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Old 03-24-2014, 11:26 PM   #21
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Maybe that truck could be set up to tow your easy-towing Airstream.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:34 PM   #22
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Maybe that truck could be set up to tow your easy-towing Airstream.

1/2 ton, gas, 2WD, struggles going up huge incline hills. Hubby has his eyes peeled for a used Dodge 2500 4X4 Diesel.
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1/2 ton gas is a good match to 25' Airstream and may work well. Engine size, transmission, axle ratio, tire type and size, properly set up w.d./sway control hitch on a strong hitch receiver, loading, and driving techniques can make all the difference from bad to great experience.
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:18 AM   #24
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:49 AM   #25
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1/2 ton gas is a good match to 25' Airstream and may work well. Engine size, transmission, axle ratio, tire type and size, properly set up w.d./sway control hitch on a strong hitch receiver, loading, and driving techniques can make all the difference from bad to great experience.

We have Equal-i-zer sway control hitch, Truck is a 2006 Chevy Silverado 5.3 auto, is a standard cab, shortbed and has 373 gears, headers, magma-flow exhaust and airbags in rear. We purchase it with intent to be turned into a low ride HotRod pickup, not really as a tow vehicle. The Trailer kind of changed our plans .
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Truck pulls well on flat Highway... But we live on the Northcoast and are surrounded by hills and Mountains and a trip locally (30 minutes any-which-way is no problem), but to explore and go further afield we end up with inclines, declines, mountains, that the Truck doesn't handle the best.... My Husband feels a bit larger used Diesel Truck would make a better fit.... As well as we will utilize it for woodcutting.
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I've posted in other thread my experience with the 5.3 - not a very good tow vehicle due to the low torque of this engine, as well as the poor performance of the GM transmission. If you are going into hill country, you'll love having a diesel pickup.

Now if you are really daring, there is a guy on here that can show you how a properly equipped Honda Odyssey is the best tow vehicle, but keep in mind your trailer is a bit on the small side for that kind of setup.
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KathyH - anything further on the saga from the dealer hassle ? Have you been back to see them after the purchase?
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KathyH - anything further on the saga from the dealer hassle ? Have you been back to see them after the purchase?

We've received periodic calls from the dealership asking how we're doing, can they help us, etc. we've stopped in a few times and checked out a few interesting Mod'd airstreams.... A 27-28 Ft (think it was an international) 2015 that had a second Door installed in the Bedroom, looked awesome! Then there was a Mod that was in the parking lot, older model that had been gutted and redone to be a Bar, it also had two doors... Square Bar in the center.... Seating area's as well as a pop up window to have people order outside.... They were taking it out for a photo shoot and then it was going on a trip down to California on lend to a winery that had damage from wildfires and would be used as a tasting room. Here's a few (quickly taken) shots of the "Wine Bar".
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