Hello from Ottawa, ON

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Hello from Ottawa, ON

Postby JD and Beastlet [OP] » February 6th 2008, 12:51pm

Hmmm... thought I posted a hello message yesterday, but I don't see it.

Any road, here I am. We're campers and are currently towing our pop up trailer* with a 2006 Dodge Caravan. The Dodge is doing a fine job, but we don't push it with really long trips, and I'm thinking long-term. We're considering the switch to a used Astro/Safari, hoping to save a few thousand on the deal which we'll put in trust for the decrease in fuel economy (!)

I'm here to learn more about the Astro, its capabilities as a tow vehicle , its strengths and weaknesses and its long-term reliability... and whatever else might be relevant.

P.S. - Did something happen to this site? There don't seem to be a lot of messages.

*You can find us under the same alias on popupexplorer.com
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Re: Hello from Ottawa, ON

Postby 9dawgs » February 6th 2008, 2:37pm

Welcome JD, I know you'll find a lot of info here [Rule 21 Violation]. Sorry to hear about your caravan...just kidding. The Astro/Safari will tow just about anything you can hook up to it without a problem. I think when you make a purchase you will be pleasently suprised by it! Plus the AS is a lot more versatile than the caravan when it comes to mods.

About the site, yes this site has been re-born. The old site had many problems that were fixed with band-aids and eventually it just dropped dead. AstroAustin purchased the domain name and started this one back up. When the Ikonboard is datamined you'll be able to get to a lot of the old stuff (very useful). Hope you have fun here! :D
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Re: Hello from Ottawa, ON

Postby Astrogurl » February 6th 2008, 3:14pm

It was nice seeing you in chat yesterday.

As for towing, I believe I suggested a 2003 and newer van because of the all-disc brakes, which helps with stopping as well as installing electric brakes on your trailer. I believe you said you already had electric breaks, and if so, you'd do well with just about any tow vehicle as long as you aren't planning on doing over 65 mph while towing.

We have towed our 27 foot long camper with our van, which comes with the Tow/Haul feature. It is a very nice feature and saves wear and tear. A transmission cooler will also help to keep the transmission from facing destruction.

Hoping for pics. :)
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Re: Hello from Ottawa, ON

Postby JD and Beastlet [OP] » February 6th 2008, 9:01pm

Thanks for the welcome, folks.

Here's a pic of our van and trailer:

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Re: Hello from Ottawa, ON

Postby moboman » February 6th 2008, 10:26pm

The Astro rides more like a truck than your caravan.


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Re: Hello from Ottawa, ON

Postby JD and Beastlet [OP] » February 7th 2008, 9:18pm

moboman wrote:The Astro rides more like a truck than your caravan.

Welcome to the site!
Hi, and thanks. I know the Astro is more trucklike, but that's not a problem. I've driven them before and I like them - especially the visibility.
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Re: Hello from Ottawa, ON

Postby moboman » February 7th 2008, 10:13pm

I know I didnt really like the ride at first but after a while I realized how nice it was.

I just wanted to warn you, before you got one.
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Re: Hello from Ottawa, ON

Postby LS1AWD » February 19th 2008, 10:57pm

I'll say welcome to the site and by all means buy an Astro or Safari.

Having driven Mopar, Ford and GM vans, I prefer the Astro. I presently have a 94 Astro LT AWD that has had a few modifications done to it. Most of the information is on the old site, but how accessible it is I don't know. I installed an LS1 back in 2002 and a new style front end a couple of years ago and the old v6 power train is still taking the v8 power so that is an option should you find the AS short on towing power. You may have seen me around town towing a trailer with a 57 chev at some time or another. Welcome and don't be afraid to ask questions. They'll get answered.

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