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- April 2, 2008 at 12:30 pm #11727
Well, here it is. The first "Can I Tow?" question on the Oliver Forum. Hate to ask it because on most RV forums when you ask a question like this you get flamed by those towing with the 24 cylinder, turbo-diesel, 10 wheeled, Peterbilt Mega Mover.
We are interested in an Oliver and plan to buy a new car shortly. We want comfort, safety, relative fuel efficiency, good tow vehicle (when we need it), good all-around day car, room for 2 grand children at a time. The vehicle will be used for all purposes. We live in an apartment so we are not planning on two vehicles — one for towing, one for every day.
So here’s what we are considering: 2008 Toyota Highlander (non-hybrid) v-6, automatic, with tow prep. The tow capacity is 5000 lb and the tow prep package includes heavy duty radiator, engine oil cooler, 200 watt fan coupling, transmission oil cooler, 150 amp alternator, prewired harness (for 7-pin), and Class III receiver. Rest of the vehicle specs are:
Engine — V-6, 3.5 liter, 270 HP, 248 Lb Ft torque
Dimensions — 188 inches long with 109.8 inch wheelbase
What do you think? Handle the Oliver OK?
Ed & BevApril 2, 2008 at 12:53 pm #13508
Ed & Bev, my short answer is yes. We tow with a Jeep Wrangler V6 having very similar statistics. The 4 door Jeep gives us room for everything from grand kids to grand dogs !
With a higher horse power and torque than our Jeep, I say that it will do a good job for you.
By the way that is a very pertinent and timely question !
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)April 3, 2008 at 2:07 am #13512
I think it should be perfect. I chatted with a person from Oregon who was going to do exactly that!! He was even going to get other than a fgrv (fiberglass rv), which is larger and heavier than an Oliver. I have 2005 Sienna with the tow package and Jim Oliver indicated that I did not even need to change my class II hitch as I have the capacity: 350/3500 (hitch /towing weights in pounds) and would not need either a wdh (weight distribution hitch) or a sway bar. I also know of another older model Highlander owner that has pulled a fgrv with no problems.
However, I admit to a lack of personal experience at the moment!
April 3, 2008 at 2:26 am #13514
ChuckApril 4, 2008 at 2:19 am #13520
We tow with a two door V6 Wrangler and have no trouble at all so you will be just fine. The Highlander is a really nice choice. We hope to get one someday.
LisaApril 4, 2008 at 7:00 pm #13524
I’m glad somebody else started this thread. I am considering buying an oliver
and wonder if i need to buy a new vehicle(additional/exchange).
i would be putting a trailer hitch on 2007 saturn aura 6 cyl 3.5 liter engine.
i did own a pop-up years ago and successfully towed it without problems in
just looking for opinions or someone who has done this with vehicle similiar
thanksApril 4, 2008 at 7:39 pm #13525
There are quite a number of very knowledgeable people that participate in this forum. The Oliver people also are very informative. I would suggest that you check the manufacturer’s specs first and foremost, and go from there.April 6, 2008 at 4:53 am #13542
I hope people will continue responding to this question because I am in the same dilemma. My brother is trying to talk me into a Ford Ranger, small 6, or a comparable Mazda. But love seeing what others are towing with.April 6, 2008 at 11:02 am #13543
I have been considering doing something even smaller. I am also considering an Oliver and have done the comparison shopping and looking. I have not been able to see an Oliver yet, but just about everything else in its class. I am going to tow with a VW Jetta Wagon with a diesel. I have fabricated a hitch similar to the one sold in Europe for the car and put air assist bags in the rear. I have been "testing" this rig with the neighbors 21 foot boat and trailer. The boat weighs 400 pounds more than the Oliver. I am able to drive at 60 with no problems. The little car pulls the boat up grades without issue at highway speed but no real hills in my area to try.
MarkApril 6, 2008 at 11:53 am #13550
Mark, sounds like you have done the homework and are about ready to find an Oliver to look at !
Butcherknife and I went through the aproximate same process, except used our boat to tow to the lake a few times. We couldn’t find hardly anyone that was towing with a Jeep Wrangler at the time. We did however find two Jeepers on a couple of other forums, and they were towing the heavier Casita 17’s, so we began to feel more and more confident about the lighter Oliver.
The horse power and torque ratings were there so we went for it and havn’t looked back yet !
It seems to me that the higher torque at lower RPM of a diesel engine might be the ticket to smooth merging with the flow of traffic, when entering a busy interstate highway.
I would rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth 08' Oliver Legacy Elite HULL NUMBER 0003(sold)April 6, 2008 at 2:59 pm #13555
What state are you located in? Jim and I are going back to Tn for a week. Then we will be on the road again showing the "Oliver". We have several states in mind, and maybe yours is one of them!!
NorthwoodsApril 12, 2008 at 9:43 pm #13652
Ok, perhaps the power to weight ratio isn’t optimum, but it made the car happy!
For more on this odd-couple, go to:
Pete & "Bosker". TV - '18 F150 Super-cab Fx4; RV - "The Wonder Egg"; '08 Elite, Hull Number 014.
Travel blog of 1st 10 years' wanderings - http://www.peteandthewonderegg.blogspot.comApril 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm #13653
OK, Pete, if you can pull with the bugeye, we’re putting a hitch on the ’58 TR3… Wanna race??? I can see it now… 1st Oliver road rally… no tow vehicles from this century allowed, flatland course only… I doubt we can get factory sanction for this kind of rally, though…
(ok, we gotta finish the rebuild on the TR3…. first…) All jokes aside, the car is beautiful … so is the Oliver… what a great pair!)
Paul & Sherry
2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4
2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12June 23, 2008 at 12:04 am #14259
Our neighbor’s jeep has been a reliable tow vehicle for over 60 years…. Here’s how it looks hitched up to our Oliver….
1945 Jeep Willys & 08 Oliver Legacy Elite
No, we didn’t even take it around the block… but wouldn’t it look nice in the 4th of July parade? Thanks, Jim, it was a lot of fun!
2008 Ram 1500 4 × 4
2008 Oliver Elite, Hull #12June 23, 2008 at 12:56 pm #14261
With your Oliver painted khaki and camo, you’d have the first ever STEALTH Oliver!!
But mountainborn is probably slapping his forehead, saying "Why didn’t we think of that, Butcherknife?" !!!!!!!!!!
Chuck n Geri n Midget, Bobbie n Scotty in the ‘Dog House’!
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