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Old 02-26-2006, 12:20 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle for my '69 Caravel


I'v pretty much figured out that my 2005 Hyundai Tuscon is not capable of comfortably towing the Caravel ; it's close with a maximum towable weight listed as 2000lbs & a GVWR of 6650lbs (the maximum tongue weight is 150Lbs though).

Therefore, I'm looking for a cheap short term tow vehicle (I'll likely have to sell the Caravel mid summer ). I thin ksomewhere in the forum I've seen a Caravel being towed by a Chevy Astro van (or perhaps a Safari). Does anyone have some recommendations..have they tried this combination.

Obviously, safety is #1, cost isa close #2. I'd like to make a couple of trips (~ 500km before I'll need to sell).

Thanks in advance

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Old 02-26-2006, 01:33 PM   #2
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Julison, according to the Airstream weight chart, your '69 Caravel weighs 2880 lbs with a 360 lb tongue weight. That puts it well out of the range of towing it with your Hyundai.

I have towed a '61 Bambi with a '98 Astro. As long as you have good, solid sidewall tires on the Astro, and you use a weight distributing/sway control hitch you'll be amazed at how well an Astro will tow. As a matter of fact, it's almost an ideal tow vehicle IMHO for anything under 3500 lbs dry. It's max tow rating in the AWD version, as I recall, is about 4800 lbs. I wouldn't suggest the 2 WD version as they are really squirelly in reduced traction situations. The AWD version however is like a mule. They're quite remarkable, and the 4.3l V6 is a tried and true workhorse. I only traded my Astro off when I bought my Y2K Excursion, and even now three years later, I still wonder if it was the right thing to do!

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Old 02-28-2006, 02:18 PM   #3
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We pull our '66 Caravel with our '2001 Toyota Sienna. With the Reese Equalizer hitch it works well but we have careful not to overload. And its more comfortable than my '66 Ford F250.

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Old 02-28-2006, 02:37 PM   #4
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At 6600lbs, you want something with some meat to it. Not sure on the length of your trailer but a Trailblazer (the extended one) seems like a good fit too. If you load it to near the 6500 and add passengers, cargo, fuel, etc you start to get to the 3/4 ton things like Suburbans, pickups, etc. If the coach is longer, then the longer the wheelbase, the better.

If your trailer loaded is under 6500lbs (say 5000, 5500lbs), any 1/2 ton or equiv should do, but verify the vehicles specs to make sure.
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