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Friday, August 26, 2005

Region 1 Rally

I'm backfilling in a few posts here that I couldn't make from the Rally, due to lack of Internet access. Today, I got a chance to test-drive the controversial rig owned by Andy Thomsen of Can-Am RV in London Ontario. Can-Am is famous for rigging up unconventional tow vehicles (minivans, front-wheel drive GM cars, etc) to tow Airstreams. They've been at it for decades, and claim a very good safety record. They are certainly meticulous about it, and Andy appears to know his stuff.

The rig he took to Region 1 was a new Airstream Classic 34 footer pulled by a Chrysler 300C with "Hemi" engine. He uses a custom made hitch that goes forward to the rear axle and a Hensley. I'll spare you the full report, but basically it goes like a bomb and handles beautifully. We took it around some tight city streets and then out on Autoroute 40, where Andy opened it up to 70 MPH (120 kph). I drove it back.

Here I am, driving it back with a big grin on my face. What a ride! Like towing an Airstream with a Learjet.


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