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This was posted to our mailing list by Doug Antleman,

I've done a fair amount of towing, so I will throw in my 2 cents. The advantage of an open car trailer is less weight and less wind resistance compared to a higher profile closed trailer. Weight is a major consideration, since you will be pulling with a V-6, which I doubt is rated much over 4,000 lb tow capacity.

Some things to consider, any trailer that is more than 2,000 lb loaded should ALWAYS have electric brakes. A double axle trailer is better than single because the weight will be distributed over a larger area and it will track better (less sway) on the freeway.

As far as tow vehicles go, a conversion van with a bed should be fine (though cramped when compared to a RV). My brother in law tows a 5,000# camping trailer with a Chevy Van with a 350 V-8. He uses a 4.11 rear axle ratio, trans. cooler etc.

With towing, more capacity than you need is better- you do not want to push the weight limit on your tow vehicle or trailer to close to the maximum. You will need the reserve when towing on a hot summer day, uphill into the headwind.

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