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Old 01-24-2014, 04:29 PM   #1
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Chevy Class C and Toad

Greetings all:

We recently moved down from a Diesel Pusher to 23U Thor Class C on a Chevy 3500 platform. I am wondering about pulling a toad. We would like to pull a two door Jeep that is about 800# below the tow rate of the rig.

Judging by how the engine is performing on our two shake down trips, I think it has the power in lower ends, but I am not sure about highway cruising with any hills.

I appreciate hearing from those who have some experience with the smaller platform.

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Old 01-24-2014, 08:32 PM   #2
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Our 2001 is on the 3500 chassis and has the last year of the 454 before they increased the displacement and HP. We normally tow a Chevy tracker that nets out at about 3,000 lbs on the scale. For us it has been just fine. We've taken it over the coast mountain range from Portland to the Oregon coast several times and been happy with it, but haven't taken it over the cascade range yet. Before towing 4 down we had a ford focus wagon on a dolly. Power was still ok on pulling hills but I noticed warmer "to the touch" transmission tunnel/floor temps. My reasoning is that there are full class A rigs of our vintage that are heavier and on the same engine, so if anything I get better pulling power. My transmission is only a 4 speed; would love to have an additional gear as the shift down can render some higher RPMs than I like on certain hills. I keep a bit out of the pedal to make that happen less often. Be sure to have a brake system for the dinghy; don't skimp and rely on just the RVs brakes. (I'm sure you have this already)
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