Needed: Advice To Tow A Car Trailer - Hemi Truck Club
 
Go Back   Hemi Truck Club > Technical Forums > Towing, Hauling and Hitching

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-20-2017, 10:38 AM   #1
Jim-CO Chapter Dictator
 
RockyMtnXpress's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Salida, Colorado
Posts: 2,290
Needed: Advice To Tow A Car Trailer

The wife and I are off for a little road trip to California. This little road trip of ours is with purpose. If this works out to be show quality, I am hoping to acquire my dream ride. I have always wanted one when Mopar first placed them on the market in 1970.

So

We are taking the HEMI truck. This will be my first time I have been behind the wheel while towing a 3770# car on a 2200# rental trailer. I can't tell you how many times I towed a cargo trailer out of AZ to CO. So, there is a tiny bit of experience on my end. However, this trip will be different. I have ran the numbers on trailer and payload weight. I am somewhat below the max. So no problem there (I hope). I know that I am not the only one on this forum that towed a car trailer over some distance or even a short distance. What I am looking for here is some advice, or words of wisdom, on anything. "Anything" being driving habits with this special cargo, to tying down this special cargo, to anything? It would be greatly appreciated!

BTW - 99% of you have probably guessed the ride and I would post a photo of it. The problem, since I have not acquired it, is that I don't want to jinx it. The more low key I keep it, the likely I will see it without the idea of first come first serve. In other words, money talks and all others will walk and I am 1000 miles away.

__________________
RockyMtnXpress is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-20-2017, 02:39 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
CavRam's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: GA
Posts: 1,808
Your truck will tow that payload no problem, but there is an issue with tongue weight and height with (U-Haul) rental trailers. Believe it or not, I had no issue with scraping the hitch by looking at the picture. I towed from Tacoma,WA to the Mojave Desert in SoCal with no issues. After this run I did install air bag helper springs and the next move was better.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg CIMG0205.JPG (14.0 KB, 8 views)
__________________
2014 Ram 1500 Express
CavRam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2017, 02:51 PM   #3
Greg
 
Redtruck-VA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Virginia
Posts: 19,109
Garage
I tow my truck a little. Yours I would recommend the air bags and make sure the trailer brakes work like should.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 20160916_163615_001.jpg (89.4 KB, 8 views)
__________________
2003 RCSB, 2wd, "Pro-Street"
6.4L/cog driven V7-Ysi/46rh trans/HTH Truckarm coilover suspension. HP Tuning...

1956 Jeep Pickup Hemi powered "Street Rod project"

1# 2017 HTC FASTEST HEMI List....
Current 1/4 mile [email protected] (2018)
Current 60' PB 1.351 (2019) mechanical issue for 1/4m

HTC 2018 TOTY

Support vehicle- 2007 QC G56 4x4 diesel
Redtruck-VA is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-20-2017, 08:40 PM   #4
Kevin
 
BIG RED HEMI MN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Twin Cities Minnesota
Posts: 403
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by Redtruck-VA View Post
I tow my truck a little. Yours I would recommend the air bags and make sure the trailer brakes work like should.
Especially when towing upside down... ha ha!
__________________
2016 Ram 2500 Limited, 6.4L/392 Hemi, 4x4, K&N CAI, Diablo Hemifever tuned, 20x10 American Force Big Ten wheels, Nitto Ridge Grapplers, Bushwacker fender flares....more to come.

Check out my Ram truck feature page on Instagram @RamTruckAddicts and submit your truck pics.
BIG RED HEMI MN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2017, 03:19 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
boedacres's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Catawissa, Missouri
Posts: 3,430
YOU CAN DO IT. Why don't you fly in one way and drive it home?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 8595k5.jpg (78.2 KB, 2 views)
__________________
boedacres is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2017, 04:09 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
BTeves's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: All around the world
Posts: 1,106
Well if the vehicle is truly that top notch I'd certainly look into finding an enclosed trailer for the journey if that's feasible but it's going to incur a lot more weight which may require a heavier duty tow vehicle., I always cursed those random hail storms in May and June in the Denver area of CO.

Cross ratcheting is your friend when you go to tie down. And one always hopes it goes without saying but tie down on chassis, not body. I'm sure whatever the vehicle is, you can find more informative opinions on where and how exactly to tie down on other forums. Hope you get what your looking for!
__________________
2011 Dodge Ram 1500 Express Bright Silver Metallic with a few goodies. ~Gone but not Forgotten~

2016 Ram 2500 6.7 CTD Laramie MegaCab 4x4


BTeves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2017, 10:26 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
ric3xrt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: Trumbauersville
Posts: 2,651
Garage
Cross tie down, as mentioned above, on that long of a trip, try to remember the car is behind you....I know that sounds obvious but you would be surprised at how many wrecks happen because someone towing, forgets that they have an extra 22+ feet behind them.
ric3xrt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2017, 10:36 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
HemiFun05's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: College Station, Texas
Posts: 13,175
Thumbs up

- post pics too
__________________
HemiFun05
'Doc'
"Christians Aren't Perfect - We Are Forgiven"
HemiFun05 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2017, 10:46 AM   #9
Greg
 
Redtruck-VA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Virginia
Posts: 19,109
Garage
I cross tie the rear, in the front I have a "Y" strap and pull it tight with the wrench. Then I use an additional safety strap on the front just encase the winch should loosen. I have never had a winch failure, but I don't trust them for hold during a pull. The car itself I put in neutral with the parking brake full on.. good luck with your tow..
__________________
2003 RCSB, 2wd, "Pro-Street"
6.4L/cog driven V7-Ysi/46rh trans/HTH Truckarm coilover suspension. HP Tuning...

1956 Jeep Pickup Hemi powered "Street Rod project"

1# 2017 HTC FASTEST HEMI List....
Current 1/4 mile [email protected] (2018)
Current 60' PB 1.351 (2019) mechanical issue for 1/4m

HTC 2018 TOTY

Support vehicle- 2007 QC G56 4x4 diesel
Redtruck-VA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2017, 12:49 PM   #10
Kevin
 
BIG RED HEMI MN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Twin Cities Minnesota
Posts: 403
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by BTeves View Post
Well if the vehicle is truly that top notch I'd certainly look into finding an enclosed trailer for the journey if that's feasible but it's going to incur a lot more weight which may require a heavier duty tow vehicle., I always cursed those random hail storms in May and June in the Denver area of CO.

Cross ratcheting is your friend when you go to tie down. And one always hopes it goes without saying but tie down on chassis, not body. I'm sure whatever the vehicle is, you can find more informative opinions on where and how exactly to tie down on other forums. Hope you get what your looking for!
I totally agree with an enclosed trailer!!
__________________
2016 Ram 2500 Limited, 6.4L/392 Hemi, 4x4, K&N CAI, Diablo Hemifever tuned, 20x10 American Force Big Ten wheels, Nitto Ridge Grapplers, Bushwacker fender flares....more to come.

Check out my Ram truck feature page on Instagram @RamTruckAddicts and submit your truck pics.
BIG RED HEMI MN is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Premium Vendor Showcase
n2 Speed Edge InTune Edge OCPerformance Parts

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:08 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.