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Old 08-27-2006, 12:27 AM   #15
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Regarding the Toronado or Eldorado, Kevin Allen, Overlander64, has an Eldorado which he uses on his Argosy and Overlander. I believe that he has some wheel clearance problems with the Eldorado.

There is a couple in Sebastopol with a late 40's Ford woodie but a Bambi, they have a Chev 454. There is another couple in the Lake Tahoe area with a small trailer and a late 40's Merc woodie, don't remember what he has powered the Merc with, could be a large chev also.


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Old 08-27-2006, 09:15 AM   #16
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Of the choices you offer, I'd bet on the Studebaker. Power would be limited but it certainly has the weight to handle the trailer safely. Mustang is just a bit small and "skitterish" on the back end, although the Airstream '67 sales book shows a Mustang towing a Globetrotter. Any of the mid-size or larger '60s sedans would tow your trailer just fine. The addition of air shocks and a stabilizer bar on the rear axel would be good, and of course a good hitch. I towed my '65 Tradewind with my '64 Pontiac Star Chief and will use the same car to tow my '62 Globetrotter. Four door sedans and most station wagons are still relatively cheap and there were lots of them made. You should be able to find something if the Studebaker lacks "motovation." My Dad towed an 18' wood frame/masonite trailer from North Dakota to Oregon with a 1950 Studebaker Champion in late fall of '53. The car had the flathead 6 and a 3-speed overdrive transmission. He never worrried about going too fast because, as he said, he "always had a higher gear to use." Darol

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Old 08-27-2006, 09:37 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by SafeHarbor

It was another time; it was another world.
With 6 kids and a wife,this is what my dad tore up the highways with.

1957 Ford wagon-312cid.
1962 Buick Invicta wagon-400cid.
1965 Buick Electra 225 convertible-455cid.
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And he drove FAST...

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Old 08-31-2006, 08:15 PM   #18
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Hi, Mark,

I can relate. My grandfather had a Mercury Marauder. My uncle had a Chevy with a two-speed and a reversing cone that could go just as fast backwards as it did forward. Another uncle had a Nash Metropolitan. That was a strange sight out in the country.

We are of a century. My mom has a picture of her mom taken in the early thirties. In the picture, she's very young and she's wearing a big smile and a flapper outfit complete with hanging tassels. My grandfather is smoking one of the non-filters that would eventually kill him in the sixties. He looks like the top man on the scene, highly confident, and he has a highly polished wingtip on the bumper of a 1927 Whippet.

Boy, is this off-topic. I had lunch with my grandmother today (she's 94) and she told me about her mother warning her when she was young that she should get under some more quilts. Her mother's comment (I remember her, too, she lived to 96 and worked in her garden the day she died) was, "Better shelter up. It's gonna be a three-dog night."

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Old 09-02-2006, 02:18 PM   #19
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What can pull a 20' Globtrotter?

Greetings stacystudeba!

Welcome to the Forums!

If your Studebaker was the more powerful President model, it woul make a better match for the Globetrotter than the Scottsman with the small six cylinder. I would anticipate very high probability of clutch (manual trans.) problems or transmission problems (automatic) if this car were used for towing.

The Mustang would likely have the raw power, but the concerns would be its short wheelbase and relatively narrow width -- along with the likely difficulty in fabricating a receiver hitch that will work with the Airstream. I know that the owners' manual for my '68 Mustang limited trailer towing to no more than 2,000 pounds. A Fairlane 500 or Torino would be a more likely towing mate for your Globetrottter.

I have owned several collector cars and have used them to tow either my Airstream, Argosy, or Nomad. One of my favorite towcars has been my '65 Dodge Coronet 500 Convertible (383 c.i. V8/727 Torqueflyte) -- it is a bit short on wheelbase for my Overlander but worked well with my Nomad (17') as well as my Minuet. The Cadillac looks great towing my Overlander and does a good job as long as the tires don't contact the wheelwells -- an ongoing problem since I have been unable to find a set of OEM wheels that aren't bent or out of round.

So far as towing speed is concerned, my collector cars CAN keep up with modern traffic, but I do not choose to when towing. Even when towing with my '99 GMC, I keep my speed at 55 MPH with a self-imposed maximum of 60 MPH.

Good luck with your dilemma!

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Old 09-02-2006, 02:35 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by overlander64
A Fairlane 500 or Torino would be a more likely towing mate for your Globetrottter.
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Originally Posted by S C Streamer
Welcome ss,

Sell the Mustang,and get a 1966 Oldsmobile VistaCruiser wagon.

That or a Dodge Coronet wagon. If you prefer a Ford, a Fairlane with a 289 should be adequate for you, although I think a late 1960's Ford XL convertible would look really cool towing your coach.
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Cars tow large Airstreams at 90 to 115 MPH

Originally Posted by Frank S
If you limit your speed to 55mph a lot of vintage autos could be considered. Frank S
Here are a few captions from articles....

At Riverside Racetrack a 67 Chev Caprice with a 30' Airstream in tow does some " pushed to the limit offroading" on hilly, uneven, terrain.....No problem.

Motorcade magazine test a 65 Dodge and a 4,500lb., 30' Airstream and reached 94MPH. Conclusion...The Dodge made an excellant tow vehicle for this TT. Towing the Airstream was a solid and steady, an almost effortless delight.

Road Test of 1955, 188HP, Mercury towing a 30' Airstream.... On a straight course 91 MPH was reached.

In the 70's Caravaner's Insurance company did some testing. A Dodge Coronet towed a 30' Airstream at 115 MPH and stayed true.

Independant testing in the 90's: Quote: In the interest of science I have towed Airstreams with cars (performance tires installed) at 100MPH Quote:

Not that one would consider towing an Airstream at such sppeds but it does illustrate the capabilities.

Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
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