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Old 07-23-2006
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Moving in Aug - Towing u-haul question

Alright, I've got 3.73 L/S gears, 3.0, 4x2 auto. Plus I'm running 32's

According to my manual my GCWR is 7500 lbs and the max trailer weight I can tow is 4000 lbs.

The trailer I'm looking to tow is a 6' x 12' u-haul trailer



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* Volume: up to 396 cu. ft.
* Max load: 2,600 lbs.
* Gross vehicle weight: 4,400 lbs. max
* Empty weight: 1,800 lbs.

I'll be towing it for about 5 hours from New Jersey to Rochester, NY approx. 305 miles.

Personally I think it's fine but my fiancee doesn't believe me. She told me to post up the question here and get other opinions.

Soo..opinions? Anything I should be aware of?
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You should be in good shape. I towed one of those exact ones with a 98 explorer, granted it was a 4.0 but had the 3.73 and it was fine. I didnt even have a hitch, just the ball on the bumper lol.
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your fine in my book
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i give it a thumbs up, ive towed more than that with my 3.0 w/4.10s and its a reg cab.....the extra wheelbase will help you out.
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you should be ok, just turn overdrive off the whole time...

my brother did something simular to bill and towed a 15ft trailor packed with all his crap from south carolina to northern ohio and it did fine...
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Who ever you rent the U-Haul trailer from will tell you of you're truck can pull it.
They slap your truck info into thier computer and then a list pops up of whay you CAN tow.

I wanted to rent a car dolly to tow my brothers dead Corsica to the junkers, and the guy at U-Haul said that the trailer and car weight together was over the "recommended" limit for my Ranger.

It all comes down to the insurance side of things. They don't want you to be towing something that you're vehicle can't handle. They don't want you coming back sayin stuff like "that trailer killed my clutch", or even worse, having the trailer pull your vehicle off the road in a spin.

I've rented one of those 6"x12" trailers before and had it chalk full of stuff. You can definatly feel it behind you...at least with my 3.0....but that goes without saying. You should be fine....but it all comes down to what thier computer "recommends".

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tell them you have the 4.0.
i tried to get a dolly to tow my cherokee and they wouldnt let me when i said i had the 3.0
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Thanks guys,

I showed her the responses and I just booked it on-line.
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I've towed that one before too. You'll be fine.
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You would be fine pulling that as long as you have a hitch.
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i pulled one for 1k miles with my 2.3, piece of cake
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I pulled one of those just a few weeks ago. My truck is a bit more set up for it, but mine didn't really struggle at all. I think you'll be fine. Good luck!
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The max load on the trailer is BS, I had 3500 pounds in one last weekend!

That trailer has brakes, you will do fine, just leave OD off...
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buzzair,

I towed that exact same trailer full to the top and door form Portland Or. to Madison Wi. 2000 miles and over the continental devide. You will be fine, the brakes on it help alot. I would suggest staying under 65 mph, the trailer says not to exceed 45 mph.
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I towed the same trailer with my 2.5L 4 cylinder, 2 wheel drive, automatic fully loaded down to the roof with all my junk for my freshman year of college. I drove it 1 hour one way, but drove it back and forth 4 times. Total of about 6 hours of hauling stuff (with traffic and slow up-hill speeds).
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I also pulled the same trailer. Went to about 60, 65 mph (recommended: 45 mph). Just brake early. Oh, and they wouldn't rent it to me unless I had a hitch (which i did).
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Just change your fluid before you leave and after you get there. That might be over kill but it will be hotter than normal and Tranny's are expensive. Remember if your tranny fluid changes color you already did damage to the tranny.

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u have a hitch i suppose?

also since oyu have an efan make sure that sucker is running constant in slower moving traffic so air is constantly moving over the tranny cooler. it helps alot.
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Yep, forgot to mention that. Got a class III hitch.

Thanks for all the responses guys. I did all the weight calculations...but the girlie wasn't convinced. Now with 15+ responses of everyone saying it's fine, she's convinced. lol
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Yep, forgot to mention that. Got a class III hitch.

Thanks for all the responses guys. I did all the weight calculations...but the girlie wasn't convinced. Now with 15+ responses of everyone saying it's fine, she's convinced. lol

So your girlfriend trusts our Judgements more than yours? Man is she playing with fire than!
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