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Old 02-26-2003, 01:52 PM   #15
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BTW, another thing to consider is the actual equipment on the tow vehicle, because just the brand name is not enuf.

For example, I have a friend with a Ford Ranger ('98, I believe). I looked in his owner's manual and for his model year, the tow limits for Rangers ranged from a high of about 6,500 lbs to a low of about 1,500 lbs, depending on engine, trans, drive, cooling, suspension, etc. That's a heck of a range and enuf to make you extremely satisfied or disappointed, depending.

"MY GoMobile pulls MY trailer just fine" isn't enuf evidence to run out and buy just any GoMobile to pull YOUR trailer. You need more info llike PeteJ's post above. His experience with his van may not apply if you are considering a 16' with all the options.

To reduce disappointment , do your research (manf's web site, Trailer Life towing report, etc.) and the math, or get someone to do them for you (whose vocation is *not* salesperson).

Pete and Rats

PS There have been a lot of complaints regarding underkill, but I recall no complaints about overkill when it comes to towing.
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Old 02-26-2003, 02:16 PM   #16
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math

I'm doing the math alright, except its the math with the $ sign that hurts the most! In any case, overkill is my strategy. Thanks to all for your posts.
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Old 03-03-2003, 01:27 PM   #17
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wondering too!

Couple of weeks back I towed a "landscape trailer" with hinged ramp up to Albany, NY and back. It was a COLD Sunday! Never did get much above 0 degrees. The trailer was empty going up and not much over a hundred pounds payload coming back. Pulled with my Nissan kingcab 4X4 4 cyl 5 speed standard tranny. Never got over 10 miles a gallon on the trip. I normally average 18 to 19 mpg without trailer overall, even with hubs locked in. Was always pushing her. Not a fun trip. Wondering if pulling a 13 to 16 foot fiberglass trailer during the summer would be the same. If it is, think I would opt for a bigger pickup with a bigger motor. Would have to try it out, but it is in the back of my mind that I might need something bigger. Just sticking in my two cents worth.
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Old 03-03-2003, 07:45 PM   #18
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My brother tows a 16ft Casita with a one or two year old Nissan pickup 4cyl, 5-speed. He experience is pretty much the same as Pete, above, however he gets quite a bit better mileage (about 16mpg on fairly level ground). In the mountains he is down with the large loaded 18 wheelers. He sure likes the mileage solo, but would opt for at least the V-6 if he could do it over.
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Old 03-04-2003, 06:29 PM   #19
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I'm now looking at a v8 5.7 litre 350 GMC 2500 series Vandura conversion van - 1989. A far cry from a Corsica! Any way, its either that or an Astro. This Vandura looks like it has a lot of life in it, plus its got a raised roof and all that comes with the conversions. The captains chairs are nice, but the carpet is gross - with some care the van could be sweet. I'm worried about the age a little, though my mecahnic tells me its sound. What do you guys think?
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Old 03-04-2003, 08:33 PM   #20
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Lenny- I pull a 17 foot trillium with a lumina minivan- the trailer weighs 2450. I used to pull a 13 foot trillium which weighed 1090.
My lumina is a 1995 with a 3.8 and a full towing package- in 95 the only way you got a 3.8 was with the package. it includes tranny cooler, powersteering cooler, and an oil cooler- all factory. The package also included a self leveling rear suspension which is the cat's meow. when I upgraded trailers I added in airbags in the rear coils to help stabilize the rear and give just a bit more to the suspension.With the 13 footer I still averaged 25 mpg or better, with the 17 footer I think I'm closer to the 20 mark.I have 212,000 on the van now and it still hums along, plus all the outside panels are fibreglass composite, so like our trailers they last forever.Check my pictures under the rigs thread

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Old 03-05-2003, 07:34 AM   #21
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Hi Joe,

Nice rig - that 3.8 Lumina with the options you describe sound complete.
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Old 03-09-2003, 11:33 AM   #22
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just bought a 1995 Astro!

Private sale: Original owner, daughter inherited from mother last year, she's leaving the country - sold her house and belongings - Van is in immaculate condition - only 106, 000 KM (that's about 60,000 miles) has tow package, though it was never used

Question: Tekonsha voyageur brake control is installed - apparently interfaces with braking system of trailer (or van?) not sure, any ideas?
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Old 03-09-2003, 12:15 PM   #23
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I just answered my own question (above). Found an oline manual for the Tekonsha Voyager braking system:

http://www.marksrv.com/9030manual.htm

Now my question is: is this unit any good. Is a prodigy much better?
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Old 03-09-2003, 12:27 PM   #24
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Hi Lenny
I have Tekonsha (Voyager) in My GMC Sonoma, Pulling a 17ft Boler.Works good for me.Try it first before buying a different type.:wave
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Old 03-09-2003, 06:44 PM   #25
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Brake Control

I use the same one with no problem. I've use the some model on two vehicles.
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Old 03-09-2003, 10:18 PM   #26
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Hi Lenny...Just thought that I would let you know the my 13' Boler scales out at 1464 Lbs. (over 500 more than it`s selling advertised weight). Also I tow with a full size GMC pickup and have no problems with high speed highways or stopping, etc. The problems that you may have with small vehicles is panic stops and collision avoidance maneouvers. I get about 16 mpg US gallon towing at about 70 Mph. The full size conversion van sounds like a good bet. Very comfortable driving. Good luck, Benny
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Old 03-10-2003, 06:57 AM   #27
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I'll definitely try the Voyager brake control prior to changing - sounds like it may do the job just fine. Still need a trailer, so talk of upgrading is premature!

As for the conversion, it was in rough shape so I opted for the *newer* Astro- the v6 4.3 of the Astro is plenty, and allows my better half to use it for short distances without gassing up like crazy- as would be the case with a v8 5.7. I plan on adding an extra battery for use at the campsite (hooked up to the main battery with a relay in between), blinds for the tinted windows and an emergency crash mattress :zz
thanks again for your feedback - very helpful to a newbie like myself
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Old 03-10-2003, 07:43 AM   #28
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Hi Benny, Buttercup says hello. She is from Winnipeg, Manitoba area, too.
(Buttercup is my Surfside, just in case you don't know that already. :lol)
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