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To tow or not to tow
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I just bought a 2000 shasta 25 ft trailor, weight 4760 empty and could weigh 6200 loaded and I want to tow it with my 2006 jeep Grand Cherokee with 4.7 lit. V8. I read the owners manual and it says…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Chadwell Sep 20, 2012.


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Edinburgh Indiana
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I am a retired diesel mechanic/truck driver, my wife and I are not new to RVing but don't own a RV at this time. We are looking but have not found what we are looking for yet, we have lived in Indiana for 11 years and have not camped here, but will soon.

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At 8:01am on September 19, 2012, stan franzone said…

richard we live in vevay in and have found two or three vintage campers for restoration if interested e-mail me or leave a message on this page .these campers are just sitting around waiting to be rescued. we just got one for my neice for 200 dollars, so good luck and keep rv`n.stan.

At 11:44pm on September 13, 2012, Pat Daly said…

Stacie, you do some very interesting things, like TechShop. Wow, perfect for vintage restorations I'd say. Suggest you go to member VK 's page and look at her "ground up" restorations. Will give you tons of ideas. Basically, you can either buy a vintage camper already totally remodeled and then go camping and to vintage rallys which are great fun, Or, buy a vintage camper that needs to be "saved" and begin what is usually a  1 to 2 year complete rebuild; potentiall a perfect TechShop type project. Basically, an aluminum skinned camper becomes a blank slate. Odly enough, I see your potential tow vehicle as being a limiting factor and suspect you will have very limited towing capacity and will have to make some mods to your car, like a transmission cooler. Anyway, the fun is in the doing in vintage restorations.

Oh, also here is VK's own blog link

At 9:25pm on September 13, 2012, StacieT said…

Hi Richard,

Thanks for the welcome! After a couple of months of searching online I've pretty much come to the conclusion that what I want doesn't exist. I've been thinking if I could find a vintage trailer with damage on either end of a side panel I could "trim" it off and shorten the camper without defiling a perfectly good vintage trailer. LOL

The other reason I'm thinking of starting from scratch is because I'm a member of TechShop which is like having a gym membership but instead of exercise equipment everything is industrial arts machinery from a wood shop to welding to industrial sewing machines, laser cutters, a water jet and everything in between. Many of the machines are CNC meaning I can design elements on my computer and let the machines do the work for me!

I'm doing a ton of research ahead of beginning a build though so that I know I'm building exactly what I want and need. I've learned so much already by reading a bunch of forums but this is the first one I've joined.

Thanks again for reaching out. Looking forward to keeping in touch.




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