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Old 01-23-2021, 12:31 PM   #1
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Old 01-23-2021, 02:04 PM   #2
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Now, there's a real / heavy/ long wheelbase/ powerful /old school tow vehicle!
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That's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

And it is interesting what TV's were used then. Maybe it was a bit of a case of ignorance is bliss. Or they just used what they had.
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That's pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!

And it is interesting what TV's were used then. Maybe it was a bit of a case of ignorance is bliss. Or they just used what they had.
I don't know. My parents had a 1968 26ft Airstream. Towed it with a 1965 Cadillac. Some years ago I compared that Caddy to the 2003 Suburban we had then. The Caddy was longer, wider, nearly the same wheelbase, and had a good bit more torque (even taking into account that power numbers of that era were not particularly accurate).
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I don't know. My parents had a 1968 26ft Airstream. Towed it with a 1965 Cadillac. Some years ago I compared that Caddy to the 2003 Suburban we had then. The Caddy was longer, wider, nearly the same wheelbase, and had a good bit more torque (even taking into account that power numbers of that era were not particularly accurate).
Those old Caddys had a 429 Cubic Inch engine, around 350 Horsepower.I had a 67 CoupeDeville, same engine, a real beast !
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I don't know. My parents had a 1968 26ft Airstream. Towed it with a 1965 Cadillac. Some years ago I compared that Caddy to the 2003 Suburban we had then. The Caddy was longer, wider, nearly the same wheelbase, and had a good bit more torque (even taking into account that power numbers of that era were not particularly accurate).
Those old Caddys had a 429 Cubic Inch engine, around 350 Horsepower.I had a 67 CoupeDeville, same engine, a real beast .No WD hitch needed lol
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I'm not sure I'd be pulling my 28' Airstream down to the river bank no matter the tow vehicle. Sometimes I think Airstream marketing is a bit unrealistic. It is a great photo that inspires the "get away from it all" mode of travel that Airstream trailers offer.

Wally Byam's international caravans were quite an adventure too. He was "field testing" the trailers and listing improvements needed as he went.

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Old 01-23-2021, 07:43 PM   #8
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Yes, airstream marketing has always, shall we say, stretched the truth. That’s a tradition the company still honors today.

I think it’s also important to remember, regarding the ad above, that the trailers back then were considerably lighter than they are today; a remarkable accomplishment given the technology of the day. My 69 18 foot Caravel had an original weight of just 2800 pounds.
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