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Old 03-05-2010, 11:29 AM   #15
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Correct about the Buick rear overhang plus the annoying placement of the gas filler pipe...behind the license plate in the center of the bumper! I've had to have a beefy hitch made and a longer shank as to get the gas pump hose to clear the trailer tongue . This requires 1000# WDH bars. All this works well for us. Oh, the sacrifice . We ARE living 'the life'!
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Here are '1000s of words' to support Road Ruler's and my posts.
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Old 03-05-2010, 11:55 AM   #16
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Nice setup Neil! I think I could become quite jealous...

Ok, this all started out as a joke. Thought process and words were something like this: Gee, the Excursion V-10 is ~315 HP. Muffin (my 05 GT) is ~310 HP (slightly modified intake and exhaust on both to increase airflow). So, if the truck can tow 9600 lbs, why can't Muffin tow 7,500 lbs? One of those things I keep teasing Kay about. Certainly not a serious thought - putting a 7,000 pound 31' trailer behind my little 'Stang. To make matter worse, Muffin is a stick. So the clutch would probably burn out in a few thousand miles.

When I was reading the new Airstream Life, I started laughing when I saw the picture of the Mustang hitched up to an AS. Just the "proof" I needed to show Kay that it "can be done!" Of course, there was no information in the article about what type of Mustang or Airstream was in the picture, but I figured it must be a much smaller AS than we have.

Anyway, this has been a treat to read all the responses and other threads we were pointed too.

To help ensure we keep a happy marriage - it ain't gonna happen, so stop fretting over it.

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Old 03-05-2010, 12:18 PM   #17
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To help ensure we keep a happy marriage - it ain't gonna happen, so stop fretting over it.

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You could always buy a second, smaller trailer for Mustang-towing duty...

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Old 03-05-2010, 12:45 PM   #18
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NOW that's a great lookin outfit. Of course Im prediuce I love ole cars and anything antique.
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:50 PM   #19
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Said one silver bullet to another... "Who needs a Mustang?"
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Old 03-05-2010, 01:57 PM   #20
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I think Andy in Ontario did this one, the owners were pleased as all get out.
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and what kind of car is that? I don't recognize it...
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Old 03-05-2010, 02:10 PM   #22
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and what kind of car is that? I don't recognize it...
A Buick "Enclave" with all-wheel drive. The secret, as I understood, was a hell-for-stout custom reciever with a Hensley hitch.
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Oh, ok. just didn't recognize it. I thought that was a Buick grill, but its hard to make out.
Yeah, he's mentioned that vehicle a few times.
I'd hope that the hensley isn't an absolute "requirement", though. maybe only if your trailer is "extra large"?
nothing against ha-ha's...they're just wicked expensive.

I also wonder what exactly needs to be done to the receiver?
I'd seriously consider it, if it could plow my driveway...which depends on whether or not my plow manufacturer will make a frame-mount for it.
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I also wonder what exactly needs to be done to the receiver?
I'm not a trailer guy, but the receiver went way back into the center of the frame, making the rig itself a reciever, it seemed. Beautifull workmanship!
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Something similar, although less extensive, was done to the hitch on my Odyssey. Part of the reason for that is that it's hard to build a stout simple-bolt-on accessory hitch for the van. You need a wide hitch to span the well in the floorpan across the back into which the third row seat folds, complicating its rigidity and mounting.

Given the Enclave has a similar seating setup in the back, I'd assume that plays a part.

When my van dies, I've very tempted to go to an Enclave/Acadia for towing. I've driven them a lot and find them much more comfortable and enjoyable (and dynamically better) than truck-based alternatives.

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They owner said he'd had no sway problems at all. She did heat up and was a little slow on steep hills, but hey, our mo/ho does the same.
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Ok, this all started out as a joke. Thought process and words were something like this: Gee, the Excursion V-10 is ~315 HP. Muffin (my 05 GT) is ~310 HP (slightly modified intake and exhaust on both to increase airflow). So, if the truck can tow 9600 lbs, why can't Muffin tow 7,500 lbs? One of those things I keep teasing Kay about. Certainly not a serious thought - putting a 7,000 pound 31' trailer behind my little 'Stang. To make matter worse, Muffin is a stick. So the clutch would probably burn out in a few thousand miles.

When I was reading the new Airstream Life, I started laughing when I saw the picture of the Mustang hitched up to an AS. Just the "proof" I needed to show Kay that it "can be done!" Of course, there was no information in the article about what type of Mustang or Airstream was in the picture, but I figured it must be a much smaller AS than we have.
Andy Thomson was on here a few months ago - he was towing a 23', I think, with a V6 Mustang automatic. He and his wife took a vacation with it late last year.

I'm pulling my old Overlander with a Volvo sedan with a 5 speed manual. Andy's people set the car up. It's utterly stable with the hitch set up correctly. No, it's not a Hensley. Yes, gcvw is about 9300 lbs. Yes, clutch slip concerns me when starting on a grade. However, the car has 105,000 miles on it now, about 17,000 towing, and the clutch is still fine. I keep wondering - will this year be the year I need a new clutch? - but so far so good. And I don't worry about transmission heat. So would I tow with a V8 Mustang? Absolutely! Should be a breeze. Just avoid backing into tight spots. That's the worst thing you can do to the clutch.
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I keep wondering - will this year be the year I need a new clutch? - but so far so good. And I don't worry about transmission heat.
It will be interesting Albert to see just how much mileage you do get out of the Volvo clutch. I recall getting 3 to 4 years out of the 70 AMX clutch I had back in the early 70's and that car spent a lot of time in abuse mode at the drag strip.

With the modern technology and materials we may be surprised at how long your clutch lasts even with the towing duties.
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