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Old 03-23-2009, 06:57 PM   #11
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Patti, is the dealer in Fredrick? If so go over everything at the PDI. Dont let them rush you. If it is not right make them fix it now or get it in writing. Any questions about them give me a pm. Enjoy.


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Old 03-28-2009, 07:00 AM   #12
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Oh no, it was a private sale. There was a young airman at work whose FIL had died and they got his truck - but they had no need for it. The poor girl felt really bad about selling her dad's truck, but we assured her it was going to be put to good use.

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Old 03-28-2009, 04:24 PM   #13
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Yeah, trust the RV dealer. NO WAY! They will tell you can pull that trailer with a Vespa! Sorry but the RV dealer doesn't care about your safety just moving another trailer off the lot.

I am in agreement with the idea that front wheel drive, unibody construction gearing meant for the city along with small engines are not a good combination for pulling trailers. Getting groceries or going the gym is fine, but not pulling trailers!
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:52 PM   #14
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just a comment about dzolen's link to a pt cruiser towing a Airstream Bambi.

we have a '03 pt cruiser. after only 72,000 miles the transmission blew. and that's without towing something.
the Chrysler trannies in their minivans and the pt cruisers were famous for blowing out early.

as i said, sure you can pull a TT with almost anything. but what that video doesn't show is the stress that having that pt tow a trailer does long-term to the car.

people don't realize the stresses that pulling a trailer does to the transmission, engine and frame over a period of time.
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Old 03-29-2009, 04:09 PM   #15
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Tow vehicle

Chrysler fwd trannys and some Fords would fail standing still. In retrospect we pulled our 22'Traillite and a 21' powerboat with a Windstar and was amazed how well it pulled it.
When minivans were first introduced they had a 3500# tow rating with a 4 banger. 20 yrs later they still rate them at 3500#. Something does not add up and I aint no engineer.
A 17' hybrid should be no problem for any V6 minivan considering you might tow 5% of the time and use vehicle as a daily driver 95% of the time.
That's why I avoided a deisel for our present rig

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