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Old 01-24-2012, 06:42 PM
 
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were moving from ft campbell ky to ft lewis washington and trying to decide if we should just sell our truck and buy a new car in washington or to try and tow it. i know you can tow a car with a hitch that goes onto the front two tires but i dont know if anyone has ever done this with a truck or if you even can. driving both the moving van and our truck isnt really an option because gas for our truck will be about 500 and gas for the moving truck should be around 900. so any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

 
Old 01-24-2012, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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We drove from Alberta to Tennessee with a 17 foot UHaul and a trailer out behind it (with a minivan driving ahead of us). It was easier than I expected and it actually handled pretty well. I would estimate that your fuel costs will be a bit higher than $900 because of the weight. We were stopping for fuel every 5 hours of driving or so. 6 hours on the road would've put us on empty for sure.

Pick your route well though at this time of year. We did it in November which turned out to be better weather than I expected.
 
Old 01-24-2012, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Niota, TN
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If you tow it on a car tow. I believe that you would have to tow it backwards because of the rear wheel drive. The drive wheels need to be on the car tow. And don't forget to take it out of gear and lock the stearing wheel, so it can't turn. But the best bet would be to ask the rental place about it. I'm sure they know or should anyway.
 
Old 01-24-2012, 09:04 PM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Default Check Penske or U-Haul sites

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Originally Posted by Rids78 View Post
We drove from Alberta to Tennessee with a 17 foot UHaul and a trailer out behind it (with a minivan driving ahead of us). It was easier than I expected and it actually handled pretty well. I would estimate that your fuel costs will be a bit higher than $900 because of the weight. We were stopping for fuel every 5 hours of driving or so. 6 hours on the road would've put us on empty for sure.

Pick your route well though at this time of year. We did it in November which turned out to be better weather than I expected.
Both Penske and U-Haul have on-line quote web sites that allow you to select the model of truck you want to tow, and then tells you if allowed or what is required. Both seem to require the all-wheel tow platform for rear wheel drive vehicles.

http://www.pensketruckrental.com/
http://www.uhaul.com/

Last edited by reed303; 01-24-2012 at 09:05 PM.. Reason: URL links
 
Old 01-26-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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I did it once with a 24' uHaul. I do not recommend it as I felt like I was going to die every second I was driving. After realizing this I decided to drive at night (it was summer time), and it really helped but I still felt like I could have easily crashed. Also, the gas mileage was horrible.
 
Old 01-26-2012, 04:16 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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My husband drove from Oregon to Arizona with a packed 24' penske truck towing my Chevy Impala on a full car trailer. I can say he wasn't happy about it, but it can and was done.
 
Old 01-26-2012, 04:51 PM
 
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My husband drove from Oregon to Arizona with a packed 24' penske truck towing my Chevy Impala on a full car trailer. I can say he wasn't happy about it, but it can and was done.
I only drove across Oregon. I can't imagine driving all the way to Arizona.
 
Old 01-26-2012, 05:46 PM
 
Location: the Beaver State
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If you tow it on a car tow. I believe that you would have to tow it backwards because of the rear wheel drive. The drive wheels need to be on the car tow. And don't forget to take it out of gear and lock the stearing wheel, so it can't turn. But the best bet would be to ask the rental place about it. I'm sure they know or should anyway.
You can disconnect the drive line. Usually only two bolts or so. But I'd still probably go for a trailer to tow it anyways as the trailer will handle better.
 
Old 01-28-2012, 07:16 PM
 
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We towed our pick-up from New Mexico to Alaska on a tow behind a 16' U-Haul truck without any issues. Easy for me to say since the old man was driving that rig & I was driving my SUV LOL
 
Old 02-06-2012, 07:36 AM
 
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Hello everyone. I work for Penske in customer service and specialize in social media. We noticed the comments in this thread and just wanted to clarify on a few things. We can speak only on our companies behalf, but we are very strict in what we allow to be towed on our equipment. This is because the safety of our customers is paramount. If you'd like to discuss further, give us a call at 1-800-467-3675. Thanks, and no matter what you decide, be safe.
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