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Old 04-14-2012, 05:32 PM   #15
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That's what it took to push you over the edge, Ace? Seriously...I think your idea is great! I hope to see you down the road soon with your new Caravan towing package!

Do you think my Corvairs will tow the Bambi II? (I doubt it...)

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Hey Ben

You know me I live on the edge. So it doesn't take much to me push me over. As you my remember. I have towed my Scotty to Maine and to The Key's a few times with my 02 Forrester. With no problems at all. I have now replaced my Subbie with my new Caravan. I very pleased with it so far. Took it to DC last weekend and got 25+ mpg. I never got that with the Subbie.

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Old 04-14-2012, 05:37 PM   #16
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I think you will be pleased with how well your van works. Note our nissan van was totaled when it was 16 years old. At that time it had the original problem free drive train. Very impressed with the durability.

Here are a couple of articles that relate to your vehicle. Interesting read for sure.....

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Hey Road Ruler

Thanks of the links. That was a very helpful read. I am well aware of CanAm. I don't want to have to go CA to get my TV setup. So I planning doing the work my self.

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Old 04-14-2012, 05:46 PM   #17
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aceflys, the VW Eurovans were rated to tow 4400# and could do it. But the auto transmissions would usually have a short lifespan in the process.

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Old 04-14-2012, 06:19 PM   #18
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aceflys, the VW Eurovans were rated to tow 4400# and could do it. But the auto transmissions would usually have a short lifespan in the process.

doug k

I'm not worried. I have AAA's with RV Plus. I have used the service in the past. They towed my van and trailer 100 miles from Breezewood PA to my home in Bethel Park. At no charge when i had a fuel pumb go south on me. Also I am very lucky to have a brother who is a car dealer. I got my van way under book. That savings will pay for a few tansmissions if needed.

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Old 04-14-2012, 06:23 PM   #19
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Hey Ben

I have towed my Scotty to Maine and to The Key's a few times with my 02 Forrester. With no problems at all.
I have a pic somewhere of a small vintage Airstream connected to a Forester. Apparently worked fine.
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Nothing like the fun of worrying if your transmission is going to fail to ruin a nice vacation. It's always nice to camp at the car dealer waiting for them to improperly "fix" your vehicle...or refuse to even touch it when they see that it was caused by severe overloading. Dealers in the middle of nowhere are funny like that.
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:37 PM   #21
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Nothing like the fun of worrying if your transmission is going to fail to ruin a nice vacation. It's always nice to camp at the car dealer waiting for them to improperly "fix" your vehicle...or refuse to even touch it when they see that it was caused by severe overloading. Dealers in the middle of nowhere are funny like that.

I've Been There! Ggoat

Years ago I had a 700R tranny go bad towing a 28ft SOB on the FLA turnpike. I limped to my grandma's home in second gear. It was two days till x-mas and I was on my way to The Key's. I was with at the time my two very young kids 4 and 6 with my wife flying in the next day. I must say AAmco saved the day. They rebuilt it on x-mas eve day and had me back on the road on x-mas.

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Old 04-14-2012, 07:12 PM   #22
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GGoat,

I am a Lean Operations consultant and VW de Mexico has been one of my clients so I spent plenty of time on their New Beatle line. Producing in Mexico sure has it's challenges but the "quality" made in Germany has issues too. So far, I own(ed) 3 new VW's (Golf, Eurovan and Passat Wagon) and they all have been built in Germany. The Golf was flimsy and too expensive, the Eurovan is rock solid all around but the gas mileage is just a nightmare and the Passat is great on gas but more int he shop than I would like. If VW were to decide to import the new T5, I would stand in line to get one. However, as long as the US charges the chicken tax on "commercial" vehicles, I don't expect this to happen anytime soon.
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Now that would be a cool TV!!

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My version of the Eurovan

Here are the two parts of our rig, getting ready for a weekend trip. We've literally had people follow us into parking lots to find out what our TV is. The last time we went into Canada, the question the customs officer had for us wasn't about pet food, alcohol, or firearms, it was "What kind of mileage do you get?"
This is the spiritual descendant of my old VW camper bus.
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Okay, I'll bite . . what kind of mpg do you get?
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My 06 Interstate towing a 19 ft Bambi got 16 mpg at no more than 62 mph. Not towing easily got 20 mpg. Anything above the handling and mpg suffered so badly it was too stressful to drive, but below 65 it was ok. jim
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The Interstate would obviously be a lot heavier than my '05 short wheelbase passenger Sprinter. Mine is an empty box with one passenger bench, but as a passenger van it has a finished interior, which makes it quieter than a cargo version. Progressive rear springs make it ride better, too.
Mileage? 22-24 not towing. 16-17 at 65 while pulling the Bambi. If I slow to 60, it will do 17-18, and if I had the discipline to drive 55, I could get almost 20. Rednax, I envy your manual transmission.
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