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Old 10-25-2013, 07:48 PM   #295
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The Duramax/Allison is an excellent rig. We just bought a 2005 with 70,000 miles for $21,000. I think this is #6 in the fleet. (1) 2005, (2) 2006's, (2) 2007's, (1) 2010.
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:20 PM   #296
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Here is an interesting one for this thread. This is a 23FB with the hitch weight reduced to 400 Pounds. I only drove it about 15 miles but the handling was amazing and the acceleration better than most solo cars.

During the time it took us to figure out how to hitch this neatly the owners decided they would rather have a 27 Eddie Bauer which had too much hitch weight for the vette. The vet has extremely soft springs with massive computerized shock control. It was fun while it lasted however.

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Old 12-07-2013, 04:14 PM   #297
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Old 12-07-2013, 07:42 PM   #298
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Here is an interesting one for this thread.
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:01 PM   #299
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:26 AM   #300
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Here is an interesting one for this thread. This is a 23FB with the hitch weight reduced to 400 Pounds. I only drove it about 15 miles but the handling was amazing and the acceleration better than most solo cars.

During the time it took us to figure out how to hitch this neatly the owners decided they would rather have a 27 Eddie Bauer which had too much hitch weight for the vette. The vet has extremely soft springs with massive computerized shock control. It was fun while it lasted however.

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That's quite a reduction in hitch weight compared to the 785 lbs tongue weight (unhitched) of my FC23FB. Was this achieved completely through the WDH or did you relocate any weight, such as the batteries?
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:04 PM   #301
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The empty hitch weight on a 23FB is usually around 480 pounds. For this short test we just removed the batteries and spare tire.
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:10 PM   #302
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Here is an interesting one for this thread. This is a 23FB with the hitch weight reduced to 400 Pounds. I only drove it about 15 miles but the handling was amazing and the acceleration better than most solo cars.

During the time it took us to figure out how to hitch this neatly the owners decided they would rather have a 27 Eddie Bauer which had too much hitch weight for the vette. The vet has extremely soft springs with massive computerized shock control. It was fun while it lasted however.

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Hi, as someone who has worked at new car dealers since 1968, [now retired] and also worked on Chevrolet Corvettes, it would be very interesting just seeing and knowing how you made a hitch for this car.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:54 AM   #303
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I had some photos of the hitch but I can't seem to find them at the moment. The corvette has a very strong steel frame in it up fairly high in the body at the back end. There was room to put a cross member on top of the frame just behind the axle and it already had a very beefy cross member across the back. The receiver comes out between the exhaust pipes just a little above them. We actually tried to figure out a way to make a round receiver tube so it would match the tail pipes but we could not find the right steel. The hitch is still on it and I have offered to lend them a smaller trailer to take to one of their Corvette meets sometime. They also own a 63 split window which is very nice.

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I think if Ford put a Cummins in their trucks then that would be a perfect combo.
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I think if Ford put a Cummins in their trucks then that would be a perfect combo.
Very true: the Ford looks and finish-out combined with the reliability of a Cummins.

We had that exact dilemma when we bought ours (which was yesterday by the way ): we had to choose between a Ford F350 King Ranch with the nice interior but the 6.0l diesel versus a Dodge Ram 3500 with the 'ok' interior but the 6.7l cummins diesel engine. The mind (Dodge) won over the heart (Ford) ...
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You can always customize that interior with some Mexican blankets for the seats and dingle balls around the windows. You'd be stylin' south of the border.
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Resurrecting a 2 month old thread here...

I know there will be some skeptical people, but here's another minivan towing a 25 foot Airstream. Just got both this month: 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L (the luxury version of the Dodge Grand Caravan) towing my 1990 Airstream Excella 25. I bought the van partly on the recommendation and long standing track record of Can-Am RV using these vans quite successfully as tow vehicles with a reinforced hitch, factory transmission cooler, weight distribution and sway control. Towing components and Airstream from Can-Am RV. Just picked up the Airstream today. So far so good!
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:17 PM   #308
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We're sort of brethren here. I have a Chrysler 300 which I am setting up to tow my 25 Flying Cloud. All based on Andy's setups for that car. I will be interested in your experience.
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