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Old 11-01-2018, 07:22 PM   #21
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Just bought a new Airstream Sport 16 ft.. The Airstream Specs say that the max trailer capacity is 3500 lbs.. We will be taking the Airstream over the Continental Divide yearly from the East Coast. My present truck is an older Chevy Colorado which on paper has a towing capacity of 4000 lbs but I don't think it will be adequate for the task, so I want to upgrade.

I have had the Chevy Colorado for a decade and haven't had any problems, so of course I am considering one of the newer Chevy Colorado V6's with a 3.6 liter engine, 308 hp @ 6800 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm. It has a towing capacity of 7000 lbs..

I am also intrigued by the Ford F150 with the 2.7 liter V6 Ecoboost engine. 325 hp and 400 lbs torque. It has a listed towing capacity of 7500 lbs.

Would either of these vehicles take me safely across the Continental Divide every year? I don't want any white knuckle experiences.

Or should I look at the bigger engine F150: the 3.5 liter Ecoboost with 10000 lbs towing capacity or is that just overkill for towing the 16 ft Sport?

Thanks for any replies.


We are towing a 25í FB Safari with a 2011 MDX. It has a 3.7 l V6 @ 300 hp and transmission cooler. We did have reinforcement added to our receiving hitch. The newer MDXís have a 3.5 l V6 and rated at 3500 lbs unless you get the towing package option. Then itís rated at 5000 lbs. MDX is quite capable with its SH-AWD.
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Old 11-01-2018, 10:07 PM   #22
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Iíd go with the ecoboost either engine with tow packages. The Colorado with diesel intrigues me and in fact I just saw a 25@ airstream being towed by one but it, the as, dwarfs the tow vehicle.
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Old 11-02-2018, 07:44 AM   #23
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The F150 is a great truck. Right now there are deals on 2018ís. I would snap one up. I really like my F150. Great daily driver. My 3.5 pulls my 28í AS with no problem. I am sure a 2.7 will do great.
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Old 11-02-2018, 12:00 PM   #24
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Iíd go with the ecoboost either engine with tow packages. The Colorado with diesel intrigues me and in fact I just saw a 25@ airstream being towed by one but it, the as, dwarfs the tow vehicle.


The fact that the 25í Airstream dwarfs the tow vehicle is a good thing to me. I love my Tundra but it is HUGE, just like the other full size trucks. I also like the fuel economy and the exhaust brake on the Colorado. Wonder how the cost numbers compare.

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Old 11-03-2018, 05:29 AM   #25
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:13 AM   #26
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I pull a 25' with my ford f150 2.7 Pulls great put it on cruse at 64 mph doesn't hunt for gears. very glad with this set up. No huge mountains yet but seems it could handle it.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:52 AM   #27
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I have driven a 16 ft. Bambi Sport 20,000 miles over the past 12 months with a V6 Toyota Tacoma with a tow capacity of 6500. It have performed beautifully and I have towed it over some serious mountain passes and narrow roads. So If you want to stay with a v6 Chevy Colorado, my bet is that it will do just fine.
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We have the same setup. Taco with the tow package, which includes the 4 liter v6, 236 hp (I think) and larger alternator. Weíve had no problems on the passes in CO or in the Appalachians. At times weíll go 50 mph up the steepest portions but I donít see that as an issue. Youíll have to change gears to 4 often.
As someone said, depends on what you want when you arenít towing. We also go off-road so the Taco serves the dual purpose.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:53 AM   #28
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The 2.7 is a twin turbo that gets great mileage and will rocket you over any mountain with ease. Just make sure that the rear end ratio is a 3.55 or 3.73.
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Old 11-04-2018, 11:49 AM   #29
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Just bought a new Airstream Sport 16 ft.. The Airstream Specs say that the max trailer capacity is 3500 lbs.. We will be taking the Airstream over the Continental Divide yearly from the East Coast. My present truck is an older Chevy Colorado which on paper has a towing capacity of 4000 lbs but I don't think it will be adequate for the task, so I want to upgrade.

I have had the Chevy Colorado for a decade and haven't had any problems, so of course I am considering one of the newer Chevy Colorado V6's with a 3.6 liter engine, 308 hp @ 6800 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm. It has a towing capacity of 7000 lbs..

I am also intrigued by the Ford F150 with the 2.7 liter V6 Ecoboost engine. 325 hp and 400 lbs torque. It has a listed towing capacity of 7500 lbs.

Would either of these vehicles take me safely across the Continental Divide every year? I don't want any white knuckle experiences.

Or should I look at the bigger engine F150: the 3.5 liter Ecoboost with 10000 lbs towing capacity or is that just overkill for towing the 16 ft Sport?

Thanks for any replies.

