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Old 09-10-2012, 07:56 PM   #15
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As lots of diverse threads on here will show, the size and weight of an Airstream isn't the clincher when deciding how a Tow Vehicle will handle the load. An Airstream of any size will tow well on account of it's low profile, relatively aerodynamic shape and its two, four or six independently sprung wheels, and whilst you might need a honking great truck to pull a flat sided SOB, it's just not the case for an Airstream. That's the basis for Andrew T's work and one of the reasons he's so successful in setting up TVs like the Magnum or the 300C for the biggest Airstreams. Sure, he knows a thing or two about hitch rigging and general towing dynamics, but his customers' experiences prove that not only do these cars and SUVs tow well, but that they comfortably withstand the rigours of towing, transmissions and all. Check out the videos on Can-Am RV's website!
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:09 PM   #16
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Is it legal to do this type of modification in the states, or do you have to go to Canada? I would think that if it were legal in the states that there would be shop in every state modifying mini vans to tow 34'. Just saying. Enjoy
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:51 AM   #17
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Is it legal to do this type of modification in the states, or do you have to go to Canada? I would think that if it were legal in the states that there would be shop in every state modifying mini vans to tow 34'. Just saying. Enjoy
If you think about it, the Canadian market is a more fertile place for this modification than the US. Gas and vehicle prices are higher there. Here in the US it's somewhat easier to justify/tolerate the purchase of a bigger truck.

Towing ratings are set by manufacturers based on their testing. The biggest factor in the tests is powertrain cooling, measured by towing up a steep grade in Death Valley at 100+ degrees at highway speeds with the AC cranked, pulling a non-aerodynamic box trailer. It's a severe test - and it doesn't have anything to do with legality.

Manufacturers don't test cars to the same limits as trucks because market research tells them that buyers will simply get a truck or SUV if the want to tow. It doesn't mean that a unmodified car would pass the higher towing limit in the test - but it doesn't mean that it wouldn't serve the customer well when towing a heavier Airstream (aerodynamic and stable) in less extreme conditions either.

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Old 09-11-2012, 07:26 AM   #18
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The wonderful couple that bought our 27' International is towing her with a new cherry red Dodge Charger thanks to CanAm...gotta admit...looked pretty hot!
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I've read a lot of Andrew's posts and other writings. I can't speak for him, but the Chrysler 300 has all the things he says are desirable for a tow vehicle. It is one of the best cars for towing you can get.

There are certain things that come up over and over when he sets up a car for towing. 1) Get a set of low profile tires. This helps road grip and handling, and lowers the effective gear ratio to make towing easier 2) A good transmission cooler 3) A good hitch receiver, heavy duty, made in his own shop and built onto the tow vehicle. Keep the hitch as short as possible, in other words you want the hitch ball as close to the rear axle as you can get.4) A good brake controller

Then, carefully set up the hitch height, spring bars, etc so the trailer tows the way it should. This can take several trips to the weigh scale and multiple adjustments but once you figure out the best setup for your rig it is easy to do it that way every time.
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