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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

New tow vehicle!

Tomorrow we hitch up and hit the road again, and it's about time! We've killed the grass at Whispering Pines long enough.

We'll be heading to Quebec for the Region 1 Rally. But this will be a special occasion for more than that. We took delivery this week of a new tow vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Armada.

With the factory "Big Tow Package", this beastie is rated for 9200 lbs. We don't need that kind of brawn to tow Vintage Thunder, of course. The Argosy has been happily sailing along behind our '03 Honda Pilot since February.

But we will be using the extra beef of the Armada for our next project, which will be revealed in September. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how the Armada handles the 4500-lb Argosy.

Here's the specs on the Armada:

5.6 liter V8
305 peak hp
379-lb-ft torque
9200 lb tow rating with the factory "Big Tow" kit
wheelbase: 123.2 inches
seating for eight



Hitting the road tomorrow a.m. I'd promise daily posts from the rally but without good Internet access it'll be spotty. I'll do what I can.

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