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Old 03-21-2012, 07:55 PM
 
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I am moving to California from Texas and while my 1999 Ford F250 Powerstroke Diesel has never given me any problems, I do have 265,000 miles on it and I would hate to get stuck out in the middle of nowhere in it. So I figured I would rent a new truck and use a tow bar to take my truck there.
My trucks title says the empty weight is 5700 lbs and all the tow bars I've found have a capacity of 5,000 lbs. When I find ones that go over 6000 lbs, the price goes up hundreds of dollars!

Is there a place I can rent a tow bar for my truck? (Uhaul is 5,000 lbs cap)
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Assuming you have taken good care of your truck, there is no reason to think it's not capable of the trip under it's own power. I would spend the money having a trustworthy mechanic do a full tuneup, new fuel filters, etc., maybe change the radiator hoses, maybe change the v- or serpentine accessory belts, and just drive the truck there.

If you just really, really don't want to drive the truck, consider any commercial car hauling service, like the semi trucks you see hauling new and used cars all over.

Renting a truck and towing your own truck is possible, but IMHO not the most cost-effective way to do it.

The amount of sense moving from TX to CA makes, IMHO not much, is a separate question. Not quite as dumb as climbing the west side of the Berlin wall back in the day, but, close.
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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I wouldn't go with a tow bar either. If the truck can't make the drive (and it's a pretty easy drive), is it really worth bringing?
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:36 PM
 
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Drive it. Those diesels will run 400,000 miles easy. Same engine went into bigger IH trucks what were designed to run a half million miles easily.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:09 AM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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If you don't want to drive your truck you can rent a trailer and tow your PSD behind your rental truck.
If your gonna flat tow it you might just as well drive it because your still putting miles on the wheels and bearings.
If you insist on flat towing, disconnect the drivehafts at the differentials.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:05 AM
 
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Smile Hope u had a safe trip

Hope you had a safe trip no matter what you decided.

If you have not went yet I would STRONGLY say don't use a tow bar. You would have 6000 pounds pushing you down the hills & in curves. Unless you have a lot experience pulling a trailer you will be in for a real shock
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