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Old 08-08-2012, 04:44 PM
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trailer size

i'm possibly driving cross country (pittsburgh to los angeles) and back to move my brother home. He has some bedroom furniture, honda civic, a harley, and a pit bull named maggie to bring back. What would be the trailer i need to rent if i were to tow back? if possible i would like to put the car and harley in the trailer. I have the bed to use for luggage and small stuff. thanks in advance!
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Towing all that back is going to prove problematic, compared to the cost of shipping the civic.

Here's a few questions that immediately come to my mind:

-Towing via bumper-pull hitch, or GN/5th?
-How much furniture exactly?
-Do you have a place to rent a trailer from, this isn't going to be something you can get from Uhaul?

What is the tow vehical's configuration? You're going to be pulling all of that in through the Rockies, and you'll need to have that mindset as well.

Initially I think at least a 20' trailer - set up to hold the car and the rest (ramps, tiedowns, the whole bit), that's with minimum furniture and the bike in the bed. But you'll need sufficient payload capacity for it, and most likely a weight distributing hitch to pull it right.

You will be crossing a number of state lines, so I advise that you don't go over any of the weight ratings on the trailer, or the truck.

Without specific weights, this is a hard estimate to make. I made my last household goods move with a 20' enclosed trailer, and that's a full 2 bedroom apartment, without appliances.

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Towing all that back is going to prove problematic, compared to the cost of shipping the civic.

Here's a few questions that immediately come to my mind:

-Towing via bumper-pull hitch, or GN/5th?
-How much furniture exactly?
-Do you have a place to rent a trailer from, this isn't going to be something you can get from Uhaul?

What is the tow vehical's configuration? You're going to be pulling all of that in through the Rockies, and you'll need to have that mindset as well.

Initially I think at least a 20' trailer - set up to hold the car and the rest (ramps, tiedowns, the whole bit), that's with minimum furniture and the bike in the bed. But you'll need sufficient payload capacity for it, and most likely a weight distributing hitch to pull it right.

You will be crossing a number of state lines, so I advise that you don't go over any of the weight ratings on the trailer, or the truck.
i see you point pretty clearly here...i'm wondering if just renting a 17 or 24' box truck and trailer the car might be better? he has bed set, tv and stand for furniture. i just have a pull hitch, no 5th wheel.
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The box truck (smallest that you need), and a trailer for the car would be easier to find rental units for, and cheaper in the long run.

With a SRW F250/350, on rental gear, I would at alternatives.
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best to rent a moving truck and car dolly and do it that way.
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i just moved Vegas to DC. Couple points - I shipped two cars, an Accord and a CTS-V. they were $800 per. I looked at a few prices, considered towing a dolly behind wife's explorer. It was $350 for dolly, Xcountry, 9 day rental. Your cheapest route would be to pull the civic on a dolly and put the harley and the rest in the back of the truck. Besides that, I dont think UHaul has bumper pulls that fit cars? i thought 12' was there biggest? I could be wrong. They rent trucks, box trucks, and even car hauler F350s now that have the two car ramps that one car sits on cab... expensive I would imagine. Just get the dolly and haul rest in bed. Good luck. If you end up shipping car, i can give you a great company I used for $800 per car. PM me for that info if needed.

JJ
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i just moved Vegas to DC. Couple points - I shipped two cars, an Accord and a CTS-V. they were $800 per. I looked at a few prices, considered towing a dolly behind wife's explorer. It was $350 for dolly, Xcountry, 9 day rental. Your cheapest route would be to pull the civic on a dolly and put the harley and the rest in the back of the truck. Besides that, I dont think UHaul has bumper pulls that fit cars? i thought 12' was there biggest? I could be wrong. They rent trucks, box trucks, and even car hauler F350s now that have the two car ramps that one car sits on cab... expensive I would imagine. Just get the dolly and haul rest in bed. Good luck. If you end up shipping car, i can give you a great company I used for $800 per car. PM me for that info if needed.

JJ
Thanks for the info, everyone.

It does look like we may be shipping the car and if we do i'll be sure to PM you for that info!
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