If you have experience towing you might be able to look at an Airstream and know if a Jeep Gladiator will be able to tow it. Personally, I wouldn’t want to get into a situation where I’m pushing the boundaries of the Jeeps Gladiators towing capacity. In this article I’ve done some digging to help you when it comes to going overlanding with your Airstream and Jeep.
So, can a Jeep Gladiator tow an airstream safely? Yes, as long as the Airstream does not exceed the weight limitations of the model. According to the Jeep, the Jeep Gladiators are rated to tow up to 4,500 pounds safely. And the Diesel Edition is rated to tow up to 7,500 pounds.
Airstream offers a wide variety of towable models, making it convenient to find one within the safe towing limits of the Jeep Gladiator. If you wish to tow a bigger Airstream than a 7,500-pound model, you may need to invest in a bigger truck, or do some research on how other Jeep Gladiator owners have pulled off towing their Airstreams.
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Jeep Gladiator Limitations
A Jeep Gladiator is a fantastic Jeep to purchase for outdoor adventure fun, but it has its limitations when it comes to towing and hauling. The most obvious limitation is the short bed, which limits the capacity of both trailers to be towed and cargo to be hauled. This model would surely not be suitable for moving large furniture or heavy equipment without a trailer.
Alongside the short bed issue, the Jeep Gladiator Diesel Edition can never safely haul more than 7,500 pounds at a time; for a Standard, only 4,500. While this may not be restricting for towing small campers and trailers, hauling heavy machinery and large campers and trailers is not recommended for either the standard or Diesel Edition Jeep Gladiator.
Jeep Gladiators also struggle with fuel economy. They are rated for 17mpg City and 22mpg Hwy, but when you’re towing or using it for overlanding you’ll be lucky to get that. This makes them more expensive to own and maintain in comparison to other Jeep like the Wrangler and the Cherokee. But, hey, who’s in to Overlanding for the gas mileage.
Once again, Jeep put out a new vehicle with a high price tag. The overwhelming costs of buying a new or even used Jeep Gladiator are enough to think about considering other options in the competitor lines and even at other Jeep models, which are generally less expensive, but still on the steeper end.
Airstream Towing Options
While we’ve looked into the limitations of what a Jeep Gladiator can tow, let’s take a closer look at which Airstream models are suitable to be towed by a Jeep Gladiator. Here are a few of the models suitable to be towed by a standard Jeep Gladiator.
The Basecamp is a small model, weighing only 2,858 pounds on average without cargo. This model is convenient for weekend trips, trips to the beach, and even car camping. It features necessities such as a small bathroom, a kitchenette, and a lounge area that converts into a bed at night.
Although the Basecamp is small, it can easily accommodate two people if you don’t mind being cozy for any period of time. It’s also great for a solo adventure out into the great wide open. The Basecamp is perfect if you don’t need much indoor space for your adventures.
With a unit weight of 3,400 pounds on average, the Nest is ideal for towing behind a standard Jeep Gladiator. Due to its fiberglass frame, which is unusual compared to its aluminum siblings, this model is significantly lighter than other models similar in size. While its interior boasts the same light appeal, the exterior of this model is nicely designed.
The Nest is a fantastic way to take a small family on a road trip through the wild in style. Although the interior is a bit close-feeling, it would easily accommodate 3 people and a small child for a few days. This model features the same bathroom, kitchenette and fold-out bed option as its Basecamp counterpart.
One of the most popular Airstream models, the Bambi, at 2,900 pounds, makes a great towing option for any Jeep Gladiator. Aside from its incredible light weight, the Bambi offers four different floor plans, which vary in size from 16 to 22 feet in length. This option allows for optimal customization and comfort.
As if custom sizing wasn’t enough, this model is surprisingly spacious, and would accommodate four people comfortably on a trip. No matter which floor plan you choose, the layout will always take floor space into consideration, making for easy moving-around and adjusting.
The Airstream Caravel is boasted for its sheer magnificence in both style and design. Without question, the Caravel is the best model for towing behind a Jeep Gladiator if you want to add a “glamping” flair to your overlanding trip! Weighing 3,200 pounds, the Caravel stays under the 4,500 pound standard model Gladiator limitation and would easily be towed by the Diesel Edition.
This model, like its counterpart the Bambi, comes in four separate floor plan options, also ranging from 16 to 22 feet. It features the classic small bathroom, kitchenette, and fold-out bed for overnights. This model is the perfect choice for the couple who want to get away on a romantic vacation in the wilderness!
Now that we’ve covered some of the best options for towing with a standard model Jeep Gladiator, let’s look at a couple of the options for towing behind the Jeep Gladiator Diesel Edition. These Airstreams will be much bigger than those suitable for a standard Gladiator, but they will also be much heavier, and thus additional caution should be used!
Cutting it just a little too close in weight to be hauled by the standard Jeep Gladiator, the International Serenity weighs around 4,760 pounds at base weight, making it a primes candidate for the Diesel Edition. The design offers amenities such as two beds, a bathroom, a kitchen, a spacious sleeping area, and a dining area, all in the same trailer.
Easily accommodating four people for a lengthy trip, the International Serenity is brilliantly designed to give the feeling of having more space than any of the smaller models. It allows for style and comfort without giving up any of the essentials needed for a long camping trip.
One of the larger Airstream models, the Globetrotter is perfect for cross-country road trips following the Jeep Gladiator Diesel Edition. Weighing only 5,300 pounds at base weight on average, the Globetrotter is a tribute to luxury road travel and all that accompanies it. This next step up features something for family travel: a bedroom space.
Along with being engineered to be beautifully aerodynamic, the Globetrotter offers sizes from 23 to 27 feet in length, as well as features such as luxurious bench-style cough seating, a kitchen, bathroom, and copious floor space. A necessity to families who love to travel, this Airstream can be the perfect summer-long living space.
Although the Jeep Gladiator has its restrictions on towing capacity, there’s an Airstream for everyone. The size is going to depend on the Gladiator model you have or are going to purchase. The Gladiator is a great vehicle for the family and for overlanding. If you’re looking to get more out of your adventure and an Airstream is a great choice.