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Old 09-21-14, 10:25 AM
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Extreme Bike Camping

Found these during an unrelated image search. The caption says it's "French racer Latourneau" and he apparently really was towing that Airstream. Check out the heavy-duty trailer hitch with what looks like a stabilizer bar.



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Old 09-21-14, 11:36 AM
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Seen this before. Have to wonder if this was a complete (fully built inside and all) or a shell with nothing inside to hold the weight down.
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Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
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I was wondering the same thing. I suspect he also got a "push" of some sort to get him started. There was not a lot of info at the sites where the pics were posted, but I got the impression that it was a publicity stunt for Airstream trailers, presumably to demonstrate how lightweight they were. So, yours is a good question. Were they totally on the the level here? Who knows, but they are fun pics, and I thought the trailer hitch was cool.
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About 1989, my Karmann Ghia (1900 pounds) developed a problem literally a block from home. It is easy to push around on level ground. I got a "driver" and my Touring bicycle (19 chain inch low). I figured to tow it home. I still push it around with the motor off when I need to move it and don't want to light up the engine. I could not at all start it moving with the bicycle. I could not get beyond stall speed from a dead stop. I had to take the bike back home. The "driver" became a co-pusher and we pushed it home.
Perhaps, a tricycle could have gotten it going since balance is not an issue. But, not a bicycle.
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About 1989, my Karmann Ghia (1900 pounds) developed a problem literally a block from home. It is easy to push around on level ground.
I had a '76 Porsche 912 that i could put in neutral and roll around parking lots just by walking beside it rolling the front tire.
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Originally Posted by Brennan View Post
I was wondering the same thing. I suspect he also got a "push" of some sort to get him started. There was not a lot of info at the sites where the pics were posted, but I got the impression that it was a publicity stunt for Airstream trailers, presumably to demonstrate how lightweight they were. So, yours is a good question. Were they totally on the the level here? Who knows, but they are fun pics, and I thought the trailer hitch was cool.
Back in the 1930's when this photo was taken most car has 60hp or less so the trailer had to be light weight.
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It Was An Airstream Trailer Manufacturer's Advertising stunt .. are you new to this culture?
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at the slightest tip in balance wouldn't his bike do an instant wheelie?
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It Was An Airstream Trailer Manufacturer's Advertising stunt .. are you new to this culture?
Well, I wasn't around in 1947, if that's what you mean.
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Cute pictures.
Notice the airplane in the background of the second photo.

I.E. It was done at an airport on a perfectly flat runway.

What is the weight of a Bantam Airstream? I'm seeing the weight of the Bambi is just under 2000 lbs. It should be doable, just not real fast.
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