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Old 06-07-2020, 02:54 PM   #21
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The advantage of a pickup tow vehicle is you can haul tools, parts, whatever in the bed. Anyway, the U-Haul site you linked gives specs for both trailer and tow vehicle. They say the trailer weighs 2210 pounds. Model A weight varies with body style but 3000 pounds should cover any passenger car (AA trucks generally are heavier). So you're looking at around 2-1/2 tons. Websites for specific makes give towing capacities for their models. Here is a link that gives specs for midsize crossover/SUV:

https://www.tflcar.com/2019/10/i-wan...9-2020-update/

Course too much towing capacity is better than not enough.

Iím in agreement on the advantages of a pickup. I owned an F-150 several years ago, but my wife didnít like to drive it. At this point, it will be her Odyssey (which she loves) that will be leaving the ďstable.Ē She also has a 2016 Mustang convertible, but ďlosingĒ that car is not an option. (We both love driving it.)

Thanks for the link. I have searched on google a number of times before posting on this site, and this one of the best links Iíve seen so far.

I need to find something that will keep my wife happy. ;-)

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Old 06-08-2020, 03:21 AM   #22
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Old 06-08-2020, 07:22 AM   #24
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Agree with getting the biggest you can to tow. Also, if youre planning a rent from Uhaul, I would check with your local dealer first. I had to pick up a chevy cavalier one time and their computer would not let me rent. Said my truck was not strong enough. At the time I had a heavy duty F150, trailer/towing package. Fortunately I knew the girl at the rental yard very well (it was a local lumber yard I frequented) and told her that I regularily towed my 6000lb skid loader with said truck. She did rent and I had no problem.
Having said all of that, the Uhaul trailers are def. beefy, and very heavy. You may be better off finding a nice alum. trailer from someone that you can rent for the weekend. If you think you may want a truck the new Ford Rangers look pretty decent, a bit smaller than the F150, no idea on their towing though.
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Old 06-08-2020, 08:30 AM   #25
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Son had Ford Explorer with independent rear axle, towing boat approx 3000# above
40 mph swayed all over road, if you have class 1 hitch on vehicle limited as what you can tow. Some rental agencies will not rent trailer if you have indenpendent suspension
in rear as some vehicles flipped over.
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Bob, I have a Lincoln Aviator with the V8 (-which is the sister vehicle to the Explorer) and mine has a 7100 pound towing capacity with IRS. I have hauled Model-As inside an enclosed trailer traveling 75 mph without any handling issues whatsoever.

I also have had several Edges and an Explorer that we have towed an enclosed trailer with. The towing platform is the same between the two with the exception of the towing capacity of the Edge is less because of the rear spring capacity of the Edge due to no 3rd row seating. The tongue weight with the springs on an Edge is 350# whereas the Explorer tongue weight is 560#. With a load equalizing hitch and a sway bar, no issue towing whatsoever.

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Suggestion: find someone in your area with a similar combination. If your wife isnít comfortable with the F-150 towing with a light tow vehicle may not be either. Getting her behind the wheel to feel the weight difference may help. Even with a light weight trailer you are nearing 3500#. Controllability is the concern.
For a once a year trip it may be more cost effective to have a hauler take it out and back?
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It looks like the empty weight of the U-Haul trailer above is 2210 pounds, and Iím guessing the Model A is 2500 pounds or more; so, Iíll need something other than my Honda Odyssey to tow the Model A.
I know this is not part of the original question, but how often are we thinking about the need to tow the Model-A. Are we thinking once, -or possibly twice a year?

Another option to buying a specific vehicle is to rent a small moving truck when you rent a trailer, and just tow with that. If that is too utilitarian, another option is Enterprise rents Ĺ and ĺ ton pick-ups and vans that could be used to tow the U-haul trailer if you are only trailering once or twice a year.
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Old 06-08-2020, 09:29 AM   #28
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I have a Toyota 4Runner and a tow dolly. I can tow at 70MPH no problem and only know it's back there when I start up a hill. If I want to use a trailer, I use my dads truck and trailer. But the tow dolly has been great for my 4Runner. I got it for $500 and didn't have to buy a new car for towing.

*the 4Runner has a towing rating of 5,000 lbs. But it does not have electric brakes for a trailer. So this is why I feel more comfortable using the dolly- less weight to stop.
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Is there any risk in using a tow dolly due to the A rear end being engaged for the entire trip? Wear on the differential or anything?
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Weird how 'mericans need super heavy trucks to tow a car. We get by with a tandem (or single axle, but i don't like them as much) trailer and a little old hilux.

A decent odyssey should tow one.
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Is there any risk in using a tow dolly due to the A rear end being engaged for the entire trip? Wear on the differential or anything?
Never had any problems. People will say that it will hurt the Model A transmission, but people have towed on a tow dolly or tow bar for years and I've never heard of anything actually going wrong. I have 16" wheels and modern radials so I feel safer with those wheels on the ground going 65-70 than one of the original tires. Just my preference.
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Here you go. You need to be very good at maths

https://youtu.be/swUDFWQ5QhI
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Weird how 'mericans need super heavy trucks to tow a car. We get by with a tandem (or single axle, but i don't like them as much) trailer and a little old hilux.

A decent odyssey should tow one.
Perhaps because Americans can do an internet search - comprehend tow ratings.

Perhaps because Intelligent Americans would not pull a loaded car trailer
on a public road
with a tow vehicle rated at 3500 pounds.





Perhaps because Americans exercise “ common sense “.


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**Maximum Total Trailer Weight
Equipped with transmission cooler and power steering fluid cooler

Number of Occupants
1... 3,500 lbs (1,580 kg)
2... 3,350 lbs (1,520 kg)
3... 3,200 lbs (1,450 kg)
4... 3,050 lbs (1,380 kg)

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http://cdn.dealereprocess.com/cdn/se...07-odyssey.pdf

Odyssey tow weight disappears fairly quick with a few passengers.
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as I mentioned above, the Honda employee who wrote those optimistic specs will not be around when you are in the ditch in the rain.

err on the side of caution for the safety of all.
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Another option that hasn't been discussed. Ditch the trailer and have a Model A road trip?


One of our club members drove his slant window out to the national meet last August, almost 2000 miles in 10 days in a mostly stock car. I think he might have an overdrive but he did say he never went over 50.
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Another option that hasn't been discussed. Ditch the trailer and have a Model A road trip?


One of our club members drove his slant window out to the national meet last August, almost 2000 miles in 10 days in a mostly stock car. I think he might have an overdrive but he did say he never went over 50.

Iím not opposed to that once I hit retirement age, but I donít have that kind of vacation time to take off currently. ;-)


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Weird how 'mericans need super heavy trucks to tow a car. We get by with a tandem (or single axle, but i don't like them as much) trailer and a little old hilux.

A decent odyssey should tow one.
Better yet, so many think a $80k plus F250 with high rise suspension is needed to get groceries,
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Truly vintage gave good advice . Tow with a Pickuo and get fix ( get the wife to flex) no pun intended. The weight ratio and not just power is he issue. Much safer with a pickup. Buy a good used one for 4500 or so and you will be glad you did. I have 3 if the 99-2003 Ford f150ís and they are easy driving trucks that will do the job . The 4 wheel drive 4x4 have heavier springs.
The 2 wheel drive is fine and drives easy for a gal.
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Trailer swaying is most always caused by too little tongue weight, 10% of total weight minimum, 15% is better. I've flat-towed for many miles with no damage to trans or rear end on the A.
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