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Old 01-13-2004, 06:45 PM   #1
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Airstream < 1500lb exist?

Is there an airstream model that weighs less than 1500lb, iincluding the tow hitch weight?
I just bought a Honda Element which has a tow capacity of 1500lb. Its not much, but I know. I have always wanted a camper, and I just love the way the airstreams look. IS there a vintage model that was really small? (under 12 ft?)

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Old 01-13-2004, 06:50 PM   #2
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I'm afraid ...

that you are limited to something like the 13' Scamp or Casita and even those minimal trailers would tax the towing ability of the Honda Element.

I think that the smallest vintage Airstream is 15'.
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Old 01-13-2004, 07:18 PM   #3
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Tent camping can be very enjoyable. There are some folks who wouldn't trade their tent for a trailer!

Check out this Honda tailgate cabana...
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Old 01-13-2004, 07:35 PM   #4
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Keep in mind that "tow ratings" have to be reduced by the weight of the passengers and cargo in the tow vehicle. That 1500 lbs is really more like 1000-1200 with anything in the vehicle. The Element isn't really designed for trailer towing, but they've equipped it to tow ONE ATV, jet-ski, or a very small fishing boat, while carrying passengers and cargo in the vehicle.

Although we have a 34' triple-axle Airstream, we have to leave it home and tent camp when we tow the boat up to the lake. We use a 4-person Eureka Timberline tent and a cushy, queen-sized Coleman air bed with battery-powered inflator.
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Old 01-13-2004, 08:28 PM   #5
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How about a teardrop. They are small and light enough and aluminum skinned.

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Old 01-13-2004, 08:39 PM   #6
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"I think that the smallest vintage Airstream is 15'."

That would have been the Cruisette from the early 50's, wouldn't it? No bathroom, no refrigerator, it might just have squeezed in at under 1500 lbs.

Of course, it would probably be easier to build one new from scratch than try and find a used one today.

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I think the lightest Airstreams in the past few decades were the 1957 Bubble at 1750 lbs and early 60's Bambis at about 1875 lbs. I recently blew away a RV salesman by giving him a tour of my Caravel and informing him it weighed only 2,400 lbs empty. Today, any SOB trailer that size and with similar equipment would be called "lightweight" at 4,000 lbs.

Sadly, to get into RV'ing today (with anything other than a popup), you need at least 3,500 lbs tow rating, and 5,000 lbs is better.

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we have both a 1957 bubble and a homemade teardrop , the bubble weighs in at 1850 lbs and the teardrop at about 650 lbs. the teardrop definately isn't an airstream but garners attention wherever we take it. there are as many excellent sites for teardrops as there are for airstreams. our tow vehicles are modified, not an option for your tow vehicle, to handle the heavier t/w of the airstream.
i think unfortunately the answer to your question is, none made.
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Not in this lifetime! If an RV is what you want and you're sold on an Airstream, you'll need a lot more meat than what the element has....sorry....

Now if you just want an RV, possibly a pop up...maybe or some of what's been suggested already.
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the only airstreams under 1500 are from
Motorcity Classics Franklin Mind or Hot Wheels
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Not an AS but maybe under 1500

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Lightbulb Considerations

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Actually there is one..
Check this out:Thor's newest model Airstream



This should get you into an Airstream..~!

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Old 01-14-2004, 07:54 AM   #13
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Cute unit, but no Airstream. Sure it's still made by the same parent company, but it still is not an Airstream right?
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The T@B is Thor Dutchman, not Airstream, right?

I considered mentioning it to him, but it's 1250 lbs with no options, dry. Would be okay if anyone traveling with you took another vehicle, and brought the food, clothes, etc.

74Argosy24MH's teardrop URL is the only practical hardside I've seen suggested, and even then he'd have to be careful to trade-off weight in the Element for weight in the trailer.
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