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    Is there a rule of thumb...like what your towing shouldn't weigh more than your tow vehicle. Or half as much, ect. For example it would probably be a bad idea to tow a 21 daytona with a 1970 elcamino. I'd have electric brakes.
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    no problem doing that. I wish i towed something that weighed less than my truck haha. I used to tow my 21' cruiser with a chevy caprice with a 350 .
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    I have towed plenty of boats that were larger and heavier than the tow vehicle. just use common sense. The el camino should be able to tow any boat in the low 20 foot range

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    Just make sure the tongue of your boat trailer is level, to very slightly down, on the ball. Improper ride height and balance is usually the cause for most trailering problems. If your tow vehicle is equipped with a brake control, where you can control the trailer independently of the tow vehicle that helps a bunch as well.

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    Yes. Ever heard of tail wagging the dog.......

    Unfortunately it's not always feasible, but I try to plan ahead as much as possible when towing the race trailer, which loaded probably weighs about 500 to 1000 pounds more than the truck I use to tow it depending upon fuel, tools and whatever I bring with me.

    If you have a full size diesel truck long wheel base, extra cab, dual cab, dually whatever, you'll be in good shape to tow just about anything you can hook it up to.

    If you are doubling or tripling the weight of your tow vehicle with your trailer, you'd be best getting a bigger tow rig.
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    It depends on the tow vehicle.

    An F550 can be equipped to tow over 24,000-lb., and the truck maybe weighs 1/3 of that.

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    i tow my 19 daytona with a 67 el camino no big e.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    Is there a rule of thumb...like what your towing shouldn't weigh more than your tow vehicle. Or half as much, ect. For example it would probably be a bad idea to tow a 21 daytona with a 1970 elcamino. I'd have electric brakes.
    I used to move my old fords around with a 1969 F100 truck, the truck had VERY tired front and rear springs... I did have some white knuckle moments but I attributed this to WEAK rear leaf springs on the truck AND having too little tongue weight...

    It was definately the tail wagging the dog scenerio...

    Does a 1970 Elcamino have coils or leafs? SOme aftermarket firm coils should help make things a bit more stable I would think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pronstar View Post
    It depends on the tow vehicle.

    An F550 can be equipped to tow over 24,000-lb., and the truck maybe weighs 1/3 of that.
    Yea and a Mercedez ML350 can tow a 28', 13,000 pound toyhauler. Seriously, they put a 2" hitch and a 7 pin connector so why wouldn't it work? Added disc brakes to the trailer and it's all good.

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    A-bodies have coil-spring rears. Airbags are available/adaptable. Simple air shocks would probably handle what this situation calls for.

    The basic "rule" I have always adhered to is: If it is rated to be towed by a 1/2-ton, get a 3/4-ton. If it calls for a 3/4-ton, get a 1-ton. That rule is for "long-term" towing. IE, you will be towing the load(s) several times a year and over fairly long distance(s).

    The more overkill, the better. WHY? Because nobody likes to be stranded in the middle of nowhere with a shattered rear differential. Or wheel bearing failure causing a wheel to fly off into the desert. Since I tow the boat or an occassional car on a trailer, I stick with 1-tons. Very hard to break.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipster27 View Post
    Yea and a Mercedez ML350 can tow a 28', 13,000 pound toyhauler. Seriously, they put a 2" hitch and a 7 pin connector so why wouldn't it work? Added disc brakes to the trailer and it's all good.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Beer:30 View Post
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    Ironically that was my tongue weight too

    Actually that pic was photoshopped. The trailer was connected to the SUV, but supported by the tongue jack. I took the pic a couple years ago as a practical joke for some people that were all bent about towing capabilities

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipster27 View Post
    Ironically that was my tongue weight too

    Actually that pic was photoshopped. The trailer was connected to the SUV, but supported by the tongue jack. I took the pic a couple years ago as a practical joke for some people that were all bent about towing capabilities
    You had me very worried before I saw this post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by H20MOFO View Post
    Is there a rule of thumb...like what your towing shouldn't weigh more than your tow vehicle. Or half as much, ect. For example it would probably be a bad idea to tow a 21 daytona with a 1970 elcamino. I'd have electric brakes.

    its not a problem with towing power but more of the stopping capabilities as long as you can stop it safely and quickly in an emergency situation then you should be ok just my $.02

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