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Old 05-27-2009, 02:20 PM   #57
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The Jetta photo earlier in the thread looks like a rolling death machine.

My 2003 Jetta is not capable of safely towing a 24' Argosy. I guess the later model years are beefier.
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Old 05-27-2009, 03:43 PM   #58
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My tow vehicle is a 2001 Chevy 2500 HD with 1 ton suspension package, 8 Ltr engine, Alison transmission, and Hensley Arrow. It will just about tow Texas off the map. Sometimes I have to check the rearview mirror to make sure the Airstream is still back there cause the truck doesn't feel it.
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:57 PM   #59
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You are darn right the Magnum makes a great tow vehicle. Long wheelbase, low centre of gravity, lots of oomph (especially with a hemi)
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My tow vehicle is a 2001 Chevy 2500 HD with 1 ton suspension package, 8 Ltr engine, Alison transmission, and Hensley Arrow. It will just about tow Texas off the map. Sometimes I have to check the rearview mirror to make sure the Airstream is still back there cause the truck doesn't feel it.
Now I gotta clean up the drool on my keyboard. Thanks.
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:37 AM   #61
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You are darn right the Magnum makes a great tow vehicle. Long wheelbase, low centre of gravity, lots of oomph (especially with a hemi)
Lots of oomph is right Malcolm. I turned right onto Fairview St the other day and a Hemi Magnum entered the street from the opposite side. He was slightly behind me but the Magnum accelerated past me. What a rocket.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:49 PM   #62
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It's not funny anymore crawford!

Is this post about tow vehicles or making fun of people and other countries.
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I don't think we address the high center of gravity and massive sidewall lateral flex of the standard large pick-up tow vehicle. Andy stresses low CG, minimize sidewall flex, improve vehicle shocks if necessary...as well as the hitch set-up and reinforcement...etc.

He has done some lateral emergency move tests that verify the stability in emergency of some vehicles that we seem to dismiss...and he and his family have been studying this issue and experiencing it for many years.

I guess I always like to study an issue and learn all sides. Some may like to read CanAm's web site and even call and chat with Andy. If I were to find an AS to tow with my '04 Toyota Land Cruiser I would likely take it to Andy to set-up.

Might actually be more comfortable with a lower CG vehicle than the LC...I think the center of gravity of the tow vehicle is not addressed enough here....particularly some of the older pick-ups with 10-15 year old suspension and very tall profile tires.

FWIW...Tom R in Two Harbors
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We spent an enjoyable though short time in Calgary in 2006. In 2002 we got lost twice in Calgary due to bad signing at multiple construction projects. Each trip there gets better.

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We spent an enjoyable though short time in Calgary in 2006. In 2002 we got lost twice in Calgary due to bad signing at multiple construction projects. Each trip there gets better.

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Y'know, it just struck me that in Calgary, even WITH construction, you must have tried hard to get lost, Gene: it's like New York, all streets and avenues!

And not once, but twice?

OK, sorry, I know how it can be in an unknown city, but I gotta tell you that I laughed out loud when I realized what was bothering my about your post!
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Y'know, it just struck me that in Calgary, even WITH construction, you must have tried hard to get lost, Gene: it's like New York, all streets and avenues!
I didn't have to try hard at all. It was easy—they had torn up a couple of streets and intersections, the signs were either not there, or could only be understood by locals, and we got trapped going the wrong direction and couldn't figure out how to turn around for a while since everything was torn up.

The 2nd time we got lost has been driven so far into the trauma section of my subconscious to be unavailable at this time; check back in 2010.

The next time we were in Calgary, we had no problems—construction was finished and we went to the Best Western which was really a high rise hotel with bad wifi, went to a good Chinese restaurant in a very nice area, and the next morning walked downtown to meet with the CEO of a small oil company to ask him why the stock had cratered—we played disgruntled investor to the hilt. That was fun as investors rarely get the chance to complain to the CEO. It did not help the stock price.

Of course, getting "lost" is a subjective term. As a man, I have never been actually "lost". Sometimes the forces of evil remove signs, make them incomprehensible, or demons temporarily move the roads because of their command of powerful forces. The construction projects are actually run by demons who like to scare us with "20 minute delays" signs. This not my fault. Other times my wife may think I'm "lost" but I am really "exploring". She is the one who is lost, not me.

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This not my fault. Other times my wife may think I'm "lost" but I am really "exploring". She is the one who is lost, not me.

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Hi, I'm never lost either; I just tell my wife "We're taking the scenic route."
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Sometimes Barb asks for directions. This is very embarrassing. I've tried to explain to her asking for directions, whether on the road or in a store, is a sign of weakness, but she won't listen.

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