The other day as I was approaching a junkyard I passed someone on the shoulder making adjustments to a load on a trailer. Upon leaving the junkyard some time later, I was delighted to see that same someone stopped in the same parking lot I was in and I decided to snap a few shots as something struck me about it. Later that evening after doing a little math I realized that something was more than just a little off.
Let’s take a closer look at what’s here. It’s hard to figure out the exact year of these Chevy Express vans but zooming in verified that it is a 3500 model, the heaviest duty normal van on offer, sold since 1996 and still sold today. It has been converted to a living room on wheels some time back by the Explorer Van Company, based in Warsaw, Indiana, ground central for conversion vans.
Clearly it’s not a brand new van but if it was then the largest engine on offer is Chevy’s new 6.6liter V8, and in the van’s case would be limited to a trailer weight of 10,000 pounds if it was a bare bones cargo van. However it’s much more likely that at most the van has the 6.0liter in which case it would have a trailer rating of 7,400 pounds.. Possibly it has the 4.8liter V8 in which case the tow rating would be around 6,000 pounds, again figured for an empty cargo van in peak mechanical condition. It could also have the 5.3liter V8 if it was an early post-facelift model.
That trailer is about 40′ in length and likely weighs at least 4,000 pounds. The Impala is another 3,500 pounds or so, the Honda Odyssey around 4,500 and the Mitsubishi Lancer a conservative 3,000. That adds up to 15,000 pounds and as we can see the man is loading more metal into the Impala (doors in this case) so who knows the actual weight. For reference the Silverado 2500HD as reviewed this week can legally tow 12,000 pounds conventionally.
I was able to snag some video as this rig was leaving while I was behind him waiting to negotiate the corner in the lot. (turn down your volume to avoid my tunes…)