I live in Colorado and tow my Sport 16 with a grand Cherokee v6 everywhere. The new transmissions make the big difference with 6 + gears instead of the old ones with 4 . I have no trouble pulling it up any hills. This cuts way down on the over-reving.
The eco boost engines have more power than my Cherokee and would be an easy choice and the new Colorado would be similar to mine and more than adequate. Your mileage will drop quite a bit 21 down to 14-16 on my car.
I hardly notice Iím pulling a trailer with my Cherokee.
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:05 PM   #30
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Just bought a new Airstream Sport 16 ft.. The Airstream Specs say that the max trailer capacity is 3500 lbs.. We will be taking the Airstream over the Continental Divide yearly from the East Coast. My present truck is an older Chevy Colorado which on paper has a towing capacity of 4000 lbs but I don't think it will be adequate for the task, so I want to upgrade.

I have had the Chevy Colorado for a decade and haven't had any problems, so of course I am considering one of the newer Chevy Colorado V6's with a 3.6 liter engine, 308 hp @ 6800 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm. It has a towing capacity of 7000 lbs..

I am also intrigued by the Ford F150 with the 2.7 liter V6 Ecoboost engine. 325 hp and 400 lbs torque. It has a listed towing capacity of 7500 lbs.

Would either of these vehicles take me safely across the Continental Divide every year? I don't want any white knuckle experiences.

Or should I look at the bigger engine F150: the 3.5 liter Ecoboost with 10000 lbs towing capacity or is that just overkill for towing the 16 ft Sport?

Thanks for any replies.
If youíre considering a new Colorado, you might want to look at the one with the diesel. I bought one last year and have towed a 27ft Airstream and was impressed, not only the ability but also the fuel mileage.
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:25 PM   #31
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I have a 22FB Bambi. The TV is also a 2016 Colorado V6. I do not have the diesel engine. I have done a lot of tolling through Tennessee, Alabama, and west to Custer state Park and the Badlands in SD. I haven't had any problems and also love to drive my truck daily.
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Old 11-04-2018, 12:30 PM   #32
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Overkill for the 16í. I towed with a Toyota Tacoma V6. 6500 lbs towing capacity with never a problem.
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Old 11-04-2018, 02:06 PM   #33
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Iíve pulled a 16 sport to Florida twice with my f-150 2.7 and I can tell you it is in the sweet spot of the engines towing capacity. Expect to get 14 mpg with trailer, 24 without. Up hills youíll never have any strain and downhills the truck will shift down on its own! You wonít even start to work that truck!
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Just bought a new Airstream Sport 16 ft.. The Airstream Specs say that the max trailer capacity is 3500 lbs.. We will be taking the Airstream over the Continental Divide yearly from the East Coast. My present truck is an older Chevy Colorado which on paper has a towing capacity of 4000 lbs but I don't think it will be adequate for the task, so I want to upgrade.

I have had the Chevy Colorado for a decade and haven't had any problems, so of course I am considering one of the newer Chevy Colorado V6's with a 3.6 liter engine, 308 hp @ 6800 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque @ 4000 rpm. It has a towing capacity of 7000 lbs..

I am also intrigued by the Ford F150 with the 2.7 liter V6 Ecoboost engine. 325 hp and 400 lbs torque. It has a listed towing capacity of 7500 lbs.

Would either of these vehicles take me safely across the Continental Divide every year? I don't want any white knuckle experiences.

Or should I look at the bigger engine F150: the 3.5 liter Ecoboost with 10000 lbs towing capacity or is that just overkill for towing the 16 ft Sport?

Thanks for any replies.
Iím using a 2016 F-150 V6 eco boost all aluminum body and itís pretty weak going uphill but worse coming down. The Classic 30 wants to push it downhill and the transmission works awful hard at keeping the speed down. I think I have to use too much braking on the downhill. The supposed trailer weight is 8500 but boy is it a big job for that V6 turbo boost or not. More truck is always best.
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Iím using a 2016 F-150 V6 eco boost all aluminum body and itís pretty weak going uphill but worse coming down. The Classic 30 wants to push it downhill and the transmission works awful hard at keeping the speed down. I think I have to use too much braking on the downhill. The supposed trailer weight is 8500 but boy is it a big job for that V6 turbo boost or not. More truck is always best.
Sounds like you may want to slow down a bit. Also, make sure you use the revs of the engine, that is what it is designed for.
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Iím using a 2016 F-150 V6 eco boost all aluminum body and itís pretty weak going uphill but worse coming down. The Classic 30 wants to push it downhill and the transmission works awful hard at keeping the speed down. I think I have to use too much braking on the downhill. The supposed trailer weight is 8500 but boy is it a big job for that V6 turbo boost or not. More truck is always best.
... which has so little to do with the OP's question about towing a 16' Sport that it's not useful information in this context.
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