Yes, it's time to promote the Airstream company again at the expense of Tumbleweed. Why so?
Well, one of the Tumblewood company's "poster couples" for their product has learned that after towing their RV or "tiny home" less than 20,000 miles, the tow vehicle is on its last legs and needs serious repair or replacement.
I don't think it's the vehicle's fault; it's an F250 Powerstroke 4x4 is said to have been capable of towing 12,500 lbs, and the "tiny home" only weighs in at 10,100 lbs. My aunt, who works at renaissance festivals, puts tens of thousands of miles on her Chevy one ton each year and has few problems. The neat thing, for comparison's sake, is that my aunt's home is much larger (it's a25' or so with slide outs and all) and nicer, and she's getting better mileage even with the gasoline engine. So what gives?
Well, the Tumbleweed is close to the weight limit and has all the aerodynamics of a cardboard box. Hence a truck that should be getting about 12mpg or more with a 150 square foot camper is getting about eight, and the transmission, engine, and suspension are begging for mercy.
Lesson learned, again; if you really value the environment, skip the Tumbleweed and look at a well designed trailer like the Airstream. Depending on the model, you can tow it with a half ton pickup or even an SUV like the GMC Acadia, and it will cost less, have more room for living, and you won't have that wonderful composting toilet smell all the time. Wins all around.
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