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Old 03-05-2017, 07:35 PM   #1
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Max weight and size for vintage towing

What would be the largest sized Airstream you folks would recommend towing with a 1965 Pontiac Catalina? Has plenty of power with a 4B/455. Trans is a Muncie M20 4 speed with a 3.55 gear. Already has a dual electric fan set up with a big aluminum radiator.

I have searched the web for the official towing capacity of the car with no luck.

Would a modern heavier Airstream limit the length to say a 23' or less?

Hitch type?

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Old 03-10-2017, 06:29 PM   #2
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You have cooling and power covered. Stopping could be a limiting factor. Payload will be a problem. Airstream tongue weight will sag that car down due to the comfy ride the stock springs provide. Air bags or overload springs would need to be considered. A panhard rod would be a good idea to control tail wag of the car. Heavy duty custom hitch. Extended mirrors to see back. A team of lawyers and engineers to prove that you knew what you were doing.... etc.
The lighter the trailer the better it will work. Do you feel lucky?
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Old 03-10-2017, 08:00 PM   #3
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You might want to consider a vintage Airstream to go with your vintage tow vehicle. Airstreams were lighter back in those days.

Our 1960 Pacer 16 footer came in at something like 1,700 pounds gross and our tongue weight was only 200 pounds. (The previous owner towed it with a Mercedes 190D sedan for quite a while!)

Our 1980 Caravelle 22 footer is 4,000 pounds gross and we run the tongue weight a little on the heavy side, about 500 pounds.

You will want a good weight distribution hitch and likely air lifts or similar on the rear end of the car.
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