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Old 02-01-2005, 12:42 PM   #57
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speaking of small tow vehicles

here's a picture of my trailer taken from my vespa mirror (at least i think the picture will load ).
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Old 02-01-2005, 02:25 PM   #58
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There is another side to the big truck versus smaller tow vehicle debate. After one gets to one's destination, exploration of the area may be at the top of one's agenda. With this in mind, a Mitsubishi Montero (winner of the last four Paris-Dakar rallies) may be imminently more fun cruisin' the mountain roads than an F350 dually or even an Excursion. This is one of the reasons I am leaning towards the Bambi 19 CCD ... ability to pull with an exploration machine!

Referencing the many posts from aviators and sailors and being a former company pilot and San Juan 21 racer ... how appropriate that all are drawn to the aerodynamic lines of the Airstream.
The Pajaro that won the Dakar has NOTHING in common with the street version. Its a custom vehicle that only shares the name are sort of resembles it.

Also Jutta Klindshimt won the dakar 3 years ago in a VW not a Mitsu. she placed 5th over all this year. Think it was 3rd last year. www.dakar.com
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All I can add is that you need the right tools for the job. If you choose to use the wrong tools, we'll that's your issue.......Darwinisim will take care of all in the end that choose to not do the right thing....be it now or later.
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All I can add is that you need the right tools for the job. If you choose to use the wrong tools, we'll that's your issue.......Darwinisim will take care of all in the end that choose to not do the right thing....be it now or later.
good one twink!

my idea of a "smaller tow vehicle" would be a short box standard cab chevy with a big block motor!

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good one twink!

my idea of a "smaller tow vehicle" would be a short box standard cab chevy with a big block motor!

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Amen!

My 454 Suburban handles quite well. It surprises people how well it handles infact.
Towing my cargo trailer it doesnt even notice it back there. Jumps from 45mph to 70 quite repspecatably to pass even with 3k on the hitch. It does better with 3k in tow then my 4runner does empty.

Towing my 4runner on a trailer (about 5600lb between trailer and truck) it only looses 1.5 mph at 65 mph when it hits a hill. My 4 runner would have to be in low range to tow the suburban at all.
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good one twink!
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Since they have supposedly installed several hundred hitches on small vehicles, I thought I would get good feedback. Yours, and the one I got off-line were the only ones in that category. One was positive and one was not. Not really a great database.

It's not so much that I don't want to believe you or others, but like Bryan, I was weighing another opinion, and wanted more information. That along with, as I mentioned earler, a lot of wishfull thinking.
Seems like he doesn't want to believe the overwhelming majority, or just wants someone to tickle his ear and tell him what he wants to hear.

BTW, Bryan, I bet you are a Dem.
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My 454 Suburban handles quite well. It surprises people how well it handles infact.
I bet it handles great in the middle lane of the ten lanes each way traffic goin' through Atlanta at rush hour. Just wouldn't want to be drivin' it up some of the fire trails in the Great Smoky mountains (not to mention some of the Rocky Mountain trails) where it gets so steep it feels like that big block motor up front is going to topple over backwards.

Give me a good, trim, 4wd SUV with little overhang front and rear and some good low range gearing for takin' it slow. Smaller tow vehicle = smaller trailer. There is a place for such a combo ... You should see some of the vehicles towin' the 16 Bambi down here in Florida.
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I bet it handles great in the middle lane of the ten lanes each way traffic goin' through Atlanta at rush hour. Just wouldn't want to be drivin' it up some of the fire trails in the Great Smoky mountains (not to mention some of the Rocky Mountain trails) where it gets so steep it feels like that big block motor up front is going to topple over backwards.

Give me a good, trim, 4wd SUV with little overhang front and rear and some good low range gearing for takin' it slow. Smaller tow vehicle = smaller trailer. There is a place for such a combo ... You should see some of the vehicles towin' the 16 Bambi down here in Florida.
DreamStream,

By the looks of your profile (2003 Dodge 3500 QuadCab SRW CTD HO/48RE Auto) you seem to know what you are talking about.

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DreamStream,

By the looks of your profile (2003 Dodge 3500 QuadCab SRW CTD HO/48RE Auto) you seem to know what you are talking about.

Get your flak jacket ready!
You know when we had an '85 Burb w/ the 454, of course it didn't have 4wd, but it took the steep hills fairly well. I can't recall once being uneasy with it....but it was a VERY thirsty beast.

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