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Old 01-01-2009, 10:19 AM   #1
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Towing

I am looking at a one time cross country move, renting a uhual and towing my focus is about $3500 - $4500 with gas/accommodation, etc.

Towing a class one hitch trailer is about $400 - $1400 with gas/accommodation.

Obviously I'd much rather get rid of all my furniture, pack up my main needs and go for it - BUT even though I was able to find a hitch online to purchase how could I hook up the tail lights?

Also u-haul seems to want to place with with a cargo trailer 4x8 instead of 5x8 (weight issues) My FF curb weight is 2600lbs and they say for a 5x8 it has to be 2700lbs - can I do anything to change that? Would it be safe to take a 5x8? - I'd like the added height for a ft of my mattress's on the bottom and pack the rest with boxes.

and is this a good idea? To tow with my ff about 5500km one way? How much damage would I do?

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Old 01-01-2009, 10:26 AM   #2
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its not a very good idea. I assume you will be going over some mountians somewhere and that put a lot of strain and the trany uni body.
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no mountains... going the other way. completely flat for about 4000km and mildly hilly for the other 1500.

thank you, I had hoped it could be done! But I love my car and actually need it to work when I get there...
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why not have a friend drive the fofo out there and rent the uhaul! or con one of your parents into it.
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The uhaul is about $3500 vs trailer at $400 - was weighing my options :) The extra to haul the car is only $200 on top of the uhaul truck...

I already played this game a few times with my parents and they weren't too thrilled with it. I like to move... previously I had no real tied down life though and would just cross country on the bus with my clothes and my G4 and set up wherever I ended but now I have stuff... and kitties.
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for the savings of not renting a uhaul tuck you could load up the focus and buy new mattress when there. having a ZX5 you should have a ton of room. do you have a roof rack?
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I do not have a roof rack.... I will certainly consider buying one though.... how much can it conceivably hold?

I guess my main problem now is while I don't care too much about the furniture it took me about 7 years and moving all over the place to finally accumulate this much stuff and it would suck to start from absolute zero again. Although I guess that's what happens when you chose to move... hrm :)

I was actually thinking of just loading the car, but when we went camping just that stuff alone filled it.... am I a shitty packer?
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According to the owner's manual, you can tow up to 1000 lbs., if you don't put too much junk inside the car. This is excerpted from my 2007 manual:
TRAILER TOWING
Refer to the following chart to determine how much weight your vehicle
can tow:
Model Passengers/Luggage load - lb. (kg) Maximum trailerweight - lb. (kg)
3–door 5/827 (375) 630 (286)
4/677 (307) 780 (354)
3/527 (239) 930 (422)
2/377 (171) 1080 (490)
1/227 (103) 1230 (558)
4–door and 5–door 5/827 (375) 585 (265)
4/677 (307) 735 (333)
3/527 (239) 885 (401)
2/377 (171) 1035 (469)
1/227 (103) 1185 (538)
Wagon 5/827 (375) 500 (227)
4/677 (307) 650 (295)
3/527 (239) 800 (363)
2/377 (171) 950 (431)
1/227 (103) 1100 (499)
This chart is based on the specified vehicle at a maximum GCW (Vehicle Weight + Trailer Weight) equal to 4,300 lb. (1,950 kg). Towing a trailer places an additional load on your vehicle’s engine, transaxle, brakes, tires and suspension. Inspect these components
carefully after towing.
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For some reason the tables didn't line up, bu you should be able to figure it out from the labels and numbers
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here is a thought, ship your car to your new home. its under 1000, and its insured!! as long as ur staying in the US, its not too bad to do, or at least, so i've read.
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