Greetings and Salutations.
I am the owner of a 1972 Boler
American. Wanted this thing or something similar for quite some time since I graduated high school the same year. It is probably about 85% refurbished/remodeled but still have some work to do. For the tow vehicle I have a 2002 Mountaineer with a V-8 so there really is not any problem with that. The dream tow vehicle is something different. As a kid I had always wanted a 1968 or so El Camino. Unfortunately I could not find nor afford one "Back in the Day". So after some college and boot camp I settled on a 1979 El Camino. Loved the car but had to trade it off when I married a wonderful lady with three wonderful children. So it goes.
A few months back I found a 1980 El Camino in pretty nice shape. A thirty-footer and a daily driver BUT I am in the process of a restoration.The factory rated it with a type 2 hitch over 2,000 pounds. More along the lines of 3,000. I have the hitch and the fully loaded Boler
pulls great. With the air shocks and all, I have not experienced any trouble whatsoever in regards to loading. Additionally, with a small block Chevy V-8 I have not seemed to have any problems with pulling the thing up hills or mountains or anywhere else......Of course, loaded up with the ready-to-camp Boler
I get about 11 mpg and regardless I get about 13 without the trailer. Still, it pulls great and is pretty sporty. Will look good as a set when I finish painting
the Boler. It ain''t a late 60's or early 70's model but a 1980 El Camino with a V-8 pulling a classic Boler ain't a bad looking combo and works great unless the roads get a little rough. Then I use the Mountaineer.
Whicn had absolutely nothing to do with a Pinto. Never owned one and never wanted to. However I did own a Vega......................which was almost as bzd a choice as that Gremlin I used to own......... However, a friend did own a Pinto that was almost unbeatable on the area (legal) drag strips. Of course, he did not have to worry much about being hit in the rear in that scenario.
I guess I am just bragging on my tow vehicle. After all, it took me about six months to find one I could afford that did not need a ton of work. . . . I will post pix when done sometime this late winter or early spring. After all, what with finishing up the Boler, the scooter to take along, and finishing the wooden kayak......... I needed something else to do.
I probably would not use a Pinto or a Gremlin or a Vega as a TV. My '64 VW would not be a choice either. However that 1969 VW Microbus did not need to pull anything at all. You could live in one of those for months at a time. Of course, that is back when I used to agree with the Furry Freak Brothers........ Drugs will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no drugs.........
At the end of the day - Chevy V-8's are Great BUT it is not a question of power....the rated towing capacities are extremely important
(do not ask me how I know). And please do not flame me for the 11 mpg or whatever. My wife drives a Prius to make atonement for my sins.
It is the towing capacity (load) that is the most importan and not the power. After all, having only enough power to climb a hill at 40 mph ain't any big deal compared to not being able to control the load on the corners, the climb up, and especially the run back down. It is certainly worth considering.
Fare thee well.
"Never attempt to teach a pig to sing; it annoys the pig and it is a waste of your time." Heinlein