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Old 06-10-2009, 03:30 PM   #1
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Woah!!! Makes me wish I still had my '72 beetle

They've disabled the embedding, but click the link. It's quite a novelty for sure.


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Old 06-10-2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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I'm just....speachless......
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:25 PM   #3
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Looks like excellent weight distribution with the pivot point moved forward -- a VW Hensley! And of course it's a custom made lightweight trailer. I don't see why it wouldn't work ... if only the car was still available. And even then it looks a little rusty around the bottom of the door on passenger side.

Dig that haircut! Whaddya think? Filmed in some eastern European country no more recently than 20 years ago? Transferred from 8mm...
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Old 06-10-2009, 08:22 PM   #4
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Dig that haircut! Whaddya think? Filmed in some eastern European country no more recently than 20 years ago? Transferred from 8mm...
Well - if you call Indiana 'eastern' I guess so.

Very cool though.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:04 PM   #5
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Awww the good ole days with a VW .... actually my wife still loves her 1974 Karmann Ghia convertible and drives it a few time a week to work.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:25 PM   #6
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Woah!!! Makes me wish I still had my '72 beetle

The automobile fifth-wheel trailer illustrated in the movie clip was advertised during the 1970s in Trailer Life magazine. It was advertised in sizes for both imported as well as full-sized domestic cars.

I don't have any information about whether any were produced or if they were produced how many may have been made.

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Old 06-11-2009, 12:43 PM   #7
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That 5th wheel was called the Shadow Cruiser and it came in 3 different sizes. These were full featured travels trailers with full bath, kitchen, sleeping, and living facilities.
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They mentioned that the VW had been reinforced. Wonder what they did?
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Deja Vu

Back in the 70s, I passed by a similar trailer every day in Berthoud, CO, between home and work. It sat behind a service station and never moved until it disappeared one day for good. I would guess the trailer length at about 24'.

The one I saw was custom designed for a specific mid-sized US car. I don't remember the make, but I believe it was a Ford. The underside of the trailer front end was shaped to mimic the shape of the rear of the car. I remember thinking that they didn't want to get high-centered over something like a railroad crossing because there was not much clearance between the car trunk and the trailer.

The front end of the trailer would not have had much vertical space over the bed. It would probably have been a lot like sleeping in my boat where I could barely turn over.

The hitch was a pretty sturdy-looking weldment that clamped to the rails at the edges of the car roof in four places.
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