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Re: [A/S] Progress and a couple questions


On 4/30/2012 6:09 PM, ray bee wrote:
> 1. After a good bit of analysis, I have concluded that the late 60's through 70's 27' Overlander
> Double really meets all the basic needs I have for a trailer. The 25' Tradewind Double is a
> close second. The weight on the Overlander is roughly 2/3 of the 6600LB rated capacity of the
> Suburban, which leaves a comfortable safety factor. Essentially I am working on the assumption
> that it is a lot better, to have a little extra space, than to not have quite enough.
> Depending on exactly how the trailer is equipped, I plan to install an apartment size refrigerator,
> maybe an apartment size gas range, and maybe replace most or all of the kitchen cabinets, depending
> on the age and condition, of what's there. I will likely redo the living room area to accommodate my
> ham radio, computer and a 'reasonable' tv/stereo set up. I probably will pull out what ever is there
> and start over from 'empty', in the LR.
> When all this is done, the goal is that I will have what I would call a 'mini-park model', rather than
> the traditional RV and retain the ability to move the thing myself. Basically I do not expect to be
> doing a lot of moving around, if any, other than to get out of the way of a hurricane, flood, fire, etc.

I would suggest you include the Ambassador Model in this first group.
Its two feet longer for only a slight increase in weight and tows like a
dream with a half ton pickup and probably better with a suburban.

When I acquired my 1964 Ambassador International Twin, I was looking at
a 1965 Tradewind and several of the the Overlander trailers and found a
much better deal on this Ambassador... In hindsight after owning the
Ambassador for more than a decade, I would not give it up for a smaller
trailer. At the time I purchased it I was driving a 1986 Ford F150 4x4
with the 300ci cast iron straight 6 with a new process 4 speed
transmission and towed this Ambassador with that truck very comfortably
for more than 5 years. And then in 2007 I purchased a 12,000 GVW
enclosed cargo trailer for transporting a diesel tractor/loader and the
F150 had to be retired for a Ford F350 Turbo Diesel 4x4 out of necessity
for a combined GVW in the neighborhood of 20,000 lbs... And the F350
doesn't know the Airstream is behind it when towing the Airstream...

One big advantage to the Ambassador is plenty of roof space for 420
watts of SOLAR panels and room for more if I decided to increase the
capacity as I like boondocking, I'm not into RV resorts and I have
plenty of space for Satellite TV and two computers for my CAD and
digital photography image processing ...

Mitch Hill

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