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Old 08-18-2006, 09:29 PM   #1
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I am searching out info concerning vintage airstreams. I would like to know which is the largest 40's-60's model that can be pulled with a modern, small SUV (ex. nissan exterra, ford escape, hiunda santa fe). and can any be pulled with a 2000 pontiac boneville?
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Old 08-18-2006, 09:35 PM   #2
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depends on the tow rating for those vehicles of course. But I am guessing something under 25' with the proper tow set up would be most likely to work. Read some threads here on towing and such you will get the idea.
With something like the SUVs you mention, you might have a plane, as for the Pontiac, I would think its only suited to something on the order of a Bambi or Pacer...like 16-19'.
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To pull with a small sedan, you should stick with 19' or under. If the Bonnevile is front wheel drive, you need to be extremely careful. FWD's cannot tow very much or very well.
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Hello and welcome to the forums, clmascara! Towing and weights was a big concern for me as well when searching for my Airstream. Check this document (http://www.airstream.com/airstream/p.../weights-1.pdf) at the Airstream factory website. It lists weight specs for trailers back to 1954. I found that generally the older the trailer, the lighter. Consider this is dry weight only and doesn't account for the 1000 lbs. or so of batteries, generator, full LPG tanks, and your generalized stuff that you will need to carry. Also consider the wheelbase of your tow vehicle. The shorter the wheelbase, as in smaller SUVs, the less stability when towing. I found the Towing (Hitches, Braking & Vehicles) forum to be extremely helpful. Peruse and search the posts and you will find lots of good stuff. Good luck and be safe!
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