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Old 08-21-2009, 11:04 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thx Istas, I couldn't see it before either. That certainly IS an interesting and unexpected trailer, $20 per day in town per U-Haul rentals: Cargo trailers, utility trailers and sport trailers



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this very question lurked in my own mind. my parents have a chevy tracker, as jacked up and tough it may look, it is still a 2 liter. They haul enough weight to break the 5x8 trailer.
I looked over my 1781cc sube and saw it has alot of extras, more stuff then a simple leaf spring tracker keeping it extraordinary. I assume it was rally racing of its generation. I welded and welded, added some aftermarket struts, and hauled its own engine in the back, complete (about 200 pounds in a square meter area- very very heavy). lo and behold, it took it like a bigger passenger. I underestimated it. I do see FWD econo buggies hauling stuff, and it made up my mind to go for a hitch sometime.

If there is one made for your vehicle, it is safe by somebodies important standard written, other than that, custom weld and look over the whole cars structure, and then let state inspection worry about it. IE: a ford ranger welded to take a 302 v8, and custom frame stregth..see what I mean? the weight of hitch rating oe could be doubled by reason of work.
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You all know what I haul with things that weren't meant to do it...

That S-10 takes a beating... that's for sure.
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You all know what I haul with things that weren't meant to do it...

That S-10 takes a beating... that's for sure.
You and that s10.

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I thought about making a trailer from a totaled Corvette this week... but the car sold for more than I wanted to pay for it.

The basic idea was from one of those Uhaul sporties posted above, but using the actual chassis/axle of the Corvette with a small motor so that the trailer could "park" itself with minimal effort.

Probably more weight than necessary for such a small trailer project, but it still would have been pretty pimp, I think. LOL.

Oh - the S-10 needs a front universal joint. I'll change it this weekend.
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I wouldn't feel safe with what is legal for my car to tow, a class I trailer is 2,000 pounds or less, up to 48 feet long and does not have brakes of it's own, that is what is listed as being ok for a compact car to tow, according to my pocket ref auto guide.
but towing a 400 pound load of dry wall, I have no issue stopping or turning with that, hauling trash is not a problem! hauling 2,000 pounds of dirt... that I barrow a truck for.
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I wouldn't feel safe with what is legal for my car to tow, a class I trailer is 2,000 pounds or less, up to 48 feet long and does not have brakes of it's own, that is what is listed as being ok for a compact car to tow, according to my pocket ref auto guide.
but towing a 400 pound load of dry wall, I have no issue stopping or turning with that, hauling trash is not a problem! hauling 2,000 pounds of dirt... that I barrow a truck for.
48 feet? Is that a typo? I'm almost certain without looking that 48 feet is beyond Class C license classification in PA.
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Yes, 48 foot long trailer is legal behind a compact car, at least in Wisconsin, it varies by state.
I'm not advocating doing anything unsafe, so check your owners manual, read the label on your hitch, know the laws and most of all make sure that what you are doing still allows you to control your car!
With that said, most things people feel they need a truck or SUV for can be done with a trailer and a quality hitch on your car.
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I have a trailer hitch on my Civic VX and use it to tow a small 10 foot long by 4.5 foot wide flat bed trailer and have found that while towing that trailer on the interstate and around town I still get 39-40mpg, much better then I could with a pick up truck and for things like 12 foot long sheets of drywall I would still need a trailer even if I had a pickup truck, I still barrow a pickup truck for hauling dirt, gravel and other loads that would end up weighing more then my Civic does, but for hauling dry wall, lumber, trash and other bulky items it works great!
I started thinking more about this while talking to a friend of mine about trailers as he had a small one for his ridding lawn mower and towed it with his Toyota Avalon and was telling me that his daughter wanted to get one as well to tow behind her Chevy Malibu.
So what kind of trailers do the rest of you use and what do you do with them? are you able to eliminate the use of a pickup truck all together?
I've got a 1,000-lb GVW kit trailer I bought for $136 back in the 1980s.That same trailer is available today at Harbor Freight Tools for the same identical price as 25 years ago.------------- I've used it as a flatbed,with a box on it to carry sand and aggregate,and also with a crude aerodynamic shell fabbed up from electrical metal tubing ( skeleton ) and 1/8-inch Luan Mahogony (sp?) door skin covered in one layer of FRP,and FRP Radii cast from the inside of large SCD -80 pipe and FRP corners cast inside hemispherical barbecue lids.------------- The trailer went to California and back behind the CRX and I averaged 50-mpg,even at over 3,300 pounds gross.She had no sides or belly or axle fairing or leafspring fairing,something I hope to remedy for the September trip to the West Coast behind the T-100.Also hope to have the movable gap-fillers( which cut drag by 20% ).--------- I'm hoping she will "add" mpg.----------P.S. I also have a Suzuki TM 400-based 1-wheel trailer which only got 48-mpg behind the CRX,but it turns out that I had 2 burned through vacuum lines near the firewall that I could not detect ;til I got home.She might have done better.Hope to retest one day.

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