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RE: Santa Fe 2010 towing possibilities - how to start?

That's a very long move. Your Hyundai is a 2010 and that's 7 model years, going on 8 model years (soon). This is around 4300 kms (Saskatoon to Halifax for example) and that's enough of a challenge for a new car, let alone one that age. If it was me, I would not recommend towing a trailer with a vehicle that old, front wheel drive that many miles/kms. Nothing against Hyundai's, but pretty well any car that age. I know moving is expensive, one of our family member recently moved from Manitoba to Newfoundland. Same deal, also a 2010 car, different make. They shipped their car via either transport truck or train...can't recall which, don't know the cost. I would check it out. To me you want that older vehicle to survive, get you back and forth to work, etc...once you get to NS. If you're towing a trailer that many kms/miles, I would think they could be hard miles. Just my opinion. Good luck, hope the Maritimes works out well.
Lessmore 09/23/17 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

Parents bought a new '69 Impala in '69 for towing. It had the 396 big block, THM44 transmission, 12 bolt axle. The 396 (L-66) had 420 ft. lbs of torque, but only 265 hp as it had a two barrel carb. Torque tows though, although I don't know the final drive axle ratio.
Lessmore 09/22/17 11:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Live in Interesting times: Hyundai/ Kia want FCA

Buddy bought a Hyundai Santa Fe, new. He dumped it within 5 years, after the extended warranty expired. Steering problems, transaxle problems, main seal problems, etc...all expensive if no warranty. But then FCA isn't much better. A family member bought a new Jeep Patriot in 2014. Suspension, leaks, transmission overheating...he couldn't trust it and traded it in on a non FCA in 2017. Both my family member and friend went Japanese for replacement vehicles after their experience. Based on their experience I wouldn't buy FCA or Hyundai. I would give GM, Ford, Honda or Nissan a look with the next new vehicle though. But who knows how any new vehicle will pan out. At this point, we buy new, get factory extended warranty, trade in when warranty is just about up...no matter the make. Vehicle repairs are so expensive nowadays.
Lessmore 09/22/17 11:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

Pulled a 22ft scamper tandem axel TT with a 70 Chevelle LS6 auto 454/450 hp back in 71,no idea the weight,sure pulled it easy. Passing performance on the highway was excellent I would imagine. Did you encounter any wheelspin with the trailer attached, when you gave that big 'rat' motor it's head ?
Lessmore 09/21/17 10:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

My grandmother from Pasadena had a red car in her rickety old garage. I don't remember the make or model. :B I do !! It was a super stock Dodge parked in her rickety old garage ! If I guessed right, what do I win ? :B
Lessmore 09/21/17 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

Beautiful car, Wilbur. In the late '60's our home room and biology teacher at high school, had around a '66 (maybe '65 or '67) Chrysler 300 with the 440 V8. We were impressed. Would be a 66 or 67. This is 66 Chrysler 300. 66 was the first year for the 440 and it was in the full size cars only. Must of been the '66 as he talked about having the 440 V8. Which impressed us as the Plymouth GTX used the 440, although the 375 hp version.
Lessmore 09/21/17 05:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

My old classic is only 40 hp, but it didn't stop people from towing with it. This 1200cc model had a long production run from 1961 to 1985. Not sure that qualifies as a "muscle car". ;) I did have a '69 VW Beetle with the 1500cc 53.5 hp engine. I raced it at the drags ...best time 19.4 seconds @ 68.5 mph...fast for a stock VW Beetle, but alas not a muscle car. :B
Lessmore 09/21/17 05:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

I have this beast. 440 TNT 365 HP. It has the power but I would add a big transmission cooler if I was going to tow with it. Those old 3 spd autos don't have locking torque converters and can get pretty warm. https://i.imgur.com/KipnBgy.jpg https://i.imgur.com/O2VDYLj.jpg Beautiful car, Wilbur. In the late '60's our home room and biology teacher at high school, had around a '66 (maybe '65 or '67) Chrysler 300 with the 440 V8. We were impressed. In contrast, our math teacher had a '60's Ford 300 with a 223 six and a three on the tree. He impressed us with his knowledge of higher math, but not with his car choice. :)
Lessmore 09/21/17 03:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

Cool topic-I used to tow my boat with my 1969 Road Runner 335 horse-4 speed with no problems at all. Sure it hurt the mileage a tad, but at $ 27.9 cents a gallon for Leaded Premium it was worth it. No problem pulling out at launch ramp with 355 gears and Sure Grip. Still have the Boat and Road Runner! Great that you have it. The Road Runner/ Super Bee has always been one of my all time favourites and the standard engine the 383 with 335 hp is a wonderful muscle car engine. Think your version had a hotter cam and 440 heads, bigger 4 barrel and was under rated at 335 hp. In '69 I was pulled over by a Minnesota Highway Patrol trooper in a late '60's Mopar police package, with the 383. I was driving my '67 Camaro 327, 4 speed Muncie, RS coupe. No ticket, just wise advice to a young guy. ;)
Lessmore 09/21/17 01:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

