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Old 05-10-2013, 10:49 AM   #6436
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I can only compare mine to the 4x4 2500 Suburban I was using before. The Suburban rode MUCH better while towing the toy hauler so I'm wondering if it's just my van and it needs something or if it's endemic to the species.
I haven't noticed it being unusually rough or bouncy, but maybe my expectations are low.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:08 AM   #6437
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I can only compare mine to the 4x4 2500 Suburban I was using before. The Suburban rode MUCH better while towing the toy hauler so I'm wondering if it's just my van and it needs something or if it's endemic to the species.
I've towed with both a GM and Ford and I think the Ford felt last planted because of the wheelbase.

The Chevy was about 15" longer than the Ford & I remember when I was shopping for vans one of the sellers suggested I look at all of the extended passenger van accidents in the news and see how Ford had more because of that shorter wheelbase and load distribution.

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Old 05-10-2013, 12:40 PM   #6438
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... sellers suggested I look at all of the extended passenger van accidents in the news and see how Ford had more because of that shorter wheelbase and load distribution.
Or maybe it was just because there were a lot more Ford vans sold & on the road.
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:43 PM   #6439
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My work van is a e350 eb 7.3. Weighs a little over 8k. It pulls a 20' trailer with ditch witch trencher/back hoe just as good as a pickup.
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Old 05-10-2013, 03:36 PM   #6440
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Oh, gotta hit the "like" button for that one. After building WTFalia, I KNOW how much work went into that! :)

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Old 05-10-2013, 05:36 PM   #6441
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Oh, gotta hit the "like" button for that one. After building WTFalia, I KNOW how much work went into that! :)

Please tell us there is a build thread for that.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:14 AM   #6442
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Do you ever have any cooling issues whilst lugging that trailer through the Rockies with a trials bike blocking the radiator?
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:19 AM   #6443
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7.3 always overcools anyway
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:28 AM   #6444
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Do you ever have any cooling issues whilst lugging that trailer through the Rockies with a trials bike blocking the radiator?
No, never had the gauge even move noticeably. I haven't carried a bike on fron when it is hot, though; only in cooler weather. I haven't carried the bike there very often, either; only when the inside is full of other bikes.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:41 PM   #6445
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Please tell us there is a build thread for that.
Pretty sure this is his build thread over in sportsmobile forum. I read it a couple of months ago - pretty impressive!

http://sportsmobileforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=5920
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:23 AM   #6446
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Yo Duke,

Do you think you could get a picture of how the front hitch is mounted? I've been teaching my girlfriend how to ride and the little bike would be perfect up front.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:12 AM   #6447
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Yo Duke,

Do you think you could get a picture of how the front hitch is mounted? I've been teaching my girlfriend how to ride and the little bike would be perfect up front.
I'll try to get one today.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:54 AM   #6448
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The Chevy was about 15" longer than the Ford & I remember when I was shopping for vans one of the sellers suggested I look at all of the extended passenger van accidents in the news and see how Ford had more because of that shorter wheelbase and load distribution.
Or maybe it's because either owners are putting passenger car tires on the back of their vans or people run their tires underinflated. If you get your van serviced somewhere you better check them as well, I have had places set load range E tires at 35 psi.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:59 AM   #6449
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7.3 always overcools anyway
I can remember a 100F summer day when that was not the case. However, I was driving an overloaded IH rollback on a 550 mile day in VA with my right foot planted on the floor. She cooled off after a 15 minute break and a stint with the heater on. The driver, not so much.
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