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U-Haul car trailer to haul a model T


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Old 04-08-2008, 04:34:21 PM
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Default U-Haul car trailer to haul a model T

I want to haul a Model T coupe from Ohio to Georgia using a U-Haul car transport trailer. Is this a good idea? The trailer seems to be made to transport modern-type autos instead of a Model T. The tow vehicle would be a Tundra.

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Old 04-08-2008, 08:31:27 PM
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I'm no expert and I haven't seen the trailer, but first I'd get rid of the Japan'z truck and get a bow-tie.
Sorry, i'm no help but I like to kid guys that have other brand trucks.
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I would want to put a Ford T in an enclosed trailer,but anything U-haul has is built tough...only...a...I would think it sacrilegious to use the Tundra...maybe barrow an F series.

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I am not sure, have you taken measurements? Some of those trailers are designed for small cars. It would suck to find out the Ford is too wide or something. It may be fine. I tried to rent one of those trailers to haul a 74 Impala once and they would not even think about renting it to me....

I always preach about having enough truck to get the job done. Most trucks can pull trailers on flat straight land. I even moved a full size on a trailer around with a Ranger in the yard. But when you get to going up and down the hills, that is where you start wanting a lot more truck real quick. I jacknifed a F-100 across the ditch coming down a pretty steep hill up by Clarksville once, towing a car. Too fast and not enough truck to hold the load back. Scared me to death and did not impress my dad much either. I guess where I am going with this is some of those new imported trucks are getting pretty stout and I do not know how big yours is, but it would be a shame to mess up an old car in an incident. I do not think those particular cars weigh a whole lot, but the brakes on those trailers work well at times and not at all at other times. Good luck and safe towing
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Default Re: U-Haul car trailer to haul a model T

You need to know the track width of the car to make sure it fits the trailer. Track width is normally measured as the center to center distance between the wheels on an axle. In your case, you just need to know the inside and outside dimensions (between tires and across tires). As long as it fits the trailer you should be good to go. The Tundra should be more than sufficient to pull that load. A 20hp Bessemer would be a far different story!
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Old 04-09-2008, 02:03:19 AM
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You should have no problem hauling a model T on one of the U-haul trailers. Several years ago I hauled a McCormick Deering O-4 on an open trailer from U-haul. 5000 lb tractor on the aluminum trailer. Did have an F-350 do a lot more truck than you are using, But the T is much lighter also. Balance out the load and watch your speed limit. The trailer I used was tagged Max Speed 45 MPH loaded.
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OK heres the deal. I just sent a 18 HP stover back to our farm in Iowa from New Jersey. Couldnt let my double axle trailer go as we were using it. So I decided to rent a Uhaul trailer. Well your going to have to lie out your teeth to get the trailer rented as their computers do not go back that far to match weight and so on with your truck your using to tow. Tell them your towing a S10 1992 pickup or something smaller and buy the insurance for 10 bucks a day. Good luck
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We moved a small UK compact car last month, my sister's car had its head gasket blow on her, just as she was going into hospital for a hip operation (we're all getting that way!) so we found a replacement car for her, out in Lincolnshire.

Hired a 16' X 6' two-axle car transporter trailer, $130.00 for 24 hours including insurance. Collected that car, took it down to Sussex where she lives and brought the old one back home for one of the boys to look at it.

No problems at all towing, but the cars both moved around a lot on the trailer, more than we expected, and we ended up putting extra straps on to keep them square on the trailer deck.

If you're not used to pulling something that length and weight (A model T is pretty heavy) then have care when towing and watch out for other drivers braking suddenly in front of you

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Default Re: U-Haul car trailer to haul a model T

As I understand it, the Tundra is supposed to be equivalent to a 1/2 ton from one of the big three makers. The model T isn't very big or heavy so the load seems appropriate to the truck. UHaul is known for having equipment that is in poor repair so check out the trailer personally before starting the trip. Maybe a trailer from a different leasing company like Ryder or Hertz would be a better idea.
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This is easier to do on some cars than others, but if you want to improve the ride when you are towing and reduce the amount the car moves, tie down to the unsprung parts of the suspension. Done properly the car will not move side to side or front to back. Also the chassis on the car will be free to work up and down when you hit the bumps. I have done this on many old cars and it really lessens the chance that a chain or strap will loosen up on the road as well. Not sure how this would work on the old Ford though...
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Default Re: U-Haul car trailer to haul a model T

Since Model T's are "buggy sprung" on the front, they are quite tippy! It would be a good idea to run your tiedowns directly to the frame of the "T" and winch 'er down as tight as you can.
I, too, see no reason that the U-haul trailer and Tundra won't make the trip in fine style. However, as was suggested, I wouldn't make the trip at more than 60 mph.
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When I hauled the Mccormick-Deering O-4 I told them it was an old International. I had the trailer for a little over a day and they charged me 50-60 bucks. My trip was over 1000 miles total. When they ask what you are towing tell them an old ford and leave it at that.
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Model T's don't weigh much at all. As long as the track width matches the trailer you will be fine. Inspect the trailer well. Some of the U-haul trailers don't get a lot of maintenance, but get a lot of abuse.
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Default Re: U-Haul car trailer to haul a model T

In our racing days we use to cross bind the rear of the car, binders went in an X. This kept the rear of the car from swaying, the slicks had little side to side support. Made a big difference in towing.
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I've used the UHaul trailers for old cars before without any trouble as far as fitting and restraining the car was concerned.

...HOWEVER...be WARNED...Uhaul Does NOT provide spare tires (and will not do so because of liability, so they say) ...My advice is to check the bolt pattern and bring your own spare rim and tire that will fit......I say this because I once had to wait 4 hours on the side of the road for their road service to come replace a tire that had failed....bring your own! ...and just don't tell them about it!! (they are lucky it was warm enough for me to wait)
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Thanks y'all for all of your input!!

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I think the reason he's towing it with the Tundra is because he doesnt want to get stuck on the way out or back!
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Well they are building the Tundras in Indiana just up the road from where they built a certain brand of steam engines that are pretty well built, must have rubbed off..
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I once towed a 96 Chevy Astro van about 150 miles behind a 95 Chevy C1500 w/t with a 4.3 liter V-6. Definately not a good combination, couldn't stop it. Anyway U-haul is very pickey about the tow vehicle. I found the combination to tell the dealer I was towing / hauling by playing on the U-haul website. It would not let me tow anything behind the 95 Chevy 1500 and it would not even let me tow the van behind an F350. I finally came up with an 89 Ford Escort behind the Astro van as an acceptable combination. I had no problem picking up the trailer with the C1500 just had to tell them I was towing with the van.
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I towed a 57 plymouth Belvedere 4 door on one up from Pa no problemo ,u haul will ask you usually what car your hauling and what with,Bring extra rachet straps as the t has narrow wheels and tires to acomodate there usual front tire strap down set up.
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