We wanted acceleration for short distances not towing and that is what they were built for. Those big carburetors and high lift long duration cams would suck for towing unless we stayed in second gear and fuel consumption would break the bank. The 472 Caddy would have towed with ease but I'll bet it was thirsty. K Charles, that is funny. Obviously your dad didn't have high expectations. Think the more streetable 409 (340 hp job with hydraulic lifters) or the Mopar 426 wedge street engine @ 365 hp would of pulled fine. These versions designed for the street, had less compression, hydraulic lifters and milder cams, but still lot's of punch and they were civilized to boot.
Lessmore 09/21/17 01:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

My parents pulled a pop-up with a falcon. In '62 they traded in the falcon for a falcon wagon and went from a 144 cu in to a 170 cu in. Dad said that was a power house and pulled the pop-up much better. I remember the 144. A GF had one in her '62 Mercury Comet. Not enough power to pull off the skin of a tapioca pudding. Your dad was right, the 170 inline Ford six was a powerhouse compared to the 144 cube. I think your dad would of been very impressed with the Ford 300 cube inline six. :)
Lessmore 09/21/17 01:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

I think the old Chevy big blocks - the 348 and 409 - began life as a truck engine. If memory serves, the 409 was advertised as a 409 hp engine with 409 lbs torque. That should get most people up the hill, but I think without computers and fuel injection we saw more engines running leaner in the thin air and overheating back then. Ahh the Chevy 409 V8. Quite an engine. Lots of character, unlike the plastic shrouded engines of today. Loved the scalloped valve covers in the shape of a 'W'. In fact, I have mounted in my garage, just above my Vincent motorcycle advertising tin plate...two truck 409 valve covers. They're Chevy orange, no bowtie emblem stamped into them (as they're Canadian market) , beat up and were used in a heavy highway (C80) transport truck in the prairies in the 1960's. Power rating for the 409 truck engine was 252 hp @4000 and 390 lbs. ft. of torque @ @2400. Note the low rpm...this is a big inch, low rpm torque meister in the truck tune.
Lessmore 09/21/17 01:09pm Tow Vehicles
Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ?

Anyone ever tow with a '60's/'70's muscle car ? I often wonder what it would of been like to tow with say a Chevy Impala SS 427, a Plymouth GTX 440 V8, a Ford Torino with the 428 Cobra Jet...and any of those big inch V8 muscle cars from the '60's to early '70's. What were and/or are your experiences ? I recall talking to a guy at a campground about 20 + years ago. He was towing a large, heavy tent trailer...had towed it over the Rockies...he was from B.C. Used around a '50 Ford woody wagon (beautiful) with a 472 Cadillac. Lot's of power..towed over the mountains with ease.
Lessmore 09/21/17 10:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Needs for vehicles is an interesting topic. There are many needs to be considered when choosing and then driving a particular vehicle. Some needs not just typical needs such as size, maneuverability,performance, fuel efficiency, seating, cargo capacity, access to interior, looks, drive (awd, fwd, rwd )system, etc. Most of us have these practical needs, that have to be addressed one way or the other. But there are also needs that are attuned to one's personal interests, philosophical needs, personal beliefs about life in general, to name but a few. Most of us have these 'additional' needs and there is nothing wrong with them. Case in point...me for example. I have a couple of vintage motorcycles...one an old English scrambler twin. I like it very much, but I realize that many wouldn't like this old British twin. It's too old, noisy, vibrates an awful lot, produces a lot of power and ain't too civilized in how it does it. But it's colourful in character, which I see as an attribute and this type of motorcycle has a long and storied history, in the annals of riding off road. In addition to motorcycles, I also like history. We can learn a lot about life from history, if we only read between the lines. Frankly many of us like to be a bit different, to stand out from the crowd as it were and to emphasize the point get vehicles which express this desire/wish/etc. Now this old Matchless certainly stands out from the crowd...and this fact has always appealed to me. So there it, I guess it could be considered a need of mine, to have oily old reprobate of a motorcycle. But I do realize that to have this motorcycle caters to some of my needs, not other's needs and that's ok. We do all have needs and fulfilling them can be regarded IMO, as the pursuit of happiness. Think I read about that somewhere. :) I don't try to convince other people that they should have the same needs, interests as mine. In fact I doubt if very many others would want a beat up old Matchless Scrambler and I always try to do my utmost, to ensure others are not bothered by this old bike. I do not want to infringe on the rights of others. Quite seriously.
Lessmore 09/20/17 03:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for new vehicle- suggestions

Thanks to all who posted. I always find actual user anecdotal information the most valuable tool, when it comes to making an informed decision. Thank you again. Les
Lessmore 09/20/17 01:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: Looking for new vehicle- suggestions

