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Old 02-14-2007, 06:29 AM   #1
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If anyone knows. what is the maximum safe towing weight of a crown vic? Not talking about the hitch class, just how much the car can safely handle...say with a class 4 hitch
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they are rated at 2000 with towing package and 1000 with out towing package...

the PI prob has the towing package....


but if ya ask me thats way under rated...
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yeah, thats what i thought, i mean those are some big frames and it runs a truck engine. i'm betting it would be good up to 5000 with weight dist.

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the trick is to center the load over the trailers' axles. I pulled a fully loaded chevy van with my chevette; )
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I'm not real familier with the CVIP in specific, but I think most cars are rated to 1000lbs. Its probably not so much that the motor cant do it; it will be more the trans, drivetrain, rear suspension and brakes that will need to be watched.
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what are you looking to tow?
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the towing load may be lower due to other things the car may lack (i.e. an suitable braking system) even if the frame and motor can handle it)
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I think it has more to do with rear suspension and brakes. CVPI'* are heavy cars, and they tend to experience brake fade much like our bonnevilles. Ask any cop, most complaints about their cars because of pursuits would not be about them being a dog, but brake fade.
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interested in towing about the weight of an ssei, say maybe 3800-4000lbs plus trailer weight. Brakes would be an issue i guess. But I suppose being extra careful and keeping distance might be doable, but theres always emergencies. So full trailer weight might be around 4800lbs. Think a crown vic could handle it?
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I think it has more to do with rear suspension and brakes. CVPI'* are heavy cars, and they tend to experience brake fade much like our bonnevilles. Ask any cop, most complaints about their cars because of pursuits would not be about them being a dog, but brake fade.
that is my concern too, brakes. i figure if the engine dont overheat, the tranny dont overheat, and the brakes can safely stop the car in a reasonable distance, then go for it.
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