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Old 02-07-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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What vehicle to tow 1966 Caravel?

I am new owner in the process of putting the pieces together for an enjoyable sumer on the East coast. What van/truck/SUV/car can best move it around? Gas mileage? Not looking to buy new. May consider 1966-2001 vehicles. Any suggestions? Options? Thanks! Jack
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:06 AM   #2
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I use a 2004 Toyota Tacoma to tow my 65 Caravel and its barely enough. I have an automatic trans and with the electronic overdrive off, it will make it over mountain passes put whines and slows to 60 or lower to do it. Don't get me wrong, it will tow the Caravel but it takes everything it's got to do it.

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Old 02-07-2012, 09:15 AM   #3
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:20 AM   #4
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:21 AM   #5
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That's a beautiful car, but a 427 is a bit of overkill, isn't it?

A nice '66 Chevy with a 283 CID V8, just like they used when your trailer was new, should do it...

Of course, your vehicle only weighs 2,350 lbs dry with a tongue weight of 250 lbs, and so add another 800 lbs for your "stuff", you should be able to find lots of cars that will tow that 3,150 lbs. Anything with a low COG, and a good modern V6 should be adaptable to your needs.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:26 AM   #6
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Hi Jack

Welcome to the forums.

You'll receive many replies. The Caravel is small enough that there are many tow vehicles from which to choose.

Any full size pickup or van, the larger minivans, most full-size sedans, and the midsize and larger SUVs should, in general, be able to pull it, with the proper hitch, brake controller, and a transmission cooler.

You might consider a full-size sedan, like the Ford Crown Victoria or Chevrolet Caprice, or their equivalents in earlier model years.

I typically get 8 MPG with my larger trailer and a modern tow vehicle. While people with the smaller trailers will be along to weigh in with their own experiences, I suspect that in practice you won't get much better than 10-12 mpg at highway speeds, regardless of tow vehicle.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:55 AM   #7
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Great trailer! I love the Caravels; I would love to have a 66-68 without AC- it just ruins the lines.

I suspect that your Caravel fully loaded should not weigh more than about 3,500 lbs, so you have lots of TV to choose from. I would probably go for a mid size SUV or a mid size truck. I tow my TW with a full size truck and it works very well; my biggest complaint is that the truck is HUGE. Anyhow, you have lots of options, so pick what you want. I ditto Jammers reply about the brake controller, hitch and transmission cooler.

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Old 04-29-2012, 05:59 PM   #8
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When I had a Caravel, I used a 1998 chevy 1/2 ton with 5.7 liter. Worked really well and I wouldn't want anything less crossing 10 - 11 K passes. Overall about 10-12 mpg while towing.

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Old 04-29-2012, 06:32 PM   #9
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We tow with a 95 Ford E-150 van. I'll admit its a bit of overkill, but there's room for us and the dogs and camping stuff, and the caravel follows behind, perfectly well-behaved. We've never had any trouble with the combo, and after considering getting a smaller vehicle, I think we'll be sticking with a van. We feel very confident in it's ability to handle just about any condition. Except snow. It's completely useless in the snow
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:26 PM   #10
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I tow my 66 Caravel with a 2002 Chevy 3500 van. I barely know its back there most of the time. Also the van is a great place for my kids to sleep and hangout. I recently got 2009 Grand Caravan rated to tow 4000 lbs. I planning on tow with it but I'm still working on getting it set-up.

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Ace, you should think about asking Andy Thomson for some tips. They put A LOT of miles of towing on a 2008 Town & Country, including towing my Argosy across the border pre-delivery, and now are using a 2011 Grand Caravan.

I'd tow a Caravel with a Ford Flex, maybe with the funky white roof...

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Ace, you should think about asking Andy Thomson for some tips. They put A LOT of miles of towing on a 2008 Town & Country, including towing my Argosy across the border pre-delivery, and now are using a 2011 Grand Caravan.

I'd tow a Caravel with a Ford Flex, maybe with the funky white roof...

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Hey Tom

I want you to know you towing your trailer to the Bash II last year with your Honda. Is what has aspired me to buy my Grand Caravan and set as my TV.

See you at The Bash III

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Hey! That looks familiar! I think you'll do well towing the Caravel with the Dodge - we're very happy towing with our van.

Looking forward to Bash3!

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Ton's of choices.

1966 was a great year for cars. Maybe the last, best, one.

My Dad had a '67 . . a 1966 Riviera would look great!

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