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Old 05-14-2007, 05:20 PM   #15
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Have you check out renting a UHaul trailer? You wouldn't have to sell it when you are done with it...pj
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:20 PM   #16
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:23 PM   #17
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I hate to bring this up but what about sway control. While most of these trailers don't have any, I was following a Chevy Caprice that was pulling a single axle U-Hall trailer when the trailer began swaying. Within seconds the sway became so violent that the car almost went into a sideways slide. Neither vehicle overturned but the car ended up on the shoulder of the highway perpendicular to the highway, with the trailer almost perpendicular to the car. These folks were doing about 60-65 when this happened. Really scary to see this unfold and how fast it occurs.

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Old 05-14-2007, 05:42 PM   #18
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I hate to bring this up but what about sway control. While most of these trailers don't have any, I was following a Chevy Caprice that was pulling a single axle U-Hall trailer when the trailer began swaying. Within seconds the sway became so violent that the car almost went into a sideways slide. Neither vehicle overturned but the car ended up on the shoulder of the highway perpendicular to the highway, with the trailer almost perpendicular to the car. These folks were doing about 60-65 when this occurs. Really scary to see this unfold and how fast it occurs.

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Jack,

The can install an anti-sway device on the hitch, but the guy told me to try driving it first to see how it towed.

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Old 05-14-2007, 06:34 PM   #19
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hey um i used a one way trailer company that was pretty cheap called penske or something that is alot cheaper than uhaul+ thier stuff is less than 3 years old meaning they sometimes sell their trailers to guess who...uhaul

i like you buying the trailer but not towing it with a smaller engine than needed and bargaining is good
now about your puchase i have a joke phrase:
In the road of life there are many forks in the road, and if you are unsure which one to take, do this; take the one you most eat with, ha ha ha I made that one up I mean talk to someone
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Old 05-14-2007, 06:43 PM   #20
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I think $2200 is too much! I sold one just like it last year, was 3 years old, got $1600 for it. Brakes, good rubber, side opening doors, side door, etc.
Gotta' wheel and deal on these things. JMO and you can take it fwiw.
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Old 05-14-2007, 09:33 PM   #21
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Jack,

The can install an anti-sway device on the hitch, but the guy told me to try driving it first to see how it towed.

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Well the problem is that I'm concerned that the sway may come at the wrong time. For example you may hook it up empty and it shows no sign of sway. Put a load in it and it reacts differently. Way too late if it starts exhibiting some nasty properties when you start traveling.

Sway can be triggered by situations which may not show on a test tow. Most of us who have towed do not put on sway components because we experienced a problem, we put it on to prevent it from occuring.

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Old 05-14-2007, 09:57 PM   #22
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add has been pulled.

why tie up money owning a cargo trailer for one trip, one way?

rent a trailer from uhaul or ryder or another national operation.

sway control can be part of the rental unit.

IF you are gonna tow 2500-3000 lbs with an exploder...

make sure the tires are fresh, well inflated and the brakes current.

take your time. keep the speed under 60 and add some towing mirrors to the ford.

how many boxes of books? the weight adds up quickly.

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Old 05-14-2007, 10:23 PM   #23
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Myra,
A few more opinions & suggestions:
The 1,700 lbs for the 6x12 SA is average.
With brakes you get the full load rating for what I assume is a 3.5K axle.
The same trailer without brakes is derated to get under the 3K Federal rule that requires brakes for all units rated over 3K Gross Wt. rating.
Having the brakes does add some to the value but unless the west coast effect is that severe, it is overpriced. I have a new 6x12 Pace with some extra options (motorcycle package, 6" extra interior height, torsion axle, etc.) listed for $2,950 + sales tax.
The link to Craigs List was not working for me so I could not see the brand or general condition.
There are some cheaply made trailers out there & you need to be careful.
Does it have a torsion or leaf spring axle? As a general rule the leaf spring axles are standard on the lower end or economy models for the different manufacturers. Even the big companies; Pace, Haulmark, etc. have economy models that have lighter gauge construction & less expensive axles.
Less expensive does not mean they don't work well. A 4" drop, leaf spring axle works great on a 6 x 12. (Usually the 4" drop axle is in place to compliment the ramp door)

Your Ranger: Have a receiver hitch or planning to tow from the bumper?
Hitch is better, bumper for cross country is at max. load rating is not a good idea.
This thing loaded will push you when trying to stop. If the axle has elec. brakes you will need to invest in a brake controller to make them work.
If I were playing Dad in this conversation it would be "Please, please no".
The age of your truck might mean the transmission would be a weak link in towing that far and with that much weight and wind resistance. And if this trailer has a flat or even semi-flat front wall it will add to the hardship of towing, especially at any speed over 45mph. The engine will have to run at a higher temp. while towing, hopefully not to the point of overheating. The 6 cyl. works in your favor. Much better than if it was a 4 cyl.

The Dad in me would suggest - find a good Penske rental agency, rent a box truck for your stuff and a trailer for your truck. If you do break down in the rental at least you have a support system and not out there on your own.

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Old 05-14-2007, 11:02 PM   #24
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I understand the concern. Thank you. What if I get the smaller 8x5 trailer? I'm getting rid of more of my stuff, including my heavy desk, so now everything is very minimal, all light weight. He is selling the 8x5 trailer for $1300. I don't want to rent because I don't know where I'm going. I might end up in Texas for a while and then Virginia and so on, which is why I wanted an Airstream to begin with. I'm starting to feel frustrated and depressed. No Airstream. My stupid truck can't tow anything. And I have to get out of here by midnight Sunday. I'm getting really fed up.
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buying and pulling a small single axle storage trailer IS one way to learn about towing issues...

but the hit in gas milage, issues parking, backing up and simply finding a place to sleep/eat while hauling it...

do add to the price...

is it silver?

how about a base camp!

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Old 05-15-2007, 12:44 AM   #26
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All the best to Myra in her travels!!!

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Old 05-15-2007, 05:59 AM   #27
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What if I get the smaller 8x5 trailer?

Your ranger will handle the 5 x 8 much better than the 6 x 12.

If you buy the trailer, keep this in mind while loading:
The trailer is built on a 60/40 ratio. Meaning that the axle is probably located about 60% back from the front. Try to load your things with the same ratio,
60% of the weight ahead of the axle, the remaining 40% behind the axle.
Most of the misbehaving (swaying) is caused by improper loading. People will put a lot of stuff in the rear of the trailer, reducing the tongue weight, and then at some particular speed the trailer starts swaying. Same can happen with to much tongue weight. Try not to be extreme one way or the other.

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Old 05-16-2007, 12:13 AM   #28
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Hi Myra,Sorry to add to your head aches.If your trucks an automatic,you'll have to get a transmission cooler installed before you tow with it. Brian
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