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Old 05-18-2021, 08:16 PM   #1
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We are completely new to all of this, but ordered a 2021 Caravel 19CB six months ago and bought a 2021 Audi Q7 tow vehicle. Been lurking in many Airstream forums including a couple of Facebook groups since we ordered the Caravel, but we still have so many questions and it's scheduled to arrive within a week! First off we'll be posting about the hitch setup since there seems to be so many opinions about that, ugh. We can't wait, but also noticed many campsites already booked for the summer weekends Will mostly be focusing on the Midwest/Minnesota area this Summer and Fall.
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Old 05-18-2021, 08:46 PM   #2
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Welcome and congratulations on your new car and the soon to be yours AS. This is the best place to learn about AS, towing, etc. You get a chance to learn from other people's experiences.
I know someone who tows a 27FB with Q7, so you should be ok. Having said that, everyone experiences towing through their own lenses, so you will need to make a decision yourself after you have towed it for a little bit. In theory, 19' Caravel should be good on all GAWR ratings of Q7. I am someone who started towing with GL450, made a few long trips with a rental F-150, then bought a RAM2500, which towed really well but was too big for our taste. A few weeks ago, we purchased a 2021 Range Rover HSE Td6; I am still setting up the hitch for it. Let us know when you start setting up the hitch; I'll be more than happy to share what I have learned. Congrats again!
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Old 05-19-2021, 11:47 AM   #3
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We are completely new to all of this, but ordered a 2021 Caravel 19CB six months ago and bought a 2021 Audi Q7 tow vehicle. Been lurking in many Airstream forums including a couple of Facebook groups since we ordered the Caravel, but we still have so many questions and it's scheduled to arrive within a week! First off we'll be posting about the hitch setup since there seems to be so many opinions about that, ugh. We can't wait, but also noticed many campsites already booked for the summer weekends Will mostly be focusing on the Midwest/Minnesota area this Summer and Fall.
Welcome! Allow me to invite you to the Midwest AirForums Moraine View Ralley at Moraine View State Park near Le Roy, IL!!! You'll find a wealth of knowledge among the folks who attend the rally. I believe that this is year 19 for us, and some of us still attend from the very early days! It looks like one of the best turnouts we've had in several years too. Grab a reservation and come on down!

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f28...ly-217520.html

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Old 05-19-2021, 02:05 PM   #5
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Welcome. I just got back from a rally in your state.
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Old 05-20-2021, 06:48 PM   #6
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Greetings from Colorado: I'm happy you decided to join the Airstream owner's community and these Airstream Forums. You will be hard pressed to find a better Airstream site. Folks are knowledgeable and very friendly here.

Iowa is my home state. I grew up there and lived there for over 40 years. Des Moines, Clarion, Ames and Spencer. Found memories. Then work moved us to Minnesota, and now Colorado where our son's live.

I enjoy the vintage Airstream hobby and don't have experience with the new ones, other than as an Airstream inspector. I find the new ones very well built in comparison. Caravel is an old Airstream name dating back to the 60s at least. Same with Flying Cloud and Globetrotter and International. You purchased an American icon that will last a very long time.

Explore this site, ask questions, and I'll bet you will learn a lot.

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Old 05-21-2021, 01:55 PM   #7
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Congrats! We've had our Caravel 19 for almost a year now and originally towed it with an Acadia that topped out at 5500lbs. We're now using an Expedition with the tow package. Both pull the Caravel very well and it's been super stable on long drives and even going through some 25mph+ winds.

I use a Blue Ox SwayPro hitch setup and can't complain. I also used a Prodigy brake controller but since the Expedition has one built in I no longer need it. Not sure what you are considering for a hitch setup but I do like our Blue Ox. It was the one our dealer recommended and not really having a preference, I took their advice.

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Old 05-21-2021, 10:23 PM   #8
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Greetings from Colorado: I'm happy you decided to join the Airstream owner's community and these Airstream Forums. You will be hard pressed to find a better Airstream site. Folks are knowledgeable and very friendly here.

Iowa is my home state. I grew up there and lived there for over 40 years. Des Moines, Clarion, Ames and Spencer. Found memories. Then work moved us to Minnesota, and now Colorado where our son's live.

I enjoy the vintage Airstream hobby and don't have experience with the new ones, other than as an Airstream inspector. I find the new ones very well built in comparison. Caravel is an old Airstream name dating back to the 60s at least. Same with Flying Cloud and Globetrotter and International. You purchased an American icon that will last a very long time.

Explore this site, ask questions, and I'll bet you will learn a lot.

David
Funny, I'm from Minnesota, now live in Iowa, and we've been thinking of moving to Colorado. Will probably spend most of our time close by this year, but plan to head out west and explore with the Caravel next year.
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Old 05-22-2021, 06:30 PM   #9
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Well, there is some commonality in our life's paths. We enjoy living in Colorado. We are southwest of Denver in a small town called Conifer. We find people friendly and outdoors loving. The park trails are great for hikes for me. And the state parks are fun with the Airstream.

Here is a photo of my son's 69 Globe Trotter 21'. It is a bit longer than your new Airstream Caravel, but along the same size. I spent all winter renovating the thing to our liking. I've got more to do to it this summer to finish it up. Here is a photo of Colorado winter camping. We have long snowy winters here. We average about 120 inches of snow here in Conifer. The high country gets more making for great skiing.

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