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Old 01-24-2012, 11:31 AM   #15
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:15 AM   #16
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We watched that episode with great interest when we saw the Airstream. I couldn't help being envious and wondering if I could have undertaken a remod had I found it first. Dreams are fun.
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:12 PM   #17
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We just watched that episode last night, and I can't believe they towed it all the way out to CA on those old tires and I think they were surprised they made it also. What a nice Airstream.
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1948 Airstream on American Pickers

One of the comments that they made about the performance of the Sprinter towing the Vintage Airstream took me by surprise. They mentioned averaging 9 MPG on the trip from Iowa to California with the Sprinter/Airstream combination. As light as the 1948 Airstream was, I would have expected the towing economy in the low teens rather than single digits. My Suburban with the 7400 VORTEC would have averaged around 12 MPG with an Airstream of that size on a similar route and my '75 Cadillac Eldorado would have averaged around 9 MPG with an my Minuet which would be heavier than the 1948 Airstream by a few hundred pounds.

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Kevin: Did they mention how fast they were driving? If I recall correctly from previous posts you keep your towing speeds in the low 60s, they may have been towing 70+.
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Frank made the comment that the trailer was 9200 lbs also... NO way is it half that.
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Frank made the comment that the trailer was 9200 lbs also... NO way is it half that.
Yeah, I have a friend with a '48 WeeWind that you can move around by lifting the tongue by hand. I don't know if the one on Pickers was a bigger model, but those old pipe-frame trailers are very light.

Maybe he was thinking of the gross weight of the Sprinter (and he was still shooting high), or the weight of the Sprinter+trailer (which is more believable... empty curb weight of a new high-roof long-wb Sprinter cargo is around 5700 lb.)
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Yeah, I could go for total weight. This doesn't go back far enough, but a 1953 Clipper is less than 2000lbs.
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