Hi, It's me again. I'm no longer looking (see copy of original post below). Pending completion of paper work, I will soon be the proud owner of a 1969 Globe Trotter. I have gone off the idea of towing with a 4runner based on negitive information regarding hitch quality in response to my original post. Now, I'm thinking Explorer with 8 cylinder engine and tow package. What do you think of this as a tow vehicle? Reading elsewhere, I get the impression that there has been an uptick in the robustness of Expeditions for towing. Can any one tell me how old I can go and still gain the advantage of these improvements? Finally, How do I go about finding/verifying tow package information using the VIN. Can this be done on line?
My original post follows:
I'm about to retire and become a snowbird with a project. To this end, I'm looking to buy a '69 or early 70's Globe Trotter or Safari (Globe Trotter prefered). Right now I am looking at a good deal on a 1998 Toyota 4runner with six cylinder engine and two wheel drive that is rated to tow 5000 pounds. I expect that most of my driving will be on I95 and I10, never in snow and at economical speeds. As a rule, I will be traveling alone and traveling light
. Will this vehicle be a responsible option for towing the above trailers? Is there a downside to two wheel drive for my purposes? If not the 4runner, what would be a good choice to tow one of these trailers.