MrEarl

Towing Trailers With '50's Buick's, Who's Done It

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10 hours ago, MrEarl said:

 

 I've always wished they would implement a law that required drivers to turn on their turn signal before passing, leaving it on while in the passing lane and NOT  turn it off until AFTER returning to the travel lane.

 

 

Mr. Earl, such a scenario about drivers using turn signals normally happens when AGE happens, especially OLDER age.  Too bad car turn signals don't have a timer on them, sometimes.

 

In TX, we DO "drive friendly", or did at least until the population was diluted from those from northeastern locales  They brought their rusty cars and drivin' habits with them.

 

Currently, if you're running 70mph on the Interstate, you'll be passed by some running 75mph, AND a few "hurried ones" who feel the need to run 80mph.  Tell me how an enhanced Buttercup and trailer would handle that sort of traffic?  Then filter-in the many $80K raised-up 4wd HD2500s and duallys with their knobby tires, usually driven by testosterone-raging males that are up to their nose in debt.  It CAN get crazy.  Then put a "cruise control" person at the legal posted speed in the middle lane and then the lane changing gets good!  Even with a slower vehicle in the correct rh lane, there's still lots of lane changing that complicates the safest homogenous traffic flow!  Perhaps things are different in your neck of the woods?

 

In TX, there are SEVEN approved uses of a roadway's "improved shoulder".  ONE of which is slower traffic moving over so faster traffic can pass.

 

Happy trailerin"!

NTX5467

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And there are some out there, both old and new. But personally while not crazy about the paint schemes, I like the curved, somewhat tear drop design of the r-pods Dan referenced. But yea, just not behind "my" old Buick :)

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11 hours ago, NTX5467 said:

 

Currently, if you're running 70mph on the Interstate, you'll be passed by some running 75mph, AND a few "hurried ones" who feel the need to run 80mph.  Tell me how an enhanced Buttercup and trailer would handle that sort of traffic? 

 

Perhaps with one of these signs...

 

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During the infrequent times I'll be on interstates and then unless I am on a steep grade that I will likely be sharing with slow moving tractor trailers, I think Buttercup will be able to maintain a safe 60 mph. 

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Here is a new one in Lexington SC for 14,995  https://www.rvtrader.com/dealers/John's-RV-Sales-%26-Service-734360/listing/2018-Forest-River-R-Pod-RP-171-121950167

 

There is a dealer in Atlanta http://www.threewaycampers.com/  and one in Byron http://www.midstaterv.com/

 

Don't be afraid of what Sweet Rita thinks, The more she likes it the more both of you will enjoy it.  Some other points to consider, it is new, local dealer for service (and it will need service), built on levelers.  You should at least take the time to see one in person, you may be surprised.

 

And a respray with a sweep spear would be Awesome! 

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FYI, this is one of Dad's old tow rigs.  He hauled a trailer from Milwaukee to Denver, Denver to St. Pete, up to PA, and back to St. Pete with this.

 

About the only Buick he ever had that he said he was glad to get rid of.  I have no idea about the cage in the back.  Might have something to do with the kid. ;)

 

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20 hours ago, NTX5467 said:

Too bad car turn signals don't have a timer on them, sometimes.

 

Guess what that lever behind the steering wheel at 10 o"clock does.

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The timer is set up to be exactly 1/3 the duration of a traffic signal.

 

"Mr. Lucas, I'm sorry, this is not an electrical component."

"But, I would just like to make a suggestion."

 

Bernie

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Speaking of folks getting upset should you drive 50-55 MPH pulling a trailer reminds me of a promotion SHELL gad stations had in the late 40's.

 

WIth a fill up, they gave you a stamped steel Yellow Sea shell.  It was made to slip under your lic. plate, and painted on it was 3-nautical flags.  They signaled SHARE THE ROAD.  Us kids installed them on our bikes under the axle nuts, made a neat look.

 

I have a NOS piece, wonder how many of you have one, or remember the promotion?  The piece is steel, 3-D, 3" wide X 3-1/2" tall. 

 

I don't know how to post pic's from iPad, so will send to FITTY FO, he can decide if worth posting.

 

Dale in Indy

 

 

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Rather than a "re-spray", find a place that does "wraps" and you can design your own "wrap" for the trailer, including a very dramatic Sweep Spear, to match the one on Buttercup.  Add some matching wheel covers and it'll all be good!  Points for style and coordination?  

 

With the wrap, when you decide to trade the trailer, it can be removed if it hasn't been on for more than about 36 months.

