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Old 05-22-2013, 09:32 AM   #15
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:00 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Revan View Post
Thanks for all the comments guys
I have definitely considered motorbikes also to tour on,

A VW Golf would work. Comfy, dry drive and no bugs to pick out of your teeth at the end of the day.

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Old 05-24-2013, 11:35 AM   #17
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We went through the self-contained vs. trailer dilemma a few years ago and ended up buying the used Class A moho, but that choice is farther down the line for Revan. Here's another possibility: 1974 Volkswagen Beetle & Camper - road test - YouTube

I've had several Type 2's over the years: 65, 67, and 71, and while the split window is charming, the 1971 was notable for several design advantages: first dual port engine, and power disc brakes. After 1971 the engine is harder to pull out and my brother's 1970 Westie needed frequent engine pulls when he was crossing the country.

With your limited mechanical knowledge I suggest a product that would be relatively easy to find repair shops for when you are in some small town, or Len n Jeanne's suggestion on page 1. A 16' Bambi will be more comfortable to live in than a converted VW.
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:23 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Revan View Post
I wondered if it would be possible to give the Airstream its own small power source/engine to assist the camper in towing it?
No. It's a bad idea, certainly not legal in the U.S., and probably not legal anywhere else.

The 1967 VW buses were underpowered even when empty. That was part of the charm then, at the end of an era when there were still a sizable number of trucks and buses on U.S. roads that couldn't maintain what are now considered highway speeds.

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