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Old 12-09-2023, 08:28 PM   #1
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What does everyone tow with?

Curious to know what everyone tows their AS with? Is there a go to? Or is it like anything else, personal preference? Ford, Toyota Chevy? Truck or SUV?

So what’s your TV and what rig you towin?
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RE: What does everyone tow with?

Greetings dkutz! I am something of a holdout and refuse to consider a pickup truck. I had one, purchased new in 1995 (top of the line Chevrolet), and hated every minute of the three years that I owned that vehicle. Both of my trailers are very nearly stock Vintage Airstream products so are light weight. I put the Overlander on a diet (removed things from cabinets that I didn't use regularly) and got its weight down to 5,950 pounds ready for a long trip while the Minuet weighs in at 3,100 pounds ready to travel on a long trip. My current tow vehicle is a 1992 Buick Roadmaster Limited Sedan with heavy duty trailering package. The closest I have been to trucks over the past 28 years was my GMC Suburban (1998-2014), and would probably have still had that vehicle had it not been stolen. My luck with favorite tow vehicles hasn't been good -- both of them were stolen within a two year period -- the 1998 Suburban and my 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible.



Probably my all-time favorite tow-vehicle/trailer combination.

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I think you will find a hodge podge of everything. My guess (hunch) is most tow with 1/2 ton pickups, large SUVs, or 3/4 ton pickups. I think you can set up a poll question.
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Greetings dkutz! I am something of a holdout and refuse to consider a pickup truck. I had one, purchased new in 1995 (top of the line Chevrolet), and hated every minute of the three years that I owned that vehicle. Both of my trailers are very nearly stock Vintage Airstream products so are light weight. I put the Overlander on a diet (removed things from cabinets that I didn't use regularly) and got its weight down to 5,950 pounds ready for a long trip while the Minuet weighs in at 3,100 pounds ready to travel on a long trip. My current tow vehicle is a 1992 Buick Roadmaster Limited Sedan with heavy duty trailering package. The closest I have been to trucks over the past 28 years was my GMC Suburban (1998-2014), and would probably have still had that vehicle had it not been stolen. My luck with favorite tow vehicles hasn't been good -- both of them were stolen within a two year period -- the 1998 Suburban and my 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible.



Probably my all-time favorite tow-vehicle/trailer combination.

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I love my Sierra, truth be told. But I’d also consider quite a few different SUVs too (Yukon, Sequoia, Wagoneer, etc.). There’s more than one way to get down the road.

In trying to select the best vehicle for you, you need to evaluate what your camper is: a Basecamp or a 16’ Bambi is going to be one thing, a 33’ Classic is something else. And, how/ what you pack is important to factor in: if you pack like a backpacker, you may not need as much payload, but if you bring everything plus the kitchen sink along, you might need to focus on a tow vehicle that has a significant payload capacity.
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F-150 with FC23FB. If I had gotten a 25 foot, I would have stepped up to an F-250. My 23 foot is what I consider the top safe limit for a 1/2 ton.

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Curious to know what everyone tows their AS with? Is there a go to? Or is it like anything else, personal preference? Ford, Toyota Chevy? Truck or SUV?

So what’s your TV and what rig you towin?
The only common answer you are going to find is some sort of vehicle, although you may see a picture or 2 of someone towing with a bicycle.

Airstreams range in size from 16' to 33' and weigh between 3500# and 10,000# so it really depends on what model you have, the number of people traveling, how much stuff you travel with, and your camping style.

Most brands make tow vehicles that can tow something in the AS model range, with many more options for the lighter trailers and a fewer set of options for the heaviest trailers, which is mostly the exclusive domain of HD trucks.
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We have a 2023 23FB twin we tow with a GMC Sierra 1500, 6.2 ltr. .
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Old 12-10-2023, 10:14 AM   #12
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Curious to know what everyone tows their AS with? Is there a go to? Or is it like anything else, personal preference? Ford, Toyota Chevy? Truck or SUV?

