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Old 01-31-2019, 01:18 PM   #21
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You better do a little more reading on tow vehicles. A 33' is a lot to tow with a car. The suggestion in using a 1 ton Ford transit is probably the safest with the carrying capacity of 7 people. Regular pickups only hold 5 and their cargo capacity would be limited anyway.

Get the one ton Van.
Not the Ford. The Nissan. See threads on this question.
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Old 01-31-2019, 02:06 PM   #22
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We travel with a family of 5 and often an extra friend traveling with us (so 6 total) in an older 99 Expedition pulling a 31'. I'm close on the payload, but we travel light and I drive slow. All kiddos are young though (6-9).
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Old 01-31-2019, 02:59 PM   #23
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Wow! Does Ford even make a van nowadays that is one ton?
Ford does sell a Transit Wagon and a Transit Cargo van in the 350 series. Both have decent cargo capacity (payload rating) but have dismal towing capacity. When I was researching these vans 2 years back, I was told by the sales rep (commercial sales guy who was actually pretty informed on the product, surprise, surprise) that the use of a weight distributing hitch was not recommended by Ford on Transit vans. Now, the hitch that was factory installed on the ones I looked at had a dual rating on the sticker attached to the hitch. Without WD and with WD. The sales rep said that is the same class III/IV hitch as they install on other Ford products and they all come with the sticker based on rating. He did say that it has caused some confusion since Ford recommends not using WD hitch on Transit van. I purchased a used 2013 E-Series van with a full frame and a max tow package. Tows great.
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Old 01-31-2019, 03:56 PM   #24
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7 people in tow vehicle

Really! How about a C class with a 454 or 460 with twin turbos. That way lots of sleeping area and more accommodating. The 460 is good for 1000 hp but more realistically will do the work, also available in higher cubic inch sizing ie 514 ci.
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Old 01-31-2019, 05:59 PM   #25
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7 passengers no problem

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Old 01-31-2019, 06:20 PM   #26
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A late model,standard length 6L Chevy express 3500 passenger van has enough guts and room for y’all. I love mine! We almost forget we have the 21’ er in tow, I gotta say it has a roughish ride when not laden.
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Old 02-01-2019, 02:33 AM   #27
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The guy said we need a 3/4 ton truck.
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Old 02-01-2019, 03:28 AM   #28
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No it won’t. Not then or now. And bad GM steering geometry.

Wouldn’t stand a chance against a Durango or Expedition.
Sure it will. Did fine back then as it would today! Anyway, the question was about a “car”. Expeditions Burbs and Escalades are considered by most, trucks.
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Old 02-01-2019, 04:33 AM   #29
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This '69 Olds fits the seating requirement, with a few modifications it'd probably tow just fine.

In all reality, there is likely not a stock 'car' out there that meets your request. I'd recommend sufficient research in order to meet tow vehicle and travel trailer weight requirements/limits.
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Old 02-01-2019, 05:40 AM   #30
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The OP said 7 kids which means 9 passengers, hopefully, I wouldn't want to keep them all under control with only 1 set of eyes. How large are the 7? Are we talking 18 month intervals or 15 yr old septuplets? Are we talking extended outings or weekend trips?

I might look at getting a small airport bus and putting a hitch on it (longer term) or separate travel vehicles (short trips) 2 or 3 in one the rest in the other, this makes comfort and space much more doable. What do you currently use to move the group around in?
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Old 02-01-2019, 09:59 AM   #31
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Old 02-01-2019, 09:04 PM   #32
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I have driven over 250,000 miles in Chevy Express vans and have found it to be a wonderful tow vehicle. The 10,000 lb tow capacity works with the 8261 trailer weight, but the 1,175 tongue weight exceeds the manufacturer recommended 1,000 lbs.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:07 AM   #33
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Consider a 2000-2005 Ford Excursion with the 7.3 diesel.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:35 AM   #34
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Think outside the box. This may be inconvenient but might be your best option. Get a 2500 or 3500 HD of whatever brand you prefer. You can tow the rig with it while seating 5 people. Follow along in a separate car of your choice to hold the remaining passengers.
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:39 AM   #35
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There’s a family on here till recently re-built two Airstreams. Family of nine. Beautiful work.

And the point is to be OUTSIDE.
PizzaChop is the family that renovated their Airstream to accommodate their family and did a wonderful job of it too! He drove a van, although I don't remember the model. You can probably do a search on here and find pictures.

