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Old 05-28-2011, 01:36 AM   #43
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Geez, sorry...lol... I did post info on make and model, then it all went away....
IAt's 1995 GMC 2500 Vandura Rally van . it is pretty trick but I don't think it's THAT trick
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Oh! I have a '68 International Harvester pickup that might
do the trick ;~)
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:45 AM   #44
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That van will be fantastic
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:01 PM   #45
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I love vans. have owned several over the years, starting in the 70's when you had to do your OWN customizing if you wanted windows, carpeting, side pipes, rear speakers... My first airbrush was bought to customize a '73 Ford E-150.

only problem I see for me using a van as a TV would be the lack of 4x4 for some of the other things I want to do.
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Old 05-28-2011, 08:21 PM   #46
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I currently to a 1984 31 foot Excella (8000 lbs) with a 1991 GMC Rally STX 12 pasenger G3500 with the 350 CI (I'm an old guy), 4L80E transmission and appearntly approximately a 2.90:1 rear end or ther abouts. I go up Afton Mtn in Virginia in the right lane at 40 mph but I get there and I get good gas milage. A much better rear end ratio would be around 3.5:1.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:24 PM   #47
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Beginner... do you take it out of OD pulling those hills ?
It may help your power and speed, and also make everything run cooler, mostly your great 4L80E
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Old 05-29-2011, 06:16 AM   #48
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:34 AM   #49
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The red van was my '99 half ton Chevy Express. The silver is my current '03 3/4 ton GMC Savana. The picture of the Savana on the day it was delivered to the dealership.

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Old 05-30-2011, 12:13 PM   #50
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I am partial to the Chevys:-) nice vans all!
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:15 PM   #51
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A van would be a nice choice for a Silver Streak. For GM, do some homework. I know that the VORTEC-series engines feature better power and life than the previous generation. I would hold out for that. A V8-350 [5.7L] is a bit small for a 26' or larger trailer. It'll do it, but it'll work for a living (my preference, but many are afraid of an engine running 3000-rpm all day when called for) and an excellent choice for service and solo. I would specify a 3/4T van.

Depending on the year/model the TT GVWR will be no higher than 8k, and, loaded for full-time travel (full water, propane, etc), you're looking at likely 6500-lbs or more. Use 7k as your guideline for trailer weight.

We full-timed in our non-modified '83 34' (see sig link) and were at 92% of GVWR [7,400-lbs +/-] the times I weighed the trailer. I recommend, heartily, a PRO PRIDE hitch for any TT or TV.

There is/are more than one SS owner in the Seattle area. Please go to the Toms' Web Page site and sign up for the Silver Streak Mailing List. While it is unlikely that SS's ever leak, you'll want to avoid this as with any other brand if possible. Post pictures of what you are considering. It may be possible to get some feedback from other owners about "what" they see in any photos.

If we ever sell this house another SS is at the top of the list for us. There aren't enough post-1972 Streamline trailers (all brands: separate black water tank, a must, IMO), nor were many made in the rear bedroom configuration we wish to have. I'd love to own one. Same for AVION, there are many of the config we prefer thru the 1990 model year.

I would recommend to you the 1973-1977 AVION (prior to their acquisition by Fleetwood; but after black tanks were standard). While the later trailers are fine, I believe that this model range is an outstanding value in current price and overall construction. Superior to SS for it's foamed insulation, IMO, and it's walking beam suspension (called "Smooth Glide").

For a single person a 28' of these years with the double bed is the way to go. Much superior to anything built by A/S in this period in every regard, but especially initial price and price of repairs [scale] necessary, if any.

Here's a '73 28' for sale in Springer, OK (OKC). This trailer would weigh above 5k for travel, maybe 6k if loaded heavy:

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Fabrics, floor coverings, etc, are all easy to change. With these orphan brand trailers remember that all appliances (A/C, refrigerator, etc) are all the same. CAYO [MI] still is in business furnishing parts as necessary (limited).

With any of these older trailers have the axles aligned, change the exterior marker/signal/brake lamps to LED, and do the "on road" items quickly with any budget constraints. Brakes and tires: make 'em new on the TT and TV. The ugly carpet will wait (my wife and I lived on the subfloor for months. Used area rugs).

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:02 AM   #52
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I NEVER to anything with any automatic transmission in Overdrive (OD). I used to rebuild transmissions as a second job (cause I liked to eat) and still have contacts with local shops. The 4L60s and the 4L80s do not have the clutch contact surface in the OD to withstand the torque needed to tow large trailers. Neither does the AOD or the Chrystler autos, including diesels, according to my buddy who owns a shop (mom and pop). He is constantly rebuilding transmissions for his customers who will not listen to him, especially this one dually Dodge one ton diesel. As you pointed out I have more power in 3rd lockup than in OD anyway. With the 2.90:1 or so rearend I feel I need all the help I can get. My gas milage, the last time I checked was between 12 and 13 MPG. Haven't checked it lately with the new gas formulations but I am sure it is less.
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