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Old 02-01-2013, 08:30 PM   #15
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It's one & the same. Changed screen name recently.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:03 PM   #16
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Oh! Didn't catch the name change but I remember when your avatar changed....sorry to the OP for the hijack :-)
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:39 PM   #17
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Hi, I'm brand new to this forum. We are in the very early stages of looking at getting a vintage AS to restore. Once done the trailer will be parked pretty much permanently on a summer property. I have a Ridgeline with a towing capacity of 5000lbs. I've looked through some other threads and have come away a little confused. Can anyone tell me what capacity is required to safely tow a 27 to 31 foot average AS unloaded? One ad in the classifieds says a 31' AS weighs 3600lb, another says 6000?? Thanks.
If you are only going to tow it to your "forever" parking spot, why worry about your tow vehicle? If you wind up buying a TT (travel trailer) bigger than what you could tow, or if your new-to-you trailer has no hitch, pay someone else to tow it home.

And, IMHO, Airstreams are really only the right trailer for you if you are actually going to travel a lot. A "SOB" (Some Other Brand) will be cheaper for a comparable size and condition, and considerably roomier inside. Square corners are a "drag" (literally) if you are towing, but they mean more headroom and storage space when you are parked.

Walk around in two or more trailers that are the same investment to you, and see if I am right. I think you'll find that, unless you are regularly sailing down the road, the SOB is a better abode...
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I am loving this thread...because I almost started the same one!!! After much research this week, it has been determined my Jeep will have a max of 5000 lbs (we haven't installed the hitch yet). To me, this means we are definitely going to be looking at something vintage and max 23'. I'm betting a Bambi, Caravel, Safari or Globetrotter is going to be our best bet.
Don't forget to address your suspension on the Jeep ... if it is a Wrangler, check out American Expedition Vehicles for super suspension (and other) parts. My wife loves the new ride!
But aage above has the best suggestion for a tow and drop ...
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:06 AM   #19
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We have a '77 Safari, and love it, light, easy to manuver and we can fit on almost any campsite. The first used Airstream we looked at was a '74 31' and it had the exact same layout as our Safari, only bigger. Since there's only two of us right now the extra lenght of a longer trailer didn't benefit us and we can tow with the vehicles we have. When/if we have kids we can either buy a bigger trailer, and at that time it might be time to buy another vehicle anyway, or I may add bunks to the Safari.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:27 AM   #20
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If you are only going to tow it to your "forever" parking spot, why worry about your tow vehicle? If you wind up buying a TT (travel trailer) bigger than what you could tow, or if your new-to-you trailer has no hitch, pay someone else to tow it home.

And, IMHO, Airstreams are really only the right trailer for you if you are actually going to travel a lot. A "SOB" (Some Other Brand) will be cheaper for a comparable size and condition, and considerably roomier inside. Square corners are a "drag" (literally) if you are towing, but they mean more headroom and storage space when you are parked.

Walk around in two or more trailers that are the same investment to you, and see if I am right. I think you'll find that, unless you are regularly sailing down the road, the SOB is a better abode...
Thanks for the suggestion. I certainly agree that for the same price we could get a roomier SOB and without having to tow it would seem to make sense, but, as I'm sure many on this forum can appreciate...then it wouldn't be an Airstream! We're more than willing to trade a little headroom for the timeless style.
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@mefly2...it's a Jeep Grand Cherokee, rated for max 5000 lbs. The one thing I do know to address when having the hitch installed is a transmission cooler. Any other words of wisdom or suggestions?
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:35 PM   #22
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Greetings lonewolf1977!

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@mefly2...it's a Jeep Grand Cherokee, rated for max 5000 lbs. The one thing I do know to address when having the hitch installed is a transmission cooler. Any other words of wisdom or suggestions?
In addition to the auxilliary transmission cooler, you will also want an electronic trailer brake controller as well. There are multiple possibilities out there, but many like the Tekonsha Prodigy or its most recent variant. In all probability, you will need trailer towing mirrors for your Jeep . . . my suggestion would be McKesh, but there are many possibilities there as well.

Good luck with your tow vehicle setup and search!

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P.S.: I am attaching a pdf file of Airstream trailer weights and measures that may help you or the original author of this thread. The weights specified are empty weights that do not include options, accessories, fluids, or LP gas.
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Old 02-02-2013, 05:41 PM   #23
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Thanks Kevin....I do have that list printed out. In fact, I reference it every time I see one that I like for sale. In fact, it's helped me figure out my max towing & length.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:51 PM   #24
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Thanks for the suggestion. I certainly agree that for the same price we could get a roomier SOB and without having to tow it would seem to make sense, but, as I'm sure many on this forum can appreciate...then it wouldn't be an Airstream! We're more than willing to trade a little headroom for the timeless style.
Great to hear that! I was testing you to see if you really had aluminum in your veins.

And it appears that you do. Congratulations!

So we are counting on you now to become a full-fledged AS fanatic, and do what you can to not let it grow roots. They need to travel, so throw off your chains and hit that road!

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Best bet is to simply get it weighed before buying it. Most weights reflect what it weighed when it rolled off the Airstream line in 19XX. Adding fridges, a/c, heaters, etc all adds up not to mention the road grit and rocks that collect above the belly skin.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:42 PM   #26
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How far do you have to tow it? Will you tow it up any huge mountains? How often will it be towed.

If you answer: less than 50 miles, no, twice a year. Just use the Ridgeline as is.

I had a 2005 Ridgeline. I loved it for lite-duty work and very minimal heavier duty.

I was in shock when I bought a new truck and it did not have that really cool trunk in the bed with that really cool tailgate.
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Best bet is to simply get it weighed before buying it. Most weights reflect what it weighed when it rolled off the Airstream line in 19XX. Adding fridges, a/c, heaters, etc all adds up not to mention the road grit and rocks that collect above the belly skin.
You forgot the water and pest mess in the fiberglass.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:19 AM   #28
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I contacted CanAmRV in London ON (thanks for the lead) they were 100% confidant the Ridgeline could be set up
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