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Old 02-18-2011, 09:11 AM   #1
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Need a Towing Solution!

I'm helping my homegirl move from Michican to VA next month. I'm a little skittish about flying and I just dislike the airline industry in general.

So her idea is for me to fly to MI and we rent a moving truck and tow dolly to bring her stuff and her Ford Escort to VA.

I'd rather drive up there and but I have not found a rentable trailer that would let me tow her car AND carry the stuff she has. The car's reliability is questionable, so driving it down isn't an option.

We need to move;
-A queen size bed and boxspring
-2 large nightstands, 2 small ones
-A TV console thing
-The car
-Bunch of small boxes

The mattress and boxspring would fit in the bed of the Taco, but that'd take up the entire bed. Boxes can go in the Escort. Its the nightstands and TV console thats the problem.

Anyone know of a rentable trailer that will accomodate a car and some furniture? Or any creative ideas on hauling the mattress some other way than in the truck bed? I have the tow package on my Taco but no aftermarket trailer brake controller.

I already looked at UHaul's 6x12' enclosed trailer and utility trailers w/ a ramp, but I think the load rating isn't enough. The 6x12' enclosed is 2,480lbs and the 6x12 utiliy trailer is 2,110lbs. Specs say the car weighs 2,491lbs, plus the boxes and furniture, etc.

Someone please help me get out of flying
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Just get a tow dolly for the car, haul it with the Tacoma, load the car and truck bed and leave the rest.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:27 AM   #3
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PS. UHaul rents the dolly.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:28 AM   #4
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Just get a tow dolly for the car, haul it with the Tacoma, load the car and truck bed and leave the rest.
Not my furniture so not for me to decide what goes and what stays, else this would be as easy as just towing the car.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:31 AM   #5
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Flying isn't bad. I would fly up there then rent a one way van and trailer. There is no way you will get all that in the back of a Taco.
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if you stand the mattress and box spring up there will still be plenty of room in the bed for the night stands, you still have the back seat of your taco too? Just use plenty of ratchet tie downs and you can fit lots of stuff in the bed, I've driven 100's of miles with stuff tied down higher than the roof.

Me personally I would just fly down and rent a truck
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Fly! Murphy says if you drive there will be issues. I used to drive semi cross country and have flown a lot! Jamaica, Chicago, Minneapolis all from Vegas. Many different airlines. I would rather fly, especially this time of year! If you get a U-Haul, make them put tire chains in the truck!
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Just remember that the payload capacity isn't much on Tacomas.
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Rent a dolly (make sure you tell Uhaul you're towing a small VW bug or Mini Cooper or something), load your truck with the big stuff and the rest of the stuff in her car

I've hauled king size beds and box springs in my short bed. Just stand them up and ratchet them down
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Tie the mattresses on the escort.
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Old 02-18-2011, 09:46 AM   #11
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I've hauled king size beds and box springs in my short bed. Just stand them up and ratchet them down
Hadn't thought of that Not a bad idea! I'll chat with her about it this weekend, see if we can make it happen, and ask again if she'd be willing to leave anything behind. Haha she was reluctant at first to leave a fiber optic Christmas tree at her mom's, so thats what I'm working with

The only other idea we had was for me to ride my motorcycle up there and load that up in the back of the moving truck, which I definitely wouldn't mind as long as its 40`F or better.
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Rent a small car one way, drive up, then get the Uhaul and drive back. I know it's tough, but you'll have to leave the Tacoma at home.
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Rent a small car one way, drive up, then get the Uhaul and drive back. I know it's tough, but you'll have to leave the Tacoma at home.
Dude...this is why I like putting more minds to something! I hadn't thought of this, but its a seriously attractive option. It probably wouldn't cost much when I consider the gas savings driving an economy car.

Thank you!
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Quit being a pussy and FLY! You much safer flying than you would be driving. If you're still scared, just get hammered at the airport before you get on the plane and everything will feel good.

Let uhaul take the wear and tear and leave the tacoma at home safe.
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Dude...this is why I like putting more minds to something! I hadn't thought of this, but its a seriously attractive option. It probably wouldn't cost much when I consider the gas savings driving an economy car.

Thank you!
Plus, if you're a Top Gear fan, the cars always win the races against public transportation. Granted, you won't be driving a Veyron or anything cool, but at least you're not piling on the miles with your truck and it keeps you on the ground.
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Go Greyhound and leave the driving to us...

I have used Greyhound twice in the last few years, once to pickup a company car in Eastern NC, the other time was to drop of a new car for my daughter in Texas. Buses ran on time, clean, comfortable and you meet the most interesting people...and it is CHEAP, under a dime a mile.
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Someone please help me get out of flying
Just curious what's wrong with flying? I fly cross country at least 3-4 times a week... literally I fly the plane and I'm sure the aircraft I fly are alot less reliable than something the airlines would maintain.
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