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Old 06-20-2017, 05:52 PM   #2401
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Still, the 53 Merc Monterey only came with a 125hp flathead V8 and 3 speed trans and the aforementioned drum brakes. Cant imagine that being any kind of fun.

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They didn't do 65+mph in those days, either.
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Old 06-20-2017, 06:15 PM   #2402
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Did they have WDH back in those days? I can't imagine towing a 40 foot trailer without one.
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Old 06-20-2017, 06:39 PM   #2403
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Did they have WDH back in those days? I can't imagine towing a 40 foot trailer without one.
I think Lucy and Desi had some sort of dolly attached to their hitch.

Seriously, I'd like to know the answer to your question if some the old-timers know. Interesting subject as to how it was done in earlier times.
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Old 06-20-2017, 07:07 PM   #2404
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And to think they would haul those around in 3000 pound cars with drum brakes. <shudder>

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I pulled a 30' TT with a '74 Fury III. It was more capable than the SUVs today and more so than many if not most 1/2 tons of then and now. The Chrysler 360 engine and 707 transmission was bulletproof with a cooler. Pulled cross country 3 times with that before a Ramcharger. Yes, even the Rockies. The Plymouth over Wolfe Creek Pass once was not fun though.
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Old 06-20-2017, 07:45 PM   #2405
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What was the MPG on those cars towing? But gas was 20-30 cents per gallon.
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:02 PM   #2406
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What was the MPG on those cars towing? But gas was 20-30 cents per gallon.
It was in that range in the early '60s. Gas did not hit $1 a gallon for the 1st time in my area until 1979. Had a full time 4 wheel drive Suburban that got 6 MPG ~~ downhill.
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:29 PM   #2407
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I think Lucy and Desi had some sort of dolly attached to their hitch.

Seriously, I'd like to know the answer to your question if some the old-timers know. Interesting subject as to how it was done in earlier times.
I remember seeing something like that once. It was a dolly that went under the hitch that had its own set of wheels that I guess took away some of the hitch weight.
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:34 PM   #2408
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What was the MPG on those cars towing? But gas was 20-30 cents per gallon.
Yes but back then that was high. I remember as a kid hearing my mother use a curse word at the local Sinclair station when the price hit 24 cents a gallon. I remember that was the only time in my life I ever hear her cuss. Big deal to a kid...


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Old 06-20-2017, 09:18 PM   #2409
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Yes but back then that was high. I remember as a kid hearing my mother use a curse word at the local Sinclair station when the price hit 24 cents a gallon. I remember that was the only time in my life I ever hear her cuss. Big deal to a kid...





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Old 06-20-2017, 09:55 PM   #2410
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They didn't do 65+mph in those days, either.
Oh, contraire. I took my 57 Plymouth Belvedere up to 130mph once, that ranks as one of the stupidest things I have ever done. Tires weren't made for those speeds back then. Iowa's speed limit back then was "reasonable and proper". I think the cheapest gas I ever bought was 7 cents during a gas war (don't have those anymore) and that didn't even pay the 9 cent gas tax. Only had that price for about 1/2 an hour.
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Old 06-20-2017, 10:04 PM   #2411
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Oh, contraire. I took my 57 Plymouth Belvedere up to 130mph once, that ranks as one of the stupidest things I have ever done. Tires weren't made for those speeds back then. Iowa's speed limit back then was "reasonable and proper". I think the cheapest gas I ever bought was 7 cents during a gas war (don't have those anymore) and that didn't even pay the 9 cent gas tax. Only had that price for about 1/2 an hour.
Right~~ I pulled that camper with the Fury at 65 on the PA turnpike often. On trips west my wife would tell me to slow down when I cruised at 70.
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Old 06-21-2017, 04:55 AM   #2412
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Did they have WDH back in those days? I can't imagine towing a 40 foot trailer without one.
A forty foot trailer was extremely rare back then and mostly for a park model use or as a home. Mostly only towed by a truck. We had friends with a 32 foot trailer which they towed with a ton truck. It was 32 feet and it was considered huge. Most people had never seen a camper that big. Most campers were 25 feet and smaller just 20 years ago.

WDH as we know them were not used back then but campers were smaller. Our first two campers loaded were less than 4500 lbs each.

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Old 06-21-2017, 06:14 AM   #2413
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Similar to the one I saw at Riverview RV Resort in Vidalia, LA a couple years ago.
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mom and dad towed the camper 28" with a big dodge, don't remember the name, it was like a 71 year and they did have a WDH, it is still sitting in the shop doesn't look much different than what we use today.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:04 AM   #2415
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Hi,

My first RV (1972) was an 18' Scotty, towed with a short wheelbase '68 Ford Bronco.

I never had any problems, but if I had known then what I know now...

FWIW.

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Old 06-21-2017, 10:19 AM   #2416
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Hi,

My first RV (1972) was an 18' Scotty, towed with a short wheelbase '68 Ford Bronco.

I never had any problems, but if I had known then what I know now...

FWIW.

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....you would have worried unnecessarily. Looks like a fun setup.
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There was also a lot of difference in the early 50's to the later 60's and 70's. V-8's automatics, ball joints/independent suspension, 4 spd manuals, intro to disc brakes, 2 stage masters, etc... I started with a 1960 F-100 223 L6 3sp side loader column shift(when it would) I cannot imagine pulling much with that(especially stopping it).

Like Ford said in the 30's... nothing between you and wheel but steel. MMmmm mechanical brakes would get you killed.
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Old 06-21-2017, 02:21 PM   #2418
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Our neighbor had a bike fall on his connection. Grey water (thankfully) dumped on the ground.

He bought an all new outfit from blade to hole.

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