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Old 11-08-2020, 08:08 AM   #1
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tow vehicle for a 1965 Caravel

Greetings, all-
I apologize if this has been covered elsewhere in the forum, but here goes anyway.
I totally missed the boat when I thought I would be fine towing our 1965 Caravel with my 2011 Nissan Frontier truck. It's 4 cyl. but manual transmission, and on paper it looked as if it could tow something like the Airstream. It does okay in the flatlands where we live, but can barely make it in the mountains where we usually go to camp.
In other words, I gotta get something with a little more power.
My wife likes the Honda Pilot, but at 6 cyl, would I be much better? We also like the looks of the Nissan Armada, but I'm not sure I want something so big.
Any suggestions? I'm totally open to any American made vehicles- just not sure where to begin. Is 6 cyl even an option?
Sorry to be all over the place on this-
ANY advice would be greatfully appreciated!
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Old 11-08-2020, 08:35 AM   #2
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Vintage Tow is the way to go

Lots of cool old vehicles to choose from, lots of power, built to tow.

This is a 1968 International "Travelall" with the V8-304, pulling my 1966 Safari.

Plus, it will give you a reason to buy that old car you've always wanted.

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Old 11-08-2020, 08:48 AM   #3
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The AWD Pilots are an Okay fit FWD only, not so much. The Armada would be great. For that trailer you have a huge range of choices. If you know the loaded weight, an ideal match would be something with a towing capacity 25% more than the trailer max loaded for camping weight including full tanks. Most 6 cyl. vehicles will do fine. For under 5000 lb, anything over 230 hp will do a nice job. The 6 cyl. Frontier would have been a decent tow vehicle at 260 hp. The 4 cyl at 152 hp is just not enough as you know. While you are shopping consider extra cargo room and payload. You want to accommodate 100% of the tongue weight plus passengers, and anticipated cargo to ensure you have a good fit.
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