Originally Posted by bikendan
WarMovies, your van, with the factory tow package, should be able to tow the 233S, even with the 3.55 rear end ratio.
by adding a tranny cooler and not overloading the van, you should be fine pulling the 233S.
TOWING VEHICLE UPDATE....
Thanks for all of the input. I agree with the conclusion that with a few modifications I should be able to tow the 233s with my Ford E150 5.4. However, further thought led me to think about a different TV and to that end I have decided to pull the trigger on something that should give me lots more breathing room.
I have been towing a 2,000lb pop up (no brakes) with my current TV and have overall had no problems towing but have had to be unnecessarily vigilant with every stop at any speed to protect my brakes. Staying with the current TV would have left me in a place I'd rather not be...under powered and watching every pound I load into the trailer. I imagined myself weighing the kids travel bags before we load up. I would not have enjoyed telling my copilot that she needs to limit her water bottle size to 12oz either.
Who knows how it would have all turned out. I might have been fine just rather sluggish and lacking ooomph. That wasnt a place we were comfortable with. Copilot made it clear she'd rather not put another $ into the E150 to help matters along. Why upgrade a hitch..install a tranny cooler...change out some springs/shocks or mess with the gears only to find out I have a dog on my hands. A dog with 213,000 miles none the less. So with that...here are the numbers of the current and new. I do have a couple of questions too that I could use some input on. I welcome any other input as well.
1999 Ford E150 5.4L (Conversion Van)
Unloaded Weight 5,860
Towing Capacity: 6,900
Rear Axle Ratio: 3.55
Towing Hitch Rating: 500/5000 (Would need to have upgraded to 1000,10,000)
2006 Chevy 2500 6.0 (Conversion Van)
Unloaded Weight: ? (Will need to weigh it after purchase)
Towing Capacity: 8,300
Rear Axle Ratio: 3.73
Towing Hitch Rating: ? (Will upgrade to 1000/10,000 if rating is lower than this)
Dry Weight 4,351
Cargo Capacity 1,833
Hitch Weight 647 (empty)
I plan on installing a Blue Ox WDH (1,000 lbs). Everyone seems to have their favorite and I am going with what RVW's choice and that is the Blue Ox.
My questions are as follows:
1. Is a WDH (weight distribution) still necessary or would something for 'sway only' be sufficient?
2. Who knows anything about BlueOx? Are the chains a liability...an improvement? Ease of use?
3. This was a difficult van (in a conversion)to find with the specs we wanted and in the price range/mileage we were looking for. Most conversion vans are E150 or 1500's. Are there others currently towing with a 2500 6.0 Van who could give me some input as to how things are working out for them? Anyone pulling a 233s with one?
4. Am I missing something??
5. When does camping season start???
In a weeks time I am closing on a camper and TV. My 2013 Roo233s is waiting for me on RVW's lot in Ohio. I am set drive out there the 26th to sign papers..do the walk through and return home empty handed the next day (not interested in towing her back home in winter). I have plans to pick up with new TV at the end of March. I also will be closing on the van next week and having it loaded onto a truck in San Diego to be delivered to Minnesota....God knows when (hopefully before the end of March!). They tell me delivery will take about a week.