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Old 03-27-2006, 10:37 AM   #1
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Does anyone tow their's with a sportscar?

What do you use? How does it work? How does it look?


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Old 03-27-2006, 12:39 PM   #2
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Hi, and welcome to the forums. I tow with a 2500 Suburban - and I'm currently towing a 2005 22ft CCD, and getting a 2006 25 Safari FB SE.

Use the "search" feature here and look for "Tow Vehicle" or "Tow Vehicle Recommendations". You'll quickly get the idea why you want a "big dawg" with auxiliary cooling on transmission fluid, oil, and a robust brake controller. People with a lot more experience towing than I have really, really helped me make a smart choice (and I originally wanted to tow with a sissy Lexus!).

Remember you don't just have to tow your trailer, you have to control it and stop it.

I can't think of a sportscar that would have the weight, wheelbase or braking power to make anything resembling a panic stop with an Airstream behind it pushing or even threatening to fishtail. I also can't imagine a sportscar with rear view mirrors wide enough or high enough to be useful... and boy do you need them to change lanes!

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Old 03-27-2006, 12:46 PM   #3
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Hi Wes, I'm a sportscar nut myself, but there aren't any that can tow even the smallest Airstream (like mine). Although the 1968 brocure shows a Mustang towing a Caravel, I'm not sure I'd try it - these trailers are surprisingly big in person There are some old cars that might be adequate to tow, but I think for comfort I wouldn't trade for my E150.

You might enjoy this thread on Vintage Tow Vehicles

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Seems like their would be eaiser ways to off yourself than that........

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What about towing the sports car with a MH ??
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Old 03-27-2006, 01:14 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Wes
What do you use? How does it work? How does it look?


Wes, I towed with a 1996 Impala SS (with mods done). Everything was great with a 19' Airstream. Might have been great up to 22', but I went from 19' to 25' and 25' was a no-no, so I went up to a 2500 Suburban for the 25'. As far as the SS looked towing an Airstream, outside of it being a sin and totally wrong by sportscar standards, it looked pretty tough/cool in my book. Sounded meaty too with the dual 2.5" pipes from the exhaust manifold to the tailpipes.

Whatever type sportscar you are thinking about should have rear wheel drive and body on frame construction. The SS met all those requirements and more.
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Old 03-27-2006, 04:14 PM   #7
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and twink looked sporty doing it!

my personal tow vehicle is a cowboy's sports car....


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Old 03-27-2006, 05:03 PM   #8
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I once outfitted my '61 Caddy as a tow vehicle. I rebuilt the engine and tranny, added a tranny cooler, a throttle body fuel injection system, electronic ignition, a custom hitch, and a brake controller. It was a pretty righteous rig for towing my Jaguar E-Type around, even if I had done some pretty stupid things with weight distribution (looking back on it now).

But a Caddy of that vintage is essentially a long, low, bedless pickup truck in terms of its structure. No real sports car is set up to tow anything as large as the typical travel trailer, at least if we're talking about American style towing equipment and procedures. Things are different in Europe, where they don't put so much tongue weight on their rigs, or have such heavy trailers to begin with. And they have extremely strict speed limits for tow rigs too, not to mention much smoother roads and drivers who generally behave themselves better than we Yankee nutjobs.

Sports cars normally have drastically better power-to-weight ratios than even the strongest pickups, better reserve tire traction capacity for handling and braking, etc. The low center of gravity would be a positive thing too. But most sports cars also have a unit body structure that was never designed to handle a multi-ton point load off the back end. And even if you could resolve the issues associated with making the structure of the car somehow handle the forces imposed by the trailer, the mirror/visibility issue alone would make it a very dangerous proposition.

Of course, you could always work up a custom frame for something. Hmm, could be a fun project...
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Old 03-27-2006, 05:15 PM   #9
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Here's how it looks. Kids, don't try this at home!

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Still have the Tiger?? Awesome power to weight with that 289 Ford power plant, but just a tad unbalanced in the Does make a great picture though .
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It depends what you mean by sports car. I'll be pulling the Flying Cloud with the 70 SS Chevelle from time to time when we want a change from the crrent tow vehicle, our '57 Pontiac Wagon. I've done it in the past with zero issues, the weight ratio is not an issue, suspension/braking/cooling are all quite satisfactory. If you mean sports car as in vette, miata, triumph, mg there's no way to do this safely.

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Awesome, Mookie! I went to a forum rally and my husband dropped off the trailer and took the van home, and I arrived in my Miata and parked it in front of the trailer. All weekend people were asking how I towed the trailer with THAT!


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