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

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  1. not4hire

    not4hire Road Train Member

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    Or, you could put that in your signature. And you sure can't blame anyone for their comments. Just sayin'...
     
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    :thumbup:

    For the uninitiated I've included a couple of screenshots and a Google Maps link. I once had a girlfriend that wanted to get out and walk it scared her so bad :biggrin_2559: and I was driving nice too. o_O:(

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  4. Brandonpdx

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    What I was going to say. A 31' travel trailer will have a 2 5/16" coupling and U-haul equipment only uses 2". Ain't gonna work. Some smaller travel trailers have 2" coupling but not many.

    Other problem is I don't think the electrical pigtail would work either. RV's use a 7 way round plug similar to a tractor trailer and I don't think U-haul trucks have those. They do make an adapter to plug a 4-prong trailer pigtail into a 7 way socket on the truck but not sure if they make an adapter to do it the other way around.
     
  5. Jiggaman_16

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    - Most of the bigger U-Haul trucks come with the 4 flat / 7 round plug
    - receiver / ball mount provision on the rear bumper of bigger U-haul trucks

    see post # 20 on page 2
     
  6. Troy_

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    yep, they make them. in pretty much every configuration you could think of
     
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    Actually spun out on return climb. Fortunately had four wheel drive. I engaged it and got up okay. But the transmission got hot, I put transfer case in low range, then I was good.
     
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  8. Zonie

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    I wouldn't just for all the reasons stated above (Ball size, no brake controller, etc) but also cost. They get you for what, $0.59 per mile? Ouch. Two people suggested borrow a truck from a buddy, or find a local small car dealership that may be willing to rent you a truck for a weekend. You'd be surprised what you can find.

    Someone also mentioned an equalizer hitch. It is a load distribution hitch AND a sway controller. They work. I had one when I pulled a TT with my V8 AWD Sport Trac. That is a small pickup with a 7K tow rating. With a Prodigy brake controller, equalizer, and the electronic sway control, this thing towed smooth as glass. MY Tow vehicle weighd 4,500# and the trailer 6,100 wet (Verified at a Cat Scale).

    When you do find a tow vehicle:
    1. Never go down a hill faster than you can go up it.
    2. Pay attention to the traffic ahead of you.
    3. Take it easy.
    4. Don't skimp on not having a brake controller. *
    5. Use lower gears down hills like the sign says.
    6. Don't overload the trailer (The tag on the front Left tells you what you can carry)
    7. Always inflate the tires to max pressure so you have max weight capacity. On the trailer this will be 50-65 PSI.
    8. Trailer tires are usually rated at 65MPH. Stay at or below that. You are on vacation, no hurry.
    9. Be safe and have fun.
    * U Haul trailers have surge brakes. Travel trailers do not.
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