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Old 08-12-2011, 01:05 AM
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towing question...

so i'm planning on towing the lude about 70 miles, and going to rent a uhaul auto transport:
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the problem is that the rear springs on my truck are pretty weak and am thinking that i might have to load it backwards to take less strain off the truck. is this a good idea?
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Old 08-12-2011, 02:03 AM
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Can't see it being any different than any other vehicle. Just make sure it's in neutral and the steering is locked! Don't quote me on that though, I've never done it before and I could be wrong.
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Re: towing question...

gotcha, it just seems like from the car having a little extra weight on the front, it might put a more strain on the front of the trailer. i'm getting the car on the trailer tomorrow, so if the truck doesn't squat too much with the lude facing forward, i'll roll with that. but if it squats too much, should i back it in rear first, so the bulk of the weight sits on the axle of the trailer? do you think it would pose a problem, safety-wise? i know there's a lock on the hitch, but i didn't want it to pop off the ball and i'll lose the trailer.
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gotcha, it just seems like from the car having a little extra weight on the front, it might put a more strain on the front of the trailer. i'm getting the car on the trailer tomorrow, so if the truck doesn't squat too much with the lude facing forward, i'll roll with that. but if it squats too much, should i back it in rear first, so the bulk of the weight sits on the axle of the trailer? do you think it would pose a problem, safety-wise? i know there's a lock on the hitch, but i didn't want it to pop off the ball and i'll lose the trailer.
Ohh, duh. I should have clicked the link before I replied. I was thinking like towing via "dragging" the car like a normal tow truck. Using the laws of physics, by putting more weight on the opposite side of the axle (towards the back), you should be putting less compression on your springs. The flaw is exactly as you're thinking; it could pop the ball off. I've never towed anything, so I'm not sure what it takes to keep the hitch together. As long as the ball doesn't pop off, it seems like a good idea. I can't speak from experience, so take my advice with a grain of salt and use common sense, lol. I am not responsible for my advice that could invariably be horrible
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Re: towing question...

it's all good. i could be wrong, but i remember something like a 60/40 weight distribution on the lude. so i would still have 40 percent of the car spread across the front of the trailer and the hitch.... well, i guess i'll have to use my best judgement tomorrow. thanks randall, anyone else has other tidbits for me before then?
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I have to have clicked the website link prior to I replied. i experienced been pondering like towing through "dragging" the vehicle like a common tow truck. making use of the laws of physics, by placing far more bodyweight within the opposite facet belonging to the axle (towards the back), you ought to be placing much less compression in your springs. The flaw is specifically as you're thinking; it could pop the ball off. I've in no way towed anything, so I'm not certain what it requires to maintain the hitch together. As prolonged since the ball doesn't pop off, it appears like a great idea. I can't talk from experience, so carry my tips using a grain of salt and use typical sense, lol. I am not accountable for my tips that could invariably be horrible
that is exactlly what randall said....duh
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woah, strange, you answered almost verbatim to randallsharp... so backwards towing equals not good? maybe?
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it's all good. i could be wrong, but i remember something like a 60/40 weight distribution on the lude. so i would still have 40 percent of the car spread across the front of the trailer and the hitch.... well, i guess i'll have to use my best judgement tomorrow. thanks randall, anyone else has other tidbits for me before then?

when towing, you want no more than 10% of the of the towing vehicles towing capacity on the tongue of the trailer.
so my STi is capable of towing 2000lbs, which should be no more than 200lbs on the tongue. the gross weight of my jetski + trailer is around 1200lbs, but i put a scale under the tongue jack wheel which was 105lb's


like mentioned, if the load is shifted too far backwards on the trailer, you risk popping the hitch off the ball. if its shifted too far forward, it'll weigh down the rear of the car giving you much less steering control. i say you just find a different/better towing truck/vehicle.
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What kinda truck are we talking here. You also have to consider hat 70 carefully traveled miles is not much at all. I've seen all kinds a crazy sh!t go down the roads here in MT time and time again. I've even seen jetskis behind a Subaru!!!
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that is exactlly what randall said....duh
I don't even see this post? Where did it come from? lol

He took my post and used a thesaurus on a few words... wow... Flattering I guess?
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