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Towing with Chevy Van G20?
#772076 February 28th 2021 10:29 am
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I just bought a 1977 Chevy Van G20 3/4 ton shorty. Anybody have a recommendation for a car trailer for this setup that your using today?


Chevy Van 1977: 400 CI

Transmission: Turbo Hydra-Matic

GVWR 6400

GAWR (FRONT) 3200

GAWR (REAR) 3380

Gross trailer weight (LB) up to 4000 lbs

Maximum Tongue Load (LB) 400 lbs. (*400 lbs on step bumper or 500 lbs on weight- distributing platform).


Thanks,


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Re: Towing with Chevy Van G20?
Callahan #772083 February 28th 2021 1:12 pm
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Drop tuner4life a PM. He trailers his drift car all the time.

https://www.vanning.com/threads/ubbthreads.php/users/8596/tuner4life.html


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Re: Towing with Chevy Van G20?
CatFish #772085 February 28th 2021 2:10 pm
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Ok, thanks! cheers


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Re: Towing with Chevy Van G20?
Callahan #772099 March 01st 2021 2:09 am
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Yeah, he's a good resource.
He helped me decide on what to do about towing my car hauler.
(I decided against towing it with the van)

My car trailer is an 18' Top Hat with a steel deck.
It weighs right around 2500 lbs empty, so something like that doesn't seem like it would work for you, since almost any car on top of a trailer that heavy would put you over your limit.
It seems like a wood decked 16' (may be too short) or 18' might be a good fit since they would weigh a lot less but have a similar capacity.

If you haven't bought a car trailer before, know that there are two kinds...
Those that are slapped together and cost too much...
and those that are built really well and cost too much.
Try to get a name brand if you can, as they usually have decent features and are put together well.
Look at the paint quality, the way the fenders are mounted (and how high they stick up), the way the wiring is routed and protected, and I wouldn't buy anything nowadays that doesn't have Dexter EZ-lube axles.
When I was hunting mine, I looked at a whole bunch of new, no-name trailers that really weren't very good, so I bought a used name brand one.
I didn't really save any money that way, but I got a much better trailer for the money I spent.


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Re: Towing with Chevy Van G20?
Callahan #772147 March 02nd 2021 10:37 am
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You did good Rusty!!

Maybe with a 3.73, or a 4.11 rear end. My 1990 G30 454/T400 has a 3.42 rear gear snd is only rated at 5000#
Make sure the brakes and suspension are good, put a big cooler on that Trans. You may or may not want more rear spring. Hook it up, you'll know.
Tuner does tow his car on a hauler with his G20 with a 305 and a Manual 4 speed.

Good Hunting on that Hauler!!


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Re: Towing with Chevy Van G20?
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Thanks for the info.


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