Originally Posted by AWorthyOpponent
Those things are heavy as crap. I wanna say close to 2500lbs empty. Even with my V6 DCLB, you know it's back there...
They don't maintain them the best either and the person before you prob took it offloading and curb hopping. You CAN do it with a 4cyl, kaput don't expect to win any races...
Good news is that they are WAY over built (prob why they weigh soo much) so you will basically never have to worry about overloading it. This pic was taken of my old 2011 with about 6000lbs in the trailer. It was HEAVY, and I wasn't going anywhere fast, but luckily I only had to move it about 2miles (never broke 35mph).
I call bullshit on the "trailer being 2500lbs" claim. These trailers are lightweight construction considering the fact that they are sheet metal. The Uhaul workers pick them up and push them around the lot by hand all day. They may be big and awkward but they are by no means heavy!
Originally Posted by Duhrel
That was all on bumper? Wow, I didn't think that would be safe. My cousin asked me to help him move from Fresno to Davis but I have never towed before. I have a '13 2wd 4cyl automatic. I've read much of the tow bible but find it daunting on what I need to do to get the truck ready. He was also thinking of the same 6x12 you rented. What mods did you do to your truck to get it tow ready? I see you got a ballhead and also the wiring. Is there anything else you got that allowed you to safely tow it all?
Nothing. I did nothing but add a ball to the bumper and splice the lighting into the tail lights.
After this move, I would CONFIDENTLY tow a 6x12 any day of the week with my 4-cylinder. The acceleration isn't great, but as long as you are AWARE of the weight and SAFE with your driving habits you will have no problem. Granted, my truck does not have the power to be dragging this trailer through sand or anything, but on a highway (even a hilly one) I am very very confident in our little trucks. Just know that you will be going slow, and don't rush it.
This is the real reason they tell you not to tow heavy loads with a small truck:
There are a few things going wrong here, but most important is that the weight of the trailer was equal or more than the vehicle towing it. Consequently when it got loose, there was no stopping it. If a larger truck had been towing this trailer, it probably would have had enough influence to keep the trailer steady enough to slow down and recover the sway.