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Old 01-31-2018, 09:26 AM
Location: WI
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I would suggest renting a small Uhaul truck (or whatever) and just use that to haul any needed goods. Have the wife drive separately in the Subie with the dogs in it.

We did that when moving from WI down to SC, and then when we moved back. Was not bad at all, noting we had a lot of stuff to haul so a small trailer wouldn't have handled it.
I am in the camp of not hauling a trailer behind a Sub, and frankly would never ever even consider putting our dog in a trailered car. That would not be part of any discussion.

Just my .02
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Old 01-31-2018, 12:33 PM
Location: Wyoming
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U-haul's lightest enclosed cargo trailer (4x8) weighs 850 lbs. empty. They also have a 4x7 utility trailer (not enclosed) that weighs 630 lbs.

A lightweight hitch will work fine for either of these. If possible, I'd consider the open utility trailer for weight savings and reduced wind resistance. If you need it enclosed, use the 4x8 but keep the cargo weight as light as possible. Maybe you can ship some of it.

When my (now) wife moved to Wyoming from Oregon, we towed a 4x8 with her little Saturn SC2. We probably had 500 pounds in the trailer, max. It did fine, but we kept the speed down a little and used the A.C. sparingly. Towing/hauling a little more than the rated payload isn't likely to do any damage as long as you compensate with lower speeds, both for safety reasons (braking, ride and handling) and for keeping the engine and transmission from overheating.

Obviously downhill runs will be more dangerous for braking while climbs or headwinds will be more likely to over stress the engine and running gear. Just keep the speed down, and if you're traveling in the summer, take it even easier during the heat of the day.

This is assuming the U-Haul dealer will rent you the trailer if it weighs more than your car's rated capacity. Iffy.

All that said, if you can find a smaller/lighter trailer to rent or buy, that's what I'd recommend. Here's one that weighs half that of the smallest U-Hauls. https://eco-trailers.com/pulmor-4x6-trailers.php There are plenty of others similar. Motorcycles often tow trailers, so can your Subaru.
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:12 PM
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Just an update--we made the trip in 6 days and we didn't use any trailer at all--we wound up giving away the stuff we were going to tow. It made our life a lot simpler since my vehicle was not rated as a good towing vehicle. My thanks to all who took their time to answer. God bless everyone.
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