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Old 10-19-2007, 11:38 AM   #1
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Picking up '69 Safari 23 ft tomorrow.... nervous

So I am so excited but a bit nervous about picking up my "new" airstream tomorrow. It is about a 3 hour drive and this will be my first time towing. I have a 2005 Saab 9-7x that tows up to 5,500lbs. It is a V6 so it is going to be gasping for air at 7,000 ft (I live in Taos, NM) towing that weight. I just got new tires yesterday and I have located where the brake lights connnect. I will test first and I am prepared to get temp tow lights if necessary.

I don't think I will sleep tonight out of fear and excitement. I happened across that one thread with the Ebay ad of the mangled car and airstream and I have had nightmares of that. I am driving slow and steady and I will give a big exhale when I get home (although then I'll need to figure out how to back up).

The PO is including the equalizer hitch and will give me a tutorial. He sold his towing vehicle.

I can do this right?!?!?!

Advice or good wishes welcome and I will have LOTS of pictures along the way.

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Old 10-19-2007, 11:47 AM   #2
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Hi Jama, and WELCOME to the FORUMS. I am sure you are excited about the purchase of the AS trailer and getting it home to make it your own. I am not sure of the Saab tow vehicles, so I am sure another member here will chime in. I AM sure you will love the AS.
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Old 10-19-2007, 11:53 AM   #3
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It is a Saab SUV and it weights about 5,800 lbs so it should be OK I hope. I doubt a lot of people have used them because quite honestly there are not that many out there. When I got tires yesterday I think the guy was laughing at me because I told him a needed 255 55/18 tires for my Saab, there was a little white Saab sedan that he assumed was mine and he gave me a look of disbelief. It's pretty hefty though...
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Hi Jama. Here is a chart to help you with approximate weights. Remember, with an older trailer weights can change with remodels, etc. Also, these are dry weights which don't include propane, water, other "stuff" in the trailer.
Make sure the tires and brakes on the trailer are good and that you have a correctly installed brake controller. You don't want to mess with the safety items in the mountains of all places.
If you must, delay the big day until you have the important items squared away.
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:07 PM   #5
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Thank you and I agree. If I get there tomorrow and I feel at ALL uncomfortable I will pay and delay.

I should mention that I will not be using the Saab as a regular tow vehicle, but just to get my new bright and shiny toy home. So water and supplies are not an issue right now.

Also I have read that my wheel base is bit short but I should be OK as far as the 80% rule... again because I will not packing it up right now.
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:15 PM   #6
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Unhappy

How are the tires on the Airstream? It would be awful if an old tire blew then shredded and damaged your new Airstream even before you got it home.

It happened to me:

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Old 10-19-2007, 12:20 PM   #7
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I bought mine 500 miles from home, spent two days camping in it before I started home, stopped numerous times to check everything out and made it home in one day.

Take your time, check everything twice and enjoy the ride.

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Old 10-19-2007, 12:26 PM   #8
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make sure you understand how your weight distribution works. Maybe print a copy of instructions to take along. Take tools. Which direction are you headed to pick the thing up by the way?
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Old 10-19-2007, 12:30 PM   #9
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Thank you, this will be about 150 miles. I will triple check!

Those sure are some cute pooches... I also have a lab, Mabel, that can't wait for some camping!

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Old 10-19-2007, 02:16 PM   #10
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GREAT shot of a cute pup!

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Old 10-19-2007, 04:05 PM   #11
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Hey, that is the bridge south of Taos over the Rio Grande. We went that way to Ojo Caleinti just a few weeks ago.... great dog too. Here's mine after the snip. His name is CashClick image for larger version

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Old 10-19-2007, 05:45 PM   #12
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Hey, that is the bridge south of Taos over the Rio Grande. We went that way to Ojo Caleinti just a few weeks ago.... great dog too. Here's mine after the snip. His name is Cash
is that a chessie? my brother who lives in new hampshire got one three years ago from a breeder in maryland or pennsylvania, can't remember.
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Congratulations on your new 23'. We have been towing our 1973, 23' Safari with both a V6 Mini Van and now a V6 sport sedan. Your Saab should be a fine TV for your 23'. Be sure to optimize the connection hardware and adjustments to reach the full potential of your combination.
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:45 PM   #14
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We made it!!!

Ok we are finally home and my new 1969 AS is sitting outside. It did take us a extra day because one tire was dryrotted and then when my boyfriend and the PO went to go get another set of tires, a ball hit the windshield of the PO car and shattered the windshield. We never had a chance to get the tires mounted and balanced until this morning so it took one extra day but two new tires gave me much confindence on the road!

I have many pictures that I will post tomorrow and the Saab handled like a dream. It did get pretty windy and the last 20 minutes were in snow (yikes). Welcome to NM, if you don't like the weather...wait ten minutes.

Well I am in love! Many pictures to follow...
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:24 AM   #15
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Slide Show

Here are some shots from the trip!

Enjoy...

Here she is! 1969 Safari by IamJama


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Yeah! Now the fun begins...

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Glad you made it home. She is a beauty.

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Congradulations on your new 1969 AS. Glad you did change the tires. When you said that you had replaced 2 tires, I was puzzled. Why not all of them? Then I saw your pictures. I don't think I have ever seen an AS that modern with 1 axel.

Again, glad you made it home OK.
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Yup 23 feet on one axle. I also thought it was strange but I guess that is the way they were making them in '69.
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Yup 23 feet on one axle. I also thought it was strange but I guess that is the way they were making them in '69.
the airstreams of yesteryear are/were much lighter than today's models. i think they started adding two axles for that size in 1971? i'm sure someone will chime in with the exact year.

congrats on your new find. it's a great feeling isn't it? which we could sell that in a bottle
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