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Old 10-16-2018, 08:35 AM   #1
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Remember the Gremlin?

This one reminded me of the Gremlin. A Hornet with the butt cut off.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:44 AM   #2
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At 1,500 lb tow and 170 lb tongue, totally empty, it puts you right at the limit of a Subaru Forester. Given the floor plan, curved nose and rooftop A/C, I'm not sure where they measured the 6' 4" interior height. Wait, it's A/C/ "ready" so that is probably 6' 4" without bumping your head on the A/C.
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:08 AM   #3
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Hi: wetzk... "Gremlins"... even with the cut off look they were the "Butt" of a lot of jokes.
Here's another Canadian Mfg. trailer. Taylor Coach - Welcome The 8'er looks like a phone booth on wheels!!! Alf
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Old 10-16-2018, 09:15 AM   #4
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.... Here's another Canadian Mfg. trailer. Taylor Coach - Welcome The 8'er looks like a phone booth on wheels!!! Alf
And they say it sleeps 4! They must be standing while sleeping!
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Old 10-16-2018, 02:50 PM   #5
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I first drove in a 1973 AMC Gremlin. A strange thing, and largely a pile of junk, but at least it didn't rust as badly as most cars of its time. With the back cut off it lost the spare tire space, so the spare just sat in the cargo space like luggage.

The trailer is an example of a design which seems to be driven entirely by weight and cost minimization, without a reasonable balance of other attributes. A longer trailer of the same width and height and with the same equipment inside would have lower aero drag and much more usable space, without enough extra weight to be a problem for most tow vehicles.

It is about the same length and height as an Escape 13', but the sloped-front shape makes the proportions look worse.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:07 PM   #6
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It is about the same length and height as an Escape 13', but the sloped-front shape makes the proportions look worse.

It's pointy at the wrong end to reduce drag.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:25 PM   #7
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It's pointy at the wrong end to reduce drag.
I think it's probably rounded at the correct end. If you think a tapering tail would be good for drag you're right, but the tail would need to be much longer to be effective. Airflow would not be able to follow this shape going backwards so it would have extremely high drag; going forward air flow must break away at the back, a design called a Kamm tail. This is why teardrop trailers look good for drag, but don't work well, and why trailers that are rounded over on both ends are just wrong (aerodynamically).

For instance, a half-sphere with the round side facing forward and a flat back has a drag coefficient (CD) of only 0.42, but turn it around to have a flat front and rounded back and the CD goes way up to 1.17 (almost as bad as a flat plate). That's why a traditional anemometer spins in the wind.

Another example would be a (subsonic) bullet: they're rounded in front and flat on the back, and certainly have less drag when pointing the right way.
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:42 PM   #9
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Hey! my mother drove a Gremlin for many years. Talking about AMC, there is an AMC Eagle 4WD running around town here that is in excellent shape. I'm wondering if the Eagle was ahead of it's time and wonder if it could be considered the first SUV of the day.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:17 PM   #10
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... I'm wondering if the Eagle was ahead of it's time and wonder if it could be considered the first SUV of the day.
Or just another station wagon of the day. When we bought a new Toyota 4Runner back in 1988, the Alabama Department of Motor Vehicles didn't even list "SUV" as a vehicle type yet. It had a body on frame construction, so they decided to call it a truck on our registration and licensing paperwork. My how things have changed....
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