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Old 09-13-2015, 02:15 PM   #1
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5th wheel and tow Cars

Ok so I see that used 5th. wheel trailers are affordable. I have a chance to buy a 1981 with 2 axles. If I beef up my springs,tire weight capacity, bigger rear disk brakes,1,25 swaybar,oil cooler, bigger radiator, on my 1988 town car with a 5.0, and overdrive trans why can't I mount a receiver near the back window or even on top with the extra support it needs and pull this beast. The car is big heavy comfortable and my daily driver now.
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Bob,

I would be concerned with stopping as much as going. Your town car could have a hitch put on it, and pull approx. 1 ton and adding a break controller wold help with stopping. Good luck.
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Old 09-13-2015, 06:43 PM   #3
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Really ??????
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Really ??????
X2; Welcome to iRV2. both 99-Am.Star and I hope you're kidding.

Check your owners manual for a tow weight rating, if there is one at all.
I'll bet the rating, would be 4,000 lbs, and every pound you add to the weight of the car would have to be deducted from that tow weight.
Personally I predict an early transmission failure; like on the first hill.

There is a very good reason why they tow 5ers with trucks.
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Could you modify your Town Car to safely tow the 5th wheel, probably. Could you do it cost effectively, no!. By the time you add the mods mentioned plus upgrading the front disk brakes, reinforcing the body to take the 5th wheel hitch, bigger trans cooler, etc. you will be over the cost of just buying pickup that is already set up to tow the weight.
It just doesn't make any sense.
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Like others say, I'd suggest not doing that but getting a vehicle capable of carrying the weight or better yet get a trailer light enough to tow behind your 88 town car.
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It would be an interesting product if you did it correctly to bring the car up to the specs to tow a 5er. Interesting = EXPENSIVE

I think there are a number of folks out there who could give you good advice on the changes to create a Lincoln that would safely tow a 5er.

If you decided to go ahead please start a thread so we can follow your progress. I would be most interested in seeing the conversion.
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First post, wants to tow a 5th wheel with an '88 Town Car...sounds like a troll.
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I don't think you mentioned taking it all the way to the frame. Be interesting to see how far you get before the car and frame separate.

BTW there is a video of a VW hooked up this way to a fifth wheel. Really funny.
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Just one other thing no one mentioned.... The frame will have to be reinforced to handle the pin weight........
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Check if legal ,not many states allow that.
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It would be interesting to take a cadillac body and put it on a truck frame. Possibly a dually.
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Three things
1. I always wanted to put a classic RR or Bentley on a truck frame so you would have the comfort and pizzazz with a reasonable repair regimen.
2. I am not surprised that some states would limit pull vehicles.
3. In 1971 I built a way cool house on wheels on a aluminum sunbeam bread truck body. Cruised the west coast beaches, Rocky Mountain Park, Boulder,Chicago, Nashville. Guaranteed to empty a bar or restaurant if you pulled up outside. Picked up many traveling companions along the way who just dropped what they were doing and climbed aboard. Are you still looking for your daughter.
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I echo everyone else here...serious?...lot of modifications to the car, tranny, suspension, etc...expensive. Will you be able to change the doorjamb sticker legally? If you do it, make sure to update the thread with pictures!
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I built a way cool house on wheels on a aluminum sunbeam bread truck body. Cruised the west coast beaches, Rocky Mountain Park, Boulder,Chicago, Nashville.
You must of taken pictures. Lets see the cool house on wheels amongst the scenic memories!
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