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Old 07-15-2011, 04:58 AM   #43
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Do those hitches reduce your ground clearance any?
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:17 AM   #44
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Boy, I love how short that distance between TV and TT!!!!

Compare to the distance on my Dodge truck and Silver Streak where the measured distance between tailgate (not bumper) and corresponding heighth on the trailer is 60" [5'] (with OEM hitch receivver and, admittedly, longer H/A)

Everything concerning hitch rigging and road performance is better with that shortened distance, including fuel economy.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:43 AM   #45
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Do those hitches reduce your ground clearance any?
Depends on the modification needed to reinforce the hitch and whether that becomes the lowest point on the undercarriage.

My van has a 2" square pipe running from the middle rear of the receiver forward to a suspension carrier. I have bottomed out on it on occasion (pulling out of a gas station) but it's not quite the lowest point on my van. (My WD bars also hang a bit lower.)

It's less of an issue for something like a higher-up SUV.

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Old 07-15-2011, 11:57 AM   #46
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I'd imagine all the Can Am customers out there will be smiling at the success of the Jetta as a tow vehicle for an Airstream and the somewhat alarmed comments of the non-Can Am customers.
Smiling yes, alarmed no. I think we have all read the negative posts many times before.

Generally speaking folks have pre conceived ideas about towing/tow vehicles and it is easy to see how they could get blindsided with the sight of the Can Am combination.

I believe they would change their mind set once they did some research and realize that 40 years of experience and 1,000's of custom set-ups have lead up to today's combinations.

Ya, we continue to wave the Can Am flag. We are one satisfied customer.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:24 PM   #47
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WOW! Does all this info mean it is possible for me to tow a 16' late model Bambi with my 2009 Honda Civic????

That would be sweet!!!!
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Old 07-15-2011, 03:26 PM   #48
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WOW! Does all this info mean it is possible for me to tow a 16' late model Bambi with my 2009 Honda Civic????

That would be sweet!!!!
Since your Honda Civic doesn't produce any noteworthy amount of torque, I don't think it would be a good candidate. Honda avoided the production of torque altogether for a very long time, and only recently has allowed their V6s and the big 4 in the Accord and Element to make a little twist.
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now, a brushed, stainless DeLorean would look pretty good at the front end of a Bambi.
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:05 PM   #50
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Which tow vehicle to use draws about as many opinions as the topic of camping at Walmart.

I would think that engineering science should be readily available to adequately address the better parameters that a tow truck/car should meet for a given trailer hitch/length/weight. Cut and dry.

Can and should have different meanings.
How about some good objective data tables or the like?
Any one with such at hand to share here? A reference bible for towing?

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Old 07-15-2011, 05:23 PM   #51
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Well, here's a start. Click on # 7. for more autos. there's quite a list.
HowStuffWorks "Towing Capacity Chart"
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I would think that engineering science should be readily available to adequately address the better parameters that a tow truck/car should meet for a given trailer hitch/length/weight. Cut and dry.
One of the slides in Andy's PP presentation was the formula they use to determine the approximate trailer weight for a particular TV. Hp, torque,1st gear ratio, final drive, tire circumference... I wish had taken notes, or at least a camera.
I too would like to be able to find some sort of spread sheet where you could plug in the numbers and review the results.

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Which tow vehicle to use draws about as many opinions as the topic of camping at Walmart.

I would think that engineering science should be readily available to adequately address the better parameters that a tow truck/car should meet for a given trailer hitch/length/weight. Cut and dry.

Can and should have different meanings.
How about some good objective data tables or the like?
Any one with such at hand to share here? A reference bible for towing?

Tom
It sounds sooooo easy when you just say it like that. Now try and figure it out! The book of How To Tow What You Want has to be written for each possible combination of vehicle and trailer, and each possible modification to each vehicle and trailer, taking into account the age and condition of each vehicle. It begins to sound like a life-time project. It seems better spent time to learn your own particular combination and perfect it, than to try to figure out what would amount to thousands or tens of thousands of possible combinations, most of which would never be tried in the real world.
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@ gringo: a delorian tv sounds interesting...but does all of the aluminum affect the Flux Capacitor?
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@ gringo: a delorian tv sounds interesting...but does all of the aluminum affect the Flux Capacitor?
Go to Best Buy for the Dilithium Crystal upgrade.
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