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Old 07-19-2005, 09:43 PM   #15
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Except you are stuck with a pickup as a tow vehicle. No Suburban, no Excursion, no vintage vehicle, nothing except a pickup.

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I agree re: the vintage TV, but with a Crew Cab, you really have the front half +/- of either a Suburban or Excursion and when not towing you have a truck for all of those times when you need...a truck. In all honesty, my F-250 is my 50 mile round trip daily commute. But there are times I need to run to the home center for pine straw or the annuals to update the flower beds for each season.
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Old 07-20-2005, 10:50 AM   #16
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I am with you

Who needs an SUV?????

I have had the suburban, Explorer, Blazer, F150, F250, C1500 regular and extended cabs, C3500 Crew cab. The best of all, The C3500 Crew Cab. All of the paasenger room of the Burb and more than the Explorer or Blazer, Extended cabs on any truck and it would pull any Airstream TT anywhere.

I agree, if you want a large vehicle, you may as well get the vehicle that can do it all. I was faced with strapping plywood, mattresses etc to the top of my SUV's. I had to put liners in the back so I could carry firewood, mulch etc only to have to still clean it out after the trip. I will admit that the AS did look good behind the silver Suburban but it was a bear to get the bicycles and other items in and out the hatch everytime we traveled.

SUV's are for people that just dont want to look like Soccer Moms in a van, My wife is one of them. She will ultimately get a van but in the meantime she requires "coolness" in her SUV.
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Old 07-20-2005, 01:25 PM   #17
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My wife is with your wife on the un-coolness of the mini-van...she drives an Expidition.
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Old 08-03-2005, 06:56 PM   #18
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97 integrity with 3 slides

The correct spelling of the air stream is integrity. Mine is a 1997 36' with 3 slides. I just got back to Kentucky from a two week trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I had no problems with the Integrity 5th wheel. This is one of the sturdiest and best built 5vers I have seen. They are a little heavy, but that comes from the quality of materials that went into it. My 2000 Dodge 3500 with a disel engine has no problem pulling it. We made it just fine over the Rockies.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:36 PM   #19
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Give me a break...

And face the fact that there are different lifestyles around...

Where we live pickup trucks are for gardeners and plumbers. Nothing against them. But quite honestly for a lot of us they are inappropriate. They are also illegal on certain thoroughfares around here and the definition of "boulevard" legally in the city of Chicago means "no trucks" and that included pickups.

I would LOVE to see an Integrity -- not a big fifth wheel fan but it's cool to see other rigs and kinds of rigs...


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Who needs an SUV?????

I have had the suburban, Explorer, Blazer, F150, F250, C1500 regular and extended cabs, C3500 Crew cab. The best of all, The C3500 Crew Cab. All of the paasenger room of the Burb and more than the Explorer or Blazer, Extended cabs on any truck and it would pull any Airstream TT anywhere.

I agree, if you want a large vehicle, you may as well get the vehicle that can do it all. I was faced with strapping plywood, mattresses etc to the top of my SUV's. I had to put liners in the back so I could carry firewood, mulch etc only to have to still clean it out after the trip. I will admit that the AS did look good behind the silver Suburban but it was a bear to get the bicycles and other items in and out the hatch everytime we traveled.

SUV's are for people that just dont want to look like Soccer Moms in a van, My wife is one of them. She will ultimately get a van but in the meantime she requires "coolness" in her SUV.
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Old 08-03-2005, 09:53 PM   #20
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Biggest problem from my viewpoint is they are NOT aluminum, and NOT monocoque construction!
Now, if Airstream would develope a fiver that way..... well! Meanwhile, its basically the same as any other fiver.... plywood and fiberglass!
Guess I'm just an aluminum snob! VBG It's gonna take more than slapping an Airstream sticker on it to convince me.

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Old 12-10-2005, 01:47 PM   #21
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Airstream 5th Wheel - Integrity pictures

Our 1997 Integrity has three slides. I can post pictures if anyone is interested.

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Old 12-13-2005, 11:57 AM   #22
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And face the fact that there are different lifestyles around...

Where we live pickup trucks are for gardeners and plumbers. Nothing against them. But quite honestly for a lot of us they are inappropriate. They are also illegal on certain thoroughfares around here and the definition of "boulevard" legally in the city of Chicago means "no trucks" and that included pickups.

I would LOVE to see an Integrity -- not a big fifth wheel fan but it's cool to see other rigs and kinds of rigs...
Glad I don't live where you do. I'm an architect, not a plumber or gardener, and I have driven a pick-up for the last 11 years. I get more respect when I show up on construction sites driving a truck than driving a passenger car or even an SUV. I admit that southern culture is different than mid-western culture, but give me a break about not allowing something as mundane as my $43K pick-up on your boulevards, puleez.
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Old 12-13-2005, 07:07 PM   #23
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Who needs an SUV?????

I have had the suburban, Explorer, Blazer, F150, F250, C1500 regular and extended cabs, C3500 Crew cab. The best of all, The C3500 Crew Cab. All of the paasenger room of the Burb and more than the Explorer or Blazer, Extended cabs on any truck and it would pull any Airstream TT anywhere.

I agree, if you want a large vehicle, you may as well get the vehicle that can do it all. I was faced with strapping plywood, mattresses etc to the top of my SUV's. I had to put liners in the back so I could carry firewood, mulch etc only to have to still clean it out after the trip. I will admit that the AS did look good behind the silver Suburban but it was a bear to get the bicycles and other items in and out the hatch everytime we traveled.

SUV's are for people that just dont want to look like Soccer Moms in a van, My wife is one of them. She will ultimately get a van but in the meantime she requires "coolness" in her SUV.
Oh man! You just listed a lot of the reasons we have what we have for a tow vehicle and general use.... 03 Ford Econline 350 XLT wagon.
With all the seats behind the driver taken out, it registers as a truck in Iowa, gives us over 11 foot of cargo room to the back door! Better than any pickup with a topper! We added a low plywood platform to the back to cover the seatbelt stanchions which makes it easy to slide stuff in and out. Couple all that with the large side doors and well, it don't get much better for a one ton!

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