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Old 04-11-2006, 08:01 AM   #29
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This subject has been discussed here quite a few times. I think if you do search you will find all of the threads. I believe you are correct that the frame is the problem in Airstream's eyes. Many of the late 70's and early 80's trailers were subject to frame droop and our coaches are really no more than a trailer put on a truck chassis. There are quite a few members who tow heavy cars, trailers, and even trucks with their classics. I do not know if anyone has ever encountered a problem or had the frame separate due to excessive weight. I do know that when I look at my receiver and how it is welded to the frame I would be a little concerned at pulling too much weight. I might consider having the receiver placed and welded better than it is. In fact mine is bent up from having been bumped by the PO. There is no other noticeable damage just the bent receiver. I use it with my utility trailer but that is all.
Good luck to you, and keep searching. Don't let this discourage you as you will find from the threads others before you have found a way.
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Old 04-23-2006, 10:14 AM   #30
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I'm Really Intersted. I Am In The Process Of Purchasing A 250 And I Alread Have A Xb (that I Really Like). I Am Attacted To The 250 So , Like You, On Long Trips I Won't Need To Tow - But I Can Vision Wanting The Option.

Can You Tell Me What Was Involved In Modifications To The Xb?
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Old 04-23-2006, 03:17 PM   #31
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If your xB is a 5 speed, then all you need is a base plate (and a braking system if you decide to have one like I did). You then need a tow bar which works with the base plate and wiring for lights (and brakes if you have them).

If your xB is an automatic, you will need a trailer or tow dolly since the automatic can not be flat towed. (I called remco the expert on after market products for towing and they said you can not equip an automatic xB for flat towing)
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Old 07-13-2006, 11:24 AM   #32
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Hi, Guy -
We tow a 2002 Saturn SL2 with some stuff in the trunk (est. total about 2600-2650) all four down, and use a M&G air-over-hydraulic auxiliary braking system. We get about 11-12 mpg with our '84 turbo diesel 310, driving conservatively. That will improve when we get an overdrive installed this winter.
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Old 07-13-2006, 12:00 PM   #33
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I was one of the unfortunate ones that had the hitch seperate from the frame. I was towing a 14 ft. fiberglass boat at the time. I was lucky, since I was going through a town at 35 miles per hour when one side of the hitch broke loose at the weld and came down. I was able to pull over to the side of the road before more damage was done. My wife was following me with the pickup and we were able to transfer the boat to the pickup and continue our vacation. I was able to jack the hitch back up and secured it with chains to the frame. I have since replaced the hitch with a class 3, rated at 5,000 lbs., that fastens by heavy bolts in four locations approximately a foot apart on each channel and is also welded. The previous hitch was just a 6" C channel which was welded but the flexing of the C channel finally broke the welds. I would not feel comfortable towing anything close to the 2,000 lbs. with the original hitch after I saw how easily the welds broke.
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:05 AM   #34
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Towing the Scion xB

Thanks to guy99 I went with the same set up as his. I just got home with it yesterday after towing the xB more than 60 miles in High Winds and Rain. The 350 LE and the xB handled great! Guy, thanks for your help.

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Old 03-28-2007, 07:56 PM   #35
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Cool, why don't you bring it to Cassini and we can fly in formation or something
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Old 03-28-2007, 08:59 PM   #36
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Cassini is going to be big fun I'm sure, but I'm booked with old car events for a while. I hope to get to an Airstream event in the near future. A formation of Motorhomes would be a good photo op.
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:04 PM   #37
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Thanks to guy99 I went with the same set up as his. I just got home with it yesterday after towing the xB more than 60 miles in High Winds and Rain. The 350 LE and the xB handled great! Guy, thanks for your help.

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If you were out yesterday, you definitly experienced high winds. That storm cell was really something. I agree with Guy, come on up to Casini with us. We need more moho's.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:58 AM   #38
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I can't make it to Casini ... are there any SoCal gatherings any time soon?
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:12 AM   #39
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I just remembered something. Our Scion manual says that after towing you should start the car and let it idle for a couple of minutes before driving.

When we first started towing I had overlooked this and wasn't following this direction. A friend mentioned this, I verified it in the manual, and since then we do as the manual suggests.
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Old 03-29-2007, 01:53 PM   #40
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Thanks Guy, I did read that in the manual 3 minutes is the recomended amount of time .. We're looking forward to getting out this weekend ...
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let us know when your old car events are..............we have quite a few oldies and would like to join you! and a lot of us us in Socal are just looking for an excuse to get out! There were 2 MoHo at 29 palms and it was great!!
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Old 03-29-2007, 11:21 PM   #42
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We belong to the SoCal Woodie Club and our club's show is April 21st at Doheny Beach State Park, it's Woodies only due to lack of parking spaces. We park our Motorhome in the middle of the show and run the event from it ... selling merchandise, etc. We take the Motorhome and our cars to the OC Fairgrounds every Labor Day Weekend, It's a great 3 day event. Come on out.
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