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Old 08-30-2023, 09:31 AM   #1
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My name is Jay and my wife Janet and I are looking to purchase a used Airstream in the near future. Looking at 23’ Flying Clouds. My concern isn’t with whatever Airstream we went dup with but rather my tow vehicle. I have a 2022 GMC 1500 Denali, 5.3L engine, 2WD. GVWR is 6900 lbs., GCWR is 15,000 lbs., Max tongue weight is 930 lbs. According to the specifications, the trailer GVWR is 6,000 lbs. and the hitch weight is 467 lbs. Can I comfortably tow this trailer with this vehicle, including mountain terrain?
Thanks to everyone in advance. We are on a steep learning curve but would like to get this right the first time!!
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Old 08-30-2023, 09:45 AM   #2
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Welcome and glad y’all have the interest in Airstreams. My experience and limited knowledge doesn’t go past the 1968 Airstreams. My Flying Cloud only weighs 3200 lbs. There are plenty of experienced AS owners here on the Forums. Your questions will be answered by those who know. Good luck
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Old 08-30-2023, 09:52 AM   #3
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I towed our 2009 25' International with a RAM 1500 for three years. It handled it well. The only issue I had was with payload, which is notoriously low on RAM 1500's.

Check your driver door for the sticker for payload. But otherwise I think you would be fine.

And, if it helps, I wish we would have gotten our AS sooner.

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Old 08-30-2023, 10:01 AM   #4
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A 1/2 ton tow vehicle (either a pickup or large SUV) is ideal for a 23' trailer. If you go bigger, that is where the 3/4 ton or larger debate really picks up steam.
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Old 08-30-2023, 10:11 AM   #5
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Welcome aboard... If you search through the forums you'll find a lot of information on tow vehicles, hitches, etc. Here's a sample on tow vehicles.
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f23...as-239579.html
My wife and I had a 2018 23ft International which we towed with out F150 which had a 5.0 V8 and 10-speed transmission. We had no issues towing but as mentioned already check you door sticker and mind you PayLoad number. With tounge weight, people,pets, and lots of gear you could easily get over this number and that's no place to be. Braking, handling, etc. become issues and if an accident occurs and you're over-wieght its gonna get ugly. You can also check out Keep Your Day Dream's website which has a towing guide..
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f23...as-239579.html
When we moved up to our new 27ft Globetrotter we also purchased an F250... The half ton "could" tow it but then there's payload and comfort with the 3/4 ton.
Good luck and safe travels.
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Old 08-30-2023, 10:12 AM   #6
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My name is Jay and my wife Janet and I are looking to purchase a used Airstream in the near future. Looking at 23’ Flying Clouds. My concern isn’t with whatever Airstream we went dup with but rather my tow vehicle. I have a 2022 GMC 1500 Denali, 5.3L engine, 2WD. GVWR is 6900 lbs., GCWR is 15,000 lbs., Max tongue weight is 930 lbs. According to the specifications, the trailer GVWR is 6,000 lbs. and the hitch weight is 467 lbs. Can I comfortably tow this trailer with this vehicle, including mountain terrain?
Thanks to everyone in advance. We are on a steep learning curve but would like to get this right the first time!!
Welcome and congratulations! You are "lite" on the "Payload" rating with your Denali, but with the 23', sounds like it may still work. Remember, "payload" includes your tongue weight (which likely may be a bit heavier than 467; actual), and passenger/driver, plus all your camp gear. Thats a big factor with these 1/2T loaded up trucks, that many folks overlook until after they have their Tow Vehicle. I had an F150 Platinum 4x4, and tongue weight was only 1028lbs. I was always over my limit with my 25' AS's and did not know for first 5 years towing 2 different 25' AS's! I did not understand "payload"!

Just don't overload and you should be fine. Towing would not be my concern with this set up, IMHO.
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Jay and Janet,
We have a similar setup. You will be fine, as long as you use an appropriate hitch and watch your weights. Take your setup to a CAT scale to be sure.
The biggest issue we experienced in the past with a similar weight rig behind a half ton truck was drag from our SOB (some other brand) before we switched to silver. That was uphill in the mountains of the West. Like towing a parachute.
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