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Old 12-18-2005, 07:20 AM   #15
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Can this really be true?

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your k 10 will tow it o.k., you won't be roaring up any hills with it. (that is assuming it has 3.73 gears)

your weak link in your truck is the transmission, a turbo 400 is a tougher unit. you will NEED a cooler for it.

i used a number of different 1/2 tons to tow my 29 excella over the years, all did a good job. in 2000 i got my 2500 silverado. it is far and above any other truck i have used.

a big 300 horse truck would be nice, but not really needed. remember, airstreams were built to be towed by a family v-8 car!

john
I'm having a hard time believing that my '69 Int'l Ambassador was designed to be towed by a V-8 passenger car. Everyone tells me that I need AT LEAST a 3/4 ton truck with a 3:73 gear ratio. What's your advice for someone who knows nothing about trucks or cars (really) and needs to buy a good used towing machine?
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Old 12-18-2005, 08:08 AM   #16
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yes it is true!

vince,

here is proof you can tow a 29 foot airstream across country with a 1/2 ton truck without crashing into flames!

this is a campground my wife and i visited on our way back from florida, 92 suburban, 350/350 eng and trans with 3.73 gears.

we made this 2500 mile trip many times with no major problems other than a quikee lube kid that put 3 extra quarts of oil in the suburban in melburne florida. (that is a whole different story!!)

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Old 12-18-2005, 08:19 AM   #17
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I'm having a hard time believing that my '69 Int'l Ambassador was designed to be towed by a V-8 passenger car. Everyone tells me that I need AT LEAST a 3/4 ton truck with a 3:73 gear ratio. What's your advice for someone who knows nothing about trucks or cars (really) and needs to buy a good used towing machine?
Vince,
You have to remember what the V-8 cars were like in the late 60's and early 70's they were built like a truck, full frame, with the seperate bodys. Today's V-8 cars are a far cry from then. Also remember your Airstream is much lighter than the equivalent models of today. I can and have towed my 1975 31' with a 1/2 ton Ford, small V-8, with factory towing package. According to my handy dandy Airstream Weight Table your Ambassador should have a factory dry weight of about 5300# that puts it well with in the capacity of a properly equiped 1/2 ton pickup. And FWIW an Airstream tows much differently than an equivalent size and weight SOB (square old box)

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So that is what it looks like all gussied up. I have the same trailer is yours two singles in the middle or double? Yours looks awesome. Then again I got mine for a computer and a laser printer and a scanner so I can't complain.
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