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Old March 23rd, 2006, 10:43 PM   #1
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So, I am looking to purchase my first Pop-Up Camper. Probably a small used unit like Palomino Pony or Starlight 1701 - GVWR is under 1,500 for these trailers. I will tow with the 2004 GC 4x4 Laredo with 4.0L I-6 engine. No factory tow package. Class III hitch. Manual says towing capacity is 3,500.

I have talked to a local dealer who said I'd have no problems hauling such a PUP. Just hook it up and go. No trans cooler needed or brakes for the trailer.

I am wondering what you think?

Do you suggest a trans cooler?

Brakes on the pop-up?

Any suggestions or warnings?

Thanks in advance.
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 10:48 PM   #2
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trans cooler is always good, I do not think you would need it. I towed a Palamino with my 5 speed 2.5L YJ with no trouble. I towed a heavier pop up with my 2.8L S-10 with even less trouble (less drag from the aerodynamics of the tow vehicle) Our 3.8L buick station wagon pulled the heavier pop up easily, never knew it was back there. That was a 21' starcraft with full fridge, sink, porta potty and furnace, fiberglass beds and heavy canvas for winter camping.
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 10:57 PM   #3
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I have pulled my pop up with my GC with no prob what so ever , I do have the tow package .My pop up is a 12 ft and opens to a 24 ft.
I have pulled this with a aerostar, astro and venture also with no probs.

I will say make sure you sit level and not tongue up or down the trailer will sway if not level. My venture has adjustable air shocks and I have a drop hitch upside down to keep it level and it pulls like a dream . I would like to add MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT PULL IN OVERDRIVE , my aerostar pulled fine in od but it cost me a trans.

Good luck and have fun . Camping is great and really great when you dont sleep on the ground .
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I always put a cooler on...why not? They are cheap, easy to install and you don't need to worry anymore.
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You will be fine. A trans cooler is always a good idea, even if you don't tow.
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Should be fine, I towed a pop-up with a 00 XJ I6 no problem.
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It's a Chrysler transmission. Put a cooler on it...
Cooler < $100
Tranny > $2,000

Simple math.
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Good advice. Thanks.
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it will tow fine but i would always install a trans cooler.
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I will definitely install the trans. cooler. Great advice from everyone.

About the brakes, I looked at the spec sheets on a couple of models that I am interested in. All say "electric brakes are optional." So, can I assume that the unit is prepared to receive them and I can have my local RV dealer install them?
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yes the dealer will install them for you, but you dont need them with a gc.
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You have to trade your truck in for an H3. I hear they're tow monsters. Its the only answer.
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I will definitely install the trans. cooler. Great advice from everyone.

About the brakes, I looked at the spec sheets on a couple of models that I am interested in. All say "electric brakes are optional." So, can I assume that the unit is prepared to receive them and I can have my local RV dealer install them?
You shouldn't need trailer brakes for a trailer that small. Unless you are buying new and the dealer wants to give you a screaming deal on a set. You can always add them later if you feel you need them.
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In the overall scheme of things it is not a real big trailer. Should be able to hook on to it and go. Trans cooler would be OK if you want one. I personally would give consideration to the brakes. Your rig is certainly big enough to stop it but trailer brakes would help keep everything in line if you really have to stop. One option you won’t regret in case you really have to haul it down. Important to us ADD types.

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