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Old 08-24-2010, 02:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aerodynamic U-Haul Sport Trailer

Just saw this today, and it reminded me of aerohead's work :

U-Haul: Equipment specs

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- Towable by any vehicle
- Fuel-efficient shape
- Front and rear access doors
Capacity
- Volume: Up to 45 cu. ft.
- Max load: 965 lbs.
- Gross vehicle weight: 1,500 lbs. max.
- Empty weight: 535 lbs.



The only thing I don't like is the empty weight. It seems like it could be lighter. But maybe that's just the price you pay for durability.

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Old 12-13-2010, 06:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just saw this today, and it reminded me of aerohead's work :

U-Haul: Equipment specs






The only thing I don't like is the empty weight. It seems like it could be lighter. But maybe that's just the price you pay for durability.

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USFRA President Jim Burkdoll told me that this was the trailer that was 'spun' at Bonneville a couple years back.No crash,but 'scary'.
Driver might have had to change his underwear.
I like this trailer,asked about purchasing one,U-HAUL said no dice!
They are robust,they have to be the way patrons abuse equipment and I also believe could be much lighter.
If things work out,I'll be able to report on the difference 'enclosing' the gap makes.
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It's heavy because it is thermally insulated.

That trailer was one of a set of two that U-Haul offered in the 1990's, the other was a portable BBQ. This one was the cooler (no kidding). They envisioned a family group outing at a lake where several vehicles were involved.

I used it numerous times behind our Jeep Cherokee on Dallas - Chicago roundtrips when our son was in college. It kept us from loading the roof rack and mpg was still near 20 at 65 mph (22-24 at 70) even with the vehicle crammed to the gills with three adults and all his stuff.

Get a MASTERLOCK adjustable hitch head to use it with, and angle it slightly nose-down, barely, once loaded properly for weight. It's road manners were great.

We calculated something like 365-bottles of beer when used to spec.

If you iced down vodka instead (Texas -- where, when we grew up it was legal to drink and drive so long as one was not drunk) you could have, ah, a closed loop fuel system and range extension.

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