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    I was at konti ki 4 that 24 skater with crown vic he said it pulled just fine/red rocket out

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    Quote Originally Posted by David View Post
    Volvos have the highest tow ratings for cars. 2200 lb for the small cars, 3300 for the larger cars.
    If you can find a 2006 or 2007 V70 "R" Wagon they could be bought with a true factory hitch option. The slightly beefier 6 speed and the Brembo brakes up the tow capacity to 3,500 lbs.
    In a true car, as David mentions, I don't think you can get a higher towing capacity. A very nice side benefit at the ramp is the AWD.

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    Overseas you see boat, horse, etc. trailers being pulled by much smaller vehicles than we use in the states. Most of us have overpowered boats then worry about silly things like being a few pounds over a tow rating.
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    My wife's Honda Pilot with 4 WD will pull a 5000 lb boat. It pulls my 2500 lb A-boat so easy that you forget it was there. Most Honda products with 4 WD will pull 5K or 3K without 4 WD.

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    Are you sure that biel weighs more on the steel trailer then the q-shot on the aluminum? Thats surprising, I'd think they were close but if the biel is heavier I would have lost that bet.


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    Tow ratings? Tires didn't the fenders. lets role

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    Mine seems to pull ok too Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR IN JAX View Post
    My wife's Honda Pilot with 4 WD will pull a 5000 lb boat. It pulls my 2500 lb A-boat so easy that you forget it was there. Most Honda products with 4 WD will pull 5K or 3K without 4 WD.


    Integrated Class III Trailer Hitch
    An integrated Class III trailer hitch, tastefully hidden behind a cover, is standard on every Pilot. In addition to the integrated hitch, the Pilot comes ready to tow with a heavy-duty power steering cooler. And 4WD models add an automatic transmission-fluid cooler. The trailer harness is standard on Touring models, and available on EX-L and below models. Maximum towing capacity is 2,000 lbs for 2WD models, and 4,500 lbs for 4WD models[1].

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    Pulling our I/O though the Smoky Mountain National Park

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    13' Biel tunnel AKA "Flight Risk"
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    My Pop pulls a 21 foot walk around with a Pilot about an hour to the bay without a problem. As someone else mentioned a 94 up Fleetwood Brougham (RWD) or any of the RWD GM's of the era are a good candidate. I believe 94 was the first year they came with the LT1 from the Z28/Trans Am.
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    Almost any car out there will pull a little 18 foot boat to the launch ramp and back. The tow ratings for late model vehicles is very underated and conservative. More important is the hitch rating that you have on the vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Demeanor View Post
    Overseas you see boat, horse, etc. trailers being pulled by much smaller vehicles than we use in the states. Most of us have overpowered boats then worry about silly things like being a few pounds over a tow rating.
    This is because the Europeans have a totally different vehicle tow rating system than we do. First, their vehicle manufacturers, hitch manufacturers and governments are all in communication with each other and collaborate to calculate the maximum towing load of each vehicle. Second, they also collaborate to determine the only allowable hitch attachment points, and these are detailed in the "whole vehicle identification plate", which we have on US cars also but ours does not contain this information. Our vehicle manufacturers, hitch manufacturers and government do not collaborate on towing attachment points and towing ratings. In fact, the last time the VESC vehicle code committee met was back in 1983. The VESC has not been active since then. Today, the SAE is the only active body that studies towing. The Europeans also require hydraulic surge brakes on even small trailers, so this helps to provide more stopping capability.

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    Interesting overview. A great example of the folks across the pond working smarter while we buy Pickups.

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    You can also find a Saab Viggen (2000-2001) in either ragtop of coupe. These had a factory tow hitch option that is rated for 2900lbs. Now that Saab is gone, you can buy a clean one for close to nothing and they will return 30mpg while not towing.

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