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Hot Rods Transporting a Hotrod with a U-Haul Auto Trailer

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by zooming46, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. Hamtown Al
    Joined: Jan 17, 2007
    Posts: 2,423

    Hamtown Al
    1. Virginia HAMB(ers)

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    Any questions?
    Also works for 1936 Ford cabriolets.;):D
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  2. MMM1693
    Joined: Feb 8, 2009
    Posts: 537


    Love the trailers, wish I could buy one. Their tow dollies are also great.
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  3. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,678

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    Towed my 50 chevy 3600 pickup with one, no problems. Also towed my 39 Buick special from Long Island to CT on one, again no problem.
  4. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,085


    Max vehicle weight 5290 lbs I think you will be OK.
  5. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 870


    Last edited: Oct 26, 2020
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  6. If you rent a Uhaul trailer and you lie about the car you are putting on the trailer - the insurance that comes standard as well as any insurance upgrade you purchase thru Uhaul is voided.

    So is your automobile insurance.

    The person who is named on the Uhaul contract and/or the operator of the motor vehicle pulling the trailer is solely responsible for any claims arising out of damages claimed should an accident occur.

    Something to consider.

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  7. Yep a good choice for one way - got one in Houston to haul a 4 - door parts car back to Dallas. You - like was mentioned earlier = you might have to fudge on whet your carrying - they frown on or won't rent it if the the vehicle is antiqueish. I usually just say a newish Jeep.
  8. 325w
    Joined: Feb 18, 2008
    Posts: 5,440


    This worked fine using a 2019 Canyon IMG_0749.JPG
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  9. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,424


    Not about a car trailer but I rented U Haul box trailers to move my son 2 times from SoCal to Seattle (after the first trip through 8 inches of snow in Portland you think I would have learned, but that's a completely different story) Trailers are fine but don't trust the kid who hooks up the trailer for anything. Check the air pressure on the trailer tires before you leave. Don't ask me why. Also, on one rental their photo scanner was down and the kid who completed the paperwork took a photo of my driver's license on his personal cell phone so he could transfer it to the U Haul data base. Not too happy about that but it was that or no trailer.
  10. Twice with pictures. First is a stop in Connecticut at my sisters house with my '55 T-Bird.
    55 Bird in Ct..jpg .Second is my '51 Ford two door Custom.
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  11. mlagusis
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 1,013


    I used one for towing my son's 1950 Chevy. I have used these for about 12 other cars too. The trailers work great unless you plan to reverse up a steep hill as the brakes will engage.

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  12. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,741


    Most surge brakes have a pin you can put in to prevent them from working while backing up.

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  13. 1999 HONDA ACCORD. Ironically it looked like my 54 Chevy
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  14. TrailerTrashToo
    Joined: Jun 20, 2018
    Posts: 804


    You can look on-line to see if your tow vehicle and towed vehicle are an "approved" vehicle.

    I "suspect" that tow vehicle weight and wheelbase are factored into the Uhaul GO/NO GO decision.

    Example: Three years ago, I was going to buy a 1954 Studebaker post coupe - about a 200 mile tow. The 1986 Ford F150 short bed was a "NO GO". The wife's 2012 Nissan Frontier crew cab was "approved" and I made an on-line reservation for pickup at a Uhaul dealer near the seller.

    The Stude had major hidden rust issues - OH-POOP - cancelled my reservation and drove home.
  15. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 4,741


    On the U-haul web site they have a video of how a trailer reacts to being loaded heavy in back and in front. If you are ever going to pull a trailer, it’s a great video to watch.

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  16. zooming46
    Joined: Oct 2, 2014
    Posts: 27


    Wow, thanks for all the great replies. Looks likes the U-haul trailer will be a go.
  17. True but the cars that I have hauled are too old to show up on their approved list so be ready to substitute something equal to what you are planning to transport.
  18. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,717


    Hauled a Firebird with big tires 100 miles behind my F150. Saw the straps over the tires had fell off but I had chained it front and rear.
  19. Jay McDonald
    Joined: Apr 6, 2020
    Posts: 18

    Jay McDonald

    best designed trailers that I have seen, very user friendly.
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  20. MAD MIKE
    Joined: Aug 1, 2009
    Posts: 571

    from 94577

    Have used those trailers several times.
    Rugged, ugly, and smooth rolling. They've phased the older U-haul orange units out for the silver galvanized units around here. A lot easier to hose off and less likely to get visual tetanus.

    Definitely check the trailer before taking off. Have had low tire pressure, missing hardware, broken hardware, not properly hooked up, or my favorite the kid hooked up a trailer that was meant to be serviced as one of the main bolts for holding the tongue(surge brake system) onto the trailer was sheered off :eek:
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  21. 1oldtimer
    Joined: Aug 21, 2003
    Posts: 7,748


    Same as everyone else. 1950 Mercury w/ ‘94 1500 p/u over the grapevine and 1960 Studebaker wagon from AZ with same truck on the 8 (over the hill).
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2020
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  22. Mopar Tony
    Joined: Jun 11, 2019
    Posts: 338

    Mopar Tony

    I hauled a 1957 Ford Thunderbird from SE Iowa to Colorado Springs on a U-Haul trailer with no issue. It pulled straight and couldn't even really tell it was there. I went about 80mph the whole way.

    I figured I was the only one here that ran derby LOL
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  23. Uhaul probably wonders why I am always hauling 64/65 Nova's, lol
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  24. Used one to pick up my 39. No troubles at all.

    1939 Ford.jpg
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  25. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 7,202

    Bandit Billy

    Not a hot rod by a long shot but this little Nova followed me home from Spokane on a U-Haul trailer. Trailered like a charm. 7 hours, most at freeway speeds.
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  26. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,763


    Uhaul didn't seem to have a problem with the '50 Dodge I was going to transport. I didn't mention the '23 T I was bringing back. They did have a problem with towing with my Jeep Wrangler jk, so I borrowed my buddy and his 3/4 ton truck. No problems either way... 0309191025.jpg 20190816_185641.jpg
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  27. 51 mercules
    Joined: Nov 29, 2008
    Posts: 3,151

    51 mercules

    I tried to rent one and they refused to rent it to me. I have a Z71 Chevy Silverado 1/2 ton with a tow package, said I need a 3/4 ton truck. They wanted to rent me a U-Haul box truck to tow they're trailer.
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  28. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,192

    from Nicasio Ca

    Quick question while I have your trailer ears. I just bought this for $200 with new tires, registered, was a camper. I want to use it to tow my little Bantam if we take it somewhere distant. Want to lower it down. It looks like I could just drill new spring holes. Right now there's 4.5 inches between the U bolts and the frame. The leaf springs can go about 2 inches before they are dead flat. So you figure I could go up 2 inches on the holes? Figure 2,000lb. load with the Bantam, plywood and maybe a tool box.

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  29. spanners
    Joined: Feb 24, 2009
    Posts: 1,054


    Personally I'd set the trailer up with everything first and then worry about ride height. If you lower the trailer too much, every time you pull into a servo (gas station), the rear of the trailer is going to catch on the kerb.
    Also, I guarantee you will eventually add more gear to the trailer and therefore more weight so it will naturally sit lower.
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  30. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,192

    from Nicasio Ca

    Good point, thanks! Getting ahead of myself..

    If I do drill new holes I'll leave the brackets long.
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