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Old 07-20-2020, 09:52 AM   #1
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Basecamp 16 tow vehicle

I have a unique opportunity to get a tow vehicle which will also be a daily driver. We have a 2007 basecamp. We live at 3500' in Central Oregon and figure we will be traveling out west on extended trips, long weekend to week long with the wife and kid.

Right now in the running are a Tacoma and a Tundra. I am just wondering if the Tacoma is over kill , or will the Tundra be underpowered on some of the hills and passes.

Appreciate any real world experience with towing the basecamp
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Since the Tacoma is a mini truck, and a Tundra is a full size truck, I would say the Tundra is more oversuited. The Tundra will do worse on gas, but you can carry more stuff with you.
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I think it depend which package you have for the tacoma

we are about 2 weeks into a long road trip using an Audi Q5 as a tow vehicle (rated to 4400) and I am pleasantly surprised. We have done mountain passes at about 10,000 feet and felt 0 issues or wishes for having a stronger car.
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I think it depend which package you have for the tacoma



we are about 2 weeks into a long road trip using an Audi Q5 as a tow vehicle (rated to 4400) and I am pleasantly surprised. We have done mountain passes at about 10,000 feet and felt 0 issues or wishes for having a stronger car.
We love our Q5 as well! About 5k km in so far and about to do 2k road trip through the rockies next Friday!
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erik, as overlander63 said the Tundra would be better equipped with more payload and towing capacity (V8 vs. V6).

Do you think your Basecamp will be your last Airstream? We're on our 2nd Airstream which required us to swap out the tow vehicle.

A Tacoma should do the job for towing a Basecamp if properly equipped. A Tundra might not be as good of a daily driver but would be good for towing a 23' Airstream easily. Many on the forum tow 25' or larger as well but at that point a 3/4 ton is more popular. Check the door sticker of any truck and look at the payload. More is better! A 25-27' AS needs at least 1,500 minimum payload to comfortably tow. Our RAM 2500 has 2,940 lbs. payload.

Good luck with your selection.
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I would look for the best mileage and go from there. The Basecamp is quite light and towable. Just assume about 500 lbs tongue weight so the truck needs to be able to support that and have some head room if you add more stuff to the trailer down the road.

Your cargo capacity will be a major consideration as Jeff stated. For example if Toyota says you can tow 6000 lbs and have tongue weight of 700 lbs. And your cargo capacity is 1,500 lbs. Once you deduct 500 lbs for the trailer tongue and say 300 lbs for 2 people, you are left with 700 lbs of cargo that you can carry. Add more people and stuff and you will be at or over your max cargo very quickly. It doesn't matter that you still have 2,500 lbs left in towing capacity.

So start by comparing Tow Maximums, Tongue Weights and Cargo Capacity. Give your self a buffer as the published numbers are usually very optimistic and add to confusion when faced with the reality in front of you.

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Thanks everyone we have decided to go with the Tundra since we may upgrade in the future!
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