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Old 01-08-2006, 03:33 PM   #1
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I need some advise on the best way to sell my rig, separate or together. My tow vehicle is a 1969 Cadillac convertable, good shape, 64k, 1200 miles on fresh rebuild on both motor and tranny. The tranny (tb400)is beefed for towing. The motor has approx 450hp. This combination pulls my 1974 31 footer with ease. My question is does anybody think there would be any interest in this set up and is spring a better time to sell?

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Old 01-08-2006, 06:33 PM   #2
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Convertible cadillac a hard sell as a tow vehicle....

I have never seen a cadillac tow a travel trailer. That said, I don't think many people would be comfortable towing a 31 foot Airstream with it.....
Springtime is always a good time to sell, but i would try the Cadillac on craigslist and the Airstream in the classifieds of Airstream Forums.
Good luck!
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Old 01-08-2006, 06:49 PM   #3
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When the Olds Toronado appeared in '66 I remember Eze-Lift taking the rear end out of one and towing a trailer across Canada to show dealers that their hitch worked so well on a front wheel drive car you didn't even need the rearend. That said, don't see too many towing.

From a perspective of getting the best value for your two units offering them as a unit or individually will get your a broader audience. You need to think about the impact of having the car sell before the trailer though and what that might create for issues. You may want to make sure the trailer is sold and paid for, then sell the caddy if the trailer buyer does not want it as well.

It has been my experience in the past that spring seems to be the better time to sell things automotive/RV related. People can see several months of holiday and fun in the sun summer use ahead of them before they have to deal with winter storage issues. Good luck, and sad to see you selling your rig but all things have their time.
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Old 01-10-2006, 01:56 PM   #4
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I live just a few miles north of Northfield and manage the web sites for the minnesota WBCCI. I could list it on the club site bulliten board for you. there is no cost, or you can list it on the airstreamforums for sale portal also.

There are a few local folks looking for rigs.
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Old 01-10-2006, 03:21 PM   #5
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I have never seen a cadillac tow a travel trailer. That said, I don't think many people would be comfortable towing a 31 foot Airstream with it.....
Springtime is always a good time to sell, but i would try the Cadillac on craigslist and the Airstream in the classifieds of Airstream Forums.
Good luck!
Jim,

Kevin Allen, on this forum, tows with a Cadillac Eldorado from time to time. We towed the 1954 Double Door 29' Liner from Tampa to So Cal with the 1977 Lincoln and it was quite comfortable.

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Old 01-10-2006, 03:41 PM   #6
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Cadillac used to be THE vehicle for towing Airstreams. What got me going on the whole Airstream thing was my piano teacher - who always used to say the beds in his Airstream were more comfortable than his beds at home.

I remember his beautiful 56 and 67 yellow convertibles - that was the way to go.....

69 was a great year for Cadillac - last of the big ones if I remember correctly - convertible - would love to have that one....

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Old 01-10-2006, 04:14 PM   #7
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I listed a trailer tow combination in here with a price for each unit and a together price with discount. There is no way of telling which is the best way to go. May people buying for the first time will need a tow and this is a good way to get started. I would suggest listing it in here as I did. If you really want to unload the unit in a hurry then go on ebay.
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I think one of the Overlander64s (username) tows with an Eldorado convertable.
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I think one of the Overlander64s (username) tows with an Eldorado convertable.
That would be Kevin Allen.

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The '69 or '70 DeVille Convertible would be my tow car of choice -- I bought the Eldorado prior to the Airstream so pressed it into service since it had adequate trailer tow rating. It would be MUCH easier to tow with the the DeVille as it is rear wheel drive and more easily modified for towing duties. Another plus for the DeVille is a wheel size/offset that is still readily available through aftermarket sources -- finding an OEM/NOS/NORS wheel for the '66-'78 Eldorado/Tornado twins is virtually impossible and used ones are nearly alwas bent such that they won't run true.

Both the DeVilles and Eldorados of this era had strong frames, and the only problem that I have exprienced relating to towing with my Eldorado is clearance issues with the aftermarket tire/wheel combination that I resorted to when I couldn't find a set of OEM wheels that could be properly balanced. The Eldorado's 2.70 final drive is maxxed-out with my 6,100 pound Overlander, but the Overlander is also at the top of the Eldorado's tow rating -- it does perform quite well with the Minuet (only 3,100 pounds).

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Old 01-13-2006, 06:48 PM   #11
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That is a cool rig!!! There is no better way to go on vacation than with the roof down...

I would attach a picture but i have tried but can't figure it out.



The '69 or '70 DeVille Convertible would be my tow car of choice -- I bought the Eldorado prior to the Airstream so pressed it into service since it had adequate trailer tow rating. It would be MUCH easier to tow with the the DeVille as it is rear wheel drive and more easily modified for towing duties. Another plus for the DeVille is a wheel size/offset that is still readily available through aftermarket sources -- finding an OEM/NOS/NORS wheel for the '66-'78 Eldorado/Tornado twins is virtually impossible and used ones are nearly alwas bent such that they won't run true.

Both the DeVilles and Eldorados of this era had strong frames, and the only problem that I have exprienced relating to towing with my Eldorado is clearance issues with the aftermarket tire/wheel combination that I resorted to when I couldn't find a set of OEM wheels that could be properly balanced. The Eldorado's 2.70 final drive is maxxed-out with my 6,100 pound Overlander, but the Overlander is also at the top of the Eldorado's tow rating -- it does perform quite well with the Minuet (only 3,100 pounds).

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Old 01-13-2006, 06:53 PM   #12
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Thank you, I will keep your info in case I have to sell.
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:02 PM   #13
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Must not have had an Airstream long.
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Old 01-13-2006, 07:08 PM   #14
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Ken...thank you.
Most people think I'm crazy.
Growing up I have my fondest memories of traveling the country with my 10 brothers and sisters in a 1966 Cadillac limo towing an Airstream.
Some people just don't understand.
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