Can a uhaul truck tow a 31ft travel trailer for 20-35 miles?

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  1. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

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    I doubt it weighs over 7000k. What you’ll need is a class 3 hitch. Bumper hitch ain’t gonna get it. Unless it’s equivalent to a class 3. Be careful if you decide to pull it. They like to sway and will get away quick. I speak from experience, pulling a 30 foot, 4200# lightweight camper, I lost it, hit the median at 70 mph. Luckily no one got hurt. The rest of the trip was white knuckle 55 mph, Lol. Wife refused to ever ride with that camper again. Caught me off guard. They’re dangerous, over 24 ft. Fifth wheel, much safer. Good Luck
     
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  3. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    My father in laws 32 ft camper with one slide out is plated at 7500 lbs for weight (never actually weighed it). That's weight, the rating is I believe is 8,500.

    Anyway other than the ball size mentioned before, you'll have three more issues.
    1. No 7 way plug means no electric brakes.
    2. No anti sway hitch
    3. The ball is likely lower making the camper not ride level.
    Basically even if the physical connection works, it's still a rollover waiting to happen.
    Personally I would suggest a neighbor pull it, or find a service on Craigslist to move it for you.
     
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    Ddr1992 579 Medium Load Member

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    The name tequila is for my dog that got taken last year so lay off of the jokes about my username
     
  5. Roberts450

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    Only thing I could think of reading this thread.
     

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  6. uncleal13

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    0739BF96-E064-4DDA-89E7-7D0BC01184BE.jpeg This is my setup. 27’ camper, trailer is 31’ overall. 7,000 lbs towed with my F-150 4x4 5.0 V8
    Pulled it all over the mountains of British Columbia this summer including 18% grade in and out of Bella Coola.
    Never had any sway issues. I have a proper Equalizer/ Anti-sway hitch and never drove over 62 mph.
     
  7. x1Heavy

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    A friend of mine lived and died by the anti sway technology on the class III hitch he used. I have a class III myself on the back of that tahoe but it will need additional hardware to be modern and capable of taking that kind of trailer. In addition to additional practical problems in my own vehicle. Its rather tired. If I was to say drop in a modern crate 350 into it that has a ram charger on top then yea sure. But that's a major operation. And there is the suspension in the rear axle to look at. In the end the anti sway will be part of the hitch if I ever evolve to that point which I believe I will in time.
     
  8. Troy_

    Troy_ Medium Load Member

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    hell yeah. just like this...

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    jeffman164 Medium Load Member

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    Accident waiting to happen. Tune in - details at 11:00.
     
  10. Brandonpdx

    Brandonpdx Road Train Member

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    I'm not too familiar with U-haul equipment but you would need at least a class 3 receiver hitch and a 2 5/16" ball plus a 7-way plug. Not too sure you will get that on their smaller box vans but U-haul also rents 3/4 ton pickups and Home Depot also does I believe. Those might have that stuff. Or if you know of someone that has a HD pickup or SUV already set up to tow a camper that might be your best bet.
     
  11. Jiggaman_16

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    I know, reviving a dead thread, but for information's sake ....

    U-Haul 15 ft & bigger trucks actually have a space for a 2 " receiver built into the rear bumper just beside the built-in 2" ball. It is a bit offset (a few inches away to the right of the center of the bumper) but it can definitely work. It's also recessed a bit since the horizontal part of the bumper comes out below so one would need a longer than normal ball mount (or receiver with a longer shaft / shank ... same thing). So you can use a totally different receiver / ball mount (with whatever length, drop, ball size, etc. you want) from what comes on the U-Haul truck.

    Also, even though some U-haul trucks come with a 4-flat / 7-round trailer plug, the combo plug is installed for the sake of it. No U-Haul truck comes with a Electric Brake Controller. So yeah ......

    Although if you SAFELY run a properly fused 12V power wire to the trailer brake terminal on the 7 pin trailer plug & use a bluetooth electric brake controller (the one you plug into the trailer plug at rear of tow vehicle, Curt Echo works wonderfully for this application), then it will definitely work ......but that's a story for another day. :rolleyes:
     
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