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    towing question

    I have to move my girlfriends car 900+ miles.
    Daytona Beach to Baltimore.

    Which would you use? A dolly or a full trailer. The full trailer cost about $150 more to rent. We will be using a u-haul truck as the towing vehicle.
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    A full trailer is always going to be better for the car over that length of a tow.
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    Dolly unless it is a really nice car. In that case have it shipped by a car moving company.

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    I'm a car guy and always go with the full trailer when needed, much better for the car...
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    Depends on the vehicle. I towed my Honda CRX from Houston to San Diego using the dolly style with no problems. It was manual transmission.
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    well its no show car, a '93 accord. i was reading on the u haul website and it doesnt recomend the dolly for long distance or highway speed. has anybody used a dolly on the highway? i'll be on I95, where the average flow of traffic is 65-75 mph.

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    Like I said, long distance or freeway speed - trailer it.

    Your call on nice car/not nice car, but if it is the only car you got, trailer the sonofabitch.
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    We had a dolly for use behind the motorhome. It served the purpose, but within a couple years my father went to a four wheel down tow system. The dolly in my opinion is harder on the car due to the ride it sustains, as well as turning, etc.

    We have a tandem axle trailer to tow the race cars and it's so much nicer to drive it on, strap it down and head down the road. With the trailer we pull over a few miles down the road, check the straps once and head out. With the dolly we were constantly stopping to check the wheel net/straps and make sure the safety chains were still in place. The dolly is also impossible to back up if you're in a pinch. Find yourself in a position where you need to back up with a dolly and that 150 extra won't seem too bad. Too many times if we ended up in a pinch you would have to unload the car, unhook the dolly, back the tow vehicle around, hook the dolly up, reload the car, check the straps down the road, etc etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carramrod View Post
    I have to move my girlfriends car 900+ miles.
    Daytona Beach to Baltimore.

    Which would you use? A dolly or a full trailer. The full trailer cost about $150 more to rent. We will be using a u-haul truck as the towing vehicle.
    Kinda funny the difference in replys between here and SBN huh. I didn't reply there, but I'd trailer the car. I've never trusted dollys for long trips. Just can't get comfy with them. Good luck.


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    Hire some bum to drive it there for you.

    Have you compared the price to have it shipped vs renting a trailer? The van/truck you will be pulling it with will obviously use more fuel pulling anything.
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    I dollied my Dad's buick about 550 miles behind a U-haul truck at freeway speeds. No problems as the front wheel drive portion was up on the dolly and the non drive rear wheels were on the ground. As I remember it was a late 90's Buick.

    Up to you dude, but my experience was ok on the dolly.

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    Here's another vote for a full trailer...or, like someone said above, have someone you know drive it there for you. Out of curiosity, why can't you drive the U-Haul and have your girl drive her car?
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    Your car is front wheel drive so the dolly will work fine for you. What you don't want to do is ever tow a rear wheel drive vehicle from the front. Unless you first drop the drive shaft of course.
    The the full U-Haul car trailers are fairly light weight however so If I were you I would go that route. They are much better at higher speeds even though, for U-Hauls liability they say not to exceed 45mph, you will be fine at 60.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishmick View Post
    why can't you drive the U-Haul and have your girl drive her car?
    30mpg est / 900 miles = 30 gallons of gas @ est $3.40 per gal = $102.00. vs $150.00 for trailer + extra fuel for U-Haul to pull trailer.......

    Have her drive it does sound like a better deal to me.

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    If it were up to me, I would have her drive it. Unless she is afraid of driving long distances. I presume the two of you can figure out a communication system on when to stop for fuel, eats, etc. Have the U-haul as the lead vehicle. Unless you don't feel that the car can make the trip on its own. Otherwise trailer it.


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    Couple of thoughts...

    Is it worth moving the car? If so -- why not drive it? Among other things, unless you're going to do 900 miles in one day (long day... 15 or so hours, plus stops and traffic issues), you're going to have to stop. It's a bitch if the only vehicle you've got is the move-it-yourself truck and you want some dinner or something... Pulling her car off the dolly or trailer would still be a pain.

    If it's not going to survive the drive -- is it really worth moving the car? Do you want a problem in the middle of the trip? You'd still be looking at $300 to $400 to tow it -- and then have to replace it in 6 months anyway...

    If you do have to tow it -- I'd go with the trailer. Least stress on the car; least amount to go wrong. No worries about the car slipping off the dolly, or going splat if the hitch somehow fails.

    (Yeah... did a lot of this math a few years ago when I got married. We decided to sell my wife's car there, use the proceeds to reduce the moving costs, and got a new car a few months down the road. But I have a take home that I can use pretty much 24/7 unless I go out of town, too, so she just took my car.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by nsb22 View Post
    Kinda funny the difference in replys between here and SBN huh. I didn't reply there, but I'd trailer the car. I've never trusted dollys for long trips. Just can't get comfy with them. Good luck.
    your on sbn ?

    we will be trailering it
    dont wanna drive it at this point unless it gets a look over by a mechanic.
    the transmission slips a little
    the front brake pads are about done and it has a warped rotor

 

 

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