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Old 02-16-2016, 10:39 AM   #57
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Guys,

So, here is an update. I think we going to try for a 2005 Airstream Classic Limited. According to the following web site, we are looking at 7095 (Dry) / 670 (Hitch) / 10000 (GVWR) - https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...me-Weights.pdf.

I know a Dodge Ram 3500 will do the job, but I believe that a 2500 diesel will also do the job quite nicely. Looking between 2008 and 2010 model years.

Something like this: http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/de...6226/overview/

Am I overlooking anything?
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Old 02-16-2016, 12:13 PM   #58
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Old 02-16-2016, 01:14 PM   #59
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We pull a 32 with a 2500 and it works well. The 2008 to 2013 rams suffer a bit from emission control. You could also pull that trailer with a well selected 1500. I like the diesel but go on many caravans with 1/2 to gas pullers. The trailer pulls quite well with a goog hitch.
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Old 02-16-2016, 03:45 PM   #60
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Guys,

So, here is an update. I think we going to try for a 2005 Airstream Classic Limited. According to the following web site, we are looking at 7095 (Dry) / 670 (Hitch) / 10000 (GVWR) - https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...me-Weights.pdf.

I know a Dodge Ram 3500 will do the job, but I believe that a 2500 diesel will also do the job quite nicely. Looking between 2008 and 2010 model years.

Something like this: http://www.cars.com/vehicledetail/de...6226/overview/

Am I overlooking anything?
A 3/4 ton should give you all the cargo capacity (payload) that you need, with extra capacity for several occupants, dogs, stuff in the bed of the truck (tonneau cover, camp chairs, BBQ, tools, raft, campfire wood, yada yada).

As for towing capacity... the diesel will pull it comfortably, no problem at all.



We pull our 2016 30' Serenity with a 2015 Denali HD Duramax/Allison and fully loaded with our stuff, dogs, etc., we've got a little over 200 pounds of cargo capacity remaining to take another passenger or two, or a bit more stuff, if needed. Towing ability - is effortless.

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Old 02-17-2016, 09:02 AM   #61
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We tow our 2014 31' Classic model 30 with our 2012 Ram 2500HD Cummins. We are crossing the scales when all loaded for a road trip at 19,200 pounds. We can accelerate going up the mountains if needed and the engine braking takes care of the descents.
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Old 02-17-2016, 10:13 AM   #62
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Should there be some explanation of using engine braking on wet, icy or snowy descents?
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Old 02-17-2016, 01:27 PM   #63
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I found the ideal TV for our Bambi:

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Can't decide between the Peterbilt and the Kenworth...
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Old 02-18-2016, 07:45 AM   #64
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A 3/4 ton should give you all the cargo capacity (payload) that you need, with extra capacity for several occupants, dogs, stuff in the bed of the truck (tonneau cover, camp chairs, BBQ, tools, raft, campfire wood, yada yada).

As for towing capacity... the diesel will pull it comfortably, no problem at all.



We pull our 2016 30' Serenity with a 2015 Denali HD Duramax/Allison and fully loaded with our stuff, dogs, etc., we've got a little over 200 pounds of cargo capacity remaining to take another passenger or two, or a bit more stuff, if needed. Towing ability - is effortless.

Thanks, appreciate the feedback - and nice pic of your rig.
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Old 02-19-2016, 07:30 AM   #65
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To aid in stopping our rig, especially in the mountains, we converted the Classic to disc brakes soon after buying it. I can expect rain, but do not plan on towing in the snow or icy conditions since we are based primarily in the SouthWest. Engine braking use is not wise on snow, ice or wet roads.
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Old 02-19-2016, 12:06 PM   #66
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I pull a 35' tandem axle Silver Streak with a 2004 2500 Dodge diesel.

Under 18k gross.

Though I would prefer the 3500, a change of springs is all that would be needed. All that I own is in both vehicles.
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:40 AM   #67
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Engine braking in slippery conditions

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Should there be some explanation of using engine braking on wet, icy or snowy descents?
My rule of thumb is to disable the engine braking in any condition which is less than ideal traction. As it is the truck's rear wheels which provide all the braking force in this situation, if one ever looses traction your hands are full.

Attempting to find the trailer brakes and dragging them gently, getting the engine speed correct to avoid any braking effect, steering properly to restore the correct path, all will be more than most can manage and once the rear of the TV has begun to move sideways, in many cases it is nearly impossible to recover, particularly if the braking is in a curve.

Best way to manage slippery conditions with a trailer is to keep the speed way below a safe level. And, watch all the big rigs pass you by.....

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Old 03-02-2016, 08:24 AM   #68
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If in the maintains or very curvy roads, a reduction in speed is always prudent. Unless one's tires were installed "yesterday", the amount of tread remaining is always decreasing which increases a chance for hydroplaning in rain conditions or just plain loss of traction in snow or on ice.

Most of the Airstream folks were not professional drivers of the big rigs and, unfortunately are typically 'more mature', so many may lack the instant recognition coupled with the correct action to resolve a traction issue. Speed only makes it worse.

If the windshield wipers are on high to see, the speed needs to much slower or pull off until the rain stops. Most folks are not on an schedule that requires pressing on no matter what.
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:15 AM   #69
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We do like our dodge 2500 with 6.7 cummalong and 6 speed auto, it works really well with 96000 miles and no problems our 31' classic has 8800 lbs on the axles....
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Old 03-02-2016, 09:19 AM   #70
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Before going the diesel route(been there done that) if I were you, test drive a gas F250 or similar. Way less money and way less maintenance costs with great towing capabilities. You don't need a 350 diesel to tow an Aistream, and those folks that do run diesels, WANTED a diesel but did not NEED one.
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