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Username Post: How much can I tow?        (Topic#358129)
usmile4 
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09-20-19 04:17 PM - Post#2775996    

I was looking at renting a camper and wondered how much I can tow with my 51. I’m just curious as to what size camper I could tow.

51 2dr, 235, 5 speed, 3:36 posi, bagged so I can pump up the rear bags if needed, front disc brakes.

Bill Gommel

49 chevy Styleline (Sold), 51 Styleline 2 dr Special, 235 (from a 61 truck) bored .060 over, Dual Carter/Webers, Fenton Headers, T5- 5 speed with a 56 rear end.


 


one4dad 
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09-20-19 06:44 PM - Post#2776014    
    In response to usmile4

Bill, I would suppose the car be limited by weight of camper, if it's a tear drop, or pop up type the heaviest would be the pop up at 2500# or so , I would suspect that would be approaching limit. Of coarse level terrain you could tow more. Hills will limit you. . After saying all that, I don't really know. I know others on here pulled trailers in past. DZAUTO at one time mentioned pulling trailer. I've pulled small trailers with a 63 Plymouth Valient and had no issues. My engine was the slant 6" . Not a lot of help but I may have jarred others to chime in.
Bill

Bill Wilson 50 styleline deluxe 2 door sold,- 51 styleline Deluxe 2 door ,'56 235 with dual carter webers on an Offenhauser intake, Fenton headers, 56 chevy rear end and 700R4 transmission.


 
drew1987 
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09-20-19 09:10 PM - Post#2776020    
    In response to one4dad

Some good info here

https://www.chevytalk.org/fusionbb/showtopic.php?t...

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

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2blu52 
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09-21-19 08:44 AM - Post#2776050    
    In response to usmile4

Bill, looking back to ancient history, in 1950 throuogh about 53 or 54 pulling a camper larger than a dog house or pop up was a slow trip. That would have been with a 235 as the biggest Chevy engine. Hitches were another problem as most folks just wanted a bumper mounted hitch that may or may not have connected to a cross member. If you ever got behind one on a mountain road you could kiss the day good bye.

"PEACE IS THAT GLORIUS MOMENT IN HISTORY WHEN EVERY ONE STANDS AROUND RELOADING"

THOMAS JEFFERSON


 
bobb 
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09-22-19 12:16 PM - Post#2776151    
    In response to usmile4

be careful of what you tow, especialy if you dont tow. you need to be able to control your load going down hill and you need to be able to stop it. if you dont have trailer brakes your in risk. better to rent an rv and tow your car along.

70 L camino, grampa engine, g-force 5 spd, road rage suspension. Pray first before all else fails.


 
Cruzin Okie 
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09-22-19 01:15 PM - Post#2776160    
    In response to usmile4

I think bobb's point is an important factor in towing. Most vehicles can pull much more than they can stop without a proper trailer breaking system. Back in the 70s I pulled a boat behind a Volkswagon bug. That was with a 36 hp motor. The scary part was stopping it!!! Stopping is an important consideration, especially going down hill. or in traffic. I often pull a 14,000 pound 5th wheel behind my diesel pickup. It amazes me how some folks think they cut in front of me or stop real fast and think I can too!!

Johnnie

Johnnie

1950 styleline deluxe sports coupe, 350 cid, TH 400, nova rear end. Gen IV Vintage air. SOLD!
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drew1987 
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09-22-19 06:05 PM - Post#2776180    
    In response to Cruzin Okie

its very rural here (until you get to Rochester) so for local stuff (utility trailer, boat) it’s easy to avoid busy roads. Our van is rated for 3500 and that’s no problem, but 1100 was definitely a problem going down to the finger lakes where it’s mountains and 2 lane highways (1 for each direction I mean) that are fairly well traveled at 65.

My ‘50 will be towing a boat and a utility trailer on very docile roads.

What about a trailer controller? Our cars car tow a lot... a trailer controller would aid in stopping a lot?

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

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rrausch 
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09-22-19 08:35 PM - Post#2776197    
    In response to drew1987

A lot depends on how far you are going to tow. A trip of 15 miles down to the river would have less dangers than a 3-day tow halfway across the Country.

I've towed my hillbilly RV over 10,000 miles in wind, rain and sun. Being able to bring your vehicle and your tow to a stop can become a life or death situation quicker than you think. When I'm towing I always gauge stopping distance between my front bumper and whatever is ahead. Always. The most dangerous situation I was ever in was on the 15 Freeway south of Barstow. High winds were blowing my RV and my truck 2-3 feet over into the other lane. I slowed down and that helped a lot.





1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
wbeaton 
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09-27-19 12:18 PM - Post#2776583    
    In response to rrausch

I tow a boat behind my car. The entire package is about 800 lbs. The car has no trouble on level ground. The load isn’t really noticeable. On hills or anytime I need to put my foot into it the load becomes apparent. I would be cautious towing over 1000 lbs at highway speed with my car. Judging by how my car feels I’d assume max towing would be 1500 lbs.

1951 Chevy Styleline Deluxe 2 Door Sedan
1954 235 with Isky Cam, Shaved Head
Dual Carter YF 787S Carbs on Offenhauser Intake
Split Manifold Dual Exhaust
3 Speed with 3.55 Differential
12V Conversion with Alternator
Pertronix Ignition


 
Keith_Knox 
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09-27-19 10:30 PM - Post#2776613    
    In response to wbeaton

I was just thinking about you this week and the manifold you split. How have you been?

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wbeaton 
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Age: 45
Loc: Hamilton, ON
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09-28-19 05:42 AM - Post#2776615    
    In response to Keith_Knox

I’ve been good, Keith. Thanks for asking. Car is running great so I’ve been focusing on my main hobby of antique outboard motors.

1951 Chevy Styleline Deluxe 2 Door Sedan
1954 235 with Isky Cam, Shaved Head
Dual Carter YF 787S Carbs on Offenhauser Intake
Split Manifold Dual Exhaust
3 Speed with 3.55 Differential
12V Conversion with Alternator
Pertronix Ignition


 


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