I tried a 2015 model of the Subaru Outback. I find it really appealing...AWD, station wagon and the available 3.6 liter flat 6. But, I had problems stretching out my legs in the driver's seat, also my shoulders hitting the pillar. Unfortunately, 10 years of playing defense in hockey, had it's consequences with my knees. I should of mentioned that I'm a big guy.....6' 3.5 ", broad shoulders and 240 lbs. My clothes size are generally around- 2 extra large, tall (2XLT). I drop by the Subaru dealer every few years to see if the cabin is bigger. Probably should do so again. If I fit comfortably in the Outback, I think this would be in the running. Thank you.
Lessmore 09/17/17 02:12pm Around the Campfire
Looking for new vehicle- suggestions

My wife and I are in our 60's. We're retired. We're looking for a new vehicle. Currently we have two sedans...a 2015 Impala, 3.6 V6...the new style, not the old style Impala that's been around for years. It's been a wonderful car. Bought new, it has not had one issue. The other a 2007 Buick LaCrosse. Bought new, also big V6, very comfortable, very good car over the years. We live in snow/winter country. Winter comes in early November, here till at least late March. Cold, ice and snow stays till the end, not much in the way of melting. We want all wheel drive. I need a vehicle that I can stretch out my front legs...bad knees...hockey injuries when I was younger. My wife has difficulty getting up in a pickup truck or truck based SUV. We also like the hatchback style of an SUV, easy to slide in groceries without lifting up and over sedan trunk. I've tried sitting in imports over the years (latest 2015 models) and most of them don't have enough front leg room to accommodate me comfortably. Maybe this has changed with new models, I don't know. Any suggestions would be appreciated. We buy new.
Lessmore 09/17/17 11:31am Around the Campfire
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

You don't need a back ground in engineering .High school chemistry and the periodic table is your answer. using the known elements (periodic table) and knowing batteries need the elements with the largest (potential) difference to generate or storage of electrons i.e. the element furtherest from each other - no new magic battery is on the horizon to make the fevered dreams of the 'save the planet' crowd, energy density is growing but the heat barrier looms . The best we can hope for is fast FAST charging ,and that makes me cringe -visions of crispy soccer moms all over suburbia. So not following. Soccer moms driving semis? If you are talking about regular family cars or SUV's there are already lots of them being driven by "soccer moms". I haven't read about any being "crispified". Most of them probably charge at home. But if they do use a DCFC it is pretty simple stuff. Connect the connecter to the car and push start. We do it regularly when on longer trips although for the most part we charge 95 percent at home while we are sleeping. Electric vehicles are not the answer for everyones driving needs but they do quite well for some. I suspect it will be the same for commercial EV semis. They will work for some applications and not for others. Also you seem to feel that people who drive EV's are part of a "save the planet crowd". That has not been my observation. Many of us just like how they drive, low cost of maintenance and fuel, good handling because of low centre of gravity, very quiet, never a smelly garage, no oil spots on the garage floor, preheating or cooling by smart phone while it is sitting in the garage. etc etc. For some of us they are just the right choice. No need to affix labels in a polite society. EV's are not good at being ICE vehicles, but they are very good at being, well, EV's. JMHO I haven't noticed any impoliteness in this forum.
Lessmore 09/16/17 01:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

It's obvious that the mindset of most people on Rv.net is old school petroleum and not being able to think out of the box. Elon Musk has opened a Pandora's box in terms of energy. It's been a long time coming and it will come. Look back at what people said about solar here on Rv.net just 10 years ago. What has he done? In terms of drivetrain technology, he basically just scaled up a golf cart and used standard lithium batteries. The only thing different is he threw cost out the window and put in massive numbers of batteries to produce a very expensive cr. 10yrs ago solar was very much viable. Heck my boat has 200w of 20yr old solar panels. They still have significant limitations and are pretty much useless for propulsion power. Yep, you're right. Why should we hope for something that might do a better job, help to clear the air, water and use less natural resources not to mention reduce noise pollution? Solar works fine for propulsion power. Just needs to be stored during the day and released to the vehicle at night. A solar arc like this would keep 4 average commuter vehicles powered up with n problems, conditions permitting of course. I have seen various versions of this. If power wasn't so cheap where we are I would be looking into one as an alternative to rooftop solar. And this kind of tech continues to drop in cost as well. If utilities ever get stupid with their pricing this kind of thing is a viable alternative for many of us. http://www.envisionsolar.com/ev-arc/ http://i0.wp.com/gas2.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/EV-ARC-Chevy-Volt-Envision-Solar-solar-car.png Utilities have to be careful with their rates or some consumers will just make their own power. This is already happening and will only accelerate as solar and wind power production costs continue to fall below that of older methods such as coal etc. No they won't. The great majority of people won't 'make' their own electric power. Right now you can make your own biofuel....the great majority don't and won't. People in today's society are content to grumble a bit and buy 'fuel'...and/or electricity ready made. John or Angela, given this is a towing forum, what do you tow with your electric vehicles ?
Lessmore 09/16/17 10:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

These threads always bring out the dreamers The dreamers and the advocates. ;)
Lessmore 09/16/17 10:42am Tow Vehicles
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