 

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On 8/10/2017 at 0:51 PM, 60FlatTop said:

We were always heading out for places where we hoped to find girls a little dumber than sailors. 

Is that even possible? Or were you just livin' the dream. 

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Here is a new one in Lexington SC for 14,995  https://www.rvtrader.com/dealers/John's-RV-Sales-%26-Service-734360/listing/2018-Forest-River-R-Pod-RP-171-121950167

 

There is a dealer in Atlanta http://www.threewaycampers.com/  and one in Byron http://www.midstaterv.com/

 

And a respray with a sweep spear would be Awesome! 

 

Somehow this never posted last week.

 

Or perhaps a Casita (with Sweep Spear Wrap) is in you future.  Thing is they have no dealers and are made in Texas, Right now there is a 8 - 9  month wait if you order one, nut they are quality.

http://casitatraveltrailers.com/

Dan

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Gads…. 5 pages and you all still jawing about pulling a trailer behind a Buick … just strap the girl up to one and go for God's sake … that's all the advice you need …  now go get on it  so I can get back to reading about 1955 Buick turn signal and power steering mysteries ….   :P

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Personally I think it`s great that someone look further behind the rearbumper, and restore some classic old trailers as well. So - just go ahead and start reading Buick trailer topics and factory brochures, interesting reading! 

 

PS! As long as you don`t end up like this guy.......

 

1957 Roadmaster with Trailer.jpg

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Lamar - an instructional video for your information just in case you decide to go caravanning over our way.

 

 

 

I guess Rita had better practice her Australian accent otherwise the truckies won't understand what she is saying on the CB!!

 

 

 

 

 

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On September 10, 2017 at 2:55 PM, Topper1961 said:

Personally I think it`s great that someone look further behind the rearbumper, and restore some classic old trailers as well. So - just go ahead and start reading Buick trailer topics and factory brochures, interesting reading! 

 

PS! As long as you don`t end up like this guy.......

,,, yeah well at least he has the correct size factory white walls …. :blink:

On September 10, 2017 at 2:55 PM, Topper1961 said:

 

1957 Roadmaster with Trailer.jpg

 

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So, NOT exactly the trailer you are thinking of Mr. Earl but...

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Had a few likes when I pulled up to do some lawns....

 

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31 minutes ago, dei said:

So, NOT exactly the trailer you are thinking of Mr. Earl but...

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Had a few likes when I pulled up to do some lawns....

 

 

  Who needs a stinking truck?

 

  Ben

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(Where's that Febreeze commercial?)

 

Why "use" a Buick when you can destroy a truck doing similar things?  Where's that factory 5th wheel package for gooseneck trailers?  Position it where the back seat now is (on convertibles)?  

 

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I have a 55 century and live in Colorado. Never pulled a trailer,but at 9000 ft the car will run a steady 70 mph. I usually past the new cars.

The car has 51000 miles on it and the engine is untouched except for a 650  cfm carb and  custom 60,000 volt ignition system.

The car gets 15 mpg in town and 25 on the highway running AC  at 75 mph.

 

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27 minutes ago, buckeye2 said:

I have a 55 century and live in Colorado. Never pulled a trailer,but at 9000 ft the car will run a steady 70 mph. I usually past the new cars.

The car has 51000 miles on it and the engine is untouched except for a 650  cfm carb and  custom 60,000 volt ignition system.

The car gets 15 mpg in town and 25 on the highway running AC  at 75 mph.

 

buckeye 2

If true, that engine and car needs to be reverse engineered.  Modern 2-ton cars with overdrive, lockup torque converters, fuel injection ( all computer controlled) with 4-6-8 cylinder engines struggle to perform like that.

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Wow, Colorado has it all!  I cannot imagine a stretch where anyone could do a sustained 70 MPH at 9,000 ft,  based on the mountains I crossed in 2014.

 

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The car has not been restored. i'm a retired G.M.Engineer age 84. I can assure you the car does preform as I stated.

As for the gentleman from N.Y. your a flat lander and probably not familiar with our mountains. Just follow a Colorado driver and you will see 70 mph   + in the mountains.

P.S. The car has been clocked at over 120 mph.I have the ticket and jail time to prove it. 30 days and $ 500.00

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 Would love to see you and the 55 Century at the BCA nationals in Denver this coming July buckeye 2 

 

Curious,  you mentioned the car had AC, is that factory? 

 

 Please consider introducing yourself formally in the introduction thread above and also posting about that hot rod Century  and highspeed chase you mention in the Me and My Buick forum. 

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