I can tell you that an Expedition will NOT pull a 33 foot Airstream. Bought one to carry the g-kids and puppy doggers and was extremely disappointed. Waste of money!

Good luck in your search! Hope to see you out there!
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Old 02-06-2019, 09:47 AM   #36
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Thank you!
Do you think a Land Rover Defender could do?

No I don't. The Defender is a wonderful vehicle in many ways but lacks in many others. If you are in the USA, your choices are the 1994-1997 Defender 90 or the 1993 Defender 110. None really have the power, and I believe in low-range they are rated for 7700lbs. The 110 has a longer wheelbase but is rare and expensive, and all of them had manual transmissions. The 90 is way to short for towing that much trailer even if it could.



The Ford Excursion is quite possibly your best choice, although they stopped making them in 2005. The Excursion has real room inside for 8 people, and will tow 11,000lbs quite comfortably, especially with the diesel engine. These trucks are actually Ford F-250 3/4 ton pickups underneath. But again they are old, somewhat hard to find, and expensive...especially as a diesel. Plus the 6.0L diesel models can be very problematic and expensive to fix. The V10 gas engine can move the load but boy oh boy does it like gasoline.



The Expedition can tow 9000 lbs and seat all your people, and has plenty of power...but for that size trailer is still probably close on payload.



A heavy-duty pickup is probably the best choice, but they seat six max, and that front center seat is never fun.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:00 AM   #37
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Towing capacity and seating for seven

I would recommend a Toyota Land Cruiser— searing for eight and towing capacity of 8100 lbs. Besides, it has a worldwide legendary reputation. We would drive ours even if we were not towing.
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:07 AM   #38
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Hi! Mom of four here. We bought a 2018 Ford Expedition last spring after months of researching which vehicle would best haul both our family of 6 and our 30’ Classic.

Since then, we’ve towed the Airstream thousands of miles with no problems. When we travel with my parents (& their 25’ Excella), we unhook the Expedition & all 8 of is ride in style & comfort as we sightsee around our destination.

If you want to talk more about it, just message me!
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Old 02-06-2019, 10:36 AM   #39
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Classic 33 towed by a car for 7 ppl. Hmmm

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Think outside the box. This may be inconvenient but might be your best option. Get a 2500 or 3500 HD of whatever brand you prefer. You can tow the rig with it while seating 5 people. Follow along in a separate car of your choice to hold the remaining passengers.
We have a Classic 33 for two of us (7 grown kids between us,) and we love it - to sleep 2 - and maybe 2 grandchildren here and there. I can’t imagine where 7 ppl would sleep! Our TV is a Ford F-350 diesel which obviously tows it effortlessly. The tongue weight of the 33 is over 1100 lb and the GVWR is over 10,000 which pretty much puts you into beefy truck territory. An older E350 van could work if you can find one in good shape.I personally think the Classic 33 or similar trailer may be a better choice down for you the road when you have fewer kids in the nest. Think motorhome or 5th wheel would serve you better, IMHO. Happy camping!
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My suggestion is that you seriously consider a GM passenger van. I have a GMC Savana that I use for towing my 30' Classic Slide out which is probably in the same weight range as a 33' Classic. You get a lot of value in the passenger van for a lot less costs than the higher end GM SUV line.

Here is a link to a nice van that is very similar to mine. This one is equipped with the 6 liter gas engine with a 3.42 axle. It will tow about 9,600 lbs. Because it is a 3/4 ton van, it comes equipped with 3 bench seats behind the driver and passenger seats. That far back 3rd seat can be deleted and will give you some wonderful cargo space for a credit at build time. Those bench seats will hold kid, dogs etc. I highly recommend the GM vans since they are tried and proven equipment. Both the Chevy Express and GMC Savana are built here in St. Louis and at the time I had mine ordered and custom built within a 2 week turn around. GM puts orders at the top of the queue for builds. This model I quoted for you has 6 way power seats for the driver and front passenger, front and rear air and a rear heater. https://www.gmc.com/previous-year/sa...-price/summary Note also that the one ton van has no advantage over the 3/4 ton and actually has a lower towing capacity than the 3/4 ton unit. I've been extremely pleased with my 3/4 GMC. Let me know if you have other questions.

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