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Old 06-15-2011, 02:42 PM   #15
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Mark so with a weight distribution hitch you could easily tow any airstream. One correction the 25ft did not come with center bath so 27/29/31 would be your only choices. here are the tongue weights.
27ft: 550 lbs
29ft: 635 lbs
31ft: 650 lbs
A/S all have electric brakes, well almost all some had elec/hydraulic but not very many mostly Excella models as an option.
I think the axle ratio you are thinking of is 4.10
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Old 06-15-2011, 03:40 PM   #16
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Well that is really great news, I just have to say that everyone in this forum has been great so far. You have given me more information in the past 8hrs than I would have found in 8 weeks researching on my own. So now I know that I'm looking for a 27' midbath 1960-75/80ish A/S with full confidence that my truck will be able to tow it. Not that I'm narrowing my search, I'm keeping an open mind, but it would be nice to actually get see some and sit/ walk around in them.
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Mark everything I have been quoting is for the 1975 models. 60's units are a whole other kettle of fish.
Here are some links for you to look at regarding sizes,weights and layouts.
Vintage Airstream Photo Archives

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Old 06-17-2011, 07:13 PM   #18
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That was a great photo gallery Chris, again thanks so much. The more I look the more the year doesn't matter as condition and price. I am even rethinking the length. To me the 31 footers just look so damn big, I really need to go see some. I think that would really help bring my wife around also. We both have different views on what "beautiful" is lol. She wasn't a big fan of the 79 Scout II I just sold, and we all know how that played out lol. I will just continue to keep my eye out for any get togethers in my area.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:15 PM   #19
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They only look big from the outside.
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Is there anyone who can tell me the estimated dry weight of a 1955 Panorama, 22 foot?
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Is there anyone who can tell me the estimated dry weight of a 1955 Panorama, 22 foot?
According to Airstream 2545 lbs.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:24 AM   #22
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Thanks! I'm looking to get a new TV for my trailer, I have a 3200 max weight and am not thinking the vehicle i have will be enough.
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worth thinking over carefully...

Well, here is an excerpt of what was in the Consumers Reports test of your vehicle:
"The ride is OK, but handling is clumsy and the turning circle is wide. Wind noise is pronounced. A tip-up onto two wheels in the government rollover test is another negative."
I think that a trip to an expert hitch house might be in order before using that vehicle to tow. They might be able to set it up to make it an acceptable tow vehicle, but here's another thought:

You might only have one Airstream trailer in your trailer camping life, because it could last a long time. Think how many tow vehicles you might have in the same period.

It's an important facet of having a safe and enjoyable, risk-free time when you go camping, so take some time to make sure you have a good setup.
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Is the factory tow package acceptable of should I still check out a professional hitch-man? That was an upgrade that I selected when I purchased the vehicle, factory direct, with hope that it would be a strong enough car to tow. Thanks for your help.
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It might still be a good idea to have a hitch specialist look it over to ensure that the hitch receiver can take the weight, and to see if your suspension or tires could benefit from their expert tweaking.

I wish I knew someone in your area to recommend, but I don't.
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Thanks! I'll have to do
Some research prior
To towing. I think I have a year yet before I get things completed. Until then , we continue to tent camp, just great to be outdoors!
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