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Tim Nowicki

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Posted: 09/18/20 06:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lwiddis wrote:

A more than 20 year old van as a tow vehicle isn’t a wise buy. What’s the payload and gross trailer weight max numbers?

could this van maybe be a class B camper van, and not for towing much? I'm thinking class B camper!.

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Groover wrote:

KD4UPL wrote:

I assume this is around a 90's vintage maybe? Those automatic transmissions were not the best. Dodge has never been known for good automatics.


Your statement is a little too reaching. Mopar had the best 3 speed RWD transmissions on the road but started having trouble with 4 speed and FWD transmissions around 1980.

At one time my family had 4 Chrysler Newports for trailer pulling. They did as well as or better than any truck on the road at the time and we never had transmission any issues. I will never forget the time shortly after I started driving when I heard some strange noises coming out from under the hood of my 1967 Plymouth and thought that it was the transmission. I took it to a transmission shop and the owner refused to come out look at the car. He made the statement "Chrysler transmissions don't fail, I make my living off of GM." He was correct, it turned out to be the alternator.


Okay, yes, I guess "never" was a bit too broad. The 727 was for sure a good one. I just thought we were talking about fairly modern '80s, '90s, or newer vans with 4 speed overdrive automatics. If the OP is truly looking at a 40 year old van then it's hard to say what kind of condition any of it is in. Since they've never posted the year or any other details we may never know.

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You guys could muck up any thread.
A simple “ we need to know what van you’re talking about” rather than a trip down Mopar memory lane would be more appropriate.
But the OP is likely flown the coop anyway, so keep practicing your classic Mopar knowledge contest....


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The OP is in Alabama, so hopefully if they are looking at a van that has been in the south all of its life, it may be OK as far as rust goes.

OP needs to provide us with more information, is this for towing a trailer? or is this a camper conversion van of some sort.

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Well they asked the question in the tow vehicles forum. And they asked specifically about a 1500B van. To me that says standard pass or conv van.

As grit dog said, “way to muck up a thread!”


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Grit dog wrote:

You guys could muck up any thread.
A simple “ we need to know what van you’re talking about” rather than a trip down Mopar memory lane would be more appropriate.
But the OP is likely flown the coop anyway, so keep practicing your classic Mopar knowledge contest....


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