View Poll Results: tow vehicle tonnage
1/2 ton 342 44.02%
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Old 09-09-2004, 10:38 PM   #71
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My reserve tow vehicle:

Just wish it'd stop overheating before I got the trailer out of the driveway... oh well...

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Old 09-09-2004, 11:52 PM   #72
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[QUOTE=John]Hi All,

I'm curious of how many folks tow with either a 1/2 ton, 3/4 ton or 1 ton truck/van. I'm betting myself that the 3/4 ton will have the most users. If you would be kind enough to poll your tow vehicle, I'd be greatful ![QUOTE]

Hi John

I tow my 1975 Sovereign with a 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 (3/4 Ton). It's a regular cab / long bed 2WD. It's got the HEMI, with 345 HP and 370 ft lbs of torque, along with a 5spd auto and 3:23 gears with post-traction. It towed the 31'r back from Arizona with no problems. Here's a picture of the beast and the Airstream, just outside Yuma Arizona in 107 degree weather.

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Old 10-19-2004, 08:42 PM   #73
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We also tow with cars that weigh in at 5900 pounds. The 63 has the 413 and the 66 has the 440. Both cars have the lessor vehicle optioned heavy duty transmission as a standard issue. Both cars do have the additional transmission cooler. Both cars also have a full frame which does not flex. The '63 has the factories " Sure-Grip " and standard A/C while the 66 has the dual air option.

For our new tow truck it is a 77 Dodge w/115" wheel base. The rear axle is the 9 1/4 with 11' brakes and held by the six leaf spring assembly ( four leaf, 8 1/4" & 10 inch brakes was the standard ). The 2 bbl'd 360 has a "X" exhaust system ( the '63 Le Baron has the "H" style whilist the "66 Le Baron also has the "X" ). If needed for passenger comfort the truck has a passenger door mounted swamp cooler. I have replaced the original OEM AM radio with a factory OEM AM/FM w/sterio.

As one can see I lean towards the vintage side of the house. ( our '70 InterNational has no phone line )

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Old 10-20-2004, 06:22 AM   #74
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Hey folks

We tow with a 2002 Ford F350 4X4, Crew Cab, long bed with the 7.3L diesel. We occasionally take our dogs with us camping (German Shepherd and Golden Retriever), and as a result of our GR's fondness for puking while traveling, we decided to purchase an ARE series Z cap for the bed of the truck to let them have free rein back there (no more puke and floating dog hair in the truck now )...

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Old 11-05-2004, 04:22 PM   #75
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I tow with a 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins 24 Valve Turbo Diesel. Quad cab,4x4,shortbed. Tows the Sovereign like it's not even there. Awesome tow rig.
I did tow my 21' 1996 SOB (5000lbs) with my 2000 Jeep Cherokee Classic, 4.0 litle straight 6 cyl. It towed great. Didn't even know the trailer was there. So JeepinAudiophile, you arn't alone. It's a Jeep wouldn't understand.
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Old 01-31-2005, 12:35 AM   #76
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I can't vote... My New tow vehicle is a Medium Duty.. I have not towed with it yet, maiden voyage next week.

Last year I towed with a '02 F250, 7.3 powerstroke, and it did really well. This year I went for a truck that has a 200,000 mile warranty.

'05 Cargo hauler gooseneck, carrying an '05 Jeep TJ, all hauled by an '05 C4500 Kodiak Truck
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Old 01-31-2005, 12:14 PM   #77
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Funny how things my post about the SS towing and that was before all major trips.

Looking back, it did work, but it wasn't the best idea. Towed only a very little bit w/ the 3/4 Burb and just out of the gate it was night and day difference. So, I guess if I could, I'd remove my vote for 1/2 ton and place it into the 3/4 ton......BTW, my LS1 is even more fun than my LT1.
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Old 08-08-2005, 07:56 AM   #78
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Originally Posted by JeepinAudiophile
Hmmm... I'm a bit underpowered...but does it count that I LOVE my tow vehicle. I have a 1968 Tradewind 24', and pull it with a...(gasp) Jeep Cherokee. Just a little 4.0L Inline 6 cylinder... and a short wheel base to add, when compared to the long bed, crew cab, diesel limo's that so many pull with. Sadly I do not have a picture of the trailer and the jeep together, but here are some pictures of each.

I'm so happy to be able to update this, and don't mind bringing back a sleeping thread. I just bought a new tow vehicle, taking advantage of the GM Employee Pricing I picked up a 2005 GMC Sierra Denali, It is equipped with the LQ9 Engine- H.O. 6.0L used int he Cadillacs w/ 345HP, 380Tq, All-Wheel drive, 4.10 gear ratio, Huge Crew Cab, Short bed, 8100lb towing... Here's a picture of my new money-pit!

Tow Rig: 2005 GMC Sierra Denali AWD, 6.0L HO- LOTS OF UPGRADES to help Towing (and Fun)
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Old 08-08-2005, 05:01 PM   #79
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I tow with a rare one-ton capacity 1993 Dodge Dakota. It has the 318 (230 hp), 4.01 rear end, HD transimission, transmission and power steering coolers, 850 Ah battery, 120 amp alternator. In 1993 alone, I think, it came with Bendix fuel injectors. The same engine in '94 only made 220 HP.

I ordered it to tow the Argosy 28, but it towed my (empty) Excella 31 1,750 miles without problems except for hill-climbing in Appalachia.

For that, I spent some time earlier today counting rust holes in a 1975 Chevy "Big Ten" LWB 454 cid monster.

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Old 08-08-2005, 05:15 PM   #80
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I guess that I will have to read this thread to see if I am the only one that tows with a car. I truly have no idea what my Caprice is rated at, but it pulls with no problems.

It looks good doing it too.
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Old 08-08-2005, 05:29 PM   #81
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Originally Posted by till
I guess that I will have to read this thread to see if I am the only one that tows with a car. I truly have no idea what my Caprice is rated at, but it pulls with no problems.
It looks good doing it too.
Tedd, I towed my 24' Holiday Rambler with a Gran Torino station wagon, and it worked well. Back then the light green metallic paint and wood grain siding were the latest and greatest.
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Old 08-08-2005, 06:21 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by till
I guess that I will have to read this thread to see if I am the only one that tows with a car. I truly have no idea what my Caprice is rated at, but it pulls with no problems.

It looks good doing it too.

You are not the only one, but one of the few. Badwater turnout, Death Valley National Park, November, 2004. Tow rating 6000 lbs.

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Old 08-08-2005, 08:21 PM   #83
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I know it is overkill but I have no question about towing my trailer (or two of them)

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Old 03-08-2007, 10:02 AM   #84
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when folks as about 1/2 vs 3/4 ton usage this poll comes to mind.

wonder if the trend has changed this year....

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