Originally Posted by piddler
I know this has been asked several times but I will ask it again.
I am looking for an Airstream so we can do some traveling in the near future. I own a 2001 Toyota Tundra with V8 engine and electric brake. It is rated to tow 6800#. The only thing that I have towed is when I brought a TR6 and had to trailer it home. I figure the total weight of car and trailer was about 5000#.It pulled pretty good considering the trailer I was using. My question is what size Airstream could I pull comfortably? I have heard that the Airstream trailer is a dream to pull and that is one reason I am looking at them.
I know this is a loaded question but I have never owned an Airstream and would need all the help I can get.
Everybody has different comfort levels. Mine are based on the vehicle I am using for towing. With 1/2t and 3/4t type vehicles I use about 75% of the towing capacity vs the GVW of the trailer I want to tow, the closer the two numbers are the happier I am. When I get into something like my F350 dually or something larger I worry less about it and will tow closer to the limits.
In your case based on my formula I would look for something with a GVW around the 5,000# range. Then add on the necessary safety gear that Andy pointed out. Also have to consider the load in the truck itself, in many cases it will deduct from what the truck is designed to tow. Not sure if that is the case with the Tundra, but it is with the big 3.
FWIW Airstreams to me have always towed easier than any other equivalent sized trailer.