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Old 06-14-2014, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Port Charlotte
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The truck rental company may mandate a trailer. A trailer will pull easily, and has mechanical brakes so you won't be pushed by the trailer.

Just remember to turn wide as the trailer will turn inside your truck turning radius.
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:25 AM
 
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bongo (or anyone) I am getting ready to make a trip back down the Alcan shortly. I have a 1995 Itasca 22 foot motorhome with a Big block 460 tied to a 3 speed with OD in it. I was thinking about towing my 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Sport down with me (To Phoenix AZ). I have driven the Alcan once before in the spring in the Montero. You said you towed with a Datsun….how is the climb out there were it is still dirt with the washboard divots? I think I would be OK but that is a lot of weight for that LONG hill. What are your thoughts?
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Old 09-23-2014, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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For my particular type of car the dolly isn't even an option. It requires the trailer. I'm making my move in 5 days.
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:21 PM
 
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For the original poster, you can always rent a pickup truck from something like uhaul. The truck and a trailer to put your car on. They will make recomendations as to what truck you'll need to haul the car you have, plus furniture and other stuff. Good luck.
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Old 03-14-2015, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Mishawaka, Indiana
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For the original poster, you can always rent a pickup truck from something like uhaul. The truck and a trailer to put your car on. They will make recomendations as to what truck you'll need to haul the car you have, plus furniture and other stuff. Good luck.
Got it all taken care of. Drove the moving truck with the car 763 miles. Some of those bumps I thought the car would bounce off, but those straps kept the car on there tight, didn't have any issues besides the truck running out of power from carrying over 4,000 lbs worth of goods, trailer, and a 3,440 lb car, couldn't get the thing over 65MPH, and 0-50 took close to 20 seconds.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:39 AM
 
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Got it all taken care of. Drove the moving truck with the car 763 miles. Some of those bumps I thought the car would bounce off, but those straps kept the car on there tight, didn't have any issues besides the truck running out of power from carrying over 4,000 lbs worth of goods, trailer, and a 3,440 lb car, couldn't get the thing over 65MPH, and 0-50 took close to 20 seconds.
So did you get a 22' or 26' foot truck? I am debating this same question, driving from Houston to Tucson over flat terrain, not sure if it will be too awkward with a larger truck.
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Old 04-11-2015, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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For what it's worth, my husband just towed a 1985 Dodge 600 ES convertible (K-car type) from Charlotte, NC to Dover, DE yesterday using my 2011 GMC Terrain with a tow package (V6 with heavy duty suspension) and a U-Haul tow dolly and didn't have any problems at all. He made it in about 8.5 hours which is not that much more than average for the trip. Plus each of the cars had some things packed in them, although he did make sure that they weren't too heavy, especially the tow car. Most of the trip was on interstates, but did have a bit of 2 lane in MD and DE.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
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I've moved many times and I always rent a trailer to hitch on the back of the Penske. Drive your car on it, secure it and drive safely. You'll be fine.
I agree. Just be sure to check the "technology" that fastens the car to the trailer...often when you start out and, then, after you are sure it is secure, every time you stop for gas, or if you feel the car moving on the trailer when you accelerate or brake. You will be able to sense this due to the inertial force of a slightly loose vehicle when you accelerate or brake.
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Dover, DE
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I also forgot to mention that he towed the same convertible car from western PA to Charlotte, NC using a tow dolly behind a 26' Penske truck and also didn't have any problems. Well other than to remember that when he stopped he had to park somewhere that he could just keep pulling through because he couldn't back up the trailer.

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For what it's worth, my husband just towed a 1985 Dodge 600 ES convertible (K-car type) from Charlotte, NC to Dover, DE yesterday using my 2011 GMC Terrain with a tow package (V6 with heavy duty suspension) and a U-Haul tow dolly and didn't have any problems at all. He made it in about 8.5 hours which is not that much more than average for the trip. Plus each of the cars had some things packed in them, although he did make sure that they weren't too heavy, especially the tow car. Most of the trip was on interstates, but did have a bit of 2 lane in MD and DE.
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Florida
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So did you get a 22' or 26' foot truck? I am debating this same question, driving from Houston to Tucson over flat terrain, not sure if it will be too awkward with a larger truck.
Houston to Tucson is not flat terrain. After you get past SATX (elevation there is ~700 feet), it just gradually keeps going up from there. ELP is 4200 elevation. You're going to hit some stretches of I-10 that will test that truck.

I've done this drive in a car before as well as a 26' foot truck with trailer and car on the trailer. It's not fun to see the gas gauge go down like that.

Personally, I don't think it will be awkward.

If you can, I would drive overnight, you have a few advantage:

-less traffic
-cooler weather would get slightly better milieage
-easier seeing traffic in your blindspots due to their headlights

Of course, if you're not a night person, then disregard.

Have you decided where you're going to stop at for the night? I personally just stop at truck stops to sleep when I'm driving by myself. If the wife is with me then we'll go to a hotel.

Only semi-decent size city where it doesn't seem scary after you're west of SATX are Kerrville and Fort Stockton until you hit Van Horn and then ELP. Big city after ELP is Las Cruces, NM. There isn't much between Deming, NM and Tucson, AZ.
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