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Old 02-23-2010, 12:07 PM   #1
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Towing with a Rolls Royce

For laughs I have been looking at ads for Rolls Royce cars. There are some great buys out there if you look at models from the 80s and 90s.

Here is a typical example, a 1987 Silver Spirit sedan with 57000 miles on it for only $21500. There are other examples on offer for $15000 or even less.

Rolls Royce 1987 Silver Spirit--GORGEOUS! 57,000 miles

This is a heavy powerful V8 car that should handle any Airstream with ease.

So what do you think? Has anyone ever towed their Airstream with a Rolls?
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:35 PM   #2
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Extreme quiet and comfort.

Doesn't get much better than that for cruising the roadways.

Since I enjoy driving and towing the bullet I would pass on the idea of a chauffeur.

That Rolls is one beautiful piece of craftsmanship!

PS... Back in high school our chemistry teacher owned and drove a Rolls to school.


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That sure is a pretty motor, and even at US gas prices it's gonna be costing a fortune to move.
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I understand it will burn a lot of gas but let's be reasonable. Weight requires power to move it. If you want to tow a 31 foot trailer that weighs 5000 pounds or more you need a suitable tow vehicle.

The Rolls Royce is comparable in size, weight and power to the large American cars (that are no longer being made) used to tow Airstreams in the 50s and 60s.

Also similar in size to the Suburbans and pickup trucks used these days.

Do you know what kind of mileage the Rolls Royce gets? I assume it would compare to American vehicles of similar size and weight, 15 to 18 MPG when towing.
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This 2006 gets 13 MPG combined and weighs 5,577lbs.
Engine: V12, 450HP/530TQ
Wheelbase 140 inches.

If that silver beauty doesn't look good leading and Airstream nothing does.

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OK you have my attention! I love that silver beauty! It could even tow my Argosy and I would not complain. LOL

I was in Real Estate in the early 80s in South Florida. I was just trying out the industry just as interest rates went from 16% to 14%. I shared an office desk with another Real Estate agent, a woman of "means" and high end clients in the office. She spent on day ordering her Rolls. It would be fun to own one. [smile]
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An associate of mine is planning to do the same thing as soon as he gets his Airstream (he already has the Rolls). I've talked to a few Rolls Royce owners, and uniformly they say:

-- If you have to ask about the fuel economy you can't afford it. 15-18 towing? Not a chance. Most of these cars don't even get that when they are solo.

-- Maintenance is a huge expense and there are few people capable of doing it. Specialized tools are often required. Have a fully-equipped Rolls mechanic picked out before you buy, and do plenty of research in advance.

-- It's all about the bling. A 1980s-era Rolls isn't better than a current model tow vehicle, but you sure will get a lot of attention!

-- Don't expect to find a tow hitch that will fit the car off-the-shelf. Do you have a custom hitch installer that can fabricate one for you?

This isn't to dissuade you. I think you'd have a helluva sparkly combo. Just go in with your eyes wide open.
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Would a Rolls pickup work better?

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...Do you know what kind of mileage the Rolls Royce gets? I assume it would compare to American vehicles of similar size and weight, 15 to 18 MPG when towing.
If it's anything like the '89 XJS I abandoned in Monterey (5.7 V12), you can count on 10MPG.

I'll stick to American cars....less electrical problems, unless the Brits have solved that problem with their cars.
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how does a Jag compare....

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It Doesn't

While mine may have had the engine power, it only had a TH350 transmission (stock item, BTW) backing it up, and I defintely wouldn't have wanted to try and tow with it...I don't think the rear gears were very stout either. My XJS had the Lucas ignition system and it had a nasty habit of throwing out sparks every so often (a common problem for those models)...not a good thing, especially when it was so close to the fuel rail (the Magneti Marelli ignition supposedly solved that problem). My water pump leaked sporadically too. Oh yeah, the fuel tank had a hole in it, caused by rubbing on a rivet, which protruded through the trunk from the underside.

Maybe Jags got better, after Ford bought them, I dunno, but I wouldn't own another....mine was still sitting where I abandoned it, in Monterey, as of 2006.

I don't know if that pic is of your rig, but I'd be mighty worried if I had to brake suddenly.
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Maybe a bit of Ol school is in order..

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I actually looked in to buying an extremely clean 1988 RR with a bad engine for less than $10,000. Did some online digging and found a guy in Ohio that would install a 350/400R Chevy and dump the hydraulic suspension for $18,000. Very tempting.
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