Originally Posted by WarMovies
Wow... Pulling your popup with a 3/4 ton van. I pulled my popup with a 1/2 van and I literally would forget that its back there. That must have been one fun tow!
I'm not sure how its supposed to feel. I've never pulled anything bigger than a popup. With the help of others here I made the decision to move to a bigger tow vehicle even before I have even pulled my 233s...which gets delivered in 10 days...but who is counting! :-)
With all the reading I've done on here yours is one of the few cases I've read about where all of the "tow experts" dont have to get on here and chirp in with "wayyy too much trailer for your tow vehicle". If you log on and read enough you'll see that a lot. I say good job on being prepared.
I'm asking this because I'm awfully curious how well my tow is going to be. The numbers are one thing...but reality is another. I'd love to hear what your first real tow experience with some distance turns out to be like. I've seen very few people on here towing a 233s with almost the same exact tow vehicle. Mine is a conversion but pretty much the same guts (6.0 and 2500). I have no idea what my wheel base is. Nice job on knowing those numbers btw! What year is your van? So..let me know how that first tow goes.
I don't really remember how it felt to tow the pop up. It was my husband's parents and we only used it once several years ago. We have been tent camping a couple times the last few years.
Our van is a 2004.
Too funny you mentioned wheel base. Our manual lists the short (135) and long (155) wheelbase and it had driven me crazy trying to figure out what ours was...nothing was on the sticker or any of the paperwork we had for the van. About the time we were getting serious about buying the camper, I googled wheel base and how to measure it. Took my 12 year old son out and measured from the middle of the front wheel to the middle of the back wheel.
We were lucky that we had a decent size tow vehicle. When I first saw the 233s, I knew it was perfect for us. We could handle the weight, hubby could live with the length (he did NOT want anything too long!), and the three beds and the slide gave us the space we need.
I feel totally comfortable towing it...just had to watch my mirrors when turning corners to make sure it cleared. I, too, am curious how it will go our first time out.
When the ice/snow melts and things dry up a bit, I really want to go get it and practice backing up, etc. in a large parking lot because I am most worried about having to back into a campsite.