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Originally Posted by leica
Hello. I'm a new member who is interested in purchasing an airstream. I'm a complete novice and am hoping to get an education and help through this web site. For example - can someone please tell me the size of the smallest/narrowest trailer and whether my mustang convertible (1990) will be able to pull it?
What sort of price would such a trailer be: used? new? features which I should have? And has anyone ever shipped an airstream to the UK (where I live). How much does this cost?
Thanks in advance for all your advice.
I don't know how much the Mustang convertible changed between 1986 and 1990, but I do know that my 1986 Mustang 5.0 Liter GT Convertible carried a maximum tow rating of 1,200 pounds. If the 1990 was the same, you won't be able to find an Airstream that your 1990 Mustang can pull. The 1961-63 Bambi would be among the lightest at approximately 1,625 pound empty weight; the Argosy 6.0 Metre Minuets had an empty weight of approximately 2,400 pounds. If you look back to the 1950s, even the 16' to 18' coaches of that era had empty weights that would be in excess of the likely trailer tow rating of your Mustang convertible.
Something else to keep in mind with the Mustang convertibles of the era that you mention is that they were essentially factory-produced customs -- made by reinforcing the unit-body sub structure and cutting off the coupe's roof and installing the rear side windows and convertible top mechanism -- the propensity for cowl shake would be greatly amplified by adding the weight distributing hitch that would be required to tow an Airstream.
I wish that I had better news for you.