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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-21-2002, 02:58 PM
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Using a Grand Waggy for a tow rig?

Is anyone here using their Grand Waggy's for a tow rig? If so, how much are you pulling and how long is the load? The reason I ask is because I have a chance to pick up a '78 Grand for ~$1200. I'm currently building a '56 CJ-5 for trail duties, and I'd like to use the Grand for the tow/recovery rig. I plan on buying an 18' car hauler (tandem axle of course) for taking the '56/ATV's to the farther away trails. I like the width of the Grand (compared to a 'burb) for recovery purposes, but I'm concerned about the shorter wheelbase. The J-truck won't work because I need room for my kids. If the wheelbase isn't an issue, I'd like to upgrade the suspension to a 4" lift to clear 33's and maybe put some helper springs (or air bags) on the back to help with tongue weight squat. Any thought's or suggestions? Thanks... Bret

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-26-2002, 04:46 AM
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Re: Using a Grand Waggy for a tow rig?

I've used my '85 as a tow rig with a tandem axle trailer, but only to haul my wife's eclipse. It did a nice job. I've also used my wag to pull a F*rd F-350 4x4 turbo diesel dually up a gooseneck trailer. It did that too. If it has the factory tow package, there are a list of ratings in the owner's manual. Biggest prob I would see is the factory wag sag we are all plagued with. You'd probably have to get some add-a-leafs or air bags to distribute the load. I'd also look at the rear disc conversion for the D44 (can be had for around $200 on e-bay) and putting an electric brake kit on.

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Re: Using a Grand Waggy for a tow rig?

I've used my 89 GW to trailer a 52 Chevy about 400 miles. No problemo. I also use it around the "farm" as a sometime "tractor" for dragging heavy items like downed trees or a 200 gallon concrete stock tank. Don't know how much that weighed but without wheels, it put up a fight. The GW had no problem there either.
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Re: Using a Grand Waggy for a tow rig?

I used mine for my camper and race car with no problems. If you have an auto go for a heavy duty trans cooler and maybe some helper springs if the tongue weight is high.
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Re: Using a Grand Waggy for a tow rig?

The main reason we bought our initially was as a tow rig. Used it for a 35ft tandem axle travel trailer for two years. Towed it all over the Cascades in Washington with little no no problem.

Make sure you have at least the factory tow package to help keep things cool.

Waggy Sag is an annouyance. I used a weight distribution hitch and rode it real tight. Actually lifted the rear a bit with it when we towed.

We'de tow out trailer (including a full tank of water - 50 gal), load the back of the Waggy with fire wood, toss 3 kids in the back w/thier three bikes strapped to the top and away we went...

Should have no problems.

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