Originally Posted by birdsNboards
Our Gulf Stream TT was a total COVID purchase in the early summer of 2020. The prospect of our summer camping plans being ruined was not acceptable so we started the hunt and found our VISA within a month. Only had to travel 200 miles to get it. Our hunt was based entirely on the size and specs of the TT and it was purely happenstance we got a Gulf Stream. But so far I'm satisfied with the brand.
One thing we noticed over the summer is how few Gulf Stream RV's we see around MN and especially how few VISA's we dug up on our hunt and research after purchase. Are there any other VISA owners out there? There were a few floorplans available for 2012. Like I said, we're happy with the camper so far but we've only had it for one season. I'm curious what other folks think of their VISA's and what mods they've made.
I assure you the TV was within its capacity to tow the TT, even though it looks too small. It's a Limited Rav4 V6. The thing is a total sleeper. It's got 270 HP and they put the same motor in a couple of different sports cars too. While it did check out on all the pertinent numbers for towing, it just wasn't a big enough vehicle when conditions were anything but ideal. That reality hit when we needed to extend a stay an extra day because of a 20+ mph wind. We've since upgraded to a v8 4runner. The funny thing is that it only has about 5 HP more than the Rav4 but the towing capacity, torque, GVWR, and hitch all make it a much more appropriate TV, and it leaves us plenty of wiggle room to upgrade TT in the future.
We have a 2011, that we love, after working out all the bugs and changing some things.
Have been using it 6 years now.
As for towing, the weight of the tow vehicle is much more important than the horsepower. Also a good hitch with sway control and weight distribution is a big factor. We’ve used a dodge diesel & now a GMC Sierra 1500. Equal-I-zer hitch system. I’ve always believed in having twice the rated tow capacity of the vehicle for the trailer.
The GMC gets better gas mileage than my Tacoma. 🙄
Be glad to answer any inquiries you might have.