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Old 11-04-2012, 07:13 PM   #29
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I guess it is because of Canam RV in Canada experimenting with towing large trailers with really small tow vehicles. I don't know what drivers and roads are like in Canada but towing large trailers with small tow vehicles will get you killed on interstates here in the states. The tail will wag the dog.

http://www.canamrv.ca/towing/

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Although our highways in Canada are excellent, I find that the interstates in the US are also really great highways and the drivers do a better job of staying to the right except when passing. There does not appear to be any reason to have any extra fear while driving on an Interstate. They feel safe. I have also found that my Jeep tows a larger Airstream just as competently as it towed a smaller Airstream with the only noticeable difference being the extra care needed when going around a corner. Weight does not seem to be a negative factor. Thank you for highlighting Can Am's road tests. Many of us do not need large vehicles but do wish to join in the fun of owning an Airstream. I think Airstream has also discovered that the smaller vehicles been driven in the rest of the world has not been an impediment to exporting Airstreams.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:25 PM   #30
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This cross border war will probably go on until some great guru comes to convince all that it is OK if different people play with their toys in a different manner. It is actually OK to play basketball with a volleyball, if thats what you like to do.

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Old 11-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #31
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What cross border war?

We tight as ticks here in WNY.


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Old 11-04-2012, 09:39 PM   #32
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Yea in Canada we knows how to toe dem big ones,eh.
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:05 PM   #33
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Well, it does have a 5000 lb towing capacity!

In Canada they could easily tow a 34 footer with this thing.
It seems the farther we get from Texas the less likely we are to oversize our tow vehicles.

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Old 11-04-2012, 10:42 PM   #34
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Back to the Nissan—not the same Pathfinder based on a truck chassis, but now a unibody station wagon. There's a trend to make SUV's into station wagons because the manufacturers believe customers perceive trucks as having a hard ride. But trucks have been made plush and smooth riding, maybe too much so.

Toyota still makes the truck based 4Runner and the car based Highlander, but the trend is toward carlike vehicles.

I'm sure the station wagon Pathfinder could tow the lighter vintage Airstream, but I'd suggest a WD, antisway hitch. Certainly some modifications to the Pathfinder would be a good idea. Some tow mirrors would be a good idea too.

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Old 11-05-2012, 07:20 AM   #35
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It seems the farther we get from Texas the less likely we are to oversize our tow vehicles.

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Doug,

It seem to me the farther people are from Texas, the less likely they are to pay any attention to the tow vehicle manufacturer's towing specs and axle gross weight ratings of those vehicles.

Do those engineers really mean those specs to be maximum or just a suggestion?

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Old 11-05-2012, 09:33 AM   #36
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... but I'd suggest a WD, antisway hitch. Certainly some modifications to the Pathfinder would be a good idea. Some tow mirrors would be a good idea too.

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Ah, but do those things add sexiness? Will they sell the Pathfinder? If the answer to either one of those questions is "no" then the ad men don't want to know. Tsk.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:38 AM   #37
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Do those engineers really mean those specs to be maximum or just a suggestion?

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Slightly off topic, but...

Ha ha, I always think that about posted speed limits as I see people come flying by me well in excess of said limit - they're just suggestions, aren't they?
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I have no idea what that thing in the video is. This is a Nissan Pathfinder.
I towed a 15 foot Casita with one just like it. It was a very good match.

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I have no idea what that thing in the video is. This is a Nissan Pathfinder.
I towed a 15 foot Casita with one just like it. It was a very good match.

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That's very interesting Ken, however, Casita has never made a 15'. They do make a 13', a 16', and a 17'.
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That's very interesting Ken, however, Casita has never made a 15'. They do make a 13', a 16', and a 17'.
You are ever so wrong. Ours was a 1994 15'. That was long before they changed the 15 to a 16.

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You are ever so wrong. Ours was a 1994 15'. That was long before they changed the 15 to a 16.

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Sorry Ken, but I've owned Casita's since the early 2000's, never bought a new one, so always have searched the used markets, and have actually owned 13' Bolers, a '96 I believe it was, 16', and since then two 17's. And, here's an add for a '94 16': 1994 16' Casita Travel Trailer | Houston, TX | Fiberglass RV's For Sale

Never seen, or heard of a 15' Casita, of any year model. Have not even been able to find one doing a search on Google.

Was it possibly a Scamp, Boler, U-Haul, or Trillium?
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Sorry Ken, but I've owned Casita's since the early 2000's, never bought a new one, so always have searched the used markets, and have actually owned 13' Bolers, a '96 I believe it was, 16', and since then two 17's. And, here's an add for a '94 16': 1994 16' Casita Travel Trailer | Houston, TX | Fiberglass RV's For Sale

Never seen, or heard of a 15' Casita, of any year model. Have not even been able to find one doing a search on Google.

Was it possibly a Scamp, Boler, U-Haul, or Trillium?
OK, I looked back and found some paper work. It was a 16. So you are correct. However you are still wrong for bothering to bring it up in the first place. So there!!!

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