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anybody ever install a hitch on their XLR? I have been thinking of pulling a tiny trailer (like a motorcycle trailer) on a long trip for my luggage. Maybe a total of 250#.
 

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Maybe one of the former Vette owners will know of something but given the location of the exhaust I don't think there is going to be an easy solution. Good escuse to buy an Escalade :)
 

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That's questionable, I took an Escalade from the dealership for a couple of days and thought it was the worst driving vehicle I ever tried. We nicknamed it the white Rhino!

The trailer idea is an interesting one, I have seen ones towed behind Prowlers so I would assume it is possible. Other problem considerations are low clearance of the XLR and lower clearance of the hitch to go around the exhaust.

Maybe a hitch with a series of large suction cups across the trunk? :)
 

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I've been driving my wife's Escalade on family vacation trips for four years. I think it's the best road car I've ever driven. It has good power,good stability, and it intimidates other drivers.

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You will really like the new Escalade when you get it. We had the 2005 model and the changes that they made for the 2007 model are great, including the hands free tailgate and larger nav screen and rear camera. We have used the Escalade for long trips and it is great. Of course we also enjoy our XLRs for fun driving.
 

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Bob, we got 7 inches of snow today so only the Escalade is getting out of the garage. We have had way too much snow for being in the desert.
 

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Hey guys............remember most parts are glued together to the chassis. I had no idea until I saw them using an electric chisel to separate the fenders from the frame in July of 05. It's that space age glue they use on the shuttles to keep the tiles on.
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I asked about towing something with the XLR and the dealer told me that it definatley isn't recommended--by the factory. It has something to do with the what the frame and body parts are assembled.

I would LIKE to be able to do it too but I don't want to risk yanking things out of square.
 

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If it's assembled with space shuttle glue I guess we better be careful about attempting re-entry in our X's then!

Sorry if I upset the die-hard Caddie fans with my Escalade comments. Maybe it was just the ESV version or the super performance of my Durango that threw us off. It could have even been a problem with the vehicle. I think the best way to describe it is underpowered and wobbly.

The only reason I bring this up again is my wife adores the looks of the Escalade, if the problem that we noticed was only specific to one vehicle it may be worth testing out another...
 

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If it's assembled with space shuttle glue I guess we better be careful about attempting re-entry in our X's then!

Sorry if I upset the die-hard Caddie fans with my Escalade comments. Maybe it was just the ESV version or the super performance of my Durango that threw us off. It could have even been a problem with the vehicle. I think the best way to describe it is underpowered and wobbly.

The only reason I bring this up again is my wife adores the looks of the Escalade, if the problem that we noticed was only specific to one vehicle it may be worth testing out another...
I would suspect the factory tires are the weakest link for towing on the Escalades. You would probably want to go with true LT tires if towing anything substantial. No offense, even I use a Nissan Titan for towing.
 

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If it's assembled with space shuttle glue I guess we better be careful about attempting re-entry in our X's then!

Sorry if I upset the die-hard Caddie fans with my Escalade comments. Maybe it was just the ESV version or the super performance of my Durango that threw us off. It could have even been a problem with the vehicle. I think the best way to describe it is underpowered and wobbly.

The only reason I bring this up again is my wife adores the looks of the Escalade, if the problem that we noticed was only specific to one vehicle it may be worth testing out another...
I don't think that you upset any of us Escalade owners. You only reported your experience. Many us replied because we have owned an Escalade (or several) and have not had the same experience as you. Maybe you just got a "bad one" and is not indicative of other's experience with this vehicle.
 

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The sidewalls are not stiff enough for towing something long and heavy, thus my comment of using LT tires instead. For what probably more than 95% of owners would use an Escalde for, the OEM tires are a good match. If my trailer was about 1,500 pounds lighter I would probably be driving an EXT but with replacement tires. What XLRAT expereinced may also have been low tire pressure, some dealers keep the pressure low on demos thinking the softer ride is a selling point. 18 inch wheels would be better for towing than 20's as well.
 

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No problem with stock tires or wheels on Escalade

We tow a horse trailer with two horses all over the west with our Escalade and never have had control or tire wear problems. Currently we have a 03 Esc and before that a 2000.
 

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The sidewalls are not stiff enough for towing something long and heavy, thus my comment of using LT tires instead. For what probably more than 95% of owners would use an Escalde for, the OEM tires are a good match. If my trailer was about 1,500 pounds lighter I would probably be driving an EXT but with replacement tires. What XLRAT expereinced may also have been low tire pressure, some dealers keep the pressure low on demos thinking the softer ride is a selling point. 18 inch wheels would be better for towing than 20's as well.

I tow my 24 ft enclosed trailer with my ESV....8,000 lb. GVW trailer and the 22's work fine. I don't know if anyone has had any issues but we have been all over the east coast towing with ours and no problems whatsoever. The Escalade in my humble opinion has no equal as far as luxury, reliablity and power. (403hp):thumbs
 
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