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Old 03-18-2021, 11:16 PM   #1
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Can I tow a Safari with a Dodge Intrepid?

I found this not so old Airstream video and I had to take a double take with this one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Intrepid

https://youtu.be/7cMg42sW6NU?t=35
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Old 03-19-2021, 06:59 AM   #2
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I found this not so old Airstream video and I had to take a double take with this one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodge_Intrepid

https://youtu.be/7cMg42sW6NU?t=35
That is awesome. When this first popped up in my feed this morning I was like here we go again another lurker or TV post but I am glad I clicked on it.
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Old 03-19-2021, 07:28 AM   #3
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There was a Californian some years back that spent many thread pages insisting that his modified Chrysler 300 could tow an Airstream (Probably only “OTRA” could sniff out that thread). It was an interesting concept, he worked very hard at it with all sorts of quite costly advise, but in the end, it proved a valiant effort in fools-play.



Pretty sure he ended up with a Suburban.
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Old 03-19-2021, 08:37 AM   #4
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I've set up my BMW 328i to tow a (much smaller) 16RB, but Can Am up in Canada is well-known for many similar setups. There are definitely ways to safely tow with a smaller vehicle but when you're towing at the limit of your vehicle you have to be exceptionally aware of a lot of things that go into doing it safely. It's not as simple as "hitch up and go".

And remember, any car can tow any trailer once!
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Old 03-19-2021, 08:54 AM   #5
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Whats with the dodge Intrepid & towing...This is possibly a 23'

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Old 03-19-2021, 01:17 PM   #6
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At Alumapalooza 2017 we were camped next to a couple from Texas who were pulling their FC 25FB with a Chrysler 300, set up by Can Am.




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Old 03-19-2021, 02:43 PM   #7
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I am very a much a use what you got kind of person but using light duty cars with known transmission problems seems like a strange decision.

I really am enjoying the videos. Keep them coming.
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Crazy as it sounds, I used to pull a ski boat with my fatherís company car (1997 dodge intrepid) because the gas was free.

It was amazing how well it towed, felt more stable than our Chevy truck at the time.

But pulling a boat is entirely different than a camper...
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Old 03-19-2021, 04:32 PM   #9
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Some time ago, my brother stated he could tow our 30' International with his Prius.

Just not very long, fast, or far.

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Old 03-19-2021, 06:03 PM   #10
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Trucks aren't aren't known for their handling or maneuverability so it's not a terrible surprise that they don't magically get better once laden with 5000+ lbs of trailer.
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Can I tow a Safari with a Dodge Intrepid?

When Chrysler introduced the Intrepid in 1993 it was a huge leap forward in towing. They called it cab forward design. What they did though was widen the stance, lengthen the wheelbase and reduce the rear overhang. The platform was designed for future vehicles so ultimately it could have held a V8 or accepted AWD the new transmission was designed for higher torque than the 3.5 could produce.

The 3.5 was the first moderately priced 24 valve V6 engine which gave low end torque and 224 high rpm horsepower.
That sounds low today but at the time a 5.7 truck engine was 210.

We put hitches on almost 300 of them. They were great cars for the price. Always wished they kept making them. When Mercedes joined Chrysler they shelved that car and based the 300 on a stretched E class Mercedes platform.
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Old 03-26-2021, 10:04 AM   #12
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When Chrysler introduced the Intrepid in 1993 it was a huge leap forward in towing. They called it cab forward design. What they did though was widen the stance, lengthen the wheelbase and reduce the rear overhang. The platform was designed for future vehicles so ultimately it could have held a V8 or accepted AWD the new transmission was designed for higher torque than the 3.5 could produce.

The 3.5 was the first moderately priced 24 valve V6 engine which gave low end torque and 224 high rpm horsepower.
That sounds low today but at the time a 5.7 truck engine was 210.

We put hitches on almost 300 of them. They were great cars for the price. Always wished they kept making them. When Mercedes joined Chrysler they shelved that car and based the 300 on a str
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It is neat to find someone familiar with these cars. Were people putting big towing miles on with these cars?

Truthfully I would love to see Airstream go back to its roots a bit and come out with a small ultralight trailer. Something that could be towed by one of those subarus or a rav4.
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Truthfully I would love to see Airstream go back to its roots a bit and come out with a small ultralight trailer. Something that could be towed by one of those subarus or a rav4.
I suppose that's what the Basecamp is supposed to be. But I'm happy w/ my 20FC, and wouldn't want to tow it w/ something smaller than my Sierra (I could see a Yukon, it'd be fine, but I had a 4Runner, I wouldn't have been comfortable w/ it, or the wife's Outback, as a tow vehicle).
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It is neat to find someone familiar with these cars. Were people putting big towing miles on with these cars?

Truthfully I would love to see Airstream go back to its roots a bit and come out with a small ultralight trailer. Something that could be towed by one of those subarus or a rav4.


Our 1994 did nothing but tow and had 130,000 miles on it when we sold it. I took it to the Hensley hitch rally for years and had it out the International rally in Brandon in 1994.
However many other customers did extensive miles with them. Several picked up them up the last year as they had been so happy with them.

If you look at the vintage towing video on this site you can see it on the race track.

https://www.canamrv.ca/towing-expertise/videos/
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Back in 1972 I pulled a 22' Holiday Rambler with my Dodge Challenger. I only pulled it 4 or 5 times for a total of maybe 500 miles. I had a 340 engine with a 4 speed trans. People do some really dumb things but hopefully they learn from them. I feel better now with a F250 diesel and a 25' FC.
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