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Old 09-17-2004, 03:55 PM
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Towing Capabilities?

I have access to a 2000 Astro Van that has a V6 engine in it. Would that be enough power to pull a 3500 pound boat and trailer? I tried the manual, but it doesn't specify. The hitch is rated for well over that amount, but I wanted to make sure it would not be to much for the van.

Anyone else tow with a V6?
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Old 09-17-2004, 03:56 PM
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I would be worried about the drivetrain more than the engine.
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Old 09-17-2004, 03:59 PM
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It has the tow/haul feature, and I could start in a low gear.

Basically, I will have to tow it from Northern Texas to Chicago, IL.

After that, it would only be short trips.
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Old 09-17-2004, 04:02 PM
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I have access to a 2000 Astro Van that has a V6 engine in it. Would that be enough power to pull a 3500 pound boat and trailer? I tried the manual, but it doesn't specify. The hitch is rated for well over that amount, but I wanted to make sure it would not be to much for the van.

Anyone else tow with a V6?
I pulled mine around with one of those for a while when I had the kids at the age you need one of those nerd wagons Sure wasn't good for it. Don't travel in any hilly country. Now I use a Dodge Cummins and go over the Rocky mountains like they aint there
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Old 09-17-2004, 04:05 PM
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My car is a 2002 Monte Carlo SS, but I don't think that would tow the boat!

MY MOM has a van, and I could use that to tow the boat if needed.

I really don't want to trade in my nice sports car for a truck right now.
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It looks like it will handle it. It's not a diesel, but...
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Overview
Introduction

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While most minivans are based on car platforms, the Chevy Astro is very much a truck. The Astro Cargo Van has been very popular with fleet operators since its introduction in 1985. Astro has one of the most powerful engines in its class, and the maximum towing capacity of 6000 lbs. is also highest in its class. Astro is unique among minivans with its optional rear "Dutch Doors," which combine a full liftgate window with split-panel hinged doors below.
New for 2000

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The 2000 Chevrolet Astro features a number of improvements, including a new plastic fuel tank with a capacity of approximately 27 gallons; quieter operation for the Vortec V6; a new standard tow/haul switch for improved transmission operation when towing or hauling; an improved anti-lock brake system (ABS); and an optional remote keyless entry system with panic alarm.
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Old 09-17-2004, 04:11 PM
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Thats a relief, I bet the gas mileage is going to be horrible.
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I bet the gas mileage is going to be horrible.
I'de say your right...
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I have access to a 2000 Astro Van that has a V6 engine in it. Would that be enough power to pull a 3500 pound boat and trailer? I tried the manual, but it doesn't specify. The hitch is rated for well over that amount, but I wanted to make sure it would not be to much for the van.

Anyone else tow with a V6?
I pull my MC with a s10 with the same v6. my in-laws pulled there 19ft. I/O with an astro. It'll struggle at times, but it'll do fine.
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Old 09-17-2004, 06:23 PM
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H20skeefreek,

I agree with you. Before we bought our 2500HD, we pulled our BF200 (which is definitley lighter) with a 94 blazer (with the Vortec 4300 V6) for a long time and we got 180k out of the truck with no trans problems. Unless you drive the truck/van hard, you can probably get away with making the trip. Just remember it's not a V8 and don't expect it to perform that way.

The drive from Texas will just take a lot of patience and alot of understanding as to what the trans is doing. I would only recommend it if you had to do it.
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