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Old 11-16-2010, 07:32 AM   #1
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Old Chevy Van TV?

Hi all-

I was wondering if anyone is towing or has towed with a G-10 or G-20 series (1964-1970) Chevy or GMC van? These are the flat front versions with various motor options.

Dad towed a 24' 1966 Tradewind Twin with a 1969 Chevy van with a 307 and a Powerglide and 108" wheel base. It was set up as a camper van and I can only imagine (was too young to remember it, though I did ride in the rig) what that must have looked like going down the road!

I know my Corvair trucks won't tow the Bambi II with any kind of reliability, so I have been kicking around the idea of looking into one of these old Chevy vans. Would love to hear from anyone who is doing it or has any pictures of a rig like this.


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Old 11-16-2010, 07:42 AM   #2
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Hi Ben I towed my 1973 31ft Excella witha 1986 GMC van equipped with a 350 four bolt main bored out with mild cam, headers and true dual exhaust, dual cats and hi pro mufflers,a holley double pumper 4bbl carb. It also has the 700R4 trans with a shift kit. It's not the same as you are asking but definately had no problem pulling the A/S.
BTW the van is also a fully equipped camper with raised roof,fridge,stove,furnace,roof top A/C, sink and water tanks so it has significant weight to it to begin with.
I did have to add extra leafs to the rear springs and change the rear end gears. I can't remember the ratio because that was 12 yrs ago that I built the van.

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Old 11-16-2010, 07:43 AM   #3
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I would think any of those vans would pull a Bambi,would be better to find one with a 283 ci. or a straight 6 292 ci. Good luck on your search. Dave
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the last time i used a chev van as a tv the rear end went out. it was a half ton, the rear ends in half tons will not hold up on long trips they over heat no matter what size motor you have.
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Originally Posted by PA BAMBI II View Post
Hi all-

Dad towed a 24' 1966 Tradewind Twin with a 1969 Chevy van with a 307 and a Powerglide and 108" wheel base.

Years ago I towed a 24' Holiday Rambler with a 1969 Chevy 1/2 ton pickup equipped with the 307 and a standard transmission. It was NOT a good setup. The truck would handle the load and would stop OK, but was seriously lacking in power. I remember if there was any wind at all, it did much better in 2nd gear than in high. IMHO, the Chevy 307 was a turd.
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