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Old 03-16-2006, 08:46 PM   #1
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I've been pulling a 21'-4000# trailer for years with my '98 Safari.It's equipped with the proper equillization hitch and tows great. If I go to a Boler under 2000# do I need the fancy hitch for highway speeds and wind problems?
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Old 03-17-2006, 01:34 AM   #2
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Hello Randyl, I pull my 13' Love Bug behind my Chevy Astro. The Astro and Safari are the same vehicle, just different chrome. I have not had any problem pulling the Bug. I do not have an equilizer hitch, no sway control, no brakes either. Give yourself a little extra room to stop and you will not have any problems.

I normally pull at 65 mph or less so I cannot tell you anything about high speeed towing. The nice thing about the Astro is that even though I raised my Bug about 6" the trailer still is no higher than the van. I notice a very small drop in my mileage when towing. As far as wind, I can hardly feel the trailer when semis pass going the other way and cross wind has almost no affect on the Astro'Love Bug combo.

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Old 03-17-2006, 07:32 AM   #3
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Randy, Having towed a 1961 Bambi 16' at 1850lbs with a '98 Astro AWD on a straight ball, I would suggest that you either beef up the rear suspension (airbags or similar) or use a lighter weight equalizing hitch. The Astro/Safari is mostly up for it, but they're notoriously saggy with a trailer tongue hanging on a bare ball.

Mine was compounded by cheap crummy tires with lots of sidewall flex that the dealer had installed.

I'd say give it a try, and see how it works. If you get more rear end sag than you're comfortable with, then check out your options. Do a search on "sway" to research and help you decide whether you want sway control with the Boler.

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I've been pulling a 21'-4000# trailer for years with my '98 Safari.It's equipped with the proper equillization hitch and tows great. If I go to a Boler under 2000# do I need the fancy hitch for highway speeds and wind problems?
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Thanks for the input. I've always pulled tandem axle with the proper setup but this is the first time with a single axle and no extra "protection". I thought wind and sway control might be issues.
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