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Old 12-02-2015, 05:15 PM   #15
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Great looking 55!

What I always suggest for a vintage piece is a tow vehicle that will preserve it and not beat it up a lot. Look for a fairly soft independent rear suspension. If you want to stay with an SUV the Mercedes GLK diesel gets great mileage, A Ford Edge is pretty good and less costly. The best mileage comes from a car, the new Chrysler 200 with the amazing 3.6 and 9 speed transmission would be ideal. If you want to gamble you can likely pick up a Passat Diesel way under market price.

What else do you have in the driveway? You may have a great tow vehicle waiting to be discovered.

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Old 12-03-2015, 11:09 AM   #16
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'55' Bel Air convertable white over red, is the only correct choice. Fully restored of course. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...tible_1955.JPG
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:41 PM   #17
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We are pretty happy with our Ford Flex. Aside from a few issues as it passed 100k, I don't think I could have found a more comfortable cruiser for the price.
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Old 12-05-2015, 03:29 PM   #18
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When I hear 1955, I think vintage tow vehicle.

But, when I think vintage, I do not think good mpg.

Retro-new comes to mind, but they all seem to have tow capacities of 1K. Maybe the Jeep Wrangler 4 door is worth a look as it should be the exception.

CanAm modified a late model Corvette to tow a 23. There was a picture of it on their web site. That is interesting, but even more so if you could afford one of the C5s, that was built to look like a C1. A very cool tow vehicle indeed!

You could also talk to CanAm about a 2001-2004 S-type jag, which looks vintage. It's comfortable, gets reasonable mpg, and they sell cheap, because Jags can be expensive to repair. Find one that has seen proper care. Not for all, but maybe?

Some day there will be folks who build interesting Resto-mods that are configured as tow vehicles. Factory Five has a 32 kit car that would be quite interesting if it was powered by a late model gas or diesel dual stage turbo and multiple speed transmission.

Otherwise, see the posts above. The Chrysler sounds very interesting and the Flex seems like a perfect TV for a smaller trailer. Too bad an HHR wouldn't work.

Then again, you could forget about that mpg and find a nice Red Caddy.

Good luck, vintage has got to be fun. Pat
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Vintage tow vehicle would be super cool but I'm leaning toward modern. Thoughts on the Ford Edge? V6, fairly good mpg, decent styling.


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Old 12-11-2015, 07:36 AM   #20
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We have many customers with Edges. It is a great vehicle the drivetrain is well proven and we have not had a customer have any serious issues with one.

The Transmission is a joint Ford / GM project we have been towing with it in the Buick Enclave since 2008. Make sure you get the 3.5 Litre, the Turbo 4 cylinder is not delivering the expected fuel economy.

The stock hitch will be fine for the 18'. The Edge will easily tow your 24' as well but I would suggest strengthening the receiver for it.

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Old 12-11-2015, 07:42 AM   #21
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One other vehicle I should have mentioned is we have a new Jeep Cherokee (not the grand Cherokee). It is a very nice vehicle, it has a 3.2 Litre with a 9 speed ZF transmission. The fuel economy is quite good. It is not as large a vehicle as the Edge but will easily handle any of your Airstreams. One nice thing the Receiver is strong enough for any that you have.

(sorry I did not have a good picture with an Airstream)

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We had a Flex at work for a while - excellent vehicle.

We had a great time with our Honda Odyssey (now for sale) as set up by Andy and his crew. Only selling it because my job takes me along routes that demand 4WD.
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