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i have a few questions

Discussion in 'Towing' started by 80s toysport, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Apr 16, 2012 at 7:31 PM
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    80s toysport

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    Ok, so a friend and i towed a car last friday and we used a tow dolly cause the uhaul guy said that the trailer and car weight was not compatable with my truck. He said the weight of there car trailer was a little over 2000# and the car we was towing was about the same adding up close to 5000#. Im just wandering why is that he said that my trucks weight was not able to tow it. I ask him and he told me its what there system says and for safety reasons. I know my hitch is 6000# compatable and the weight of the car and trailer is close to 5000# which is 1000# (give or take a little) under my tow hitch load. Just wandering if anyone know why its like that. We even went to another uhaul place and ask them and the guy said the same thing. Now im just confused over this towing thing.

    Also, i read that its best to not have your tranny in D(drive) when towing. That its best in 4th gear(auto tranny).
     
  2. Apr 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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    V6 with tow package is 6500.
    4 cylinder or V6 without tow package is 4000.

    Tow package has the 7-pin connector for trailer power.

    Any Uhaul is going to give you the same answer though. They don't know, they have a book.
    That same book won't allow them to rent ANY trailer to be towed behind a Ford Explorer, even though the tire blowing up issues is long gone.
     
  3. Apr 16, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    there just covering there ass. SAY the trailer weighs 2000, the car weighs 3000..Thats dry weight, not including full tank of gas, and what ever else adds up. If your truck had trailer brakes on it, i think you would of been fine. They are there to try and prevent stupid people from towing stuff, which is probably why they said no.
     
  4. Apr 16, 2012 at 8:50 PM
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    So wat u trying to say here huh.





    J/k

    I got the tow package. Mines a 09 trd o/r. I know bout then being safe and shit but k'mon. What got me pretty pissed was when i came back to drop off the trailer. There was this van in front me with a full trailer and the van was an astro minivan. Not sure what they was hauling though but oh well.
     
  5. Apr 17, 2012 at 5:10 AM
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    Next time tell them you're towing a Volkswagon Golf or something very small and they'll let you have the trailer instead of the dolly (just make sure what you're actually towing will keep you under your tow rating and the trailer's payload rating.)
     
  6. Apr 17, 2012 at 8:15 AM
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    http://www.uhaul.com/reservations/RatesTowing.aspx

    You can put in the "vehicle you will be towing" and get an answer as to whether or not you "should" use the trailer by their standards.

    P.S. 2006 Mini Cooper is allowed...they will let you rent...
     
  7. Apr 17, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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    They were covering their rear ends for liability reasons. Unfortunately there are other people out there who will do stupid things, and then sue U-Haul for allowing them to be stupid.

    Next time tell them you want the trailer to load a few mattresses. Your truck should have no problem towing the trailer with the car on it.
     
  8. Apr 17, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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    As others have said U-Haul is very careful about who the let tow their equipment. I told them I was towing a '75 VW Beetle when I went to get this car. Any year Miata also works.

    I towed this through the Ozark mountains (Missouri down to Texas) with no problems. The U-Haul trailers have compression brakes that work very well. I left it in D and let the computer figure out when to downshift and had no problems or excessive gear hunting. Even with all of the hills I got around 12 or 13 MPG.

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  9. Apr 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM
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    Well, i know now to just tell them its something else thats small. Also, the car i was towing was actually striped down to the fram. It didnt even have a motor in it so im guessing the car was no more and a little over 1000# but oh well.

    Also, nice stang man.
     
  10. Apr 17, 2012 at 2:41 PM
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    When the weight of the object/objects you are towing are close to the weight of the vehicle you are using to tow with, it can cause the rear of your vehicle to sway left and right. The weight can pull your vehicle back and forth. And also if you do not have the proper trailer brakes, which are only needed over a certain weight, the weight can cause your vehicle to stop on a delay, but with any common sense, you will know to go less than the speed limit and slow down ahead of time. Do that, you will be fine.
     
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