Originally Posted by Ellpea in CA
The best way to approach this is to find something lightweight that can be either towed by his van (1980's something Ford Aerostar... well kept and maintained, standard tranny), or my car, a 2000 Volvo V7 (auto tranny).
Thanks for any suggestions!
Ellpea (LP) in CA
Good day! The old Aerostar is was built on the dated, mini Ranger pick up chassis. From all reports I have read over the past 15 years it was overall, very weak as a TV. I know of one case where one was towing a small lightweight trailer, ended up in the ditch, and they never did figure out why it happened.
The Volvo's on the other hand get positive reviews. An online pal used a T5/manual sedan to tow a good sized dual axle
trailer for years with minimal issues. I would vote for using the Volvo / no contest!
PS, as others have mentioned the secret to keeping the automatic tranny healthy is to add an inexpensive tranny cooler.