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Trailering a van help Please! #753438
October 19th 2019 5:07 am
October 19th 2019 5:07 am
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SaltLakeNorseman Offline OP
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Hi,

I might be picking up a van tomorrow (full size dodge) and need to know where to rent a trailer that will fit the van.

I have a Ram 1500 that can haul it but not sure how to find a trailer rental to go about 650 miles. UHaul seems like they are too small.


Please help!

Would be going from CA to Utah.

Thanks!


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Re: Trailering a van help Please! [Re: SaltLakeNorseman] #753451
October 19th 2019 2:18 pm
October 19th 2019 2:18 pm
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We towed a 79 dodge with staggered wheels that barely fit on a uhaul auto transport trailer where the full thing sits on there. We towed it from LA to Portland no issues but we were towing it with a big uhaul truck so it was pretty heavy duty


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Re: Trailering a van help Please! [Re: Deathorvictory] #753463
October 20th 2019 3:45 am
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Good to know it will actually fit. Thank you! I have a Turbo Diesel so it should handle it.


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Re: Trailering a van help Please! [Re: SaltLakeNorseman] #753468
October 20th 2019 8:44 am
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Hi AJ, Welcome to the site. I read this last night. Been through this in moving from Ca to Texas. My B250 came here on a Car Hauler I hired out of El Paso. It was under a Dollar a mile. This ended up being my best option, but I didn't have the 6500 tow capacity. Compare costs of both. Some Trailer sales around here do rent. U-Haul is not the only game in town. They suck IMHO.

So. I have a few observations. I am glad to hear the Dodge is the Turbo diesel. My Ram 1500 3.6 is only rated to tow 5000 pounds. If you have a 6500 lb tow capacity you should be OK. U-Haul trailers take a larger ball. Some U-Haul dealers in Ca. are very fussy about renting. They made me rent a Box truck with the trailer to tow a disabled S10 Blazer. So. Beware. Be a bummer to get to Ca, and not be able to rent the trailer. They may or may not ask what you are hauling. I am unsure what the load capacity of the U-Haul trailer is. My B250 is rated at 6400, probably around 5000 empty.

I mention weight because it matters. Guys load up and tow overweight all over without issue. But, if you are borderline on weight, with no safety factor, and one thing goes wrong...

My Nephew lost his Mach1 when a U-Haul Dealer failed to install the larger Ball on my Sister's Nissan Pathfinder, The trailer came off the hitch and flipped the entire Rig off the road over the side of Cajon Pass. Everyone was safe, but total loss of all the Vehicles. The Trailer probably was within weight. Was the Pathfinder enough tow Vehicle? Probably not... U-Haul was at fault. But If they weren't, an adjuster could have easily looked at the GCVWR, and if exceeded, denied the claim.

Be Safe and again welcome

Re: Trailering a van help Please! [Re: SaltLakeNorseman] #753471
October 20th 2019 9:41 am
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You can get a van onto the UHaul trailer. We had to do that last summer when the head gasket blew in Arizona, drove from AZ all the way back to Seattle Washington with this rig. My biggest tips would be to make sure the van is completely empty! The first few hours it was impossible to drive much over 55-60 because the trailer would just bounce and way too much. Particularly going downhill. We took everything out of the van and put it in the box truck and it got a lot more civilized. But still pretty bouncy. My only annoyance to this day was that UHaul insisted we "needed" the giant box van to "safely" pull the van and trailer. A V8 or diesel half ton with 8000lb tow rating and brake controller could have handled the job. 4000-ish pound trailer + 2400lb trailer = 6400+- pound combo.

UHaul trailer will work, but if you could find one with a proper electronic braking system and not UHauls silly hydraulic slide pin setup you will find braking while going down hill much more refined. Lol!

Good luck,

- Rich

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