what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

All about towing and tow vehicles

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby pontdog » Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:25 pm

i will be using my 1965 pontiac bonneville but 1st i have to finish my camper this winter160633
User avatar
pontdog
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 10
Images: 109
Joined: Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:51 pm
Location: Moncton N.B. Canada

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby gudmund » Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:25 am

pontdog - I see the word "Bonneville", yet you are from Canada - so is it a US built Pontiac? 389 or 421? (Yes, I used to 'breath' Pontiac when at a younger age(50yrs ago) - 62 Catalina -2 '65 GTO's and owned my 70 455 GTO twice - all of my 'RA-IV' parts ended up in Canada 'somewhere' when sold) .........................
gudmund
500 Club
 
Posts: 755
Images: 25
Joined: Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:58 pm
Location: Camano Island, WN

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Vtec44 » Sat Jan 11, 2020 12:20 pm

I have a 2016 Toyota Highlander to tow my little trailer. Gas mileage is decent. I get about 14mpg when towing. It could be better but my trailer wasn't built as aerodynamic.

IMG_9199.jpg
IMG_9199.jpg (260.4 KiB) Viewed 3452 times
160826
User avatar
Vtec44
Teardrop Advisor
 
Posts: 55
Images: 1
Joined: Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:51 am
Location: So Cal
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby pontdog » Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:55 pm

gudmund wrote:pontdog - I see the word "Bonneville", yet you are from Canada - so is it a US built Pontiac? 389 or 421? (Yes, I used to 'breath' Pontiac when at a younger age(50yrs ago) - 62 Catalina -2 '65 GTO's and owned my 70 455 GTO twice - all of my 'RA-IV' parts ended up in Canada 'somewhere' when sold) .........................

yes you are correct bonneville is the american car and parisenne was the canadian this car was from California originally.i love pontiac my last one was a kustom.but this one has a 389 and should have no trouble pulling my trailer
User avatar
pontdog
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 10
Images: 109
Joined: Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:51 pm
Location: Moncton N.B. Canada
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby gudmund » Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:52 am

I would think this Pontiac will do just fine towing - back in 'their' day, this vehicle was considered one of the great towing vehicles (389/421 with the turbo400 trans!!) along with the "full sized" Oldsmobile/Buick/Cadillac/Chrysler/Dodge/Ford and 'big block' Chevs. Back than, PU's really had not yet hit the 'towing vehicle mark' yet as they have now-days with all of the power options they offer today. There were no extended cabs/multi-door'ed one's available yet and it wasn't till the mid-seventies that they even started offering the big motor power-train's that were already in full sized cars. The '65 Catalina SW my dad had always did just fine when towing - the one thing I would check into doing (if not already done) is the up-dating of the brake system to a newer front disc/dual master cyl system - I would think the 69/newer disc set-up would probably be adaptable to this 65.
The front brake hose 'breaking' incident in 1969 when I was 15 and backing the boat trailer into the water comes to mind. I backed it in stopping when he told me to, thus holding my foot on the brake pedal (still in reverse-like I said, I was 15 :oops: ) a front brake breaks - brake pedal goes to the floor, I slammed it into drive pulling forward out of the water as I get it stopped with the e-brake - I than find him drenched and in the water holding onto the boat. '65's (everything made than) still had just the single cylinder brake systems and if any part of the system failed - you lost it "all" of the system!! It wasn't till '67 when they changed over to the duel cylinder setup and about '69/'70 when front disc's started being offered (as a option-extra $$).
gudmund
500 Club
 
Posts: 755
Images: 25
Joined: Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:58 pm
Location: Camano Island, WN
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby pontdog » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:48 pm

gudmund wrote:I would think this Pontiac will do just fine towing - back in 'their' day, this vehicle was considered one of the great towing vehicles (389/421 with the turbo400 trans!!) along with the "full sized" Oldsmobile/Buick/Cadillac/Chrysler/Dodge/Ford and 'big block' Chevs. Back than, PU's really had not yet hit the 'towing vehicle mark' yet as they have now-days with all of the power options they offer today. There were no extended cabs/multi-door'ed one's available yet and it wasn't till the mid-seventies that they even started offering the big motor power-train's that were already in full sized cars. The '65 Catalina SW my dad had always did just fine when towing - the one thing I would check into doing (if not already done) is the up-dating of the brake system to a newer front disc/dual master cyl system - I would think the 69/newer disc set-up would probably be adaptable to this 65.
The front brake hose 'breaking' incident in 1969 when I was 15 and backing the boat trailer into the water comes to mind. I backed it in stopping when he told me to, thus holding my foot on the brake pedal (still in reverse-like I said, I was 15 :oops: ) a front brake breaks - brake pedal goes to the floor, I slammed it into drive pulling forward out of the water as I get it stopped with the e-brake - I than find him drenched and in the water holding onto the boat. '65's (everything made than) still had just the single cylinder brake systems and if any part of the system failed - you lost it "all" of the system!! It wasn't till '67 when they changed over to the duel cylinder setup and about '69/'70 when front disc's started being offered (as a option-extra $$).

i have already got the setup for disc brake conversion with dual master cly and there is going to be trailer brakes as well and also doing a separate transmission cooler
User avatar
pontdog
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 10
Images: 109
Joined: Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:51 pm
Location: Moncton N.B. Canada
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby gudmund » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:04 am

:thumbsup: :applause: :beer: on the brakes - your ahead of me!! enjoy.............
gudmund
500 Club
 
