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Old 10-24-2020, 12:30 PM   #1
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I want to purchase an airstream. We have a Toyota Sienna and it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The dealer told us we could get a 22' Caravel, The maximum trailer capacity (GWR) is 5000 but he said it would be ok. A friend of mine is saying for safety you should only be at 80% of the GWR. Anybody have a 22' Caravel and pull it with a Toyota Sienna?
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The Caravel will probably weigh in at ~4,500 lbs when you have some stuff in it. You should avoid carrying water in the tanks as that will push the trailer weight up closer to the max 5,000 lbs.

The tongue weight is where you will run into problems. This trailer will most likely be in the 650 to 700 lbs range when ready to travel.

That is what you need to determine from Toyota is the hitch weight (tongue weight) capacity of the Sienna.

Also, this will come off your available cargo capacity so for example, if the cargo capacity is 1,500 lbs and 700 goes to the trailer. That doesn't leave much room for people and items in the Sienna. Add the weight of a weight distribution hitch to your cargo number

There are a few towing calculators online, try searching for one of these and enter your numbers in there along with the Airstream numbers.

Keep in mind that the published tongue weight from Airstream is usually low.

If you are set on the Caravel, perhaps a slightly older unit would be lighter. Or have a look at the Sport 22FB which is lighter and narrower but less feature rich.

Once you get a good match, I am sure you will have lots of great adventures with your rig!

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Old 10-24-2020, 01:40 PM   #3
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We have setup hundreds of Sienna's for towing, they are one of the best chassis layouts for a tow vehicle. The available hitches are not strong enough though so we do strengthen the hitch receivers so they can deal properly with the high weight. the strengthening also makes the ride smoother and more stable. If you would like some more information feel free to send me an email andy@canamrv.ca. Take a look at the 23 Flying Cloud as well, there is not a big price difference and it tows a little better than the 22.

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