Tow vehicles

Towing Rigs, Hitches, Weight Distribution, Sway Control
austinchilds10
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by austinchilds10 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:15 pm

I tow with a 2000 Chevy Silverado 1500 with 305,000 miles on her!

Dale Camp
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by Dale Camp » Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:31 pm

My 1982 34V has been towed by a Ford F150 from Texas to Jasper, British Columbia. After that trip my dad purchased a 3/4 ton Suburban with a 454. That was its primary tow vehicle for a number of years. Traveling the east coast, Canada, and many trips to Colorado.
After I purchased the 34V and Suburban from my dad a number of years ago i settled on a 2003 Chevy 2500HD with a Duramax/Allison power train. It is great. It tows my 34V effortlessly in Colorado over anything I have presented it with. Wolf Creed Pass, Million Dollar Highway from Ouray to Silverton and Slumgullion from Creed to Lake City. Slumgullion was the greatest test, especially downhill.
Dale Camp
1982 34V
2003 Chevy 2500HD Duramax 4X4
Pearland, TX

KYAvion
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by KYAvion » Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:40 pm

Sounds like you've definitely put things to the test. How much does a 34V weigh anyway?
KYAvion
1984 Avion 30R

Dale Camp
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by Dale Camp » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:55 pm

KYAvion wrote:Sounds like you've definitely put things to the test. How much does a 34V weigh anyway?
In my owners manual, my dad has recorded it at 8300 pounds. I need to go to the CAT Scale soon.
Dale Camp
1982 34V
2003 Chevy 2500HD Duramax 4X4
Pearland, TX

KYAvion
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by KYAvion » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:35 pm

I haven't had a chance to go to the CAT scale yet with my new Avion either. I was surprised at the weight of my former Airstream, which was quite a bit higher than the published weight. It will be interesting to see where the Avion comes in.
KYAvion
1984 Avion 30R

Mark R. Obtinario
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by Mark R. Obtinario » Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:46 am

I took my 1993 K2500 Suburban hitched to my 1981 34V over a Cat scale.

I know my Suburban weighed close to 7,000 lbs. with my wife, daughter, and miscellaneous junk and plunder inside. Total weight of the Suburban and 34V was 14,750 lbs. Which means fully loaded and ready to camp it weighs about 7,500 lbs.

I try not to travel with anything in any of the tanks except for the propane tanks. For water on the road I use gallon jugs purchased at the fuel stops. And I try really hard to convince my daughter that she does NOT have to pick up a rock everywhere we stop. :)

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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by KYAvion » Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:07 pm

That's nothing! Did you calculate the tongue weight too? I expected a 34 footer to be much heavier. It'll be interesting to see what my 30R weighs.
KYAvion
1984 Avion 30R

Rostam
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by Rostam » Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:14 pm

Mark R. Obtinario wrote:I took my 1993 K2500 Suburban hitched to my 1981 34V over a Cat scale.

I know my Suburban weighed close to 7,000 lbs. with my wife, daughter, and miscellaneous junk and plunder inside. Total weight of the Suburban and 34V was 14,750 lbs. Which means fully loaded and ready to camp it weighs about 7,500 lbs.

I try not to travel with anything in any of the tanks except for the propane tanks. For water on the road I use gallon jugs purchased at the fuel stops. And I try really hard to convince my daughter that she does NOT have to pick up a rock everywhere we stop. :)
I believe the empty weight of a 34' Avion is around 6800#. Add roughly 1000# for stuff and 7800# sounds about right.
1978 Avion 26-H (Rear twin beds, center bath, front dinette)
2012 Mercedes Benz GL 350 Bluetec, 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel, 3.45 Axle Ratio

rogermimssandi
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by rogermimssandi » Mon May 29, 2017 2:40 pm

Nissan Armada 5.6 Auto tow package. Self leveling air bags in the rear are standard. But they do not like the tongue weight of my 1989 30R.

Brian Flowers
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by Brian Flowers » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:48 pm

I plan on using my 96 Ford conversion van , 4 speed including overdrive trans , 351 Windsor V8 .
all ready has trans cooler so , should be good , right , ?

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