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Old 01-10-2006, 03:57 PM   #1
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Hello all. I Have my 27 foot trailer in denver and I would like to get it out to Portland, Or. My plan right now is to rent a SUV from avis. I would like to see if anyone would be willing to pull my trailer out to me. I am mainly worried about pulling it through the rockies with an inadequate vehicle so even a bit of help to salt lake city would be huge. I am planning on pulling it later this like month. I am not sure which route is easier to take or what the weather is right now. I pulled the trailer from NC to denver earlier this summer using a similar vehicle with no problems. But, kansas in the summer is not the rockies in the winter. Any advice on pulling a trailer this size w/o breaks or weather concerns would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-10-2006, 04:41 PM   #2
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Well.... How heavy is the trailer - 27 foot, what model and year?

You can rent Pickups, tow ready, from national rental chains. We rented a 3/4 ton gmc last year to tow with while our truck was being repaired.

Longer wheel base is better for longer trailer...
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thanks for the reply. who did you rent the truck from? That would be much safer.

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Old 01-10-2006, 05:32 PM   #4
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This website has a list of transporters

http://www.airstreamtrailers.com/

In case you don't want to do it yourself. With the weather in January/February being pretty rough all over, I wouldn't blame you.
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We rented from Budget. Most of the national rental companies show PU's on their websites - but they are listed as 1/2 ton trucks - some with V-8's. Our experience was that they often have other stuff on the lots and you can request.
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Fish eye,

I regularly travel from southwest Florida to Hood River, OR (1 hour east of Portland on I-84 and sometimes go thru Denver. Take I-25 North to I-80 west to I-84 west to Portland. There are some long grades but nothing over 5% climbing and 6% grades downhill. I have towed a full motorcycle trailer at 3500lbs and my 19' Bambi at 4500 lbs with my Dodge Sprinter and have had NO PROBLEMS with 165 HP and 255 ft. lbs of torque. You might slow on some of the longer climbs but it isn't that bad.
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But, kansas in the summer is not the rockies in the winter.
UNDERSTATEMENT! . . . How about I-25 south to I-10 east to California, then north . . .or better yet, put it in storage and wait until April. I couldn't be paid to tow my own trailer around here right now, certainly not someone elses. Good luck, Roy
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That means I-70.....

Out of Denver I think you have to take I-70 West.... I just came thru I-70 East to Denver two weeks ago towing our 1950 Cruiser. You would need 4WD or chains if there is any existing snow or chance of snow. The summit is over 10,000 feet about 100 miles west of Denver. I almost got stuck, ironically, behind a driver with a newer front wheel drive Volkswagon and Colorado plates who would s-t-o-p and s-t-a-r-t again, and again, and again. I don't think you can rent a vehicle with electric tow brakes (which you legally have to have connected). It would be cheaper to have it hauled. Wait at least until late March until all threat of snow has passed. By the way, I-70 thru Kansas is not bad if you stop at the 50 ft. tall gopher or Fort Hayes or Abilene! I did the stretch from Kansas City to Denver FOUR times this last trip of over 6000 miles.....
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It regularly snows BIG here in April and into May, but between spring storms the roads are usually dry. - Roy
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I got a quote from some of the towing outfits. They all wanted about $800 dollars to take it 500 miles. That is a bit steep for me since I would then still have about 700 miles left to go. I think that I am going to just rent the 3/4 ton pick up from enterprise and leg it out over 5 days. Is there any way to hook up the breaks in a way that would not alter the rental? All your info has been really appreciated. There seems to be 2 faction on this site. The safety first, only pull a trailer with a nine tone rig in the perfect conditions faction and the "ef it" group. I am currently in the "ef it" group but lets see which group I am in when I get. Godspeed to all my ef it friends.

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Just my .03 I would take I-25 to I 80 to I 84 and follow to Portland. The weather has been pretty mild over here, so if you travel during the day you shouldn't have much of a problem at all. Maybe some slush to contend with.

Some brake controllers plug into the harness under the dash. You can attach it to the dash with velcro. Just something to think about.

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Be careful with rentals...

Perhaps other members can chime in here....
Any trailer over 3000 pounds or more than a single axle must have operable and connected trailer brakes. I don't know if your rental truck has electric trailer brakes but rental contracts usually cover towing liability in the boilerplate (small) legal nomenclature. If your rental agency does not expressly state in your contract you can tow with their vehicle, then I would not. In the event of an accident, even if it is not your fault, no insurance would cover you and you would be liable. Even if it was not your fault.....
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You have to have trailer brakes!

When we rented a truck, it came with a complete tow package - including a brake controller - start calling around - see what you find out.
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