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Old 11-06-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Some Trucks around the world

There are a few threads previously talking about diesel tow vehicle. I found this page that has a few interesting combinations with mention of their (or possibility of) availability in Canada.

Trucks of the world - Sympatico.ca Autos

What ones do you like? Why?
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:56 PM   #2
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Hi: Roy in TO...Sorry... To get any one of them you'd need to emigrate to Australia. Then you'd have to look at the Nissan Navara D40 diesel too!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie p.s. None of them have enough wheel base to tow a 5.0 except the Navara
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What is the relationship between 5th wheel length/weight to tow vehicle wheel base?
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Actually we do know have the Chevrolet Colorado already just in gas only, I think ? but please dont bring the El Camino looking thing back even if it comes in diesel!!!
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What is the relationship between 5th wheel length/weight to tow vehicle wheel base?
Hi honda03842... The 5th. wheel hitch is best located over the rear axle and or an inch or 2 ahead of it. The Honda Ridgeline for instance doesn't have enough wheelbase to put the hitch there.
Also the pin weight is usually a much higher %(15-25) of trailer wt. than a regular trailer %(10).
When I weighed our rig last the pin weight was 780 lbs. If you put that much wt. on the truck, to far behind the rear axle, it would lift the front wheels off the pavement. The axle wt. of the trailer was 2860 lbs for a total wt. of 3640 lbs.
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I think that the U.S. Colorado is now history.... And Ute type vehicles in Australia predates El Camino's and Rancheros by about 20 years.
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I think that the U.S. Colorado is now history.... .
Maybe maybe not! There was a story at Car & Driver from March of this year on that topic. Perhaps parts of the new version at least may be put together in the US.
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Yep, I'm with Alf on this: bring me the Navarra V6 turbo diesel with a six speed manual..... ! I love my 4.0 V6 gas Frontier ( Navarra ) with it's six speed manual....so the extra torque of the TD would be cool for towing.
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You'd think with all the high gas prices that compact trucks would be in high demand. But Ford pulled the Ranger, and I believe the Dakota and Colorado are gone. I can only think of the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma left.
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I like the VW Amarock [1/22]. (They say VW Canada is considering it.)

Carol,
The El Camino type thingies have their place. Here are why I like them:
- 2-3 passengers max so you do not become a taxi service.
- small box/bed so you don't get called to move everybody and everything but good for personal needs.
- someone usually will make a cap for them so you can travel with the rear box covered.
- bigger is not always better.

One of my favourite vehicles was a 70's El Camino with a 400 small block, but then again I was young and still attracted to muscle cars. Also liked the Orange charger, Chevelles and Pontiac GTO's. My Bro had a 66 'Stang. Mom had a 58 mercedes pontoon (190?) that I just loved.
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One of my favourite vehicles was a 70's El Camino with a 400 small block, but then again I was young and still attracted to muscle cars. .
LOL Roy I suspect my dislike of them is that it just takes me back to the days when I was actually talked into buying a new 76 GMC Sprint, I had a very short lived relationship with both the car and the party who talked me into it!
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What about the Subaru Baja? I dont think these really caught on, but I have seen a few in my neighborhood. They are basically Subaru Foresters turned pickup, much like the El Camino.
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What about the Subaru Baja?
They only made them for about 4 years - think they stopped making them in 06.
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"You'd think with all the high gas prices that compact trucks would be in high demand. But Ford pulled the Ranger, and I believe the Dakota and Colorado are gone. I can only think of the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma left."

I love my Colorado never had a problem of any kind in 120 k miles. Many of them included hauling a 4500 lb Aljo 5th wheel (3 years), and various eggs.

The original reason Ford pulled the Ranger was an update, it had been basically the same for 25 years. The Colorado is great but like the Ranger it is falling to technology. Simply put the new full size 1/2 tons can get as good as or better mpg. Both the Ranger and Colorado are in the plans to come back and be even more efficient.
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