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Old 12-14-2016, 06:27 AM   #15
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Paultower, welcome. What is your trailer?
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Old 12-14-2016, 08:30 AM   #16
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Wow, Thank you all for the replies, and input. And Yes, I am trying to do some research before I take the dive. I can certainly travel light, with just me or another, and my 5 pound dog. I will contact Can am. I have been reading about a break system for the hitch, which I think would be a smart idea. According to the airstream local dealer, I should be ok, but then again they want to sell me an airstream, and may not care if I use a motorcycle to drive off with it. So I continue my research on what to do, and from the people like you who would know! Thank you!
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Old 12-14-2016, 08:33 AM   #17
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Yes, 74 and I started driving a truck at the age of 6. I did not drive a rig as good as you are talking about until I was about 30 and I never had any trouble with any of them if you do not count going up hills slow.

The key is to adapt to what you have and do the best you can with it. You will have to take steep grades (over 5%) at about 50. You will want to watch the forcast for 50 mile per hour winds. In a bad side wind you will want to slow down a little. Do not put any more weight in the trailer than you need. This is a good rule for all of us.

Go for it, my fellow Airstreamers are spoiled.

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Old 12-14-2016, 08:40 AM   #18
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Paultower, welcome. What is your trailer?
I dont have one yet, I want a Bambi Sport 16' Trying to assess the tow vehicle needed.
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Old 12-14-2016, 08:58 AM   #19
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We have one of the Bambi 16ft Quick Silvers. It like the 16ft Sport mentioned here has a dry weight of 2860 lbs. mis your prospective Bambi Sport has A/C, awning, spare tire, TV added to it, that's additional weight you will need to add to base weight, which airstream brochures are notoriously lacking
With full water (23 gallons), full LP, dishes for two, and bedding, our Bambi sitting on a scale with both tires and front Jack weighs 3460 lbs
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Old 12-14-2016, 10:49 AM   #20
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After reading all the post and my earlier post, I have to agree with "over towing"
Yes, I now tow with a V10 VW TDI, and I no longer tow with my Mitsubishi Montereo, which got us thousands of miles. But with 300k on the clock it was time to consider something else I was thinking more of something breaking i.e.: suspension parts etc. I don't think the solution is a F150 for a small Bambi. This to me is over kill, too much truck for the the job unless you happen to use it for work or just have to have one etc.
When looking at vintage pics of cars towing AS's you see everything from Ford Falcons to Thunderbirds. The Road Chief promotes towing with a Saab convertible.
IMHO regardless of what you tow with you should practice leaning the limits of your tow vehicle with your trailer. Find a big parking lot and experiment with locking up the brakes.
Does you tow vehicle stop in a straight line? Just lean the thresholds and drive accordingly.

Porsche Cayenne has an interesting video of hauling a trailer thru a slalom course that can be seen on Youtube
Also if you boondock or find small campsites, the smaller your trailer and tow vehicle the better off you are.
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Old 12-14-2016, 11:24 AM   #21
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Imo (which is worth what you paid for it) your current vehicle is not really adequate. You would need to install a hitch, brake controller and probably some extra frame support for the hitch as well - even then you would be maxed out. BUT since your vue is a 2009 it's important to remember that you will be replacing it at some point. Tow vehicles come and go but you will likely have an Airstream of decades.

I am not advocating running out and buying a truck but you might want to consider a rig with a 5K towing capacity. There are a number of SUVs and Vans that would meet that standard and you would have a little more capacity (and peace of mind).
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:32 PM   #22
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Imo (which is worth what you paid for it) your current vehicle is not really adequate. You would need to install a hitch, brake controller and probably some extra frame support for the hitch as well - even then you would be maxed out. BUT since your vue is a 2009 it's important to remember that you will be replacing it at some point. Tow vehicles come and go but you will likely have an Airstream of decades.

I am not advocating running out and buying a truck but you might want to consider a rig with a 5K towing capacity. There are a number of SUVs and Vans that would meet that standard and you would have a little more capacity (and peace of mind).
Very good suggestion. Few vehicles shine at their max capacity. Having some reserve capacity surely makes for a more relaxed towing experience.
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Old 12-14-2016, 12:43 PM   #23
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If I had read all of these suggestions about what is not possible, I would have missed out on the great family camping experiences related to towing we did with our Volvo 245 wagon. It had a 3500 lb tow rating (which we didn't exceed), and 114 hp; it did great, including through the Rockies and over the Salmo Creston in August. Drove it for 11 years and only sold it because we were moving out of the country.
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Old 12-14-2016, 02:27 PM   #24
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IMO, these SUV's aren't great for towing heavier trailers. I had a 2009 GMC Acadia, factory tow package that is rated to tow up to 5,200 lbs with max 500lbs tongue weight. I've towed my car and my wife's car to regional car shows on my open trailer many times coming in pretty close to 5k lbs. I have to load the car on the trailer just right to keep the tongue weight down, or it will be resting on the rubber stops. You cannot use a WD hitch per GM.
Personally I felt it was underpowered, even with 280'sh HP. I live in Florida and it would get up to speed ok, stopped great, even without trailer brakes, but going over any Florida hill, or bridge, it would be screaming to maintain speed.
Also even with the factory tow package heavier duty coolers, my temps would rise on long trips.
Just my observations from my experiences with the same car.
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Old 12-14-2016, 02:47 PM   #25
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I too like Jeff's post. Smaller doesn't always mean less capable.
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When we bought our 16' Bambi, without for sure we would pair it with our 92 Pathfinder. But the dealer strongly discouraged us, saying they wouldn't even sell it to us until we got something Heftier! Soon after we lucked out and found a used Land Rover discovery II on sale -- at the bottom of the SUV selloff -- and what a great investment it turned out to be. It is such a beast. It is *always* the boss in difficult situations (high winds, single-lane goat trails, flat tires at freeway speed, etc.) and now we completely understand the dealer's wisdom.
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Try www.rvtowcheck.com, a good online tool to help in deciding.
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