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Old 09-24-2008, 02:02 PM   #449
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We just got back from our 16 day, 2,000klm adventure up North which included nights at Killbear, Algonquin, Arrowhead, Grundy Lake, Kilarney, and Oasler Bay Provincial parks here in Ontario.

We saw two vintage TV's. An older Caprice all set up for towing. Big WDH, extension mirrors and twin sway control balls. Didn't see what he was towing but got the pic here of the vehicle...http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...g?t=1222122232

We also saw a 1972 Ford LTD station wagon towing an older 26'TT, SOB.

On the trip we did see 4 other Airstreams all fairly new and over 25'. Two were towed with V6's and the other 2 were being towed with V8's.

This year we also noticed very few RV's on the roads and few campers in the Provincial Parks. At Killarney the trailer park section of the park was empty but many pop ups and tents were in the other sites.

Also note at one gas station near Sudbury we payed over 1.50 a litre for premium fuel. That's about 6 bucks a gallon.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:26 PM   #450
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Thanks for the picture of the Caprice, RR. It looks ready to haul just about anything in that picture. Twin sway bars is intersting and something I wonder if it makes a difference. Might be worth considering if it actually works.

We also saw far fewer actual trailers and MoHo's on the road this trip than at any other time in the past. As you note a lot of tents, pop ups and the first HiLo of the new type that I've seen other than in advertisements. It looked heavy though, even when it was towing out, so I'm not sure the gain is worth the pain.

There was a couple near us with a very small at most 2 person tent and they had themselves (in their sixties I'd say) and neither one was by any means tiny, and a border collie about 2 years old judging by its size and playfulness. He said it was now the only way they could afford to camp. They used to have a full sized RV, then a pop up and now the tent but they were damned if they were going to let crazy fuel prices stop them from enjoying their camping. Whew, for me if I don't have the comforts I'm not going. Boondocking yes and I really enjoy that but not sleeping on an air mattress a couple of inches off the ground.

As I was typing this I noticed a mid seventies 4X4 truck in black primer towing a very old canned ham go past and park down the street. It has WA plates on the trailer. I'd better go take a look even if it is raining hard. It may not be there when it quits.
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Hello, just checking back here.

Recently, for one of my magazine clients, I shot a combination of a beautifully restored 1956 Chevy Nomad, towing an equally beautiful 1956 Shasta in an exact-match blue/white paint scheme. Not sure if its OK to post a photo of it here in an Airstream forum so if anyone would like me to post a photo or two here, just let me know.

This will be the cover car combination for one of my national automotive publications in January -- sorry I can't disclose which at this time, editors get pretty bent out of shape about things like that -- but I want to explore the opportunities to produce similar features in the future, of enthusiasts towing vintage trailers with period-correct vehicles.

If you have a few photos of your vintage tow vehicle and trailer combination, I invite you to send them to me. In the aftermath of the vinatge Nomad/Shasta shoot I've started planning a vintage tow vehicle/trailer blog for my own publication Automotive Traveler so I would love to hear from you. And if you live in Southern California, I'd love to hear from you as there's the opportunity that I could shoot your combination myself.

This is a great thread and I hope that in the future, that I will be able to make more regular contributions.

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Old 09-25-2008, 08:43 AM   #452
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...if anyone would like me to post a photo or two here, just let me know.
Uhh... YEAH we wanna see it!
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Old 10-07-2008, 07:40 PM   #453
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I have the utmost sympathy for those of you that travel with those old cars. I used to own an 1976 Malibu in perfect original condition. I was constantly working on that thing.

Then, I lived in a 100 year old Victorian mansion, and I was constantly working on that thing too.

After all that, I told myself I would never buy anything old again. And surprisingly enough, I find myself the proud owner of a 1971 Airstream. Sometimes, I think I should kick myself in the pants. lol

I was smart enough to buy a 2001 diesel powered Ford pickup though. I just set the cruise, and enjoy the ride. Great power, and great fuel mileage.

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Old 10-13-2008, 11:30 AM   #454
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At least the old things are easy to fix- I love my Dart and my Globetrotter for that reason. I have no idea how anything on my Honda Fit works. What is "electric power steering"?!

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Old 10-13-2008, 08:49 PM   #455
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This evening I was looking at epay and saw two ads wanting to sell 1979 Olds Towing Brochure's. Knowing that some of you tow your vintage AirStream with an vintage car with coil springs in the back, I thought, here's for you ... 1979 Oldsmobile Trailer Towing Information Brochure Ad - eBay (item 6562345019 end time Oct-31-08 11:49:15 PDT) .

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Old 12-22-2009, 02:37 AM   #456
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I was just browsing through the classic car ads on Kijiji. Saw this 1969 425ci Hemi Dodge for sale. Couldn't help but notice the 2" receiver on the back. Hummm.
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sweet!

but add one ci. to the 425, it's a 426ci :-)

dude, it's a HEMI! lol
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:17 AM   #458
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sweet!

but add one ci. to the 425, it's a 426ci :-)

dude, it's a HEMI! lol
For sure Ricky, a 426ci it is. That will teach me for getting up in the middle of the night and posting..lol

Also note the asking price for the numbers matching car is $59,000. and the engine is not running.
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that's pretty expensive for a car without air conditioning ;-)
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Old 12-22-2009, 07:17 PM   #460
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we are doing a trans Canada tour in 2010 check coasters2010 site the tow vehical is a 1957 ford monarch 7.5 liter engine with overdrive xmission and 3.22:1 final drive pulling a 1976 safari should be an interesting trip so your not alone.

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Hey Bill and Phyl, is the Monarch like a US-Fairlane? Is the 7.5 stock with a stick/overdrive set up, or have you changed out the motor?

best of luck to you, and it's so great to see a vintage AS with a vintage car
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The 7.5l engine (460 CID) would have been from another vehicle. The 385 engine series (429-460) block wasn't manufactured until after 1968/1969. That 1957 Monarch would have had a 312 or a 368 as an engine choice.

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