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Old 12-28-2009, 04:45 PM   #1
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I am new to this board and somewhat new to Airstreams. (I have searched several sites and talked to a local rebuilder of Airstreams.) My wife and I would like to spend several weeks traveling to the Continental Divide National Parks. (We live in the foothills of CA.) Our towing vehicle of choice is my 40 Ford Pick-up. It is stock on the exterior but has a modified Chevy 350 engine hooked up to a 700R4 automatic tranny. I have put in an independant front suspension with 11 inch disk brakes. I have power streering, power brakes and air conditioning. The rear end is a 9" Ford with parallel leaf springs and coil-over shocks, and Lincoln 11" drum brakes. The frame has been boxed and reinforced. The bed is mounded on a steel sub-frame and mounted to the frame with custom rubber mounts. The bed is made of oak strips held in place with stainless steel strips. (Yes, it is really pretty, but it's an everyday driver.) I would love to tow an smaller Airstream (Bambi or Caravel). The wife and I have been looking at the Casita trailers and are impressed - but my Ford and an Airstream would be so retro. Any thoughts, comments or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:53 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums.

Would be a cool combination--very retro.

Any pictures of the truck available?
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Old 12-28-2009, 04:54 PM   #3
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Welcome Geo,

I think the combination of a 40 Ford and a small AS would be sweet. My dad had an old 40 Ford when I was a kid and thought the headlights were beautiful. A vintage Caravel or Bambi would be my tow of choice.

You may want to PM Levon. He used to tow with an old F1 pickup and has a couple of Bambi's and a Caravel or two in his herd. He can provide some relevant opinion on the subject.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:01 PM   #4
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Hi geo, Sounds like a nice truck. Pics please.

Casita Trailers are pretty nice but it's know vintage Airstream.

I'm very bias though...
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:12 PM   #5
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Welcome Geojpaige,

You live in a beautiful part of the world. We have a little place up in Nevada City. I think that a little Caravel like Lee's above would look great behind your 40 Ford! Cant wait to see pictures as well.

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Hi geo, Sounds like a nice truck. Pics please.

Casita Trailers are pretty nice but it's know vintage Airstream.

I'm very bias though...
Lee,

That's a nice shot of the Burb and the Caravel. The two Cruisers mounted to the roof rack really round the package out nicely.

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Old 12-29-2009, 06:39 PM   #7
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I'd love to post some photos, but, and I hate to admit this, I don't know how to insert photos. I have a pc, windows xp, and my photos are on Jasc After Shot. The photos are in a folder that I've created called airstream. I also have the dscn numbers. What do I do?
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Old 12-29-2009, 06:45 PM   #8
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Welcome to the Forums! Your truck wit an AS would be awesome! Love to see pics when you get'em on here..

Good luck and I look forward to seeing how you end up!

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I'd love to post some photos, but, and I hate to admit this, I don't know how to insert photos. I have a pc, windows xp, and my photos are on Jasc After Shot. The photos are in a folder that I've created called airstream. I also have the dscn numbers. What do I do?
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:14 PM   #11
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With thanks to Gen Disarray for the how-to, here are somed pics of my 40 Ford Pick-up.
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:36 PM   #12
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:51 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forums! I highly recommend finding a vintage Bambi or Caravel.... nicer layout than a Casita to my way of thinking. We pull our 1963 Bambi with our 1968 Ford Truck, and it does just fine... you can see a pic if you go to the registry and take a look at ours and other folks....

The downside, sometimes the smaller trailers are hard to come by, but in this economy someone's gotta be selling....

If you won't really be looking until Spring or later, check out some of the rally schedules and find one near you... drop by you may likely see some sweet Airstreams and get invited in to look see.

Best of luck finding what fits your style best!
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:43 PM   #14
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Welcome to the Air Forum!! My Dad's dream is to own a '40 Ford p/u... where did you post the photos? Are they under "photos" on the top scroll? I want to see ;-)
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