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Old 11-26-2009, 10:24 AM   #1
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Can I temporarily use my 1500 stepside Chevy as the TV for a 1965 Ambassador 28 ft. I am buying next week.
My brother is towing it 6 hrs.for me with his big diesel,but after that I am on my own.
It is a one owner very well maintained 180,000 miles small V8.auto.
Not sure of final drive.I have towed a Uhaul 16 ft fully loaded around town recently with ease.
I will be renovating when I get it and getting all systems up to speed
I will not be towing in the mountains and trips not over 400 miles for the time being.I will at least add a trans cooler and beefier shocks.
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:57 AM   #2
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I towed my 1972 29 foot Ambassador with a 2000 Chevy Z71 with the 5.3 engine and 178,000 miles from Maine to Florida. I did have the braking system installed and made sure the AS trailer brakes worked. I also have new brakes, shocks and 10 ply tires. You should not have any problem-use the towing setting on your transmission
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:20 PM   #3
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You should be able to tow it ok,just make sure you have brakes and an equalizer hitch. I towed a 73 27' with a 5.3 ok,but when I went to a 77 27' it just didn`t have the ump, had to run in 3rd gear which really killed my mileage.Finally got a 2500 with a 6.0.
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:28 PM   #4
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It's doable, as long as you are set up correctly. Adding a transmission fluid cooler would be a real good idea. A quality weight distribution/sway control hitch system is a must, along with a trailer brake controller. Also, load range D or E tires would be a real good idea.

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Old 11-26-2009, 12:40 PM   #5
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Found some weights for you in case you did not have them.

1965 AMBASSADOR 28 TWIN Dry Wt. 4140 Hitch Wt. 400 Hitch Ball Ht. 20.5
1965 AMBASSADOR 28 DOUBLE Dry Wt. 4140 Hitch Wt. 400 Hitch Ball Ht. 20.5
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:15 PM   #6
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Found some weights for you in case you did not have them.

1965 AMBASSADOR 28 TWIN Dry Wt. 4140 Hitch Wt. 400 Hitch Ball Ht. 20.5
1965 AMBASSADOR 28 DOUBLE Dry Wt. 4140 Hitch Wt. 400 Hitch Ball Ht. 20.5
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