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Old 07-19-2016, 08:41 PM   #29
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Try one of the Cadillac forums or as a last resort a want ad in Hemmings Motor News. I think a factory hitch would be much better looking . I'm looking for a hitch for my 1970 Cutlass wagon but have not had time to really go after one as I'm in the middle of building a new house .
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Old 07-23-2016, 07:42 AM   #30
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Having trouble finding hitch

Greetings Allegroman!

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My problem is finding a hitch. Every place I have looked, they say I need a custom hitch. Then when I ask, where there is a local company, no one knows anyone. The only place I have been able to find is a company in Ontario, Canada, but that is a long way from Fort Worth, Texas. Has anyone had a similar problem, and if so,, what recommendation might you offer.

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I was in a similar situation a few years ago with my 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible. Tried RV dealerships galore, places advertised as hitch specialty shops, and various hitch manufacturers representatives with no luck. I was about to give up when I visited a nearby farm implement shop -- they had a welder with years of hitch building experience and he built a custom receiver hitch from Reese parts that looks factory while being less obvious than the typical bolt-on hitches. The photo below shows the hitch set-up and ready for its first 2,000 mile tour:



Had I not been able to find the farm implement shop that was willing to do the work, friends in the Kansas oil fields suggested that an oil field service company may also have a welder experienced in hitch building.

Good luck with your search for a proper hitch!

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Old 07-24-2016, 05:22 PM   #31
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Greetings Allegroman!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Airstreaming!



I was in a similar situation a few years ago with my 1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible. Tried RV dealerships galore, places advertised as hitch specialty shops, and various hitch manufacturers representatives with no luck. I was about to give up when I visited a nearby farm implement shop -- they had a welder with years of hitch building experience and he built a custom receiver hitch from Reese parts that looks factory while being less obvious than the typical bolt-on hitches. The photo below shows the hitch set-up and ready for its first 2,000 mile tour:



Had I not been able to find the farm implement shop that was willing to do the work, friends in the Kansas oil fields suggested that an oil field service company may also have a welder experienced in hitch building.

Good luck with your search for a proper hitch!

Kevin
Thanks so much for your help. Since you have had experience using your Cadillac to tow, I have a few questions for you. I assume your Eldorado had the Cadillac 500 engine, so it had little problems moving itself and the trailer down the road. Did you complete any rear suspension modifications to accommodate the hitch weight, or did you leave the rear air suspension/coil springs as it came from the manufacturer? If you did leave the suspension as is, did you experience any issues with the air level system overworking or malfunctioning due to the increased tongue weight? With your trailer attached and your equalizer properly set up, did the car ride level or did it have a tendency for the rear of the car to squat? Also, did you make changes to the type rear tires (as in higher capacity load) you used, once you set up the car to tow?

Regarding the actual frabrication of the hitch, I am afraid you may be correct...most likely I will need to find a welder with hitch experience. You mention that your guy used Reese parts. Did you actually purchase a type III Reese hitch and then have him modify it? It sounds from your description that he didn't simply bolt it on, but possibly welded the hitch to the frame. Is this accurate? I can see where this would add addition strength to the hitch if done properly.

Thanks again for your thoughtful help. In the end, did your car perform as expected and to your satisfaction? In essence, the drivetrain you used could easily stack up against a 1/2 ton pickup of the day. Actually, it probably exceeded it, since that 500 engine developed so much low end torque. :-)
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I once bought and had installed a hitch on a small pickup at uhaul. Took them 4 hours for the job. Got home and found that they had only installed half the mounting bolts and had buggered up most the other bolts by forcing them into the wrong holes and cross threading the threads using air tools. Went back to the store and had them remove the hitch and got a refund. Bought a replacement from the old original JC Whitney. Once delivered took less than an hour to install at 1/3 the uhaul price. I do not blame uhaul just the idiots at my local one.
Similar experience - used a U-haul shop near work and it was hanging free after the first tow. Local shop installed it correctly and made it right. Not all their folks are qualified to do the work they attempt. Only use a shop that you know does a lot of hitch work.

Since you are towing a treasure, I'd have it welded. If it's good enough for the long long yellow trailer, you cant go wrong.

Travel safe. Pat
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It's been a while, but I wanted to give an update. After all the research and coming up empty handed trying to find local artisans to build a custom hitch, I bit the bullet and traveled to London, Ontario, Canada to have Can Am RV do their magic. It was very much worth the 5-day round trip. I was able to talk with Andy at length about towing issues, including suspension and rear end set up. The custom hitch uses some 60 pounds of steel and a combination of bolts and welds. Their shop had done hundreds of similar set ups back in the day, so it was nice to draw upon this vast knowledge to ensure that my hitch would work well. The shop also installed a new trailer brake dash module and wired the vehicle for a 7-pin plug, which is stored in the trunk when not in use. This makes the receiving hitch look less cluttered. I insert a billeted aluminum hitch plug with the script word "Cadillac" when not towing. It really dresses up the receiving hitch a great deal.

Thanks again for the many helpful suggestions as I sought out the best plan of action. Today, the car is getting its rear end rebuilt...new Alloy higher strength axles, Eaton Detroit trutrac differential, 3.42 ring and pinion final drive, super duty Moog U-joint, and a B&M aluminum finned differential cover. In addition, the transmission is receiving a new heavy duty oil cooler. Once this is done, the car is ready for towing. The optional final step may be rebuilding the engine so that horsepower and torque are both in the 350 range, but I may wait a bit before moving ahead on this idea.
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