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Trailers you have towed with your Astro or Safari


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Trailers you have towed with your Astro or Safari

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This thread is gonna be for pics and a description of what you have towed or currently tow with your Astro or Safari. You must have the A/S in the pic! Include the dry weight, total(GVW) weight and the loaded weight(actual), also include the mileage you get towing and the configuration of your van (engine, tranny, gear ratio, tire size etc.) also include average tranny temps if you have them.


I will start:

We tow our pop-up camper: 2006 Jayco Select 12HW, 2750# dry and 3750# GVW I estimate our "normal" camping trip puts the camper right around 3500#. I get right at 9-10 mpg with the SPB, stock engine and tranny, 4.10 gears and 33" tires, Large tranny cooler and fan puts the tranny right around the 185 to 200 degree average running 60 - 70 mph in flats and hills. I tow in 3RD.

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Another trailer I towed: trailer dry around 1800#, GVW 7000#, Jeep weighs 3500#, total weight around 5300#. Mileage was around 10 to 11 (IIRC), stock engine and tranny, 30" tires, 4.11 gears and electric cooling fans which were inadequate! Tranny temps went well above 250 degrees :holy: I was glad to be running Amsoil synthetic tranny fluid.

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1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy

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Post by astrozam »

I must have a better profile pic , but for now this will have to do

95 Astro, stacked plate style trans cooler, p205/75/r15 tires, pretty much stock everything else 3:42 rear
95 Jayco 8ft P.U ( will add additional info, when I find it )

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Well here we go. The best (and only) pic I have is this one. Our trailer is a 2001 Jayco 10V. I have never figured out the milage while towing or otherwise, so I can't tell that. Just a stock Safari, with some horrible gear ratio what I will have to look up.

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heres a decent pic of the popup on our memorial day campout with dean & lynne , but i'm breaking deans rule about having the astro in the picture . (EDIT by Dean: I see the right hand outside mirror in the pic.)

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Here is the trailer I towed some of our stuff out with. I got 11.5MPG towing it loaded going between 55-60MPH.

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This pic was taken before my 9" rear was installed. The truck's a bit more level now with the Tramper on.
Oh, and I also get around 11-12 mpg at 60-65 mph
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Post by brianj »

here's mine

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It is a 1977 Marquis with an OMC 190hp ford 302. It's been in the family since new. My cousin still has her sister boat, that was bought by my uncle. They are one off in serial numbers.

The weight is about 3500 lbs loaded. I got around 12 mpg pulling this last trip. This included some highway speeds of 75-80.

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Post by BLAZER »

Here's a few of mine.....
No mileages, haven't really traveled far with any of them, but those 4.10's help a lot!!!
Trailer with the water drums for the horses, maybe 1200#
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here's my other utility trailer hauling my small trailer :D
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Just hauled off my old camaro, they actually paid me $88 for rust!
about 5500# with car/trailer and all the other junk
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Just went camping this weekend, have to settle for pic in drive, forgot to take camera to campground. Trailer weighs 2600# dry, about 31-3200# packed.
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trailers/towing

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not much room on the trailer

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1998 Safari AWD NE OHIO
1995 Safari AWD

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Post by e7ats »

These pics are from us moving from Slippery Rock to Harrisburg. Image
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Second load.
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This is our first trailer load from the Inlaw's to our new house.

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More to come as we keep loading for more trips. Man that trany cooler came in handy on this trip. It was HOT!!
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Here's our rig.

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Only tow my camper.
2003 Astro RWD, 3:73 Axle w/tow package, LPD tranny cooler, Timbren rear springs, Podigy brake controller.
Trailer is a 2007 Coachmen Clipper 1272ST. GVW 3360lbs., Dry weight is 2155lbs., actual weight when loaded is 2680lbs. Mileage - Don't know, Tranny Temp - Don't know (getting a guage soon)
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Post by LiftedAWDAstro »

Helped my sister move and we had the trailer loaded, probably 2,000 - 2,500# as well as the rear of the van. Stock engine, tranny has a Transgo HD-2 shift kit, corvette servo and Amsoil synthetic fluid, 3.42 gears with Amsoil synthetic gear oil. ATC fuse is pulled for 2WD operation. Tranny never went above 160 degrees F measured at the test port. Averaged 15.15 mpg hand calc'd. Not too bad! \:D/

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Current rides:
2013 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4
2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

Mileage spreadsheet

Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy

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Post by Fire Cakes »

Ok we traded in the 2006 Jayco Select 12 HW for a 2007 Jayco JayFeather 232. We just towed it home today and Dean said it pulled ok. The engine temp was just about 210 and the tranny stayed at 180 with a monster tranny cooler installed. We ran about 60 - 65 on the interstate. Towed in 3rd all the way and the outside ambient temp was around 90 degrees F. Camper was around 4100 pounds.

I will get my turn pulling it to PA in August when Dean is towing the Jeep with the SPB.

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Post by SoCalli V8 »

My trailer began life as a 2 place Zieman jetski transporter, and then I modified it with custom made racks that allowed me to haul my modded 2.3 turbo dune buggy. I can swap back between towing 2 large jetskis and buggy hauler, so that I don`t have to own and store 2 trailers.

My astro has a modded V8 with Edelbrock MPFI, ported heads, roller cam & lifters, Doug Thorley Tri Y headers, MSD, built for towing torque. I have 3.73`s with an Auburn posi and get about 16-19 mpg while towing 1500 pounds, but I have never really clocked it accurately. I just know that I can blast up a 29 mile steep grade at 80 mph while towing, past all the semi trucks.

I also have zero problems towing my 5000 lbs 02 Malibu ski boat or my buddies 69 Charger or another friends 70 Mustang to and from the dragstrip, plus all tools and full gas tanks.

This is why I fitted a V8 into my Astro for the towing torque, back in `97

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