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Old 11-16-2002, 07:59 AM   #1
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your tow rig

now that we have seen what some of us and our pets look like.
how about your tow rigs?

i'll go first. this is my 2000 2500HD silverado.


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Old 11-16-2002, 12:12 PM   #2
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1st signs of winter!!!


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Old 11-16-2002, 08:00 PM   #3
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Wink Someone else has cabin fever??

Well, I can see we're not the only ones bored with this winter thing already. We just hate the winter months, and especially now that we have our new Bambi to play with.

Oh's a picture of my hubby, Tom, along side our '03 Bambi and the 1995 Chevy Silverado (V-8 with whatever the larger engine size is). We had one of those neat covers put on the truck bed. It isn't the hard shell type, but it does lift up either in one piece or in sections. We love it, and it looks great!

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Old 11-16-2002, 08:15 PM   #4
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Here's mine. 1999 Chevy Express 1500. We took this picture on the day our Safari arrived from the factory. Note the stone guards at this point are covered in plastic.

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Old 11-17-2002, 08:59 AM   #5
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your tow rig

My tow rig for the past four years has been this 1999 GMC K2500 Suburban. It was a special order, and was delivered on April 28, 1998 - - one of the first 1999s delivered to my local GMC dealer. It now has over 95,000 miles on the odometer and has been a fabulous tow vehicle - - consistently averaging 15 MPG solo and 12 MPG towing the Overlander. It has the 7400 Vortec, 4.10 differential gears, rear posi-trac, and 10,000 pound towing package.

My second tow rig was not originally purchased with the intent of towing a trailer. I purchased it as a collector vehicle when I was between trailers. It just seemed like a natural as a tow vehicle when I was nearing completion of the restoration on my Overlander - - it is rated to tow up to 6,000 pounds - - when fully loaded, the Overlander weighs right at 6,000 opunds, but I can pare 200 to 300 pounds from that figure by more carefull packing as the trailer is 4,700 pounds dry. The ideal combination, however, it the one that I am planning for a trip to the 2003 International in Vermont. This Cadillac with my recently acquired 1978 Argosy Minuet.

The Cadillac has had a fair amount of recent work to prepare it for towing including new rear springs and heavy duty air shocks (this photo demonstrates the need for this work), new 4-row core heavy duty radiator, 12,000 pound GCVWR transmission oil cooler, heavy duty dual exhaust with twin catalytic converters, rebuilt carburetor, new fuel pump, alternator, air conditioning compressor, rebuilt distributor, and new heavy duty ignition coil and major tuneup. I was fortunate to find a local welder who still fabricates trailer hitches for automobiles and light duty trucks who built the Reese Class III/IV receiver hitch for the car. It only has about 13,000 more miles than the 1999 Suburban - - and by Spring that mileage differential will likely be half the current differential.

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Old 11-17-2002, 09:57 AM   #6
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Okay... here's our tow rig. A 2002 Ford F250 Superduty XLT SuperCab/LongBed. Silver to match the trailer. 7.3L PowerStroke Diesel with automatic transmission, electronic shift-on-the-fly 4WD, 3.73:1 limited-slip gearing, and optional larger LT265/75 tires. Has the towing, camper, and off-road packages, as well as the chrome nerf bars and power adjustable pedals for 4'10" Barbie.

We've added the Ford rubber floor mats, molded splash guards and bedliner, a Lund bug guard and snapless tonneau cover, a smoke-colored molded DashMat , and SureFit seat covers to protect the factory cloth ones, since we'll be eating on the road in it at times.

The 2002 "jeweled" factory headlights were upgraded with Sylvania Silverstar bulbs fed by an SUVlights relay/harness. Will probably also upgrade the fog lights by replacing the H10 bulbs with 9005 Silverstars.

The brake controller is the Jordan Ultima, mounted on the upper left side of the fuse panel cover, next to the drivers door.

Electronic warfare is provided by a Valentine One .

And yeah... it's 34 degrees here at noon, with rain. Thank goodness the Ford 400 starts in a bit.
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Old 11-17-2002, 12:17 PM   #7
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Raleigh Retro bike, 7-speed, white wall tires 26x2.16, max psi 40#, chrome wheels, pin striping matches Airstream, custom basket carrier, dice valve stem covers.

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Old 11-17-2002, 01:26 PM   #8
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Cute Peter...

Here's ours...

This was taken last month on the top of Raton Pass, which is at the border of Colorado & New Mexico. We were on our way back from the Albuquerque Balloon was a gorgeous autumn day...

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Old 11-17-2002, 02:03 PM   #9
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It does the Job... Shari, Lov that picture of the clouds over the Mtn..Nice setup~!!
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Old 11-17-2002, 05:40 PM   #10
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Tow Rig

2003 3/4 ton Suburban, 6.0

1986 25 ft Sovereign (pick up next spring)
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Old 11-18-2002, 01:41 AM   #11
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This is my tow vehicle. It is a 1968 Chevy Suburban "50th Anniversary Edition" It has a 350 engine with a Turbo 400 trans. It is getting ready for a new paint job this winter. 35 years of the Arizona Sun has taken a toll on the paint, but the body is Rust Free I get about 15 mpg unloaded. Im not sure what I will get towing the trailer.

Here is the link to Dingo's trailer:
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Old 11-18-2002, 08:18 AM   #12
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5.3L 1500 Z71 LT. Good match to the International AS. Sprayed bed liner. Roll'n Lock bed cover. Draw-Tite hitch.

I really like the nice interior with heated leather seats.
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Old 11-18-2002, 12:34 PM   #13
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2001 Ford E350, 7.3 PowerStroke with Quigley 4x4 conversion.

A go anywhere, do anything rig. Able to tow up to 10,000# and still get reasonable fuel milage towing (10mpg on a bad day and up to 16mpg on a good day, avg 13mpg). The best part is being able to carry all my toys inside (2 dirt bikes, 2 mt. bikes, windsurfing gear, and still have room for my wife and dog. It is a brute of a machine that is very tame rolling down the highway. We hardly notice the "lightweight" 5500# 21' Airstream following behind us.


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Old 11-19-2002, 10:09 AM   #14
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Tows the rig pretty good. Hardly feel it is back there. The Excursion is 19' and the A/S 25'. I wonder what it would feel like with a Bambi
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