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Old 11-20-2007, 06:39 AM   #1
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I'm in the process of restoring my vintage 17' Caravel. I estimate the loaded weight of the trailer to approach 3000 lbs. I'm looking at a TV which is has a rated tow capacity of 3300 lbs. I live in Ontario where its very flat and I'm not planning any long trips ( more than 2 or 3 hours drive ) . Does this sound reasonable ?
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I'm in the process of restoring my vintage 17' Caravel. I estimate the loaded weight of the trailer to approach 3000 lbs. I'm looking at a TV which is has a rated tow capacity of 3300 lbs. I live in Ontario where its very flat and I'm not planning any long trips ( more than 2 or 3 hours drive ) . Does this sound reasonable ?
Not knowing what your tow vehicle is, my first instinct is "no". However, you do own one of the smallest and lighest Airstream trailers, and won't need a huge tow vehicle to move it safely.
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I'm in the process of restoring my vintage 17' Caravel. I estimate the loaded weight of the trailer to approach 3000 lbs. I'm looking at a TV which is has a rated tow capacity of 3300 lbs. I live in Ontario where its very flat and I'm not planning any long trips ( more than 2 or 3 hours drive ) . Does this sound reasonable ?
Would recommend a GM Envoy or a Trailblazer XL (extra long), the XL will give you a lot more storage.
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Old 11-20-2007, 08:37 AM   #4
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The vehicle in question is a Volvo Cross Country. I have seen pictures of this vehicle towing trailers of around the same weight. Its one of the few cars that I am aware of that has this towing capacity. I really don't want to drive an SUV or a truck, as I'm only planning on taking it out a few times in the summers.
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The vehicle in question is a Volvo Cross Country. I have seen pictures of this vehicle towing trailers of around the same weight. Its one of the few cars that I am aware of that has this towing capacity. I really don't want to drive an SUV or a truck, as I'm only planning on taking it out a few times in the summers.
A family member in Europe tows a substantial travel trailer with a Volvo XC90 TurboDiesel. They say it works very well.
You will find out very quickly, after a few miles, how it works for you. make sure and get a good brake controller installed in your Volvo, and make sure all items related to a trailer's movement are in perfect working order.
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Are you close to Can-Am RV? They set up folks to tow Airstreams with smaller vehicles. They could probably give you some good advice on your setup.

My trailer weighs about 2800# ready to go on a trip, so I think your weight estimate is pretty close.
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thread of interest

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You may find this thread of interest. They also tow very close to their limit.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f238...rid-28016.html

Also, at 3000 lbs, I hope you've replaced your axle.
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My original owners manual actually states the weight of the trailer at 2250 lbs, with the hitch being another 250. I've lightened the trailer considerably by removing the fridge, stove, heater, and some of the cabinets. I don't even plan on filling the water tank, and I don't even have the propane tanks. This is how I plan on towing it, just a place to sleep.
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really light

In your first post, you were talking about 3000 pounds. With all that removed, you have to be well under 2000. Have you tried towing it with a bicycle? An empty Caravel has to be about as light as it gets!
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I have always felt like my caravel tows better with water in the tank, and thus a bit more weight towards the tounge. Just my experience. Sounds like with all that stuff removed you'll have the equivalent of a BaseCamp!
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Your point about towing with water in the tank seems to make sense, and yes, my modified trailer is almost like a Basecamp, which was the inspiration for some of my ideas. I don't need much when I travel, and there are things that can be done to lighten your trailer. I stated my original weight as approaching 3000 lbs because I would rather be on the safe side.
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Your Volvo is a solid, well built vehicle and is highly rated as a tow vehicle in Europe... Practical Caravan - Towcar of the year 2007

There is a guy in the neighbourhood that tows a substantial SOB with one. I once asked him how he liked the tow and he replied that it was great.

Go with Stephanie's suggestion and run the idea past the folks at Can Am in London. If possible get them to do the set up and you will know it will get done right the first time.

Good luck and please get back to us on how handles out on the road.
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