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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby canned o minimum » Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:03 pm

jackdaw wrote:Our tow vehicle took longer to rebuild than any of the trailers I've built... but we love it.

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NICE splittie ! How much does the teardrop weigh ? I towed my 820 lb Little Guy Teardrop for near 5 years with a 1965 VW Beetle. Prolly put near 50,000 miles on the tear.

Now I have a 1968 Eriba, Puck. She weighs 620 (dry) and I've had her fer near a year now and did a 2,571 mile run to Washington and back to SoCal...last August. Pulled the trailer up into Crater Lake,Mt. Hood, and thru the redwoods and Hwy 1

At one point I hadta catch up with the group of 45 VWs and put the pedal to the floor( or near to it) and pulled the Puck at 75mph...what a white knuckler !

She's sportin a 1776cc motor with an oil cooler and external oil filter with a double barrel Zenith carb....VROOOOOM !!!
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby jackdaw » Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:06 pm

canned o minimum wrote:
jackdaw wrote:Our tow vehicle took longer to rebuild than any of the trailers I've built... but we love it.

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NICE splittie ! How much does the teardrop weigh ? I towed my 820 lb Little Guy Teardrop for near 5 years with a 1965 VW Beetle. Prolly put near 50,000 miles on the tear.

Now I have a 1968 Eriba, Puck. She weighs 620 (dry) and I've had her fer near a year now and did a 2,571 mile run to Washington and back to SoCal...last August. Pulled the trailer up into Crater Lake,Mt. Hood, and thru the redwoods and Hwy 1

At one point I hadta catch up with the group of 45 VWs and put the pedal to the floor( or near to it) and pulled the Puck at 75mph...what a white knuckler !

She's sportin a 1776cc motor with an oil cooler and external oil filter with a double barrel Zenith carb....VROOOOOM !!!



Cheers, The Teardrop's 600kg loaded...so 1220 lb. We have considered a 1776 set up much the same as yours....One of the things that put me off was the fuel consumption. We're getting about 16 MPG when towing.... and I'd guess a bigger motor isn't going to give many more mpg. Our fuel cost over here would make you guys cry!! So fuel economy is important...
The other thing was the cooling... constantly worrying number 3 pistons going to cook....
The subaru set up should give us more torque and better MPG ...for similar money than the 1776/external cooler/ twin carb setup was going to cost to build. We even thought about importing a motor from the states.... as it would be cheaper to buy one and have it shipped than to have one built over here.
We aren't to worried about crawling along .... as long as we're going to get there :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby barbhively » Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:20 pm

Primary tow vehicle will be 2004 Ford Excursion. Secondary 2000 F350 - use that when we or know we are going someplace where we want to bring back something that would only fit in the bed of the truck. Third - and much less likely at this point - 07 Town and Country.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby canned o minimum » Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:10 am

Just so ya know... my Beetle gits between 17-19 mpg while towing...has PLENTY of "git up & go" but I'm only pullin 600-800 lbs. With my VW , every OUNCE, COUNTS !

As fer a Subaru motor in a VW... SACRILIGIOUS !!! Call the VW police ! ;)
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Vedette » Mon Mar 25, 2013 12:59 am

canned o minimum wrote:Just so ya know... my Beetle gits between 17-19 mpg while towing...has PLENTY of "git up & go" but I'm only pullin 600-800 lbs. With my VW , every OUNCE, COUNTS !

As fer a Subaru motor in a VW... SACRILIGIOUS !!! Call the VW police ! ;)

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Richard Miller » Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:44 pm

jackdaw wrote:Our tow vehicle took longer to rebuild than any of the trailers I've built... but we love it.

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Jack, I love your rig, I could see having that with the Subaru power and cruising all over the states for months on end, that would be a blast.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Martinjmpr » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:24 pm

When we got Bubbles our tow vehicle was my '99 4runner (3.4, auto, 4x4.)

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Two problems with the '99: Lack of power and lack of fuel. The little 3.4 struggled to pull Bubbles' 1100+ lb weight and MPG was dismal (11 MPG crossing Wyoming into a strong headwind.) Worst of all, with only an 18.5 gallon tank, I ended up running out of gas near Prineville, OR.

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After we got back from Oregon the '99 went up for sale and pretty soon I had this. Another 4runner but this one's an '07. Much more powerful 4.0 V6, 5 speed auto vs the 4 speed on the '99, better MPG (despite being a bigger vehicle) and best of all, a big 23 gallon tank.

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Puppy Shaila is happy because she gets to go with us on this trip (this is on our way to Wyoming last August.)

Eventually we want to have the option of pulling it with Liz's little 4 cyl Jeep, "Morgan"

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Martinjmpr » Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:30 pm

tamnalan wrote:How's this?

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That's awesome! :thumbsup:

I've got to know the story behind that one! Do you have a build thread? Would love to see more pics of that, especially interior.

I'm a military vehicle enthusiast (used to own a 1952 M-43 Ambulance) and I'm retired Army, too, so I love it!
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Martinjmpr » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:03 pm

Os that jeep a 2wd? Don't see too many of them!
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby tamnalan » Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:33 pm

That's a beautiful wagon! I'd like to build something like that.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby ssrjim » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:17 pm

It is a Willys Station Wagon 2 wheel drive street rod, before they were Jeeps. Here is how it started:

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby ssrjim » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:17 pm

tamnalan wrote:That's a beautiful wagon! I'd like to build something like that.


Thank you.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby michaelrsydney » Sat Oct 05, 2013 6:45 am

I built my teardrop to tow behind my old Citroen DS23.

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Ned B » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:23 am

I put the cart before the horse; just picked up a 2005 escape hybrid , which will tow my Foamie next spring!
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