
"When you find yourself in a hole - quit digging!"

2012 1/2 Eddie Bauer, Dodge 3500 SWB 4x4 6.7L Cummins 6 spd manual
crisen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 03:06 PM   #35
Full Time Adventurer
BoldAdventure's Avatar
2007 27' International CCD FB
Nomadic , USA
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 2,694
One of the Families we follow the dad bought a 3/4ton van and sent it to get converted. Can you say "CAPTAINS CHAIRS"
Family of 4 living, working & exploring the USA in our Airstream.
BoldAdventure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-06-2014, 03:11 PM   #36
Rivet Master
1981 31' Excella II
New Market , Alabama
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 5,280
I can't afford anything new anyway so tow ratings are irrelevant.

perryg114 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 03:49 PM   #37
4 Rivet Member
Garfield's Avatar
2001 25' Safari
London , Ontario
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 292
Images: 23
Originally Posted by Airrogant View Post
Unfortunately there are "experts" here who have told me that my 3/4 ton truck is too big for pulling any AS, and that it is tearing my trailer apart. It was actually suggested that I own too much truck for a 34' AS! Take that advice with a grain of salt...
Please provide a link...I need to read that thread.
Gary & Debbie
2001 Safari 25 SS
2011 Chevy Traverse 3.6L AWD • Hensley • DirecLink • McKesh
Set-up by Can-Am RV
Garfield is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 04:35 PM   #38
Rivet Master
kscherzi's Avatar
2013 27' FB International
El Dorado Hills , California
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 951
Images: 16
My 2003 Expedition has a 1,600 lb payload. Basically same underlying frame and suspension as today's model. I put about 950 lbs on the tongue. After loading large dog in rear and our junk in back seat still under both axles by about 200 lbs overall according to CAT scale.
kscherzi is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 05:14 PM   #39
Airstream Driver
PeterH-Airstreamer's Avatar

1997 30' Excella
1983 31' Airstream310
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 3,099
Images: 51
Get a 3/4 or 1 ton Chevy van if you want payload and 10K towing capacity.
Change to 16" rims and LT Michelins and soften the tow with 600 or 800 pound bars.
That's a nice ride!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	20141007_093216.jpg
Views:	101
Size:	319.7 KB
ID:	223970  
1983 310 Classic Motorhome
1997 30' Excella Trailer
AIR #13
PeterH-Airstreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 08:21 AM   #40
Airstream Driver
PeterH-Airstreamer's Avatar

1997 30' Excella
1983 31' Airstream310
Austin , Texas
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 3,099
Images: 51
Originally Posted by Airrogant View Post
....And with the brainwashed veterans who should know better, but who keep repeating this tired, old nonsense anyway.
With some effort, it is possible to not sound offensive and make your point anyway!!
First hand experience is what I found to support the statements made by "brainwashed veterans". I tow with a 1 ton extended Chevy Van. The bars that came with the Reese system equaled about 1200 pound bars and the ride was horrific. TV and trailer were like 1 continues stiff board 53 feet long. Doors were flung open and stuff was all over the trailer. As soon as I hit 60 mph, the trailer started to sway. I replaced the bars with 800 pound trunion bars and the entire set-up, ride, sway changed. I now have what I would call a soft independent ride and have not once on a 1500 mile trip experienced any sway.
And thats a fact!
1983 310 Classic Motorhome
1997 30' Excella Trailer
AIR #13
PeterH-Airstreamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 08:27 AM   #41
Rivet Master
SteveSueMac's Avatar

2012 27' Flying Cloud
W , New England
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 4,666
Originally Posted by Airrogant View Post

That's because the problem isn't with the TV. It is with the poorly-designed, fragile, little trailer. And with the brainwashed veterans who should know better, but who keep repeating this tired, old nonsense anyway.
There sure is some repetitive nonsense in these files....

SteveSueMac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2014, 08:40 AM   #42
Agent 86
J. Morgan's Avatar
1972 31' Sovereign
1975 31' Excella 500
Currently Looking...
Benton , Arkansas
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 4,356
Images: 11
Where have all the good Tow Vehicles gone?

Listening to some people one might think that there is only one formula to arrive at a good tow vehicle/setup.

Big or small within reasonable limits can work just fine for those who are able and willing to think a setup through and then fine tune for success.

There is NOT only a single formula for success.

Airstreams, even the new ones, really ain't that heavy. I have cargo trailers that I tow with one tons that weigh over 7,000 pounds empty..... Routinely loaded to 26,000 GVW.

Just sayin.

The fact that I am opinionated does not presuppose that I am wrong......

J. Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My beautiful Airstream is gone, gone, gone. mhilley On The Road... 55 02-12-2012 10:44 AM
where have all the the good times gone? Frank's Trailer Works Off Topic Forum 67 12-03-2010 06:23 AM
That page peal is gone! IT's GONE! GONE! YES!! AIR-Quarius Off Topic Forum 2 10-11-2010 02:18 PM
The Mother of all Tow Vehicles! mcneon Tow Vehicles 11 07-13-2004 10:01 PM

Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:31 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.