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Old 07-13-2016, 03:48 PM   #29
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First camper I had was an old 70's era popup. Heavy for its size. Had the bright idea to tow it from northeast Texas to Springfield, MO with a jeep wrangler with an anemic 4 cyl, no ac, and no power steering. Loaded back of jeep with coolers, camping gear, fly rods, etc. Had to move my seat up as far as it would go. I'm 6ft by the way. Felt like I was driving with my knees up around my ears. Heading through the mountains in Oklahoma I could only hit about 45 on the uphill stretches. Got stuck behind a truck and trailer hauling portable toilets. Had to follow that dude for over 60 miles. Zip the windows down and gag, zip them up and sweat.

Man I love my Airstream and air conditioned tow vehicle.

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Old 07-13-2016, 04:58 PM   #30
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The interior of the one in the add looks like the interior of the one we had, but ours was white with the wood grain paneling on the sides.

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Old 07-13-2016, 05:02 PM   #31
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:54 PM   #32
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That's the International. Tell us more about it! Year, mods, how long have you had it?
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:19 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by AldeanFan View Post
This must bring back memories!
My '54 Country Squire, maybe someday it will pull the Safari.
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Yes it does. That one is not far off the color ours was, as I remember. Thanks for sharing!

And that photo brings back another memory; of me in the rear seat with the vent window open, my arm out the window, right hand holding on the the post behind the rear door. My older sister slammed the door closed, so hard that my fingernail was torn off. I must have been 5 or 6. My finger nail still looks weird to this day.
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:39 PM   #34
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For those that like mechanical projects the best towing vehicle you can build is an early Chevy crewcab with a 1970 500 inch Cadillac El Dorado engine and a turbo 475 Cadillac transmission with a 323 rear end gear. Great gas mileage and will climb vertically.
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Old 07-13-2016, 09:09 PM   #35
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pulled my airstream to oregon from ST. louis area with 67 caddy fleetwood
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:01 AM   #36
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my 1st A/S 30' 1977 i bought in 1998 I bought from orig owner who had a 76 imperial he towed it with, back then the basic 350/350 GM set up was all you needed to tow the big ones~! of course octain not being what is was then is a consideration!
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Old 07-14-2016, 10:56 AM   #37
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Any of these old vehicles can have upgraded disk brakes put on them and some suspension upgrades. They build hot rods from the ground up with these same components and just use the vintage body they want. If you don't tailgate you can get buy with less brakes.

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Old 07-15-2016, 05:13 AM   #38
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I don't mean to hijack this thread but some of your posts triggered some happy memories. Dad was career Navy so we moved around some and we never could afford a travel trailer but I sure enjoyed riding in the back of that old '57 Ford station wagon before we learned to be "safe" with our seat belts on. Good times.
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Old 07-22-2016, 10:54 AM   #39
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That's the International. Tell us more about it! Year, mods, how long have you had it?

75', the final year of non-Scout manufacture. This one is a 200 4x4 Deluxe/Deluxe, 345, SM-428 4 speed, 9000 GVWR Camper Special. I've had it about 7 years. It is 100% bone stock, including CA emissions.
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Old 07-23-2016, 06:51 AM   #40
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Curious about vintage tow vehicles

Through the mid-1970s large family cars were typical tow vehicles for travel trailers with station wagons or convertibles often being mentioned due to sturdier frames from the factory. The typical tow package from the factory on late-1960s to early-1970s cars included the largest displacement big block V8 available with a rear differential gear of 3.23 to 4.10 -- the trailer tow rating was typically somewhere between 6,000 and 7,500 pounds. By the mid-1980s, the full-size family sedan was an exception if it could be ordered with anything more than a 5,000 pound towing package -- my 1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Royale Brougham Luxury Sedan has the factory tow package rated at 5,000 pounds that included 307 V8 motor, 3.23 posi-trac differential, heavy duty shocks, firm ride and handling package, heavy duty cooling, and heavy duty alternator.

The photos below are of my 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible towing my Airstream and Argosy:

My first tow vehicle and trailer were the combination below -- 1965 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible with 1980 Nomad 18-foot. The Dodge had the 383 CI big block V8, 727 Torqueflight transmission, and 3.90 differential ratio.

My family's introduction to camping was with this 1969 Chevrolet C20 pickup equipped with 350 CI V8, 4.10 Differential, heavy duty shocks, heavy duty springs, heavy duty cooling, and heavy duty alternator. The camper was also a 1969 model produced by SunWay. This setup only lasted 2 years as traveling was so miserable with the pickup with its rough ride and lack of creature comforts -- it was traded in 1971 on a Buick Sportwagon.

I have enjoyed my time with the 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible as a tow vehicle. It performs well with the Minuet and has towed the Minuet on a tour of the Rocky Mountain states in 2008. I wouldn't tempt the Rocky Mountains with the Overlander as the Eldorado's 2.70 final drive isn't conducive to towing 6.000 pounds on steep grades.

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Old 07-23-2016, 07:09 AM   #41
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I had a 1973 Pontiac Safari Station Wagon, 400 cu engine to pull my 1966 Airstream 24 ft. Never had a problem.

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