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Old 06-29-2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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In preparation for the big trip, I need to put my '66/67 Dodge D200 into storage in Montana. That means hauling it out from Maryland. I could rent a U-Haul, but for the money they want, I could probably put a fairly good dent in a 7000 GVW to 10k GVW car trailer. Any recommendations on decent dual axle trailers? I don't imagine the brick shaped Dodge will tow as smoothly as the Overlander, but I guess we can't have everything.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:17 AM   #2
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what's the weight of the truck/cargo? have you considered a tow dolly?
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:32 AM   #3
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You've got me curious. How much does U-Haul want to rent you a car trailer for such a trip?

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We tried to get a u-haul two weeks ago for a Dodge Durango. They would not let us rent it because the Durango was too heavy. I think the limit is 4100 # for a u-haul trailer... Good luck with your trip
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the issue i ran into with uhaul was that they have a large cushion with the tow veh limits. they have a feature on their site to see if you're within limits.

a quote from ny to miami fl was around $500.00/1 week.
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:18 PM   #6
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U-Haul wants over $800... probably because I'm going to the middle of nowhere, Montana. I could run a dolly, just disconnect the rear drive shaft, but I prefer towing with an actual car hauler. The D200 weighs about 3800 pounds, but I'll probably toss a few things in the bed... nothing heavy like an engine block, but even the little stuff adds up. I can pick up a beater trailer here for $1000 to $1500. A guy has a low-end 18' Carry On that is relatively new (2008) for around $1800. Even if I sell it as a loss in Montana, I'm not forking over 8 bills to U Haul.
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If you are making a roundtrip, check on the U-Haul daily rate, then pull it both ways. Back before we had a pickup truck, we used to rent U-Haul closed trailers; and the difference in cost was significant.
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Why not look at something like this? I haul cars, airplanes, tractors,etc., etc. They tow easy and resell easy too. So, buy and resell it. Especially popular in Montana I'd suppose.
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In preparation for the big trip, I need to put my '66/67 Dodge D200 into storage in Montana. That means hauling it out from Maryland. I could rent a U-Haul, but for the money they want, I could probably put a fairly good dent in a 7000 GVW to 10k GVW car trailer. Any recommendations on decent dual axle trailers? I don't imagine the brick shaped Dodge will tow as smoothly as the Overlander, but I guess we can't have everything.
I would check with some of the truck sites, such as P O W E R *W A G O N * Page for information and advise on trailers. A lot of the members of that forum use trailers to transport their PowerWagons to rallies.

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Around Atlanta, $1800 is a good price if the trailer has twin-3500 pound axles and is in good working condition. Great price if it has twin-5000 pound axles.

U-Haul wants $1000 for a 2 week, 1-way tow from GA to CA starting next week. And this was not a "last minute" quote for the rental.

Instead, I am picking up a new 18' car hauler with twin-3500 pound axles, electric brakes on both axles, and ramps to tow our 3000 pound Jetta. I would have upgraded to 5000 pound axles, but the axles were not available in our timeline as I spent too much time hoping I would find a used trailer that would fit our needs.

I should be able to sell the trailer at a loss far less than $1000 if need be.

Good luck on your trip.
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Why not look at something like this? I haul cars, airplanes, tractors,etc., etc. They tow easy and resell easy too. So, buy and resell it. Especially popular in Montana I'd suppose.
I have a 18' 10K Big Tex trailer... simple, easy and tough. Not a very smooth ride, but that's expected. Very handy

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Well, here's the situation. Normally, I wouldn't mind hauling an empty trailer back, but the return trip includes our youngest daughter who wants to look at colleges for next year and my wife who loves side trips. By the time they're done with me, I would have paid a thousand dollars to not have a trailer hanging off my hitch.

I prefer the flat, closed deck trailer to a dovetail, open deck, but it's really a matter of finding a decent deal. There were some sweet aluminum flat deck, 10k trailers, but a bit spendy. I'm in Tim's situation... I've spent too much time frittering around to be overly choosy. I have a line on some different trailers. $1800 seems the going rate for a decent dual axle, 18' trailer in good shape. I might be able to shave a few nickels, but I also don't want to buy a cheap trailer and spend a bunch of money getting it roadworthy. As I explained to my wife, tires and "stuff" can make a bargain not a great deal. I'll keep you posted and let me know if you see a deal.
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Hi, buy a tow bar and disconnect the drive shaft; Worked for me! Buy some magnetic tow lights too. If you use a trailer, you have to consider the weight of the trailer too.
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Flat towing that D200 would be down right scary and probably illegal without a towed brake controller. Just my opinion.

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