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Old 05-17-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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I want to use an Isuzu Axiom as a TV

I have an Isuzu Axiom with a v6 (tow capacity 4500) that I would like to set up as a tow vehicle to pull our 1975 22' Argosy (wt. 3800). I would use this mainly on the flats, but may get into some hills. I have an F250 to fall back on, but it is getting old and not as comfortable. Any one towing with an Axiom? I have a Reese receiver on it now, and a stabilizing hitch. i will need to put on a brake control. Anything else that I would need to add to the stock Axiom? thanks in advance! Pictures coming soon.

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Old 05-17-2012, 02:32 PM   #2
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Probably need a transmission cooler and make sure that the trailer brakes are in top condition. Also, you may want to check your loaded trailer weight at a scale to see how much over the 4500 you may be. I would be surprised if you could keep it under 4500 lbs. Anyhow you just need to weigh it to see where you are at.


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Old 05-17-2012, 02:39 PM   #3
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Haven't heard of anyone towing with one of those yet.

The specs are like a mid sized SUV from that era. Power is there for your purpose.

Your vehicles payload is only 1,000lbs so you will have to watch your weights. Our 23' road ready for travel is 4,500lbs so Dan's thoughts are valid.

Other than that you have a short wheel based SUV so you need to get the connection right for safety, handing, and stability.
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:56 PM   #4
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The listed tongue wight for a 76 22 Argo is 560. Add the hitch, propane and "stuff" in the trailer and you will be well over 650. That leaves at most 350 pounds for gas in the truck, driver, passengers and more "stuff".
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:45 PM   #5
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Thanks All. you confirmed my thoughts. I guess I'll start shopping for a replacement for the F-250! Tom
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