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Old 03-06-2007, 05:52 PM   #1
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What's your strangest tow combination

Looking through some of the towing threads, there are a number of "Can I tow a _____ with a _____?"

This made me think of some of the stranger towing experiences I've had, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

F'rinstance, there was the 120 lb of peat moss I towed home with the bicycle. Or for that matter, when our folding bike arrived at the dealer, I rode over and stuck it in the trailer and pulled it home... with the bicycle.

But before all that... there was the time I pulled the diminutive Sunfish sailboat home with the Ford Expedition. I literally couldn't tell if it was back there except for when we turned corners.

On the other end of the scale, after college but before kids, I used to monkey around with sailplanes. For a couple years I owned and flew a Schweizer 1-26, very much like John and Lu's pictured in this link: (Mon NM group Departing
The trailer was between 26-30' long, and maybe 6.5' tall at its highest. At first I used an F150 which was nice 'n stable up to 82mph (with the sailplane on the trailer) and up to some speed beyond the peg without.

Later, I traded the Ford for a 2-door Accord. It actually wasn't that big of a deal. Crosswinds got a little sketchy, but I knew of guys pulling similar trailers with a VW Bug and a Fiero! The Fiero had the ball mounted right over the rear wheels, so it was really more like a fifth wheel, but still...

So... What's your goofiest load or combo?
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Old 03-06-2007, 07:52 PM   #2
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You won't believe this one !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was in a local RV Resort today and saw a rather incredible sight. Not just a 34' A/S triple axel trailer, but what a tow vehicle. I saw this coming down the road earlier in the day and just couldn't believe it. What do YOU think???

Well, couldn't upload the shot due to large file size, but it was a 34' Classic triple axel being towed by a.......DODGE MAGNUM. No HAHA either. .......and all the way to FL from Canada!

I'll be sure to post when this guy leaves, as I'm sure that you will ALL want to be off the roads
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. . . from Canada, huh?

Maybe from our friends at Can-Am, like this? (It's a Jaguar with a HaHa)
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Personally I like the SSR with the CCD - Now where do I put the kids?
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:34 PM   #5
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Didnt someone post that picture with a Dodge Magnum a long time ago.It was Silver I think.
I can not remember all of it but it was the person who fabricated hitch setups to any vehicle to pull large Airstreams.Correct me if I am wrong
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. . . from Canada, huh?

Maybe from our friends at Can-Am, like this? (It's a Jaguar with a HaHa)
You have hit the nail on the head!!!!! It is almost the same rig....Dodge 300 with a Hemi. They MUST have done it, but I sure wouldn't DRIVE IT !

On the flip side, I also saw a new 25LE FB with a HAHA and a new Dodge 1 ton dually for a TV. Just a little 'overkill' IMHO!!!
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Old 03-06-2007, 09:28 PM   #7
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now....

I wouldn't turn my back on a Dodge Charger (titanium grey pls) RT as a tow vehicle. Big brakes, engine... that'll pull AND stop my Argosy just fine. Heck, even the "standard" Hemi would do fine. Short rear overhang too.

Biggest issues that I can think of is tranny life and cooling abliity.... I'm sure a suitable hitch, if connected at enough places, wouldn't tear off, would it?
I wish I could talk to some of those owners.

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I knew a guy once - - back before he got educated in the ways of towing. He used to tow a 25' Safari around with a 1988 4-runner. Yes the V-6 was way under powered. No fun in a headwind or on a hill. But rock solid on the road. Great suspension, weight distribution, sway bar. Not bad in a hard stop.

Would I recommend anyone do it? NOPE!

But this guy and his family used it to go all around California, the Sierras and one trip to Yellowstone and back.

Is that crazy or what?
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What is it with them Canadians anyway?
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Yeah, he was Canadian. He was, he was...
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No offense, but they usually are....
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I just posted to a fellow on this forum who was pulling a 31' with a Buick Station Wagon that had only a 5000# tow package. At 80%, he should be pulling 4000# max. Loaded, that 31' would weigh twice what he should be pulling.
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I just posted to a fellow on this forum who was pulling a 31' with a Buick Station Wagon that had only a 5000# tow package. At 80%, he should be pulling 4000# max. Loaded, that 31' would weigh twice what he should be pulling.
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Been there, done that, wrote the book (except mine was a 25' and a Chevy sedan of similar vintage). I upgraded the PCM, intake, shocks (bilsteins), springs (cargo in rear), gears (to 3.73), driveshaft, upgraded 5/8 ball joints, added secondary trans cooling (a second trans cooler), beefier lower control arms and everything worked very well, except when the wind came....then it was white knuckle city...and I'm not even Canadian either!
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eh?

But that Molson sure is good!
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