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Pulling a 31 ft.soverign dennis 8-16-02  
We have a 92 ford conv. van 5.0, caught a good deal on 31ft airstream, will it be too much on my vehicle and what is recomended hitch wise to complete the set up? what does a 31ft weigh? where is the best place to hunt OEM items?
Re: pulling a 31 ft.soverign Karl 12-7-05  
I pull my 1072 witha 2002 GMC 1500 Z-71 with $wheel drive. It has the 5.3 Vortex motor. We also pull a 40 race car trailer regularly with it as well and never seem to have a problem. The tires on the truck are E rated.
Re: pulling a 31 ft.soverign Sam Nalley 9-18-02  
I have an '84 31-ft Airstream International which is probably close to the weight of the Soverign. Loaded it tips the scales at almost 7000 lb. I pulled it for a while with an '85 GMC Suburban 1500. Had a lot of transmission trouble. So I now use a 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 TurboDiesel. It does great in these east Tennessee hills. I really like to have a 20 % to 30 % cushin between the tow vehicle rating and the loaded weight of the trailer.
Re: pulling a 31 ft.soverign Vic 10-3-02  
Dennis,

You didn't give any information about the van. Depending on the chassis the van is on, 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton or 1 ton determines if you have enough vehicle to tow a trailer of that size.

A 1/2 ton chassis cannot safely tow a trailer of that size/weight. A 3/4 ton is marginal depending on the weight of the conversion and the running gear.

Check the axle ratio. It must be at least 3.73.
Check the tires. They must be Light Truck (LT) Load Range D to handle the weight. The LT sidewalls are stiffer to cut down on sway.

Check the axle Weight capacity. It would be a good idea to have your Van weighed to find out what the axle loading is without the trailer.

With the weight of the conversion, it is probably near the vehicle's GVW. I suspect that the weight of the trailer tongue weight will put it over the top.

My view is that it is safer to have more tow vehicle than needed to tow a trailer. I have a '78 Excella 500 31' and tow it with a 2001 Ford Excursion (on a 1 ton chassis) with the V10 310hp engine. The trailer weighs about 7600lb and the Excursion is rated to tow a 10,000lb trailer. It is comforting to know we have a surplus of power and weight carrying capability that provides a good margin of safety.
Re: pulling a 26 ft.sierra travel trailer with a 1997 ford v-6 f-150 joe boyle 8-17-04  
What are my capabilities? how much can my truck two in a travel trailer?
Re: pulling a 31 ft.soverign Lyall Sherred 11-11-02  
I pull a 31 foot 1983 Airstream with a 95 Ford diesel. I would recommend at 3/4 ton chasis. I used to pull a 26 foot 1968 Airstream with a 1988 Jeep Grand Wagoneer. It was ok on the flat land but inadequate for hills. (We live in Colorado!) You need a 3/4 chasis as much for the heavier brakes as for the motor. I really like the Ford diesel. Others like the Dodge diesel. The 350 gas engines are ok except in the mountains and the bigger gas engines can drink gas. Lyall
Re: pulling a 31 ft.soverign Joe Colao 11-11-02  
Hi. We tow our 1977 31' with a 1990 Chevy Astrovan. It does really well. We get about 25mph solo and 14-16mph towing. Prior to this Airstream we had a 1977 Excella 500. Both trailers have vacuum disc brakes. The Astro van has 256,000 mile on it. We replace the engine with new in 1997 about 100,000 miles ago. The Astro van has a much lower cg than other tow vehicles making it much more stable. Also a shorter distance between the hitch head and axel. This helps reduce sway. The transmission is the same as a suburban.

I agree about the LT tires. The only modifications we did to the Astrovan is 1. Lower profile LT tires, 2. Transmission cooler, 3. HD gas shocks.
Good luck in your choice. Joe
Re: pulling a 31 ft.soverign bob barker 6-5-03  
OK I'm confused. The responses here have suggested tow vehicles ranging from diesel powered 1 tons to Chevy Astrovans (which I believe have 4.3 liter V6's) I have recently purchased a 1973 31' Landyacht and was hoping to haul it around with my '88 Ford F-150 with an automatic overdrive tranny. Are the Airstreams not suppose to be lighter and more aerodynamic than the S.O.B.'s (some other brand)? And why are there photos of early 70's sedans pulling my trailer in the original owner's manual? Do I need to sell my farm so I can afford to go camping?
Re: pulling a 31 ft.soverign gale barchus 6-23-03  
I've pulled my 78 excella 500 31ft with a ford F 150 with a V6. It works on flat ground. I couldn't imagine pulling it the mountains except for third gear at 45 MPH.
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