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#1633326 - 12/08/08 10:17 AM Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic
nypacvpi Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
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Loc: Annandale, NY & York, PA
1998 Crown Victoria P71 here... Daily-driver with 100,000+ miles, a few mods and repairs/upgrades along the way...

What's my rated towing capacity, and how much trouble would it be to get a hitch (keeping in mind I have stock dual exhaust at this point, but would like to keep open the possibility of high-flow exhaust in the coming months)?

My car needs some parts, and I found a matching '98 CVPI for sale that's a parts-only, must-be-towed deal. Can a Vic tow a Vic? It'll need at least a half-trailer, right?
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#1633354 - 12/08/08 10:46 AM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: nypacvpi]
Bangster Offline

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Registered: 11/30/01
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Rated towing capacity is 2,000 pounds.

A hitch is easy to find, plenty of 2,000, 3,500 and 5,000 rated hitches for our cars.

I wouldn't tow another vehicle of like weight without using a trailer with brakes. I don't know if you can get a dolly with brakes or not. When I towed my 63 Falcon with my 82 F150 I used a dolly without brakes, it was no problem, but that was a 5,000 pound truck towing a 3,200 pound car, with a 351 and 3.73 gears, but with what I think are far poorer brakes than a 98+ car.
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#1633360 - 12/08/08 10:48 AM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: nypacvpi]
Fordiesel69 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/05
Posts: 3637
Loc: Erie, PA
Yes it can, you need a car dolly and you will need to unbolt the driveshaft so you do not burn up the tranny. In some states it is illegal, being your trailer & car will weight more than the tow vehicle. But physically the car will handle it fine. I have seen a lincon tow a CVPI very frequently at my aution. They use a real nice heavy duty dolly. If you rent from uhaul, do not tell them what you are hauling, they may not rent to you. Tell them its a ford escort. Also check your state regulations, it may be illegal.
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#1634091 - 12/09/08 08:16 AM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: Fordiesel69]
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You're fine, just don't drive like an idiot.
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#1634551 - 12/09/08 04:57 PM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: Jim_Rockford]
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#1634588 - 12/09/08 05:28 PM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: sharpeusn]
Kinger87 Offline
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I just hauled one about 2 hours from here, 94 towing a 98, pulled flawlessly. Just dont tell anyone what you're doin..lol. I actually pulled a whole trailer with a mustang on it before, she was saggin quite a bit, but pulled just fine. Bear in mind I do have 3.73's and such, but with a tow dolly it will be fine with any ratio for that matter.
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#1634597 - 12/09/08 05:35 PM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: Kinger87]
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Loc: Franklinville NY
I once towed a 1979 Chevy malibu with a 1988 Ford Escort lol.I turned the heater on high and hoped for the best.It towed the car just fine.
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#1634619 - 12/09/08 05:50 PM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: Jim_Rockford]
mustang_zulu Offline
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Registered: 04/16/08
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Loc: Garland, TX
 Originally Posted By: Jim_Rockford
You're fine, just don't drive like an idiot.


x3 with the dolly.... try not to drive on the highway if u can. but if u must. stay under 55 for sure with your hazards on... just take really easy and give urself a good 4 car cushin and brake early...


Edited by mustang_zulu (12/09/08 05:53 PM)
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#1634633 - 12/09/08 06:03 PM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: mustang_zulu]
lpp71 Offline
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I'd upgrade the springs and 4 brakes (high quality, and maybe custom rotors), but yes I've seen Crown Vics lugging Crown Vics.

I am told, the U-haul tow dollys aren't wide enough though, but I'm sure someone will correct me if thats not the case.
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#1634740 - 12/09/08 07:50 PM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: lpp71]
Fordiesel69 Offline
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Loc: Erie, PA
 Originally Posted By: lpp71
I'd upgrade the springs and 4 brakes (high quality, and maybe custom rotors), but yes I've seen Crown Vics lugging Crown Vics.

I am told, the U-haul tow dollys aren't wide enough though, but I'm sure someone will correct me if thats not the case.


Not sure on the u-haul dollys as the ones I have seen were custome made and were made just for this. Lincoln taxi;s picking up CVPI's to be turned into taxi;s. I do know the dolly I rented, a ford ranger did not fit on it. I had to get a full trailer.
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#1640135 - 12/16/08 12:45 PM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: Fordiesel69]
VictorCrown Offline
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Registered: 02/11/02
Posts: 214
Loc: Vermont
Had a U-Haul 3500lb rated hitch bolted onto the frame of my '93 with twin exhaust and towing package. No problem with the fit with the stock mufflers. Maybe the 5000lb hitches won't fit?

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#1641098 - 12/17/08 02:24 PM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: VictorCrown]
delzy Offline
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Registered: 05/16/06
Posts: 224
Loc: Billings, MT - The Last, Best ...
I've pulled 3000 lbs. with no problem. I'd pull 5000 if I had a reason to. I've installed air springs since this post of my setup:

http://www.crownvic.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=1436409#Post1436409
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#1641185 - 12/17/08 03:58 PM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: delzy]
82TA Offline
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Registered: 04/22/04
Posts: 1369
Loc: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
On my 2002, I installed a Class 3/4 Hitch, forget the name... maybe a hidden hitch?

The car handles it well. I even towed a 2,800 pound 1984 Porsche 944 from Orlando to Fort Lauderdale, that's about 230 miles I would say?

It was a little scary, but I towed it on a 2-wheel dolly.



Oh yeah, I too have dual exhaust, and it does not interfere. The hitch actually COMPLETELY tucks away under the rear bumper, and the only thing you actually see is the receiver "box" which tucks down under:







I also towed an Oldsmobile 455 big block, as well as some other motors, with a small trailer I got from Harbor Freight Tools.


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#1641191 - 12/17/08 04:04 PM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: 82TA]
RiceBurnt6 Offline
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Registered: 10/21/08
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Loc: SWMI
My car came with a weird looking hitch. I'm going to assume its for bike rack or something. Doesn't look like any of the Hitch's recommended above.


Edit: Its a Class 1


Edited by 01Intercepted (12/17/08 04:21 PM)
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#1648486 - 12/28/08 10:01 AM Re: Towing Capacity? Vic on Vic [Re: RiceBurnt6]
nypacvpi Offline
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Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 284
Loc: Annandale, NY & York, PA
So, judging by the pictures... I'm going to guess I can't possibly have both a hitch and a rear skid plate. Sound right? Looks like they both bolt to the same places...
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