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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

four wheel drive falls in the category you never need it until you really need it.

Has nothing to do with this thread, but a good story. I saw a really old junker truck in a snow plow dealers yard (sort of like a junk yard dog) rusted out fenders, tires hung from all four sides of the truck, rust hole in the cab floor - you get the picture? Hand lettered sign in the back window. "I haven't lost a collision yet"
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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

Ford F150 conversion van, 410 rear, beefed up automatic transmission (extra clutch plates). I added an external engine oil cooler, and transmission cooler, which did a great job. I got the coolers from JC Whitney cheap!

The boat was a 210-Proline with a 150 Yamaha outboard, rigged for offshore fishing, carried 125 gallons of gas. Total package boat, motor, trailer, fuel, etc..., tipped the scales at just over 6,200 pounds. The van didn't even know the boat was back there.

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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

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While not the best choice; i know it works fine. I pulled a verified (wt ticket from truck stop) load of 5600 lbs from ND to NY with zero issues with my 2001 Subaru outback. 2" receiver hitch bolted to frame. It is rated for 2750 lb from the factory. Have pulled and hauled logs out of the woods with them as well. Traded the beast in at 186,000 miles with brakes and tires invested.
Other than the towing vehicle weighing less than the load pulled; i see no reason why a outback couldn't easily pull 3k, possibly 4k. (catalina 22?) I have complete faith in them.
This is intriguing. It sounds a little crazy, so its for me. What kind of hitch was on the outback? Factory? were they optional or did they all come with one?
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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

I'm with travlin on this one- an old full size conversion van. I am partial to econolines, but once they are past 25 years old, one POS is pretty much the same as another POS.
Why a van over a truck? versatility. A van is a rolling tool chest and hardtop camper all in one, with better load security than a pickup truck, and you can still carry 4x8 sheets of marine ply when you need to...and it won't get wet.
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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

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I bought the hitch on line. It's a standard 2" bolt on receiver hitch. About $175 if i recall. Installed it myself. I've done this on all my subarus. i'm on my 6th one, 2013. Can't say enough good things about them. Subaru all wheel drive is REAL all wheel drive; not like a 4(2) wheel drive truck or american all wheel drive. All 4 wheels will go.

Decent gas mileage and they can pull.
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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

I'm scared of the head gaskets on the subarus old enough to be in my budget though....

I'll think it over. Everything I've seen in my rang is at least a 94 and has at least 180k miles
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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

You're right about the head gaskets. i've had 2 go. Thank god subaru's are easy to work on. It's the only vehicle i feel comfortable ripping a part on the side of the road. They are well built. The gen 2 or newer are much better. i believe 2003 and newer. I now have a gen 3 i believe.
I used to drive big p/u's and bought a POS 91 for $400, to save on gas. I blew the head gasket on interstate 80 in mid-pennsiltucky. I went another 80 miles with no antifreeze. As soon as i made the turn onto 81 and slowed down the engine went into vapor lock. Man; i think i might of made NY. I ran that car for another 2 months with water spewing out the tailpipe. Yup, those were the days. I traded in my last P/U in '98 for a '96 Suby and now pull a snowbear trailer to do any yard/side work.
They are like having a 73 dodge slant six; it doesn't matter what you do to them; they will continue to run.

Now if i could just get the rest of my military buddies to stop saying i drive a Lesbian's car i would be right up there.
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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

Hey,

4000 lb is not very much. Really, anything that can to anything would be fine. For cheap tow vehicles, older Jeep Cherokee models with the 4.0l 6 work great. A full size pick up would be a better choice but they usually cost more. As mentioned, an old van would also be a great choice, although 4WD could a real benefit at low tide.

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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

@benesailor at least its not an element...
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Re: Favorite old towing vehicles?

Another thing, unless I've got a shoal or folding keel, I'm gonna have a really high center of gravity behind me. Less than ideal in a wagon, I'd say. Maybe even an argument for truck over van. Thoughts?
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