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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby darrellbeck » Fri Oct 11, 2013 8:31 pm

Hi Slow Cowboy,
I have no pictures, but I will take some tomorrow. I have as tow vehicles two different cars. One is a 2006 Cadillac CTS. It has a v6 engine developing 220 horsepower and getting about 28mpg. The other is a 1986 Tiffany Classic with a Mercury 302 v8 engine. It gets (on the highway) about 22 mpg. I'll post pictures tomorrow, if I learn how.

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Hey Slow, I moved down here after spending 30 years in Gillette, so I am kind of familiar with your area, too.
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby slowcowboy » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:22 am

I use lots of things for a tow vehicle heres one of them

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby GuitarPhotog » Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:13 am

For the first three years I've had the teardrop, I towed it with my 2005 Subaru Forester, but have recently gotten a 2009 Ford F-150 to tow with. I think the Ford will have an easier time on hills like Donner Summit (1500 ft to 7,000 ft in <60 miles).

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby alaska teardrop » Sat Oct 12, 2013 12:05 pm

    Old but comfortable Cadillac. 20 mpg pulling the trailer. :thumbdown: But it will still hit 100 mph from 50 in about 3 seconds with trailer on an isolated U.P. road. 8)
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby working on it » Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:11 pm

alaska teardrop wrote:
    Old but comfortable Cadillac. 20 mpg pulling the trailer. :thumbdown: But it will still hit 100 mph from 50 in about 3 seconds with trailer on an isolated U.P. road. 8)
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    :peace: Fred

WOW !!! Much faster than a Bugatti Veyron! Not. Take a look at this link http://www.car-videos.net/performance/speed.asp?Speed1=50&Speed2=100 If you've modified your car for 20 mpg while achieving that kind of horsepower, you should build cars... not trailers!
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby alaska teardrop » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:42 pm

working on it wrote:
alaska teardrop wrote:
    Old but comfortable Cadillac. 20 mpg pulling the trailer. :thumbdown: But it will still hit 100 mph from 50 in about 3 seconds with trailer on an isolated U.P. road. 8)
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    :peace: Fred

WOW !!! Much faster than a Bugatti Veyron! Not. Take a look at this link http://www.car-videos.net/performance/speed.asp?Speed1=50&Speed2=100 If you've modified your car for 20 mpg while achieving that kind of horsepower, you should build cars... not trailers!

    Well, maybe I exaggerated a little bit :roll: but that old Northstar engine is pretty quick. Tell you what, bring your Bugatti & trailer up from Texas & we'll have at it on the forest roads of Upper Michigan (old Uper saying - hold my beer & watch this). Nothing I like better than fast company. :D
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Gage » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:18 pm

alaska teardrop wrote: Nothing I like better than fast company. Fred [/list]

Aw, now we're talking my other love. You could say I've been there and done that (on and off road). Now I'm restricted to my mobility scooter.
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I do have an Abarth 850TC that I was going to race vintage. But the stops were thrown out when I went on oxygen 24/7. Var. just won't let me set up an oxygen system in the car :(
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby doris s. » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:27 pm

We tow our teardrop with a Ford Flex or a Dodge Ram 1500. For longer trips we use the truck, more cargo room.

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby working on it » Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:39 pm

alaska teardrop wrote:
working on it wrote:
alaska teardrop wrote:
    Old but comfortable Cadillac. 20 mpg pulling the trailer. :thumbdown: But it will still hit 100 mph from 50 in about 3 seconds with trailer on an isolated U.P. road. 8)
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    :peace: Fred

WOW !!! Much faster than a Bugatti Veyron! Not. Take a look at this link http://www.car-videos.net/performance/speed.asp?Speed1=50&Speed2=100 If you've modified your car for 20 mpg while achieving that kind of horsepower, you should build cars... not trailers!

    Well, maybe I exaggerated a little bit :roll: but that old Northstar engine is pretty quick. Tell you what, bring your Bugatti & trailer up from Texas & we'll have at it on the forest roads of Upper Michigan (old Uper saying - hold my beer & watch this). Nothing I like better than fast company. :D :peace: Fred

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  • *extended-run, on-board, 2500w generator *Coleman dual-fuel stove & lantern, Ikea grill, vintage skillet
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby MtnDon » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:20 pm

Toyota Tacoma, 2005, V6 access cab, TRD Off Road package
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We have a small off grid cabin we built ourselves in the NM mountains; small PV solar system; 624 watts PV, Outback CC & inverter/charger ... http://countryplans.com/smf/index.php?topic=2335.0
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby tony.latham » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:40 pm

Yeah! Tacoma... :thumbsup:
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby sagebrush » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:50 pm

I do have an Abarth 850TC that I was going to race vintage. But the stops were thrown out when I went on oxygen 24/7. Var. just won't let me set up an oxygen system in the car :([/quote]
:thumbsup: I had a 850 Spyder back when I was young and stupid :? . Now that I am not so young or stupid I really, really miss it :cry:
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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Shadow Catcher » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:36 pm

Subaru Outback H6 3.5L get 18 MPG towing Compass Rose 17 with the canoe.

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Does MUCH better than its predecessor the 01 3L H6

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby grant whipp » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:31 pm

Lots of folks know our rig ...

... 2000 Saturn SL2 Wagon (twin-cam 4-cylinder) with an automatic:
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... about 26mpg without the rack on the 'drops roof, 22-24 with stuff in the basket. I thrash it, and it happily takes it!

Believe it or not, GM rated it to tow 2000# ... :shock: ...
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... the '59 Caveman Camper weighs 1600# empty, and here we are loaded up and heading for central Nevada in Sept. 2012 ... it handled it just fine, but forget about getting into overdrive, or over 60mph, and we had at least one truck pass us going up a long steep hill! Also, only got 10-mpg ... :o ...! (We used our F-250 PowerStroke to tow the Caveman to the East Coast and back this summer ... 16-18mpg, and nothing passed us unless I allowed it to ... :D ...!)

Now shopping for a '07-or-later 4-door Tacoma or Frontier V6 5-speed 4X4, but we're in no hurry just yet.

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Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Gage » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:45 pm

This is my latest tow (2011 Ford Edge), 14 - 15 mpg towing the Field and Stream. But much lighter than a Caveman. ;)

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My other two tows ('56 F-100 & '59 Ford Wagon) and posted earlier in this thread. :)
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