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Old 07-11-2018, 02:16 PM   #15
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1/2 ton is better

I have a 2017 FC19 and initially towed with my ford Ranger that was rated for 7,000lbs towing. Unfortunately, it just didn't feel very stable and struggled on inclines. Consequenlty, we replaced the ranger with a 2017 GMC Sierra which has proven to be a much better choice.
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Old 07-11-2018, 02:43 PM   #16
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You were right, it was the water and yes I moved very slowly away because of what the mom and her baby were doing across the way. Did not want to get caught in-between! (see attached pics)
Picture taken last month, trailer village, Grand Canyon

Sorry, off the main topic of this thread regarding 19' and a TV, but wanted to share the "rest of the story" regarding our Elk encounter.
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Old 07-11-2018, 04:23 PM   #17
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2018 Nissan Armada and 2018 19' Flying Cloud

Truly the definition of you can't even tell you are towing something. No weight distributing hitch either.
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:01 AM   #18
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Here are the CAT scale numbers from one our trips towing our 2015 Bambi 22FB with our 2014 Honda Ridgeline using an Andersen WDH. Truck payload included 2 adults, Yeti 50 and golf clubs in the cab. Honda 2000i generator in the bed. AS fresh water tank was full.

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Old 07-12-2018, 04:12 PM   #19
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Here are the CAT scale numbers from one our trips towing our 2015 Bambi 22FB with our 2014 Honda Ridgeline using an Andersen WDH. Truck payload included 2 adults, Yeti 50 and golf clubs in the cab. Honda 2000i generator in the bed. AS fresh water tank was full.

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Thanks for sharing. Thats helpful.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:14 PM   #20
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We currently have a 2015 19' & 2015 Tundra TRD 4X4 via Hensley cub hitch. Feel the combination a bit overkill, except the peace of mind & joy of driving this combination cannot be overstated. Sometimes we are loaded heavy for that longer trip, always feel safe and did I mention a pleasure to drive especially when encountering rather steep grades. Gas mileage at about 13 keeping speed at 65 or less.
Recently up-graded to 16" wheels running Mitchelin LT 225/75R 16 / E for a bit "more" margin? Another potential topic, another forum.
I'm a retired Engineer, Space Program, we always "test" for more margin.

The Elk very quietly waited behind me until I finished un-hooking the water, pretty smart.

Here's to you finding peace of mind towing and safe travels.


Thanks for your input. Helpful.
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Old 07-12-2018, 04:18 PM   #21
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19 FC tow vehicle?

Thanks for everyones input.

I bought a Sherline scale and tested the tongue with minimal load (no water) and it came in just under 600 lbs.. With the 600# tongue max. on the Ridgeline, I think Im figuring out why the ride can be rough (including a couple bent weight distribution snap up brackets) when were fully loaded, figuring the WDH adds 100# + Yeti + Generator + misc items in the bed, Im probably pushing 800 lbs on the tongue. And trust me, Im cringing as I write that down...
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:40 PM   #22
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Another great tow vehicle for 19' Bambi is a Tacoma...Great little trucks and real workhorses. we started our Airstream journey with a 2007 Tacoma with a tow package (#6500) and now have a 2016 Tacoma. Love it ... and it is our daily driver as well.
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:47 PM   #23
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Another great tow vehicle for 19' Bambi is a Tacoma...Great little trucks and real workhorses. we started our Airstream journey with a 2007 Tacoma with a tow package (#6500) and now have a 2016 Tacoma. Love it ... and it is our daily driver as well.


Nice. I think were leaning in the Tacoma direction, so Im happy to hear the positive experience!
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:21 PM   #24
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Tacoma would probably be great for the 19 footer.

We have a short bed, 2012 CrewMax 4x4 with the V6. Great ride on the freeway by itself, quite comfortable. Decent maneuverability in city traffic. My family and pack of doggies loves traveling in it. The newer ones have lots of nice features.

As another data point, we tow a 22 footer with ours, and at that point its still nice and stable, but a touch under-powered climbing the SoCal mountain passes, like the Cajon Pass and the Grapevine areas...but I'm really patient, and don't get upset when the big rigs with their 4-ways on crawl past me (grin).

Yeah, a Tundra would be nice for our situation, but you will find the Taco is quite nice...
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I like our 2016 Chevy Colorado Diesel crew cab for our 19. The tow haul mode is nice and the engine brake works well on descending the grades. Payload is not too great but works for two of us. Wish it had tow mirrors as an option. Tow rating is 7600 for the 4x4.
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Get your camper weighed, as you will tow it. Check the payload sticker on your drivers door. That is where many vehicles come up short.
It is hard to beat a 1/2 ton (F150 Ecoboost) for towing small to mid size trailers.
I just upgraded from an Expedition to an F250 for towing my new 28. Much easier towing.
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Old 07-13-2018, 01:03 PM   #27
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We have a 2015 19 International. Initial TV was a 2015 4Runner, loved the vehicle but was somewhat underpowered and hitch weight capacity inadequate. Traded for a 2018 F-150, 3.5 EcoBoost with tow package. Very pleased with F-150 so far, handles minimum grades in New England with no problems, easy to hitch up, rides smooth, and great mirrors. Heading to Canadian Rockies late summer for ultimate test, anticipating no issues.
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Old 07-15-2018, 04:34 PM   #28
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We have a 2015 19 International. Initial TV was a 2015 4Runner, loved the vehicle but was somewhat underpowered and hitch weight capacity inadequate. Traded for a 2018 F-150, 3.5 EcoBoost with tow package. Very pleased with F-150 so far, handles minimum grades in New England with no problems, easy to hitch up, rides smooth, and great mirrors. Heading to Canadian Rockies late summer for ultimate test, anticipating no issues.


Thanks. Hard to get past the F-150 as a great choice. I think Im going to rent one for a trip to see just how much double the tow capacity makes a difference.
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