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Old 11-30-2017, 09:34 AM
 
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So I'm moving from Raleigh to Gainesville and my vehicle is a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer. I have enough furniture to fill UHaul's smallest cargo trailer, and don't really need anything bigger. But I don't know if my car has that kind of towing capacity, its a manual and 2ltr engine, on mostly flat roads.
If I tow a cargo trailer it'll be the most cost effective, but I don't want to break down either. Advice? Should I just rent a small moving truck and dolly for towing my car?
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Your owners manual should tell you if you can tow or not and the size and weight limits.
If you don't have manual should be able to find on line and download.

Here it is
http://www.ownersmanualsforcars.com/...nual-2006.html
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Old 11-30-2017, 12:44 PM
 
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Your owners manual should tell you if you can tow or not and the size and weight limits.
If you don't have manual should be able to find on line and download.

Here it is
Mitsubishi Lancer Owners Manual 2006 | PDF Car Owners Manuals
It's amazing the amount of really good info about your car is contained in the owners manual that usually comes with your car. Problem is about 99% of all owners either can't read or they ignore these manuals with startling regularity.
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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So I'm moving from Raleigh to Gainesville and my vehicle is a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer. I have enough furniture to fill UHaul's smallest cargo trailer, and don't really need anything bigger. But I don't know if my car has that kind of towing capacity, its a manual and 2ltr engine, on mostly flat roads.
If I tow a cargo trailer it'll be the most cost effective, but I don't want to break down either. Advice? Should I just rent a small moving truck and dolly for towing my car?
That car can tow about a maximum of 1,000 lbs. So, IF you already have a trailer hitch, you should be able to easily tow a small U-Haul trailer with furniture.

IF you do NOT have a trailer hitch already installed, be aware that buying one and having it installed will cost at least $200.00 or so just for that. So, it may be cheaper to just rent their smaller box truck, and have somebody else drive your car there.
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Old 11-30-2017, 04:44 PM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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That car can tow about a maximum of 1,000 lbs. So, IF you already have a trailer hitch, you should be able to easily tow a small U-Haul trailer with furniture.

IF you do NOT have a trailer hitch already installed, be aware that buying one and having it installed will cost at least $200.00 or so just for that. So, it may be cheaper to just rent their smaller box truck, and have somebody else drive your car there.
1,000lbs should cover the empty trailer. Cargo could be a couple of chairs or a few boxes of clothing.
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Old 11-30-2017, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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1,000lbs should cover the empty trailer. Cargo could be a couple of chairs or a few boxes of clothing.
Say what? I haul a 5ft x 9ft trailer all the time with my 2010 Mazda 3 with a 2 liter engine. Same as she has with the specs on her car. A trailer like that doesn't weigh anywhere NEAR 1,000lbs, and it's on wheels, so the weight of it isn't that bad. She could easily pull the normal contents of a small apartment with no trouble.
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Old 12-01-2017, 04:27 AM
 
Location: Chasing horses and watching circuses in Atropia.
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Say what? I haul a 5ft x 9ft trailer all the time with my 2010 Mazda 3 with a 2 liter engine. Same as she has with the specs on her car. A trailer like that doesn't weigh anywhere NEAR 1,000lbs, and it's on wheels, so the weight of it isn't that bad. She could easily pull the normal contents of a small apartment with no trouble.
Uhaul rental trailers are heavy.

Uhaul's "smallest cargo trailer" as stated by the OP is the 4x8. It's empty weight is 850 pounds.

https://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/4x8-C...ler-Rental/UV/
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Old 12-01-2017, 06:14 AM
 
Location: annandale, va & slidell, la
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Say what? I haul a 5ft x 9ft trailer all the time with my 2010 Mazda 3 with a 2 liter engine. Same as she has with the specs on her car. A trailer like that doesn't weigh anywhere NEAR 1,000lbs, and it's on wheels, so the weight of it isn't that bad. She could easily pull the normal contents of a small apartment with no trouble.
Most trailers are "on wheels", but that doesn't negate the capabilities of a small car's structure and braking system.
Giving anecdotal advice on towing isn't doing the OP any favors. Read the OWNER'S MANUAL.
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Old 12-01-2017, 06:53 AM
 
Location: NC
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Having driven horse trailers for many years, I would say the biggest risk is when you are driving down a steep hill and need to brake suddenly. Then the trailer tries to steer the vehicle. If you are on flat, dry land you can get a way with more weight. But you still need to stay within the manufacturer limits or your insurance might not protect you from anything.
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Old 12-01-2017, 07:00 AM
 
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Ipulled a Uhaul trailer behind a Dodge Caravan. I got to where I wanted to go but the transmission failed a week later. Uhaul does have a really small trailer called the "sport trailer" that would surely be ok. But I would not pull a 4'x8' again without a vehicle better suited. They also have a utility trailer that is not enclosed that may be lighter.
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