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    Fleetwood towing options

    Hi, newbie here. I own a 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood and was wondering what can I do to make the car adequate for towing a 3000 pound camper trailer with dual axles and electric brakes? I'm planning on putting air bags in the rear springs and a hitch with torsion bars. Can the running gear handle the tow?
    Must I change the diff. axle ratio? I have the base Fleetwood model.
    The car does not have the towing package.
    I have some people telling me the car is fine. On the other hand, I get opposite feedback from others. Any experts out there?
    Thanks!

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    I personally wouldn't want to do it, but the stock Fleetwood should have no problem towing 3000lbs. The towing package could handle 7000lbs, and the only real upgrades were in a slightly stiffer suspension, a heavy duty cooling system and a different differential. The transmission and engine were vertically identical (the towing package may have used the mythical 4L60e-HD transmission, which was supposedly designed with stronger gear sets, but it's still the same gear box).

    One thing I would do is get a coolant and transmission temperature gauge. Towing a trailer is going to stress any dirveline, and you need to have something to monitor it.

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    I'm with Sven, get a gauge for the coolant, especially if you plan on doing this a lot or have to go up and down hills. Maybe get the expensive brake pads also.

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    If you do it, get a big external trans cooler too.

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    yeah you'll have no problem in the power department, but as all said, may want to do some extra cooling precautions. gauges and tranny cooler for sure.

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    Thanks guys, much appreciated. The car does have a stock outside trans cooler in front of the rad. Not adequate enough? Getting gauges is a good idea. Thanks! I plan on towing the trailer maybe 3-4 times a year. If I cannot use my Fleetwood, I'll either have to sell it, or hook up the trailer behind my '56 Deville. ...and selling my Fleetwood is not an option. I love the car too much!
    Will post some pics soon.

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    Yup, that's a wiser choice to keep your Fleetwood , you have got a gem

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    I have a detailed post on here from about 2006 or so that has everything the V4P Tow Package is.

    In a nutshell
    RPO V4P, 7000# towing = 3.42 gears, HD 4L60E (essentially what the TransGo 4L60E-HD2 has), 140 amp alternator and mech fan, larger cooling capacity, unique PCM Tune
    RPO V92, 5000# towing = 2.93 gears, std 4L60E, 140 amp alternator, and mech fan, possible larger cooling capacity
    std towing (2000 lbs?) = 2.93 gears or 2.56 gears (I really would avoid towing with 2.56's) and std electric fans

    Yes, electric fans are good, but mech has much much more capacity, it can draw on the full power of the LT1 to cool down the engine.

    And never tow in OD! Even with 3.42's. It isn't good at all on the 4L60.

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    Update. Got the tow bar installed, sensa-trac load adjuster shocks, heavy duty trans cooler. Next step, the diff ratio.
    Anyway, as I mentioned earlier that I'd post some pics...well here they are...
    Fleetwood FS.JPG
    Fleetwood-RS.JPG
    Fleetwood-int..JPG

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    That's nice

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    That car will tow 3000lbs like it is pulling a box of air. However, I'm not convinced that a dual axle trailer with electric brakes is only 3000lbs.

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    Quote Originally Posted by jayoldschool View Post
    That car will tow 3000lbs like it is pulling a box of air. However, I'm not convinced that a dual axle trailer with electric brakes is only 3000lbs.
    The trailer is 19ft. with the tongue included and the specs say it is 3079lbs.
    trailer-side.jpg

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    Alscad56 or anyone else - what hitch are you using. Does one look better than another or should I just go down to U-Haul?

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick James View Post
    Alscad56 or anyone else - what hitch are you using. Does one look better than another or should I just go down to U-Haul?
    I have a friend,who owns a bodyshop. He ordered my hitch bar through his company name so I would get a discount. Basically, I have a class II hitch, with a 2" opening, towing capacity: 3500lbs or 8000lbs with weight distribution, which I will use. Max. tongue weight: 800lbs
    The brand is "Draw-tite".It was easy to install. It came with all the hardware and instructions to install.

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    Re: Fleetwood towing options

    Thanks. Draw-tite was the one I was going to select. It's good to know it has an ease of installation.

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