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Old 03-11-2012, 02:50 PM   #477
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Just found this thread! Love it!
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:19 PM   #478
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hi there, i'm a new guy on this forum and i'm from france. I love airstreams for many years now and my dream is to bring back one from US. We currently have a 2007 shelby gt500, 1966 mustang convertible and a 1955 chevy pick up.

Do you think i can tow an airstream ( and which one) with my pick up. It's a V8 265 ci, has IFS and disk brakes, power sterring and soon air ride suspension. Has independant rear suspension and disk brakes too. 3 speed manual, no leaks or any problem. I dont have a hitch. The manual says that the truck can tow up to 5000 lbs but that was a long time ago...

What do you think ?
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #479
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If you get a good hitch installed (to the frame and not the bumper),, I think you could tow one of the smaller Airstreams under 20ft, like a Bambi, Traveler, Caravel, Globerotter etc. Make shure your trailert has good brakes to help your truck with the stoping. Good luck!
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:53 PM   #480
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Your pickup should tow any matching era Airstream no problem with a frame mounted hitch and brake upgrade The newer the Airstream, the smaller the unit it would need to be. As many of us do, Airstreams gained weight every year as time passed. You can look up specifications for various years and models here:

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Old 04-07-2012, 09:10 PM   #481
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hi there, i'm a new guy on this forum and i'm from france. I love airstreams for many years now and my dream is to bring back one from US. We currently have a 2007 shelby gt500, 1966 mustang convertible and a 1955 chevy pick up.

Do you think i can tow an airstream ( and which one) with my pick up. It's a V8 265 ci, has IFS and disk brakes, power sterring and soon air ride suspension. Has independant rear suspension and disk brakes too. 3 speed manual, no leaks or any problem. I dont have a hitch. The manual says that the truck can tow up to 5000 lbs but that was a long time ago...

What do you think ?
Hi Rems.. Welcome! I can't imagine anything more fun than boondocking in France. I have a picture of a DS21 with a full chassis tow hitch, and I'd love to tow my Globetrotter with something like that! I'm sure your pickup truck would be fine. Parts for the 265 might be a little hard to find, so you might want to have some spares, and I think for a vintage car, dual circuit brakes are really an important upgrade.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:36 PM   #482
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Just found this thread and had to chime in. I have a 1969 Chevy C/10 longbed pickup for towing my 1966 TradeWind. The truck is a rear drive straight six (292) and even with the drum brakes tows the Airstream without breaking a sweat. That said, I have a high-end brake controller for the trailer brakes and downshift the manual transmission whenever engine braking can be used.

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Old 04-07-2012, 10:44 PM   #483
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My 1987 R20 Suburban(3/4T) with TBI 454, TH400HD.
Tow Package, Positraction rear end, and Load leveling airbags...
Dual A/C, and seating for 8.
I think it has a Class V Hitch.



Oh, the thing in front of it is my part built Rotisserie to do my Alfa Spider.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:49 PM   #484
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We've flat-bedded a new family member home from Rochester, NY to Chicago today: a '53 Town & Country wagon, with what we believe is an authentic 75K on the odometer.

It has power steering, semi-automatic transmission, fantastic original upholstery and the factory smooth-running flathead 6 cylinder. Chrome isn't so good, but the original black paint is in pretty decent shape.

We flat bedded it home from Rochester, NY to Chicago today!

Now, we're hoping to make some significant upgrades behind the scenes, but nothing that would ruin the spirit of the car: new suspension, big brakes, a modern V8 with EFI, new transmission, aftermarket AC... and of course a custom hitch to handle our Hensley and 22 footer.

Perhaps later on we can do remote tire pressure sensors, remote rear view camera, hidden stereo and cruise control.

All suggestions are welcome, we want this to be a great tow vehicle!
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:06 PM   #485
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Brad....a Viper V-10 will drop right in that engine bay!
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While the V-10 has double the torque* of the straight six (465 vs 218) the RPM needed to get that torque* is over 3000 rpms. My guess is the six will hit the top of the torque curve at 2000 PRMs with the correct tranny. If you want speed, stuff the V-10 in it. If you want to tow an Airstream (or anything else greater than 2000#s) look for something else. Or stick with the six banger. You won't go fast, however you will go.

*Torque is what gets you the grunt power to move weight. HP gets you speed.

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As a PS, the origianl tranny in that thing isn't good for much other than maintence.

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Get yourself a Mopar EFI V8 crate motor and new transmission. Get a modern radiator built, switch the car over to 12 volt, new multi speed wipers, disc brakes, etc, etc, etc. Might want to look at the rear end, shocks, steering box. ( There is a reason the guys who build retro rods put a modern front clip under the car)
You'll have a classic TV for for about the price of a new Durango or Ram. Oh and then there is the seats, you'll love em after about a 100 miles.

I have a cherry '57 Chev Belair post coupe with a power pack 283 and I won't drive it further than 100 miles. It's beautiful, hot and uncomfortable, doesn't corner, doesn't stop and sucks gas like crazy.

Go with your heart, I guess.
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Old 04-26-2012, 04:19 AM   #489
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That's going to look soooo sick with the Airstream behind it. Post a photo of the two hitched and ready to go when you finish the upgrades...sweet!
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:06 AM   #490
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I don't suppose you can wedge a nice 5.9L Cummins Diesel in there? That would definitely give your power! Maybe a smaller Mercedes diesel would be more appropriate?

Any way you go, this should be a real head-turner. What a great match for an Airstream!

Best of luck!!
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