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Old 05-13-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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Can I tow a 1977 overlander with a 1996 Cadillac brougham without the special tow package?
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Old 05-13-2011, 05:02 PM   #2
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We towed a 1966 Overlander with a 1975 Ford Custom 500 that had a 400cid small block V8. It did not come with a tow package and we did a number of upgrades to the vehicle.

When you say that your Caddy doesn't have a tow package, you must assess what a tow package may include:
1) tranny cooler
2) oil cooler
3) greater capacity/chambered radiator/electronic fan for cooling.
4) upgraded shocks/airbags
5) wiring for trailer lights/brakes
6) brake controller
7) hitch receiver

With our 75 Ford, we basically did all of the above except for #4. We did use an equilizer hitch with anti-sway.

Your car's braking capacity is another consideration - if the trailer brakes fail, could your car cope with the extra weight in that emergency.

You can probably tow anything - these upgrades add to the enjoyment & success of the experience!
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Well the package adds the hitch transmission cooling upgrade and a more ridged suspension. And the wording harness. I have a blacksmith that will upgrade the hitch for me!
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Well the package adds the hitch transmission cooling upgrade and a more ridged suspension. And the wording harness. I have a blacksmith that will upgrade the hitch for me!
All these can be added.
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