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Old 11-30-2015, 03:41 PM   #1
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Options for towing '55 18 footer

Looking for something fairly fuel efficient to tow my '55 18 Footer (whale tail).
Weighs 2000, will have new torsion axle with electric brakes.
All opinions welcome!
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Old 11-30-2015, 03:49 PM   #2
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You can tow a trailer that small with just about anything you want.

Our cousin that previously owned our 1960 Pacer (1760 pounds gross weight) towed it all over the US and Canada with a Mercedes 190D sedan, back in the 60s.

Wally supposedly towed a Bambi with a VW beetle. (I don't think I'd recommend it!)
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Old 11-30-2015, 05:38 PM   #3
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What do you currently drive with? You might not even need a dedicated tow vehicle.
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Old 11-30-2015, 06:04 PM   #4
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I've been towing with a Tahoe but mpg not good. Worked okay towing my '64 TradeWind but over 200K on it.


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Old 11-30-2015, 06:20 PM   #5
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Any of the smaller European SUV's or crossovers would probably be an improvement. Ultimately, I guess, it would depend on what sort of vehicle you prefer. If I had that trailer, I'd hook it up to my Volvo wagon and go!
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Old 11-30-2015, 07:08 PM   #6
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I would look for a RWD vehicle I liked that had a cargo capacity meeting the tongue weight/people weight requirement. I would consider a Hyundai Genesis with a Curt Hitch for Genesis or something like a BMW x3. They can tow 3500# and handle 350# tongue. Your published tongue is 240!
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Old 12-01-2015, 11:41 AM   #7
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Looking for something fairly fuel efficient to tow my '55 18 Footer (whale tail).
Weighs 2000, will have new torsion axle with electric brakes.
All opinions welcome!

Anything larger than a bicycle should tow that just fine. Beautiful rig you have there.
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Old 12-01-2015, 11:43 AM   #8
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Yes - pretty much anything that you can put a hitch on and that can hold the tongue up high enough to keep it from dragging and doing damage will tow that rig. Just think about a smaller vehicle may be more prone to sway on the road and consider a sway bar / equalizer type hitch
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Old 12-01-2015, 12:52 PM   #9
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You could tow it in true American style.... Get an F350. 😂
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How about a small Tiguan TDI? Mileage and breaking benefits of diesel.
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How about a small Tiguan TDI? Mileage and breaking benefits of diesel.
I would not touch anything with that smaller 4-cyl 2.0L TDI, since VW has admitted the smog test cheating programming on it, & they've been accused of it with the V6 3.0L TDIs too.

Values have already dropped on them by 10-30%, & VW has no fix close to ready, & have only offered a token $1000 "sorry card" to owners.

California has already mandated a recall & won't pass any of them for smog, & has revoked the automatic pass for the new-3 year old cars. They're now basically unable to be renewed for tags by DMV without some fix by VW. IMHO the Feds will follow suit soon, then it will be nationwide.

As to TVs - first, ignore the factory specs from 1955, as their weights were usually the lowest possible for the trailers, & adding LP, black, gray & fresh water tanks & other accessory & optional items added weight, as well as any mods & changes made over time.

You'll need to get an accurate weight with it wet & loaded for typical travel on a CAT Scale or similar & a tongue wt. scale, then match the smaller TVs out there with adequate towing capacity - new or used.

I'd suggest you look at all of the available Japanese & Euro & American mid-sized pick-ups & SUVs with either V6 or V8 power with a proper towing & hitch capacity - if you're looking for modern convenience. You can also look at some of the mini-vans & cars which still have a decent tow rating.

However, in most cases the stock vehicles are only rated for 1500-1500# TW rating, unless they get the factory tow option which upgrades many parts & systems to get them up to 3500-4500-5000#. Just adding a hitch does not get you the max or larger rating.

Alternatively, you can look classic rides with adequate power, brakes & suspension &/or upgrades (or the then factory towing packages) - if you want a classic rig combo for your 55 AS.

There are several topic threads on here under tow vehicles for both the Euro & other small/mid-sized tow vehicles (one good one is titled something like Taureg, Cayenne, Audi Q7 owners), as well as for classic TVs.

You could also go to the CanAm website to look at their "Hitch Hints" articles section & to ask questions of Andy T. there - since he's the smaller TV guru, as well as the full "Hitch Hints" articles on the "RV Lifestyles" magazine website (CanAm's article links go to their site, then you can cruise all issues' Hitch Hints from there).

Since you already have several vintage trailers, I assume you're already familiar with the vintage trailer rally scene, but if not, Vintage Camper Trailers magazine has a good listing of events in the rear pages, as well as the TCT website.

Good Luck!
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How fuel efficient are those?
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