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Old 11-24-07, 10:36 AM   #1
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Anyone know anything about auto haulers?

Getting ready for my move and I'll be hauling my wife's car out to CO while she flies ahead. I'm familiar with Pace American, but there's a couple of dealers around here with "Haulmax" and/or "American Hauler" trailers. I've never heard of these brands, but on paper, the specs look pretty close to the Pace trailers.

Since we seem to have a diverse collection of experience here, I figured I'd toss it out and see if anyone knows. Thanks!
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Old 11-24-07, 10:47 AM   #2
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So you are BUYING a trailer rather than renting it one way?

Hah. So maybe I WILL get to meet you. I'll be out that way in March...
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try craigslist for someone to drive your wife's car to Co.

we did that when we needed my grandmas car driven form MI to CT

or contract with a nationwide auto hauler/auto delivery service.

i'm not sure why you want to buy a hauler and drive the durned thing out to co..
rent one?

or rent a car dolly dealie from uhaual or the equivalent.
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Old 11-24-07, 12:27 PM   #4
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Can't rent one, the max weight for all the rentals I've seen is 4000#. Her car is 5200#. Plus, having the trailer gives room (enclosed, covered) for stuff I don't want to send with the movers. Then, once I'm out there, I have my own little storage unit.

Probably before I move again (~3 years), I'm going to pick up a Jeep, too, so next move we'll still need one, even if the wife drives her own car out.

Given that I've been in the military for ~20 years, it's not like I'm making an impulse buy; I've given this some thought. I've looked at rentals (flatbeds and dollies) and am also considering flatbed trailers. I used a flatbed last move and loaded her vehicle up with stuff as well as the bed of my truck. Having an enclosed trailer offers more flexibility to take things that might be bigger than would fit in her car, for example.

Generally, buying a trailer is pretty safe. Even if I wind up selling it in the next year, I won't take much of a hit (again, experience speaking) and that hit is the price of having my wife be able to fly out to CO with our 21 month old (~6-7 hours of travel) vs driving out (~30 hours).

Sadly, about 10 years ago, I had a nice enclosed trailer that I got a great deal on. I wound up selling it - life happens. As does short foresight. I should have kept the stupid thing!
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http://www.fthr.com/trailers/cat_template.cfm?cat=car
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5200#? What is it, a Suburban? My dad has an American Hauler that has been used extensively for a number of years. He and I have used it to haul vehicles between Salt Lake City and Boise with no problems. He lets friends use it all the time and it's held up well. I don't know the specs on it but I don't think he's used it for anything quite that heavy.
Buying it is the way to go over renting one. If you can find a used one, all the better as you can pretty much sell it for what you bought it for. You'll take just a little hit if you buy it new, as you already know.
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A Suburban would gross out at around 7000#. Our small SUV (Montero Sport) is 5200#.
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Isn't the actual weight of a Montero Sport around 4200 lbs wet? I would believe 5200 lbs to be closer to GVWR. Or do you mean that you will have the Montero filled with goods to the point it is at GVWR?
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Hmmm... good point. Yes, it is about 42-4300# curb weight, 5200# gross. And yes, I plan to load it up with as much as I can stuff into it.
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