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Old 05-20-2016, 08:21 PM   #1
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towing 1966 Caravel 17' do you need a truck?

Hi all, I am totally new to campers, airstream and towing and after reading a bit on here, it seems like most people tow with a truck or SUV, I'm wondering if there is anyone who has successfully towed with a car, especially with a smaller unit like the 17' Caravel? My hubby and I were hoping to use a car but obviously safety is our number one concern.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:24 PM   #2
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Depends on the car...
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Old 05-20-2016, 11:26 PM   #3
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Were thinking of a sonata - V6 w 240 hp. Do you have any recommendations or considerations? Would love some advise
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:11 PM   #4
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I use a BMW X5 diesel to tow my caravel and totally love it.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:34 PM   #5
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Used to be that cars were large enough and heavy enough to easily handle the Caravel. In fact, I believe AS advertised as such. But, with smaller and lighter modern cars, it just does not seem like good choice. For the Caravel, SUV's are perfectly adequate, even the smaller ones, but a car just does not look right towing anything large than PWC's.

I think Hyundai does not recommend towing with the Sonata at all and others list most models at 2000lbs or less. I believe the '66 Caravel weighs in around 2500lb dry. Not enough car.

Clarification: I am no expert, just my opinion...I would NOT do it.
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Old 08-30-2016, 06:12 AM   #6
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Just be sure the hitch setup is top notch. Something that light can be easily towed with many non trucks.
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Please make sure that the TV is large enough for the weight of the trailer. Check the Trailer Towing Rating in the owners manual of the vehicle you are thinking about, this will give you a better idea. Looks like your Caravel starts out at around 2,350 Lbs and had electric brakes.
https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...0425a3dbc0.pdf

I remember reading an article Wally Byam wrote where he recommended a Chrysler New Yorker because of the larger trunk so that the gear is hidden.
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BMW x5d weighs the same as a 2016 f150 ecoboost

Just for your info if you say that weight is a safety issue. The track is just as wide too. The wheel base is obviously less.
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We've owned a Caravel and now an Overlander. The stress on the tow vehicle is mostly due to the size and shape of the trailer you're towing, except for climbing hills. With the same tow vehicle, we got the same mileage on flat roads.

Be sure you watch your transmission temperature as you tow or you can burn it out -- can be expensive!
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