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Old 03-05-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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Bronco is a no-go

I have an 84 Bronco that I love, the problem is that everyone I have talked to says it is unsafe to use as a towing vehicle. Right now I am saving to buy a 25 or 27 ft Eddie Bower, but I need to start planning for a new vehicle. My question is what to get. I like my Bronco because it is compact, and big. It is just my daughter and I so I don't need a suburban type vehicle. The only new vehicle I like is the new Grand Cherokee, but it is expensive. Is there any vehicles I am missing?

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Old 03-05-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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Touareg TDI. That's my dream TV. Not sure it'd tow a 25' though.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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I'd buy a Toyota Tundra or Sequoia. Very dependable long lasting and comfortable. But be sure it has a tow package rated for the trailer you choose.
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If you don't get all the bells and whistles, and stick with the Pentastar V6, the Jeep GC would be good up to about a 25' trailer, and cost in the lower 30's range. With all the stuff on it (which I really wanted) the GC Overland Hemi I got was considerably more, but I figured it will be my last TV, so, what the heck. I have only one 1000 mile trip so far, but it is a very, very nice TV for the 20' Argosy.
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Are jeeps any more reliable than they use to be? They tended to break a lot from that I remember. They are owned by Fiat now which I think it among the most unreliable brands out there.

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Old 03-06-2012, 05:48 AM   #6
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I am a fan of over kill, especially when there is work to be done. If it were me, I would look at a 4 door, short bed pick-up, 3/4 ton, with a shell on the back it would also have storage for all kinds of extras such as bikes. 4 wheel drive could be a help depending on your off road desires. Get enough motor so it would not strain too hard on hills. I am sure a good used truck could be found for a reasonable price. For fuel economy check rear end ratios and tire selections.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:42 AM   #7
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As Rebee noted it's better to have more than you need....than need more than you have.

Be watchful of the tow vehicle payload and axle ratings, you will be surprised by the loaded weight and tongue weight of the Streams you are considering.
The Factory numbers are notoriously low.

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Old 03-06-2012, 06:43 AM   #8
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Buy your trailer at Can-Am, they seem to be able to make any tow vehicle-trailer combo safe...

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Buy your trailer at Can-Am, they seem to be able to make any tow vehicle-trailer combo safe...

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Looseeanna to London...thats a bit of a streeeeeeetch.

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I don't know why people are calling your Bronco an unsafe tow vehicle (unless it's a Bronco II!). Have they said why?

If it has the towing capacity, is in good mechanical condition and has a proper weight distribution hitch set up, it should be able to tow an appropriate sized Airstream.
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I don't know why people are calling your Bronco an unsafe tow vehicle (unless it's a Bronco II!). Have they said why?

If it has the towing capacity, is in good mechanical condition and has a proper weight distribution hitch set up, it should be able to tow an appropriate sized Airstream.
84 Bronco.....it's time, I think he's doing the correct research.

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Not so far on the map.

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Buy your trailer at Can-Am, they seem to be able to make any tow vehicle-trailer combo safe...

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I disagree with Bob, since i dont think its much further CO to London! But they spend a fair amount of time at CanAm saying, "no, you can't tow that with that." (They were very specific about what i could tow and what i couldn't.) If you want to be SURE the Bronco can or can't tow your trailer, give them a call or an email (tell them we sent you) and ask, they'll be happy to talk to you whether you're buying from them or not. (Andy's said before that he has to walk around campgrounds being careful not to look; he estimates roughly 3/4 of rigs are hitched improperly.)
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