Originally Posted by scratch
My wife and I spend 6 months in Arizona and have been spending the other 6 months in Mid-Michigan. We are in the process of getting rid of our home in MI and purchasing a used AS which will allow us to be more mobile in the spring/summer/fall timeframe and a refuge when we park it next to our daughter's place when we are not on the road.
There are a couple of units that caught our eye on the AS website plus one that we found on Craigslist here in MI. Although we have not personally seen them yet we are encouraged that we will find one that will suit our needs pretty soon.
Our main vehicle is a 2004 GMC Envoy but by reading some of the posts, this may not be enough power for what we are considering in the way of an AS. The Envoy has a class 5 hitch installed as standard equipment but is this enough to pull something like a 31ft. Excella or something similar?
Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciate especially before we make an investment in an AS and find out that we also need to purchase a different vehicle.
No doubt there are many on the forum that won't share my opinion, but I'm a believer in overkill of anything in the TV department!
Maybe its not cost effective, I'm not certain on that point, but it sure makes for relaxed towing and a feeling of confidence and I do think it is a plus in the safety department.
We moved up from a 27' light weight non-airstream trailer last fall to a
Classic 30 (actually 31, bumper to ball). We used to tow with a 1/2T pickup with our last trailer, which was probably more than we needed.
I brought the AS home with teh 1/2T and probably could have gotten away with using in in the long term as it had 4.11 gears, but instead, I opted to do things right (at least in my view) and moved to a 3/4 ton diesel.
After a 7000 mile trip over the winter, I am very happy with my decision and don't regret it one bit. Mind you, my Classic 30 probably weighs quite a bt more than an older AS 30'.
Just my thoughts.
I aso decided to bite the bullet and send the $$ to go with a Hensley hitch so that I would be doing everything I possibly could to make towing safe and relaxing - which it surely is!