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Old 04-04-2007, 10:35 PM   #1
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April 4th, 07- have just aquired a 1972 25 foot Tradewind- been dreaming of owing an Airstream forever-so very excited- It was delivered last Friday and has been snowing ever since so havent had much of a chance to play with the new toy but looking forward to it. Would like someday to tow with a late sixties-early seventies full size sedan- any recommendations as to what the best car would be for the job?
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:03 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and world of Airstreams gtijwler. I am pretty sure I saw that trailer advertised in the Buy and Sell a few weeks back and it sounded like a very nice unit.

As for a vintage type of tow vehicle there are several threads ongoing right now, on and off, and two of those are:

Vintage Tow Vehicles and 1960s or 70s Stationwagon tow vehicle?

Towing with a vintage vehicle is a ton of fun and adds another layer of nostalgia to the whole vintage trailer concept. Looking forward to pictures of your trailer.

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Old 04-04-2007, 11:40 PM   #3
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April 4th, 07- have just aquired a 1972 25 foot Tradewind- been dreaming of owing an Airstream forever-so very excited- It was delivered last Friday and has been snowing ever since so havent had much of a chance to play with the new toy but looking forward to it. Would like someday to tow with a late sixties-early seventies full size sedan- any recommendations as to what the best car would be for the job?
We love towing our Tradewind with our '71 Buick Centurion convertible. Of course a 'full size' sedan would be perfect. Avoid the few front wheel drive cars of that era. Enjoy your Tradewind!

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Old 04-05-2007, 09:35 AM   #4
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Welcome from BC! In my opinion, you have the very best year and model of Airstream!
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:35 AM   #5
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Oh yes, Tradewinds are great. Hopefully the snow will clear soon and you can go out and play. Welcome to the forums.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:50 AM   #6
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Welcome to the Forums, and congratulations on your new baby.

As to a vintage tow vehicle, you might want to look at Buick sedans and station wagons of the 60's and 70's. They had very large engines and a bunch of curb weight, which makes condusive to pulling a vintage Airstream.

You can start looking in Hemmings Motor News. Go to Hemmings Motor News: Auto Classifieds - Hemmings Auto Classifieds feature cars for sale nation wide..
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:15 PM   #7
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excellent-another one on the road

Good Choice!. I have been having a great time renovating and updating my 25' tradewind. so far it has been upolstry, tambour doors, locks for the battery compartment, furnace and a couple of things I am forgetting. With luck this year is new axels & shocks, main awining, new lights and a couple of fantastick vents. I forgot--an okay (not top line) sound system. In other words it is a hobby that keeps me learning and busy.

Hopefully you won't need to do as much as I have but I want it in first class shape for a year or two vacation in a couple of years. These things are really well built and parts are not all that difficult to come by. I think you will love it. the more I get done on it the better I want the next projeect to go.

Oh and by the way, you can take it camping too!
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Old 04-12-2007, 09:24 PM   #8
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Towing Car

I sent before I finished! Try something with a long wheel base like an old Caddy or Lincoln with levelers. Andy (Inland RV) mentioned to me that these models can be pulled by a car when I was ordering axels.

I recall pulling a rather large cargo trailer with my old 61 Killer Fin Caddy on about 1974. It pulled the dually without any problems that I recall, the exception was that the gas milage sucked with that trailer behind us and the gas shrtage had just hit. It was something ridiculus like 60 cents a gallon.

I als recall pulling that same trailer with a Dodge Coronet and the trailer would move the car a bit. Look for some serious V8 and a long wheel base for best results (but get a modern brake controller ).

Once again...good choice I hope you enjoy yours as much as )or more) than I have enjoyed mine.
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Old 04-12-2007, 10:12 PM   #9
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April 4th, 07- have just aquired a 1972 25 foot Tradewind- been dreaming of owing an Airstream forever-so very excited- It was delivered last Friday and has been snowing ever since so havent had much of a chance to play with the new toy but looking forward to it. Would like someday to tow with a late sixties-early seventies full size sedan- any recommendations as to what the best car would be for the job?
make sure you put in the biggest trans cooler you co put in it also get a 4 core radiator for more cooling.and air shocks to help level the car. simple mods to help you enjoy your camping trips.
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