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Old 06-13-2006, 07:10 PM   #15
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Bummer..

Tucson is very challenging for our refrigerators. Especially if you are parked in front of Oasis pointing north and south, and your refer is on the west side.
I had a similar problem when I took our '76 Safari 23' with 33 year old refer to Oasis in 1999. We backed in, tongue south and refer west, in June. The poor ammonia evaporation refer just could not cope. We kept it anyway, figuring that we don't camp in Tucson in the summer, we go to Colorado. When we sold the '76 in 2001, it still had the old refer, and I think it still does. Having said all this, the refer really was marginal, and Tucson has a way of identifying those that are starting to underperform. If you plan any trips that could tax the system, you are doing the right thing.
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Old 06-13-2006, 07:39 PM   #16
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loyal Oasis RV customer here too

I consider Joe, Jay, Ricky and Richard friends who also happen to be our AS dealer. Then again I try not to see them too often...
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Old 06-13-2006, 11:59 PM   #17
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Hello to all ,

Im 100% certain the astro van neither has the capacity nor the tow rating for anywhere near that 8700# mark ,if it still has the 4.3 v6 i don't know how it can pull it up any mountain grade . The rear overhang of those little vans is very short so they woud not have the induced sway problems ,but man hold on in a panic situation ,the tail is waggin the dog!

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Old 06-14-2006, 08:36 AM   #18
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I don't like to be a conformist, and take the contrary view whenever possible. That being said, I have to chime in with the positive comments about Oasis. Not much flash, but there's a solid block of knowledge and expertise behind that "rusty old chain link fence".
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Old 06-14-2006, 11:10 AM   #19
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[quote=klevan]Joe, Run this by me again, please. quote]

Ken, more details in post #8 at http://www.airforums.com/forum...119#post229119

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Joe, Run this by me again, please. Even assuming you have a 3.73 axle ratio, your 2000 Astro has a tow limit of 6,100 lbs. You say your Excella weighs 8700. Call me anti-American if you wish, but I'm not sure exactly what you are advocating. Does the RVSEF really say an Astro has the power, and the wheel base to safely tow a 34' Excella.
I owned a '91 Astro Ext which has the largest capacity tow rating of any Astro built. It had a premium gas V6 along with a 4.10 rear axle. Towing capacity was 6,500 lbs. I pulled a 28' Thor built aluminum framed SOB and used a Reese dual-cam sway control hitch. I towed for two years and while the Astro was up to the task, that 28' SOB was a handful. The problem was the Astro just didn't have enough mass to deal with the forces placed on the trailer. Not that it swayed, it was just the issue that the trailer and Astro were literly pushed as a unit, when dealing with strong winds. I could do about 300 miles a day, and was worn out by that point.

I personally can't figure how a 2000 Astro, with less capacity can safely handle an 8,700 lb Excella much less mechanically hold up to towing such a trailer.

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Old 06-14-2006, 02:28 PM   #21
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I owned a '91 Astro Ext which has the largest capacity tow rating of any Astro built. It had a premium gas V6 along with a 4.10 rear axle. Towing capacity was 6,500 lbs. I pulled a 28' Thor built aluminum framed SOB and used a Reese dual-cam sway control hitch. I towed for two years and while the Astro was up to the task, that 28' SOB was a handful. The problem was the Astro just didn't have enough mass to deal with the forces placed on the trailer. Not that it swayed, it was just the issue that the trailer and Astro were literly pushed as a unit, when dealing with strong winds. I could do about 300 miles a day, and was worn out by that point.

I personally can't figure how a 2000 Astro, with less capacity can safely handle an 8,700 lb Excella much less mechanically hold up to towing such a trailer.

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And you had a 4.10 rear axle! Chevy didn't offer a 4.10 on the Astro in 2000, so unless Joe got a special order, he's running a 3.73.
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Old 06-14-2006, 03:05 PM   #22
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Astro Van ?

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Would you please share with us what RVSEF has to say about using a tow vehicle that is loaded 2600# beyond it's max. rating . You also have to consider what your insurance company will say,should you need them , and the law .
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Old 06-15-2006, 12:24 AM   #23
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Yes this is a quandery ,

Ive thought about the astro thing today ,I am a mechanic technician and i work on these astros often ,have driven them on my road tests after repairs made etc, they are somewhat choppy do to the short wheelbase ,they have good power for a v6 4.3 engine.Knowing them or not the 780 # tongue weight alone has the vehical already over loaded ,but I would surmise the WD
hitch would really make the astro and the trailer pretty rigid as a unit because the van is so small ,no mass .But I don't understand the idea of using that to tow such a large heavy trailer so clearly beyond its limits .If the trailer brakes ever failed ,have mercy o lord!! and a clear path ahead .Ive heard of the v8 conversion etc ,but that doesn't make up for the fact that
that vehical is still not big enough by any stretch of the imagination period.
reminds me of the intrepid /airstream debacle.We need to think saftey here
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