So what’s your TV and what rig you towin?
we have a 22' bambi sport - TV is 2010 F150 XLT Custom with tow package, 5.4l, 3.55 limited rear end and not using a WDH.

I think it's matter of what you can afford and what you are comfortable towing with, and where you are going. We travel at average 65 mph and have made 2 x cross country trips with ours. Overall mileage is at 12.8 miles per gallon.

Happy travels to you!
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'06 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins diesel towing a '68 Overlander. '06 is pre DEF and most of the other emmissions junk, love the Cummins 5.9, aftermarket PAC brake exhaust rules in the Colorado mountains.
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We don’t tow an airstream…YET. But we are considering a Basecamp 20.

We presently tow our 18 foot T@B with a Tesla model Y.

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Tow Vehicle

We own a 1996 Classic 25' and have towed 150,00 kms over all of North America these past 13 years. Our TV's in order...V6 Dodge Caravan, V6 Ford Flex, V6 Dodge Durango and now a Hemi Durango (my last kick at an ill spent youth). The V6's were great plus as we are a single vehicle household they were quite practical. It should be noted that Can Am in London,Ont performed all the towing installations, critical for safety and performance.
There are a huge number of capable TV's available. Start your selection process with something you would like to drive, do some research and continue to seek advice on forums such as this. Be prepared however, for various opinions and comments and perhaps heated discussions. Good luck !
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TVs’

I’ve had two AS campers and two TVs.
22’ Sport-2019 Pilot AWD
27’ International FBQ-F250 Gasser.

Both tow(ed) their camper easily. What you choose for a TV has to be based on the camper itself and the other stuff you bring along. We were “light” campers with the Sport, but once we started doing long duration camping the heavier pickup was needed.
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Old 12-10-2023, 11:30 AM   #17
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Best Tow Vehicle is a Ford F-150 Super Crew Cab with the 3.5 EcoBoost engine if you are towing a 25 Foot or less size Trailer. The aluminum body is light weight and you have plenty of power. A Chevy or GMC is really good as well. I prefer Gas. Some folks like Dodge but dodge puts out a lot of propaganda on their trucks that is not true. Stay away from Nissan and Toyota truck and they are really not designed for towing. They are mainly for off road adventure. The suspension is not made for towing. They only have very few choices in engines. I like the gasoline engine in the ford. it is much lighter than the desiel. I like the 2 wheel drive with the locking rear end. The 4 wheel drive is heavier with the weight of the transfer case and your are giving up some of your payload on the truck. Ive never used the 4 wheel and when I ask some of my camper friends they say they have never used the 4 wheel drive for towing. I have the 18 inch wheel size option. The 4 wheel drive option just ends up casting you more monet to buy, to maintain and just things to go wrong on a trip.
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Greetings dkutz! I am something of a holdout and refuse to consider a pickup truck. I had one, purchased new in 1995 (top of the line Chevrolet), and hated every minute of the three years that I owned that vehicle. Both of my trailers are very nearly stock Vintage Airstream products so are light weight. I put the Overlander on a diet (removed things from cabinets that I didn't use regularly) and got its weight down to 5,950 pounds ready for a long trip while the Minuet weighs in at 3,100 pounds ready to travel on a long trip. My current tow vehicle is a 1992 Buick Roadmaster Limited Sedan with heavy duty trailering package. The closest I have been to trucks over the past 28 years was my GMC Suburban (1998-2014), and would probably have still had that vehicle had it not been stolen. My luck with favorite tow vehicles hasn't been good -- both of them were stolen within a two year period -- the 1998 Suburban and my 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible.



Probably my all-time favorite tow-vehicle/trailer combination.

Kevin
With your luck I would seriously consider relocating to a safer neighborhood.
As to a preferred tow vehicle my motto is the bigger the better. In addition to being a more stable platform I like sitting up higher which is also safer since I can read the traffic ahead .I hate driving my wife's Audi because all I can see is the trunk of the car fron of me.
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