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Old 08-15-2007, 05:15 PM   #1
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Hello,
Thinking of buying a 1990 34" Limited, a monster, now also thinking of pulling it with a 1975 IH Travelall 150, ordered built to tow (has the 392ci). I'm looking for this, your experience with the Travelall, and towing something this big (heavy) with it.

The Travelall is in tip top condition, all new brakes, suspension, and trans. There are no issues with the IH, just wondering of the comfort of this combo.The last thing I want is to struggle to pull, and fight to control! Is the IH 392 as potent as people say? Was this the ultimate puller in its day?
Thanks in advance!

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Old 08-15-2007, 05:42 PM   #2
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The 392 was the biggest engine available in a Cornbinder light truck. A very large problem in those trucks was rust. Most everything else can be dealt with, although parts are harder to find, and more expensive, than parts for the Big 3.
The Travelall was IH's equivalent to the Suburban. They are ugly as homemade sin, but very reliable.
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Old 08-15-2007, 06:33 PM   #3
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We have a 34 and pull it with a V-10 Excursion. It is about 420 cubic inches and has 325 hp and a 4 speed auto. We have no problems towing out west with this combo. At 392 you're close to what we have. I believe ours weighs around 7000-7500 lbs. We use an Equalizer and have no sway problems. Good luck in your search.
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Do you know what your Travelall 150 weighs?
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Hello,
Thinking of buying a 1990 34" Limited, a monster, now also thinking of pulling it with a 1975 IH Travelall 150, ordered built to tow (has the 392ci). I'm looking for this, your experience with the Travelall, and towing something this big (heavy) with it.

The Travelall is in tip top condition, all new brakes, suspension, and trans. There are no issues with the IH, just wondering of the comfort of this combo.The last thing I want is to struggle to pull, and fight to control! Is the IH 392 as potent as people say? Was this the ultimate puller in its day?
Thanks in advance!

Will
My experience is 35 yrs as a mechanic, and owning a number of older IH scouts used for plowing, and pulling a 27' 1974 overlander with a 3/4 ton 1997 dodge pickup. You should consider the braking power of a 1975 and the weight of the trailer you want to pull and stop. Do you have disc brakes on the front, what size brake drums on the rear? Are you pulling long distances or short distances? I don't know if an old, rebuilt travelall will run with the tractor trailers on the interstates and hills of PA. If you're only pulling a short distance, I believe the international you've described will do the job. Problem would be on big hills and downhills.
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