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D90 + Airstream?

Anyone have experience towing a 19' airstream (or bigger) with a D90? Any issues?

My wife wasn't thrilled about my adventure trailer idea and gave me the green light for a clean used Airstream. The 16' Bambi would be fine but the 19 footers are no more money. I'm wondering if my '97 with 4:11 gears could handle it over mountain passes.
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Old July 30th, 2013, 01:34 AM
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Anyone have experience towing a 19' airstream (or bigger) with a D90? Any issues?

My wife wasn't thrilled about my adventure trailer idea and gave me the green light for a clean used Airstream. The 16' Bambi would be fine but the 19 footers are no more money. I'm wondering if my '97 with 4:11 gears could handle it over mountain passes.
before I found the Adventure Trailer I was going to buy a Bambie...the Adventure Trailer gave me more "Expedition" options. IMO the Bambie is ideal for a D90. The are also a bit pricey...
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I might have to polish the D90 to match! :D

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I might have to polish the D90 to match! :D
But if course!
Guessing you might want some extra fuel tanks in the 90 if you are going to tow that!
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Old July 30th, 2013, 09:40 AM
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Yeah that's the down side! because 3000 more lbs is going to kick you down to about 9MPG. Well look at it this way if you run out of fuel while towing you'll be comfortable!
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I am wondering if the tongue-weight limitation is tied to stock rear springs or to the bumper. The 16' Bambi would work but the 19' would work much better.
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How about a boler or scamp?
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Old July 30th, 2013, 12:14 PM
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I am wondering if the tongue-weight limitation is tied to stock rear springs or to the bumper. The 16' Bambi would work but the 19' would work much better.
Yes it's tied to the load bearing suspension, primary. New stock springs would work, just barely. I wouldn't do a 19' its too heavy. As I was looking at it all yesterday, mileage and weight played heavily in my decision of going utility verse creature comfort. I spent over a month doing research on the pros and cons of it all based on the D90's ability as she sits and all of my suspension and steering components are heavy duty.

My trailer is 1600 lbs bone dry/empty, loaded it's about 2800 lbs and that's a biatch going to the higher elevations from my normal 700' above sea level.

If you'd like bring your wife out to check the trailer out so you can get direct feed back for future consideration. I'm sure we could do a quick set up at Matt's.
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If you'd like bring your wife out to check the trailer out so you can get direct feed back for future consideration. I'm sure we could do a quick set up at Matt's.
She'll get to see it when we meet up for pizza!
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If the tongue weight is a deal breaker consider looking at vintage Airstreams. A fully restored 60's model will run a little less $$ than a new one and they weight about half as much plus there's the 'cool factor' of vintage. I would seriously consider a 65 - 69 globetrotter (20 ft) or safari (22 ft). Hitch weights run 260 - 350 lbs.

Here's a link to spec on older models: http://www.airstream.com/service/serial-numbers/
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We have one of these : http://www.livinlite.com/camplite16dbs-overview.php

It's quite light and they have other models that are even lighter...
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That's good info! Thanks! This little guy would do the trick just fine with the optional bunk.

http://www.livinlite.com/camplite14dbs-overview.php
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I tow a 13' U-Haul with my D-90 and I don't think I'd consider going any bigger than a light weight 16" trailer with it. The wheelbase is too short to tow a trailer much longer than 16 feet. I've looked at those livinlite trailers and they are very, very nice. A 110 would be a better choice for a tow vehicle for anything larger.
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I had never seen the livinlite trailers before. They are really cool
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You are very welcome !

We custom ordered ours and got most all of the options available, but went with the queen bed, rather than the dinette/bed arangement.

They also offer what they call an "off road" suspension... It includes more ground clearance and 14" wheels. We went that way and have been fine with that. That being said, it's not really something one would take "off road," but it's nice to have the taller tires and more ground clearance.

Actually, I took all my wife's requirements for a travel trailer and came up with two that fit the bill, the Livinlite and the 19' Airstream. She preferred the Livinlite.

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That's good info! Thanks! This little guy would do the trick just fine with the optional bunk.

http://www.livinlite.com/camplite14dbs-overview.php
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