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Old 06-17-2016, 10:43 AM   #31
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My tow vehicle pictured in Myron's post is a 2015 VW Touareg TDI. It has a towing capacity of 7700 lbs. I have had no issues towing the Oliver. I'm able to maintain speeds of 60 to 65 mph on any mountain passes I've encountered in Colorado and Utah during this trip. I also enjoyed touring the 4-wheel drive roads in Canyonlands (without the Oliver) this week with a couple in a Jeep Renegade. It's a versatile vehicle.
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Old 06-17-2016, 10:46 AM   #32
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Hey Iowa Dave, looks like there's an Ollie only half hour or so from you!
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Old 06-17-2016, 11:10 AM   #33
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Right back at ya, Don. (...Oops, 2016 Oliver.) Still amazed by them TWO awnings.
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Old 06-17-2016, 12:00 PM   #34
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Am struck by how far back the Oliver seems from the tow vehicle. Is that an illusion Myron or is there some kind of extension piece?
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Old 06-17-2016, 12:11 PM   #35
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Oliver Legacy II dry weight = 4,600 lb (approx.). Tongue weight = 420 lb (approx.). So what kind of rear suspension does the Touareg have to handle that much tongue weight, and why can't Subaru do something close to that with their Outback (hitch max = paltry 200 lb)?
Hitch on mine is rated for 660lbs, but this was a mistake by VW and some have the 770 lb sticker which apparently is the accurate number. Having said that, I wouldn't want to put 770 lbs on it. The most I've towed is 4,500 lbs with about 550 lb on the hitch. Used a WDH which works really well. With that kind of weight on there and no WDH the front-end steering gets very light.

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Old 06-17-2016, 02:01 PM   #36
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Ross, picture was shot with a 20mm wide angle lens but doubt that made a significant difference. Looks like an extended stinger all right. Only Don would know.
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Old 06-17-2016, 02:44 PM   #37
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In April I camped for a few days at Meriwether Lewis Park in Tennessee, near the northern end of the Natchez Trace. I went into the nearby town of Hohenwald and saw a building marked "Oliver Trailer Sales". It was Oliver's showroom; I had no idea they were made in Hohenwald. Anyway, I went inside and took a look. This might be the same model Oliver that Myron saw in Mesa Verde.
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Old 06-17-2016, 02:48 PM   #38
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Ron, I really like that first photo. Nice shot!


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Old 06-17-2016, 03:09 PM   #39
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Am struck by how far back the Oliver seems from the tow vehicle. Is that an illusion Myron or is there some kind of extension piece?
Hi Ross . Glad you are alive and well . When we checked out the Oliver , the reason is the hitch on the trailer is called a bull dog . It is a commercial hitch . The strongest hitch I ever saw . It is longer then our hitches . I think that is reason for being back so far . Pat
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Old 06-17-2016, 03:41 PM   #40
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I replaced my coupler with a Bulldog A-frame coupler on my Bigfoot and, as I remember, it only added 3-4 inches in length. (Amazon, E-trailer etc. have them for about $50.)
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