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Old 07-09-2007, 10:55 PM   #1
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H1 Hummer as tow vehicle

Anyone pull a 30' Classic Airstream with a 1999 6.5 litre diesel engine H! Hummer? Anyone use a Predator Chip to increase HP for H1? Am considering doing so and hope someone has experience or technical knowledge to assist

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Old 07-09-2007, 11:08 PM   #2
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i have a friend that used to pull the occasional farm wagon with his h1 (hay, cattle and so on)

it wasn't pretty so he switched to a 64 ford 550/650 equivalent...

the 1999 h1 is a DOG at acceleration...

and loud beyond belief on the open road at 60 mhp...

but a kick in the seat to drive at 40mph cross the open country!

the steering, quattro and suspension are friggin cOoL!

the 30ft classic in question exceeds the towing parameters for weight and hitch mass.

and the hummer wheel base is short short short....

and while the h1 is plenty stout, i'm not sure how a weight distribution system would work with the suspension or how the hitch mounting point could be adapted...

otoh the hummer does have helicopter lift hooks for evacuation and delivery!

and can ride at 44 inches UNDER water...

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Old 07-09-2007, 11:09 PM   #3
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This isn't the most capable of tow vehicles. It's been discussed before. Search on Hummer.
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Of course, this might be an example of the first time the tow vehicle was wider than a wide bodied Airstream! That alone should make up some for the wheel base...which by the way is pretty long, just not in relation to the width.
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Old 07-10-2007, 06:19 AM   #5
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Towing capacity of an H1 is 2000 pounds. Maybe you could tow a vintage Bambi with it. It is designed to go anywhere, while not towing anything.
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Old 07-10-2007, 07:48 AM   #6
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While camping at Big Lagoon St Park last month, there was a 30ish foot Airstream towed by a H1. They had a full complement of Weight Distribution accesories. They were never at their site when we came through so we didn't have a chance to meet them.
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the H1 civilian version of the hmmwv my rancher friend owns is a 4 door wagon model...

i think the towing capacity is around 7500lbs and it does have a 12-13k winch...

of course his doesn't include these tow robbing accessories...
-a machine gun turret
-mounts for m-16s
-armor plating or
-chemical warfare resistant paint...

but it does have cup holders!

still it's a dog, acceleration wise.
0-60 with a sundial....

i think it weighs about 7500 without gear,

so adding a trailer would be like dropping anchor...

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we hitched one up to an Hummer with huge oversized tires...the spare was in the way and kept hitting the electric hitch jack...but we got it to work...

Hope he never has a flat!!!

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Anyone know why all of the windows, including the front windshield are verticle?...to keep the sun from reflecting into the sky and giving the position away to bombers.
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Anyone know why all of the windows, including the front windshield are verticle?...to keep the sun from reflecting into the sky and giving the position away to bombers.
But what about the reflecting skin of your Airstream?
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Beacuse most bullet resistant glass is a flat plate. They did it to keep the look of the miltary version. A continously curved surface would produce a smaller reflation with the sun on it.
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Thanks to all for your replies, I am convinced it is a bad idea to tow a 30'.
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Thanks to all for your replies, I am convinced it is a bad idea to tow a 30'.
no, no...it is a GOOD idea to tow a 30'...just not with that H1!

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