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Headed out on my "mythical" trip out west, in a car.

Took off from Laurens, SC, two days ago in a 2003 Mercury Sable, towing a overloaded Time Out motorcycle camper. Getting 22 mpg, so far, not as good as I hoped. Stopped the first day after 270 miles because I checked the wheels on the Time Out trailer and the passenger side was so hot it burned my finger when I reached under and touched the brake drum. I loosened up the brake pads a little and it's was cool for 550 miles yesterday.

Wife has severe stomach cramps, and there was a hellacious thunder shower moving in when we stopped last night so we are in a motel again, instead of camping, which is OK, the camper is to be mainly used when we stay at a place for several days at a time, at 71 I don't feel like "setting up camp" at the end of a long day of driving.

My neck is also killing me, just like it does on the FJR. WTH? Might be going home with my tail tucked between my legs, again. LOL

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Sounds like the beginning of a great adventure. Looking fwd to more episodes.

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Those Tauruses and Sables are notorious for weak rear suspensions. I can't imagine towing anything with the stock springs.
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Took off from Laurens, SC, two days ago in a 2003 Mercury Sable, towing a overloaded Time Out motorcycle camper. Getting 22 mpg, so far, not as good as I hoped. Stopped the first day after 270 miles because I checked the wheels on the Time Out trailer and the passenger side was so hot it burned my finger when I reached under and touched the brake drum. I loosened up the brake pads a little and it's was cool for 550 miles yesterday.

Wife has severe stomach cramps, and there was a hellacious thunder shower moving in when we stopped last night so we are in a motel again, instead of camping, which is OK, the camper is to be mainly used when we stay at a place for several days at a time, at 71 I don't feel like "setting up camp" at the end of a long day of driving.

My neck is also killing me, just like it does on the FJR. WTH? Might be going home with my tail tucked between my legs, again. LOL
Sorry to hear about the neck .. I one time turned my head and BANG .. neck pain .. it hurt me for a year ..and to had to pass up 2 different jobs at work knowing that my neck could not take the strain
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Sorry to hear about the neck .. I one time turned my head and BANG .. neck pain .. it hurt me for a year ..and to had to pass up 2 different jobs at work knowing that my neck could not take the strain
have you tried this .. https://www.amazon.com/Cervical-Infl...e%2C218&sr=8-9
Wow! The other day, while driving and suffering, I INVENTED this device. LOL I thought there should be such a device, but didn't know where to find it. LOL

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Going anywhere in a 2003 taurus/sable is an adventure.
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To be helpful though.

I have discovered old cars with broken down seats hurt my neck. See the seat does not wear evenly. Most people do not sit square in the seat while driving. Right leg is extended for the gas peddle and left leg is relaxed. Then they lean to the right. This makes the drivers hip not straight with wears the seat unevenly. When your hips are misaligned your back and neck are also.

Square yourself in the seat. Put your left foot on the firewall next to the brake peddle so both your legs are extended the same. Usually there is a foot rest where the clutch peddle should be. Use it.
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Those Tauruses and Sables are notorious for weak rear suspensions. I can't imagine towing anything with the stock springs.
Yes, it's hanging down a lot, and it has bottomed out a few times in Kentucky. {nasty roads in Kentucky}. I looked under there and they use some kind of strut, instead of regular coiled springs, so I don't see any way of easily raising the rear. On my Civic, I put some rubber pieces between the coil springs and that kept it from bottoming out so bad. I will investigate. Thanks, Phil

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I think you can buy struts with air in them. You can add air as you add more weight.
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Yes, it's hanging down a lot, and it has bottomed out a few times in Kentucky. {nasty roads in Kentucky}. I looked under there and they use some kind of strut, instead of regular coiled springs, so I don't see any way of easily raising the rear. On my Civic, I put some rubber pieces between the coil springs and that kept it from bottoming out so bad. I will investigate. Thanks, Phil
I can actually give you the perfect solution that not many know about. I had a 2006 Taurus and I needed to beef up the rear suspension for subs in back.

I never towed with it but it worked great for the 40,000ish miles I had it.

The stock coils are something like 100# per inch and they are constant rate.

Get variable rate rear coils for a 1992-1995 taurus sedan. They ride nice unloaded but are very stiff with weight on them.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...138889&jsn=603

These springs will fit directly into your factory struts.

You can also get struts for a gen 3 1996-1999 and they will have a higher dampening rate.
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