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Old 03-06-2007, 11:17 PM   #15
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Our Safari 25 is towed by our Nissan Altima (3.5litre) V6.

We have been from Windsor Ontario to Annapolis Maryland 4 times & down to Florida 5 times.

The hitch weight of the 25 is about 700lbs & that's about the same as 3 big men in the back seat...dispite what the brochures may say about towing capabilities.

For those of you that may feel I have a death wish because I'm not pulling a bambi with a hummer...let me assure you that I've been up & down some pretty big mountains (north & south on I75) & it handles them very well.

Can-Am in London Ont. set up & balanced the rig & as far as I can tell from my experiences so far from 6yrs of ownership (which have included some quick evasive actions) it all works just fine.

Our plans are to soon move up to a Mercedes M-class with the new desiel engine & this will allow us to trade up to either the Classic 31 or 34.

For those of you that may be shocked & are wondering about all this, have a look here RV Lifestyle - Hitch Hints & Wagon Masters

Of course folks, I'll readily admit...the hitch being in perfect balance is a critical factor...but these are Airstreams after all & once they get rolling down the road they roll along very nicely indeed.

As for myself, I tend to be conservitive & drive along at about 55-60mph down the slow lane of the highways & have lots of miles to prove this works.

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Old 03-07-2007, 07:10 AM   #16
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Canadians are just naturally adventurous, and daring! My father has been somewhat famous for towing at high speeds from the west end of Toronto up into the Peterboro area... He thought nothing of towing his pop-up at 90 mph.
My strangest tow was a delivery of a twin engine inboard-outboard cabin cruiser from Ocala to Daytona Beach. The boat was a beast at 26' and up on a tri-axle aluminum trailer. My E-150 Ford van had a full high top conversion and a 300 inline six with an automatic. As luck would have it their are no hills to speak of between the two points and all went well. Just took a long time to slow down.
The new owner was a manager of a very nice hotel and provided room and board at the destination as well as our delivery fee.
The old van ran forever but was a tough sell with it's "arm-strong" steering....no power steering.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:15 AM   #17
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. . . from Canada, huh?

Maybe from our friends at Can-Am, like this? (It's a Jaguar with a HaHa)
I'll let you into something even funnier than that! Underneath that Jag exterior, the cars a Ford Mondeo floorpan! A compact in US terms!
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:24 AM   #18
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Underneath that Jag exterior, the cars a Ford Mondeo floorpan! A compact in US terms!
So true, sad but true. One the other side Jag came up quite a bit in customer reliability after the Ford takeover. Anything had to be better than the Lucas electrics.

Lucas, a.k.a. "The Prince of Darkness!"

Owned a 69 340 so have personal experience and bills to prove it all.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:29 AM   #19
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Tell me about it! I remember looking at the rat's nest of wiring that was my brother's V8 250 Daimler of 1967. They didn't build those things to last. In contemporary times my wife runs a very fun little Fiat Cabriolet. But, every time she complains about something not working I just shake my head! Lol!
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:35 AM   #20
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Hope we're not hijacking this thread... had a 1988 Alfa spyder....11 computers? Now being a begger for punishment I own a 1987 Cadillac Allante. Now if you want a rat's nest just look behind a classic MoHo dashboard! Except for Chaplin Kent's of course.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:43 AM   #21
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I have always loved the Alfa Spyder! However, I heeded the warning of our chief UK petrol-head motoring Journalist, Jeremy Clarkson. He said he loved it, but he was always carrying a bit of it in his hands! Lol! Hence, I have the one bit of madness in the Swedish stable of sensible cars: Saab 900 Turbo convertible! Monster!!

I return the thread to the hitchers! Thank you!
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Young & Stoopid...

back in the '70s I towed a 16' Hobie Cat sailboat with a 1973 VW Super Beetle Conv. from Santa Cruz to Mazatlan Mexico and back.
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Can-Am in London Ont. set up & balanced the rig & as far as I can tell from my experiences so far from 6yrs of ownership (which have included some quick evasive actions) it all works just fine.

Our plans are to soon move up to a Mercedes M-class with the new desiel engine & this will allow us to trade up to either the Classic 31 or 34.
Case proven.
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I guess it takes an Aluminut to know when something's really nutty! Lol!
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I guess it takes an Aluminut to know when something's really nutty! Lol!
That, a couple of Molsons and a trip to my local Can-Am dealer! !
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Even an SOB deserves better than that! Lol! You look like a double English Pariah! A tractor AND a caravan!! If you come to these shores, travel at night and carry a big stick! Lol!
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Does this qualify?

Still under development, the Mercedes Sprinter will CARRY the Mini Cooper while PULLING the re-done 1976 Argosy 24.

The Argosy will be painted two-tone, Pepper White and Black, to match the MINI.

The whole story is here, for those interested:

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ase-18448.html


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