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Old 07-02-2016, 03:40 PM   #1
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Towing with a 3/4 ton van

Is anyone towing with a 3/4 ton van ? What might be the draw backs?
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Old 07-02-2016, 03:48 PM   #2
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I think they work fine... it's still a 3/4 ton chassis... and I've seen plenty of people towing with a 1 ton van for sure.

What are you thinking about towing with it?
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Same as towing with a 3/4 ton SUV, you must choose between hauling people and gear or towing the trailer. In most cases you cannot do both. A 1 ton van offers more flexibility. Search for 16 passenger vans on the big 3 automakers fleet sales sites for specs.
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agreed, just check the payload sticker in the door... that will tell you a lot.
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:16 AM   #5
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I would love to own a 1 ton conversion van. I would want it to be able to tow12,000 pounds don't know if there's anything out there haven't really started looking but I think that would be awesome
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a conversion van will have far less available payload for trailer tongue weight since the fancy interior takes capacity away.
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The only 3/4 ton van available that I'm aware of is the Chevy. Still available with a diesel. Rating is 325 and 525 I believe. The other new vans are all unibody and not good for more than about 5K. Chevy has a second row seat option which would be good. I have an E250 and really like it. Everything is enclosed and secure. Much more so than a Super Crew.
Will purchase a new 2017 Super Duty in the fall and will miss the van. The best all around vehicle out there in my opinion.
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The only 3/4 ton van available that I'm aware of is the Chevy. Still available with a diesel. Rating is 325 and 525 I believe. The other new vans are all unibody and not good for more than about 5K. Chevy has a second row seat option which would be good. I have an E250 and really like it. Everything is enclosed and secure. Much more so than a Super Crew.
Will purchase a new 2017 Super Duty in the fall and will miss the van. The best all around vehicle out there in my opinion.
a 1 ton diesel van is a towing beast! I've highly considered one over 2500, plus you get ALL THAT SPACE... I'd love to have one (even though I know you were talking about a 250)

But your last comment, were you referring to the van or the super duty?
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For my purposes I believe the van is the best overall tow vehicle. Try the Chevy or GMC diesel and even though it is an old design you will be impressed. The only reason I'm thinking about a new 250 Super Duty is that I need more power. Will have to look at the van for a third time though!
These decisions are always hard.
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My Dodge is a 1995 3/4 ton van, with the 360 V8, and with a towing rating of 8,800 pounds. It tows my 30 foot Avion just fine, and gives me a portable bed and kitchen for weekend trips when the trailer is not needed. Love the van.
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I ended up getting a 2014 chev. 3500 express van with 6L tow capacity# 9300 and bought a 2017 forest river rockwood. dry wt 7000 We've towed once seems good. Going out tomorrow and try out some bigger hills. I also got the van as you said for one night hunting trips or an over night with the boat in tow. Just got home from the world of outlaws in N.C. worked great for tailgating.
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I ended up getting a 2014 chev. 3500 express van with 6L tow capacity# 9300 and bought a 2017 forest river rockwood. dry wt 7000 We've towed once seems good. Going out tomorrow and try out some bigger hills. I also got the van as you said for one night hunting trips or an over night with the boat in tow. Just got home from the world of outlaws in N.C. worked great for tailgating.
You've scored yourself a great setup for just about anything.

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Sounds perfect. Check out "van life" on the net for ideas about how to do your van. I put 200 watts of solar on mine, a pretty big battery, and a direct vent gas heater, as well as a comfortable bed I can easily slide out.
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