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Old 12-30-2012, 05:50 AM   #1
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Top Speed Record Anyone ?

A friend and I were working on the AS last week, probably too late and we got to the point of crazy talk. We were wondering if there has ever been a recorded top speed for an AS being towed ? Not that I encourage speeding while towing a TT, but the thought of a highly aerodynamic AS doing airplane style speeds would be hilarious. I want to get back to the salt flats someday, maybe the AS can be a support vehicle/ record setter? I better start saving for a beast of a tow vehicle now (and a really beat up shell of an AS with great running gear)
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:54 AM   #2
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Hummmm...an interesting challenge. Anyone up for an AS Speed Rally?
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Old 12-30-2012, 11:48 AM   #3
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I am not sure I want to fess up to the speed I have pulled my Safari at.I will say that econo box japaneese car was so annoying.He would pass me while I was in cruise control at 75 going across some Utah desert then would pull in front and slow to 60 or so.I tired of his antics and put some daylight between us and never saw him again.

On another note there was a new trailer towing speed record broken at El Mirage dry lake By a highly modified Duramax towing a 10ft sob built by Carson (kalispell).It had a full interior bath galley etc.
Previous records 126.7 by a vipor,a 700hp twin turbo'ed mercedes at 139.7 and now the current 141.99mph.It required somewhere between 750-800hp to set the record.The trailer was all stock but used speed rated Gatorback tires .The truck has an empty top speed of 206mph(calculated)
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:20 PM   #4
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I remember an ad from the early 70's that had them pulling one on the bonneville salt flats. I think the speeds were over 100 mph, but don't remember for sure. Think it may have been pulled by a chevy car.
Maybe one of the history buffs has the info
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:35 PM   #5
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This 180HP Mercury towed the Airstream 91MPH back in the 50's.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:38 PM   #6
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About 80 passing someone on a long, straightaway on a lonely road somewhere. The guy I passed was doing 63 on a 65 mph limit highway and it took a while to get going fast enough, but I wanted to get past him as quickly as possible as you have very few options when passing if someone is coming the other way. It was kind of scary and I usually just reduce the cruise control and try to relax. We usually never go above 65 as anything faster feels uncomfortable.

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I think this was a 60's Dodge which also got into the 90MPH range towing an Airstream.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:58 PM   #8
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80 takes me 2 shakes of a stick with my powerplant
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Old 12-30-2012, 01:49 PM   #9
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Not a speed "record", but in 1970 I followed my Dad who was towing a 31' Airstream with a suburban for several miles out IH10 at 110 MPH. The Suburban had the biggest gas engine available then, I think a 396, and I was driving a '69 Ford company car. Don't know the year of the trailer, but had to be earlier than '70.

Yes, he did such things, and in those days, so did I.
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V8-396 is correct.

Andy/Inland RV, IIRC, took one to 115-mph behind a V8-455 Buick. But with a corrected speedometer and airspeed indicator. And on film.

Let's not forget that the old mechanical speedo's were notoriously inaccurate, especially as one got up near the century mark. Significant percentages off. It can be hard to tell the difference by seat of pants between 115 & 125-mph I learned . . gauge correction factor, muscle car style (or, in my case, DODGE Police Pursuit).

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Old 12-30-2012, 02:02 PM   #11
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Back in the late 80s, I regularly cruised between Texas and Florida on I10 towing with a Dodge Tradesman towing my Trade Wind. Usually late at night, I'll admit. I kept the cruse control set at 85, but did occasionally have to pass.

The Trade Wind did have Michelin LT tires. The trailer handled beautifully. Brakes and bearings were good, I hardly knew it was behind the van. Well, I did bend the gas pedal.

Now, with all the knowledge I have gained from the Internet (and aging over 20 years), I know better. Back then there was no information available at all.
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Back then there was no information available at all.

Bookstores and libraries. Magazine articles. Rallies. Plenty of information, even knowledge.

Let's modify it to say that the Internet has made it easier to find a broader range of information. Sometimes, even depth.

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Back then there was no information available at all.

Bookstores and libraries. Magazine articles. Rallies. Plenty of information, even knowledge.

Let's modify it to say that the Internet has made it easier to find a broader range of information. Sometimes, even depth.

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OK, there was some information. I had seen one magazine article. Rallies, I knew they existed, but had no idea where to find one. Most of info came from stumbling across other Airstreamrs and introducing myself. They were then, as now, a great bunch.

Once I moved to Little Rock from the Hill Country, I was near an Airstream dealer and learned more.

Still, nothing comes close to the wealth of information that is available now. Particularly here.

A great deal of it is even correct.
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80 takes me 2 shakes of a stick with my powerplant
Do you tow with all 4 (2 Dodges and 2 Jeeps) at once?

Age certainly makes a difference in my driving. Knowing there are fewer years left makes me more careful. My reflexes are still very good, eyesight is very good, but those naps on the straightaways make me drive slower. It is easy to creep up from 65 with the Tundra so I use cruise a lot.

The Tundra will accelerate very fast at passing speeds (0-60 in 6 sec. unencumbered), but does slow a bit when I've got 3+ tons behind me. It feels slow at passing speeds because I'm used to it blazing around cars when not towing, but it does fine though it is the only time I have to floor it. I've been waiting for years for someone to challenge me at a light so I can leave him in the dust ("wanna drag, old man?"), but it never happens.

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