Tow vehicles

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

Post by nralifer » Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:17 pm

Brian Flowers wrote: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 , ?
Is your van an E150, E250, E350? Do you have an owner's manual by chance?
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by Tarnished » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:01 pm

Pretty new here but not to towing. Currently own an Argosy 7.2 M. 3500 lb. I use a sway bar and easily pull it. About 18000 miles to date.
I'm looking at a '68 travelcader. Research says dry wt is 4400 w approx 500 tongue wt. this is a little less the my 4 runner 6 cyl is rated, 5000 & 500.
Any opinions on towing the travelcader? Have abt 750 miles to get her home.
What size ball does the hitch require?

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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by Markinalaska » Mon Jul 03, 2017 1:19 am

Being a new 1981 34v owner I use my old boat hauler, a 1995 4 door long bed f350 with a 460 and a 5 speed. Granny on this thing tops out at about 6 mph. Built to tow but still has issues with the hills here in Alaska. Very seldom get out out of 4th gear which means about half a tank to go 70 miles. But it will pull my 25' boat up our steep ramps at just over idle. When you have 20+ foot tides the ramps go a ways.

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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by KYAvion » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:57 am

Tarnished- I bet you'd be fine. Are you towing on mostly flat?
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by Tarnished » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:02 pm

Yes, the older I get (72) the less adventurous I get. Generally travel to fla in the winter. North for the summer as far as PEI & Nova Scotia. Gotta hit hills in New England but try to avoid the worst.

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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by KYAvion » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:28 am

Sorry, I thought you were just referring to the trip to pick it up. For regular use, I don't know. Once loaded, I'm imagine you will be over the 5,000lb mark. An 8 cylinder would be a more more pleasant experience during your trips.
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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by rogermimssandi » Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:31 pm

2006 Nissan Armada. Towing an 89 30R?P?. 7000 on the axles and 600 on the tongue. Armada rated for 9200 lbs. 10 mpg towing, 15-16 no tow.

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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by Tarnished » Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:25 am

Have now bot a Toyota Sequoia V8 with a rating of 6500 and 650 hitch wt. Also now searching for a '73 to '77 26' or 28'. The hitch wt would be a little heavier but I travel with empty tanks.
Would a heavier sway bar assist towing ability? The trailer would be near or at the max capacity of the sequoia, also using a wt dist hitch w/sway control. Just looking to make all possible improvements.

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Re: Tow vehicles

Post by RISK » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:32 am

2014 Tundra 5.7l 4x4 with huge brakes and the tow package. Rated to tow 10,500. Not the greatest mileage ( +/- 10mpg if I stay around 65 and there are no head winds).
WD and sway make a huge difference.
1978/79 28m (8.9m) with the rear double.

Ian

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