Can My Car Tow A Popup Camper?

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  1. stringpincher

    stringpincher New Member

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    Hi everyone, I,m new to this camping thing, and am thinking about buying a 1989, 10 foot Bonair popup trailer in good shape for $500.00.
    My question is this, can a 2000 Chev Cavailer with a 2.2 engine and 4 speed transmission pull this trailer, and is this a good deal.
    Thank you
     
  2. azbirddog42

    azbirddog42 Bullhead City, Arizona

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    I think your are going to be hard pressed to find and small enough pop up to pull with a 2.2 liter engine. I know someone will come on that has more experience with that small of an engine. Good Luck.....AZ [8D]
     
  3. stringpincher

    stringpincher New Member

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    I,ve got a '98 ranger with a 4 liter that I'm sure will pull it but it's rusty and the Cavailer is mint, so if possable.
     
  4. Twisty

    Twisty New Member

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    I suggest you get the Ranger cleaned up and serviced. Besides being rated to tow, you'll have the bedspace for carrying stuff.
    I'd be surprised if the car had a tow rating at all.
    I've got a tranny cooler w/external filter and switched to synthetic oils throughout. The trailer brakes are all new this year - I suggest you get a trailer with brakes or plan on adding them.
    I am very comfortable towing with my truck.
     
  5. tsc

    tsc Member

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    According to the owner's manual, it says says no if you have the 2.2L.

    Page 4-34 and 4-41 (pages 208 and 215 on the pdf, respectfully from this link)
     
  6. Hacksaw

    Hacksaw Active Member

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    Back in the early '80s we had an old PUP (tent top not hard top) that was an 8' box and it was towed with a family of 5 from Minnesota to Colorado by a VW Rabbit. Not saying I'd do that today just that it can be done. I don't think I would even consider towing anything more than a lawnmower with a cavalier much less a 10' box PUP.
     
  7. stringpincher

    stringpincher New Member

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    O.K. Thanks everyone,
    So on my Ranger, should I install a hitch or would a ball in the bumper do?
     
  8. Twisty

    Twisty New Member

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    I suggest the bolt on style frame mounted hitch. You can then use an adjustable ball mount (stinger) to level the Pup and the hitch becomes another crossmember for added strength and stiffness. The best price I found for my hitch was -
    surprise, surprise - the dealership. Same as the online prices but there was no shipping charge. [:D]
     
  9. redjacket

    redjacket In memory of Nick Dilal, Sr. 1931-2005

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    Sorry, I don't think that will work. Good luck. I mean the cavalier, the Ranger will definitely work. That's what we use.
     
  10. Twisty

    Twisty New Member

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    What won't work??? The car?
     
  11. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    Get a transmission cooler and Class III hitch on the truck. Get a 7-pin wiring system (which will allow you charge the trailer battery from the truck's alternator while driving) and which will allow you to use a brake controller for electric brakes on the trailer. If the trailer doesn't have electric brakes, get them. Also, be sure the trailer tires are pressurized to the correct amount stated on the sidewall of the tire. Think safety first. I agree with the others: that car can't handle a camping trailer.
     
  12. zjrog

    zjrog Member

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    I have no doubt the Cavalier could tow the trailer. Whether it can STOP the trailer, might be another story altogether. Err on the side of safety with this.

    Believe me, I think my Neon could tow my Starcraft. Whether I could stop it is another story. I haven't even bothered to look for a hitch for it...
     
  13. dupreet

    dupreet New Member

    Let me know if you get the Neon rigged up and are towing through central NC!! [:D]
     

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