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Old 02-06-2009, 09:09 PM
 
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Try and get an idea how much the trailer and contents will weigh, then check the towing capacity of your vehicle in the owners manual.

Since you don't have a hitch, I suspect you don't have other components to aid in towing, such as a transmission cooler. You can cook your transmission on a long tow especially pulling long grades.

When you arrive, have your transmission serviced with new filter and fluid.
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Old 02-08-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: NY
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Try and get an idea how much the trailer and contents will weigh, then check the towing capacity of your vehicle in the owners manual.

Since you don't have a hitch, I suspect you don't have other components to aid in towing, such as a transmission cooler. You can cook your transmission on a long tow especially pulling long grades.

When you arrive, have your transmission serviced with new filter and fluid.
Don't forget that a towing pkg. usually contains lower gears in the axles. Even with a hitch and cooler, you cannot tow as much without this. As an example, my Jeep with 3.73 gears can tow 6,500 lbs. With 3.55 gears only 5,000.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:01 PM
 
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Don't forget that a towing pkg. usually contains lower gears in the axles. Even with a hitch and cooler, you cannot tow as much without this. As an example, my Jeep with 3.73 gears can tow 6,500 lbs. With 3.55 gears only 5,000.
I didn't forget, that is why I recommended referencing the owners manual which should spell it out very clearly how much can be towed based on transmission, axle ratio, engine, towing package or not.

I purchased my truck with a towing package because it does include bigger radiator, transmission cooler, and hitch receiver, wiring, etc. if I ever needed to tow. Now I routinely tow a friends tractor on a trailer, while he tows other equipment with his truck. All I had to do was plug in a few relays, and add a brake controller by just plugging it into the existing harness, part of the towing package.

A co-worker help a friend move, towing a U-Haul trailer about 300 miles, then replaced his transmission as he fried it.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Southeast Iowa
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My husband is currently on the road, in our Jeep Cherokee, pulling a 5X8 Uhaul trailer. We had a hitch installed for $380, and rented the trailer for $400. It's been worrying me, reading about all these accidents that happened with SUV's pulling these trailers, or frying the transmission, or jack knifing while coming down a grade, etc!! Is it really that dangerous? I see people pulling these trailers all the time, I didn't realize so many accidents took place. There was an article I just read in the LA Times about how many lawsuits Uhaul has settled with families who had someone get killed by a Uhaul trailer's weight causing their SUV's to roll over! I am going to call my husband on his cell phone and tell him to not exceed 60 mph or go even slower because once the trailer starts fish tailing, there's not much you can do. He's driving from CA to CO, then from CO to IA. It's supposed to rain off and on, in different areas of I-80. Is there any advice I can give him for a safe trip, other than to keep it slow? He's never pulled a trailer like this before.
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Biggest thing about pulling a trailer is how you load it. Load it weight to the rear and it will look like a trout swimming upstream. If it isn't fishtailing already for him, it likely will not start to unless he goes much faster than he has been traveling. I have pulled trailers from tiny ones (5X8 would fit this category) to really large from the day I got my drivers license. Literally the same day, because I had the motorcycle on the trailer behind the vehicle I used to take the road test so I could get my motorcycle endorsement that same day.
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