Originally Posted by maverick491
That said, it will much easier to flat tow the jeep provided that it is a stick. It is cost prohibitive to set an automatic up for flat towing unless you are going to use it a a dingy for a motorhome all the time.
You make some valid points, and that's why we're thinking of this 3 months out. I limited the quote of your post to what I did because the jeep is an automatic, but the owners manual has a 2 page checklist for flat towing an auto, and doesn't list anything that would lead me to believe it's any more difficult than a stick.
The main issues to me and correct me if I'm wrong, is the higher CG (center of gravity) for the u-haul and brakes for both setups.
Flat towing solves (again, to me) most of the CG issues. The brakes can be mitigated with the brake buddy, but to your other point it is alot of $ for a one-way shot. More on this in a second.
To your last point, the money is -somewhat
- of a wash, as this wouldn't be the only time we'd think of doing this. We move every 3 years and the next one would be the same trip, only in reverse. I'd use the jeep to carry some weight which we get compensated for and could probably make back everything; especially after 2 moves.
Lastly, we've considered professionally shipping the jeep and picking it up when we get to the destination. But no real benefit from that other than the convenience.
Sorry for the long post, this is really something best talked about over a beer, but what can you do?