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post #1 of 12 Old 06-24-2012, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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Towing with a car dolly.

Ok here is my question. My son will be coming home from Korea in a month and then goes to ft. Riley ks. He plans on buying a truck here in Florida before he leaves so I can help him out with the purchase so he doesn't get screwed over. My plan is to haul the truck to ks with my F350. He hasn't driven for almost 2 years and i'm not sure about him driving to ks by himself. I could ride with him and fly home, but the wife and I plan on making a few stop on the way back to see her family and hit the night races at Bristol. He wants a F150, probably 08, 09 extend cab. What kind of dolly would I need for something like this? Is this a safe way to haul that far? Thanks for any help or insight.

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i think it should be ok as long as the trailer is rated for the weight but in my opinion the best way if availiable is loading it up on a goosneck
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Some of those dollies look super sketchy. Don't think I've ever seen anything larger than a sedan on one of those. I know U-Haul has some car trailers, not dollies that you can rent. Not sure if a full size truck will fit on that either. You can also check with the dealership in Florida if they can ship the truck down to Kansas. They get way better pricing on car transportation than private individuals. I priced out shipping a car from Canada to Scottsdale, AZ and the cheapest I was able to do it was $3300 and ETA was 7-10 days. Called the dealership that I bought the car from and they had it in AZ in 3 days and was $1500. If you're road tripping out to Kansas anyways to visit family on the way back, why not just buy a truck in Kansas?

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safest and cheapest would probably be to hop on craigslist and buy a car trailer. You could sell it after the trip if you wanted and recoup the cost and ten bajillion times safer than a CAR dolly

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safest and cheapest would probably be to hop on craigslist and buy a car trailer. You could sell it after the trip if you wanted and recoup the cost and ten bajillion times safer than a CAR dolly
X2 or even keep it a year make a few simple upgrades on trailer and sell for a nice profit. You would be surprised how well trailers can hold value.


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Hell I made several hundred on a trailer that I kept for about a year and got a lot of use out of

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Thanks for the input. How do I go about figuring out what size trailer I would need?

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What's the wheelbase of the biggest thing you would tow? Max weight? I think you should be safe with a 18 ft, 7000lb max tandem axle

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For sh!ts and giggles I looked on uhauls website to see what they had to offer. The tandem axle car hauler they offer was not recommended for a F150. I don't want to buy something that I will have to haul around behind me for the remainder of my trip. The kid may have to down size to a ranger lol.

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Steve, what about looking on line to see if there are any trucks around Ft Riley, drive him there, help get him a truck and take your time driving back? No towing. Just a thought.


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