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Old 08-15-2012, 06:32 AM   #1
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Some Interesting Towing Combinations

Can-Am RV :: Towing

we went to this place a year ago looking at trailers and some towing advice

the jetta at that point was hooked up to a triaxle airstream!!

gotta love the mini pulling the airsteam

some interesting combinations, somewhat scary in my mind
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Old 08-15-2012, 06:46 AM   #2
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very interesting. but you know in europe it is quite something to see all these smaller vehicles towing quite big trailers compare to us limited to1000 lbs with cars. Stevem: what do you pull with your ford windstar?
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Old 08-15-2012, 07:30 AM   #3
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Years of aggressively experimenting with towing combinations make us the experts.
Yeah, right.

These guys have much less of a clue than they think they do.

Just because you can hook something up and get it moving doesn't mean you've got a combination that makes sense or is safe.

My 98 K2500 turbo Diesel pulls an 8500 lb trailer. It's right at the rated limit and boy you know it.

I've also had an intrepid and pulled a loaded up utility trailer, over the cars rating. You knew you had too much weight behind that one too.

I especially liked their "proof" of Intrepid's and 300C's towing (since I had one). The trailer had the car bouncing and porpoising all over the place. Bad combination, very bad. Not to mention that movement will eventually fatigue the attachment points in the unibody and compromise both the car's integrity and the hitch attachments point (let's not even get into the fact the car isn't rated for the weight hitch required for the trailers being towed). Very, very bad combination.

Like I said, just because you can get it level and get it moving doesn't mean it's safe or even makes sense.

Let's not even get into the legalities of it all.

Try traveling to BC with one of those combo's and see what you get. Hint: it'll be a nasty surprise.....both when you have no brakes heading down (even you can even get it up) the Coquihalla pass or when the RCMP pull you over.

I'd avoid anything these London Ontario boys recommend. "Buck shee" is a word that comes to mind. "Flatlanders" for sure....

I've been to Europe lots, I've seen what they do. Same disclaimer; just because you can get it hooked up and rolling doesn't mean you're doing it right or safe....
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:05 AM   #4
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we towed our 2400 dry wt 21 ft travel trailer with the windstar 6000 km last year, this year its a dakota instead
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The old saying really applies here "Just because you can, should you?"
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very interesting. but you know in europe it is quite something to see all these smaller vehicles towing quite big trailers compare to us limited to1000 lbs with cars. Stevem: what do you pull with your ford windstar?
Without the towing package a Windstar was rated at 2000 lbs. With the towing package: 3.8l v6, transmission cooler, suspension, wiring and hitch, the rating went to 3500 lbs.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:53 AM   #7
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our windstar did not have the the tow package, i upgraded everything

the windstar struggled on long hills, but otherwise was capable

it has been replaced by a dakota(more than capable)
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Our 95 Windstar did have the towning package and had absolutely no problem going up hills with the Coleman Rio Grande camper. With the towing package came a bigger engine, besides the transmission cooler,suspensension wiring, etc. I doubt your upgrade got a new engine.
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Our 95 Windstar did have the towning package and had absolutely no problem going up hills with the Coleman Rio Grande camper. With the towing package came a bigger engine, besides the transmission cooler,suspensension wiring, etc. I doubt your upgrade got a new engine.
no, not practical!!
it has the 3.8 motor, the only one offered in 2003
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