Posts: 755
Images: 25
Joined: Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:58 pm
Location: Camano Island, WN
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Yakcraz » Tue Feb 04, 2020 11:22 am

2008 Chevy Z71
161075
Yakcraz
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 6
Images: 12
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:47 am
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby gudmund » Wed Feb 05, 2020 12:41 pm

2012 GMC Canyon (2wheel drive base model w/2.9L 4cyl-auto-3.73gear) towing 1600lb 5x8tear 156749 Also with a few added performance mods = not in power, which "Yes" can be just a 'little' lacking sometimes being it is just a 4cyl, but it does alright. It is the suspension changes that have make it a "nice" handling/driving PU for towing the trailer - front-end was lowered 'just' one inch so as to be level once the trailer is in tow along with the front sway being replaced with a larger diameter one. The rear got a rear sway bar added along with air bags - all 4 corners also got new better grade shocks installed with 'just-a-bit' wider tires.
Last edited by gudmund on Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:42 pm, edited 2 times in total.
gudmund
500 Club
 
Posts: 755
Images: 25
Joined: Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:58 pm
Location: Camano Island, WN
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby ArkansasDon » Wed Feb 05, 2020 1:03 pm

2000 GMC Z71 with a few performance mod's.
Attachments
forum (2).jpg
forum (2).jpg (205.87 KiB) Viewed 3241 times
2019 Runaway Range Runner Offroad Build
viewtopic.php?f=50&t=72442
ArkansasDon
Teardrop Advisor
 
Posts: 58
Images: 0
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2020 6:04 am
Location: Evening Shade, Arkansas
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Sparksalot » Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:35 pm

From a recent trip. 2011 Tahoe in police trim.

160866
Done? Surely you jest. A teardrop is never "done".

The Compass Rose build thread: viewtopic.php?t=23213

Inspiration: http://tnttt.com/Design_Library/Trailer%20for%20Two.htm

It's got a cop motor, a 5.3 LS plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks. ~ Elwood Blues
User avatar
Sparksalot
Silver Donating Member
 
Posts: 1394
Images: 581
Joined: Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:36 pm
Location: Texas by God (TX, Buda, TX)
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby jkemp512 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:00 pm

pontdog wrote:
gudmund wrote:pontdog - I see the word "Bonneville", yet you are from Canada - so is it a US built Pontiac? 389 or 421? (Yes, I used to 'breath' Pontiac when at a younger age(50yrs ago) - 62 Catalina -2 '65 GTO's and owned my 70 455 GTO twice - all of my 'RA-IV' parts ended up in Canada 'somewhere' when sold) .........................

yes you are correct bonneville is the american car and parisenne was the canadian this car was from California originally.i love pontiac my last one was a kustom.but this one has a 389 and should have no trouble pulling my trailer


Pontiac V8's (maybe excluding the low deck 265 && 301) always have a lot of low end torque and should be a great engine for towing a trailer. Chances are strong you possibly don't even feel the tear drop being pulled behind you.
2014 Camp-Inn 550 tear drop
1970 IH Scout 800A tow vehicle
jkemp512
Teardrop Inspector
 
Posts: 11
Joined: Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:06 am
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Gold5one » Thu Jul 16, 2020 7:06 pm

I'm now driving a 2010 Chrysler minivan- 200 hp 3.8L V6- the end of the line for the 3.8L OHV cast iron block engine- It took me a couple months to find one with towing pkg/hitch and one owner with good maintenance history. I have my eye out for a small camper- 2500-2800 lbs or so. With the six speed transmission, running at 65 mph shows 2700 rpm, so I expect towing will be OK. The 62TE transmission has a special 4th gear kick down range with a higher rpm than on the up shift. Makes for a more comfortable downshift on a grade. 4th gear has one gear for up shifts and another separate gear for downshifts- making 7 speeds in this transmission. I worked at the Chrysler foundry that made this engine block until the company closed the plant in 2005. Then I got transferred to the transmission plant that made the (new in 2007) 62TE transmission. I'm retired now- over 10 years.
162593
"the slow road has the most adventure"
Mark
Weekender-XL build journal
http://www.tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=61445
sold-2018
User avatar
Gold5one
Donating Member
 
Posts: 368
Images: 103
Joined: Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:28 am
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby Aguyfromohio » Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:01 am

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe 2.0t
I like a smaller daily driver and want to use that as my tow vehicle. This one works nicely. 3,500 lb tow capacity, 235 hp.
The wife's Mazda cx5 was working too hard so I traded in my sedan and got the Santa Fe for towing
Image
User avatar
Aguyfromohio
Gold Donating Member
 
Posts: 392
Images: 76
Joined: Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:02 am
Top

Re: what does everyone use for a tow vehicle.

Postby philpom » Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:03 am

While my tiny camper is in its build stage I'm obviously not pulling it around however we camp often and take trips to our cabin towing a trailer with a small tractor, water, coolers etc. I tow with a Sierra crewcab fitted with a Leer cargo topper. Works well for extra capacity, locks and keeps things dry. I also expect my wife will tow with here Pilot. Will be replacing that in a few years with a wrangle.

The Sierra is a fantastic road trip vehicle, comfortable and roomy.
philpom
Teardrop Advisor
 
Posts: 50
Images: 29
Joined: Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:53 am
Top

PreviousNext

Return to Towing and Tow Vehicles

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests