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Old 11-25-2007, 06:18 AM   #29
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Just to Clarify a little here.

Our PT Cruiser is a convertible.

No we don't set it up to tow anysize Airstream 22' is the largest we pair with it. Yes it is great fun to tow with! One disadavantage we had to take the spare tire out from underneath to put the hitch on so it now resides in the trunk.

Mr Tanaka from Airstream Japan was so impressed when he towed with it that he had us send a hitch to Japan for him and he has one there. Recently a customer that works for a Suzuki was in Japan. He looked up and said WoW a PT Cruiser and then he went WoW it is towing an Airstream.

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Old 11-25-2007, 06:22 AM   #30
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Old 11-25-2007, 02:57 PM   #31
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Here is a picture.
very cool! thanks for posting the pic.

and i bet folks thought i was joking about the convertible!

i love it.

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Old 11-25-2007, 05:45 PM   #32
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Just after I bought the Argosy Andrew suggested I trade it in on a Bambi that could be pulled with my Mini Cooper - but I wanted to do it my way:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f227...ase-18448.html


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The PT and the Mini shared a joint venture engine at that time.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:25 PM   #33
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That PT Cruizer Convertible towing the Bambi is sooooooo coool! Thanks for the pic! I would really love to do that someday.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:36 PM   #34
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Another tow option

I may have an opportunity to get one of these for my wife:



Engine Type dual overhead cam 20-valve turbocharged
inline four-cylinder
Engine Size 1.8 liters / 109 cu. in.
Horsepower 150 @ 5800 rpm
Torque (lb-ft) 162 @ 2200-4200 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic with ``Tiptronic''(r)
manual shift mode
Wheelbase / Length 98.8 in. / 161.1 in.
Curb Weight 3217 lbs.
Pounds Per Horsepower 21.5
Fuel Capacity 14.5 gal.

I don't think it has a hitch.
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Old 11-26-2007, 05:33 PM   #35
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That PT Cruizer Convertible towing the Bambi is sooooooo coool! Thanks for the pic! I would really love to do that someday.
Stef... Many of us in the Toronto region saw the PT Cruiser, Airstream combination at the Toronto RV show a couple years ago. The custom hitch was impressive. They also had a large monitor set up with a video playing. I can recall the video showing the combination being tested through some extreme lane change maneuvers and some steep uphill climbs. It was impressive how it easily the Cruiser seemed to handle the Airstream.
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It seems to me that there should be other safe and sane options when you're towing one of the smallest trailers around, other than giant trucks and vans. After all, these trailers were made to be towed by cars back in the day, complete with their antiquated steering, brakes, and suspensions. Cars today are far superior in all those areas, and hitch technology is far superior. I would be much more confident towing with a PT cruiser than (as they show in the 68 Airstream catalog towing a Caravel) a 68 Mustang! It just takes someone to do the work to setup the thing to tow safely.
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It just takes someone to do the work to setup the thing to tow safely.
Yes, agree. There was a snap shot posted on the forum not to long ago of a pro built hitch. Here it is in case you missed it. Post #21. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f464...r-36178-2.html
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Do the truck brakes stop the trailer or is it the trailer brakes that not only stop the trailer but actually help the truck stop in less distance than it stops by itself???...as other have suggested?
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The ratio of weight to the stopping ability of each brake contributes to the stopping of a towing rig. A trailer with brakes on all axles has enough braking ability to have capacity to spare when fully applied, thus helping the tow vehicle stop in a shorter distance while towing.

The same principle applies to trains; a trio of locomotives is VERY difficult to stop, compared to the same trio with a train of say 30 passenger cars.

My SOB has 2000# axles with (small) brakes only on the front. Applying the controller alone does a respectable job of slowing down the Suburban, even from interstate speed! Of course, they'll fade on you if you use them exclusively like that, but just to show their capacity. Tandem or triple 3500#axles with 11+ inch or disc brakes on all wheels have a lot of stopping capacity, provided they are working correctly.

I was disheartened to read the results about Suburbans, but I can tell you right now that it is better than my Volvo. I bought the Burb right after wagging a 31' Streamline/Volvo combi all over the 101 Freeway after swerving because somebody cut in front of me and slammed on the brakes , necessitating an emergency swerve; it was either that, or hit the guy for sure and take it from there . Now Suburbans aren't good TVs, great! (LOL)
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it was either that, or hit the guy for sure and take it from there .
On the plus side for the big tow vehicles, if fate dictates that's how it will go, you definitly want to be in a 'burb!
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