Any problems with Camry towing 4x8 trailer??

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Old 17 Jul 2006, 10:07 pm   #1 (permalink)
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I plan to rent a U-Haul trailer 4x8 like this one
http://uhaul.com/guide/index.aspx?equipment=trailer-4x8

for a trip about 1200 miles on interstate highways and about 10 miles
on city roads.
Assume fully loaded trailer. household items.
My Camry is 2003, LE, 4-cylinder.
Are there any precautions I should take?
I still have to install a hitch for it.

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Old 18 Jul 2006, 11:54 am   #2 (permalink)
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maruk2@hotmail.com wrote:
>I plan to rent a U-Haul trailer 4x8 like this one
> http://uhaul.com/guide/index.aspx?equipment=trailer-4x8
>
>for a trip about 1200 miles on interstate highways and about 10 miles
>on city roads.
>Assume fully loaded trailer. household items.
>My Camry is 2003, LE, 4-cylinder.
>Are there any precautions I should take?
>I still have to install a hitch for it.
>

Any mountains along the way, or pretty much flat? I wouldn't even attempt it
if you're going over any real mountains.

On the flat, you could pull off, but you probably won't enjoy the experience --
a Camry basically can tow about 2000lbs max, and a 4-banger is gonna strain to
do that. Personally, I'd keep it at least 500 lbs under that (say, 700 lbs of
cargo). Realize that you'll have something following you that weighs nearly
half what your car weighs, so allow for lots and lots of stopping distance.
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Old 18 Jul 2006, 12:32 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Andy Hill wrote:
> maruk2@hotmail.com wrote:
> >I plan to rent a U-Haul trailer 4x8 like this one
> > http://uhaul.com/guide/index.aspx?equipment=trailer-4x8
> >
> >for a trip about 1200 miles on interstate highways and about 10 miles
> >on city roads.
> >Assume fully loaded trailer. household items.
> >My Camry is 2003, LE, 4-cylinder.
> >Are there any precautions I should take?
> >I still have to install a hitch for it.
> >

> Any mountains along the way, or pretty much flat? I wouldn't even attempt it
> if you're going over any real mountains.
>
> On the flat, you could pull off, but you probably won't enjoy the experience --
> a Camry basically can tow about 2000lbs max, and a 4-banger is gonna strain to
> do that. Personally, I'd keep it at least 500 lbs under that (say, 700 lbs of
> cargo). Realize that you'll have something following you that weighs nearly
> half what your car weighs, so allow for lots and lots of stopping distance.


No mountains, maybe a few small hills. The trailer is 780 lbs empty,
my load
should be less than 1000 lbs. I plan to drive max 65mph all 1200 miles.

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Old 18 Jul 2006, 01:29 pm   #4 (permalink)
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<maruk2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Andy Hill wrote:
>> maruk2@hotmail.com wrote:
>> >I plan to rent a U-Haul trailer 4x8 like this one
>> > http://uhaul.com/guide/index.aspx?equipment=trailer-4x8
>> >
>> >for a trip about 1200 miles on interstate highways and about 10 miles
>> >on city roads.
>> >Assume fully loaded trailer. household items.
>> >My Camry is 2003, LE, 4-cylinder.
>> >Are there any precautions I should take?
>> >I still have to install a hitch for it.
>> >

>> Any mountains along the way, or pretty much flat? I wouldn't even
>> attempt it
>> if you're going over any real mountains.
>>
>> On the flat, you could pull off, but you probably won't enjoy the
>> experience --
>> a Camry basically can tow about 2000lbs max, and a 4-banger is gonna
>> strain to
>> do that. Personally, I'd keep it at least 500 lbs under that (say, 700
>> lbs of
>> cargo). Realize that you'll have something following you that weighs
>> nearly
>> half what your car weighs, so allow for lots and lots of stopping
>> distance.

>
> No mountains, maybe a few small hills. The trailer is 780 lbs empty,
> my load
> should be less than 1000 lbs. I plan to drive max 65mph all 1200 miles.

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I'd knock that back to 55. Yes, I know that sounds like a crawl, but if
you blow a tire at 65 hauling a trailer, it will cure any constipation you
may have. Trust me on this....I've been there and it's no fun. A smile
won't even be possible for several days, and your hands will shake just
thinking about it. Make it at 55 and relax.


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Old 18 Jul 2006, 04:45 pm   #5 (permalink)
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maruk2@hotmail.com wrote:
>Andy Hill wrote:
>> maruk2@hotmail.com wrote:
>> >I plan to rent a U-Haul trailer 4x8 like this one
>> > http://uhaul.com/guide/index.aspx?equipment=trailer-4x8
>> >
>> >for a trip about 1200 miles on interstate highways and about 10 miles
>> >on city roads.
>> >Assume fully loaded trailer. household items.
>> >My Camry is 2003, LE, 4-cylinder.
>> >Are there any precautions I should take?
>> >I still have to install a hitch for it.
>> >

>> Any mountains along the way, or pretty much flat? I wouldn't even attempt it
>> if you're going over any real mountains.
>>
>> On the flat, you could pull off, but you probably won't enjoy the experience --
>> a Camry basically can tow about 2000lbs max, and a 4-banger is gonna strain to
>> do that. Personally, I'd keep it at least 500 lbs under that (say, 700 lbs of
>> cargo). Realize that you'll have something following you that weighs nearly
>> half what your car weighs, so allow for lots and lots of stopping distance.

>
> No mountains, maybe a few small hills. The trailer is 780 lbs empty,
>my load
>should be less than 1000 lbs. I plan to drive max 65mph all 1200 miles.
>

Sure hope it's under 1000 lbs -- 1800 lbs is pushing the limits of the Camry. If
you cook your tranny, you're going to be wishing you'd just rented the regular
moving van.

I couldn't tell from the uhaul site -- does this trailer have surge brakes? If
not, I'd be really leery of hauling it behind the Camry at all -- asking the
Camry's brakes to do all the stopping for anything over 1000 lbs is iffy at
best.
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Old 18 Jul 2006, 05:35 pm   #6 (permalink)
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<maruk2@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> I plan to rent a U-Haul trailer 4x8 like this one
> http://uhaul.com/guide/index.aspx?equipment=trailer-4x8
>
> for a trip about 1200 miles on interstate highways and about 10 miles
> on city roads.
> Assume fully loaded trailer. household items.
> My Camry is 2003, LE, 4-cylinder.
> Are there any precautions I should take?
> I still have to install a hitch for it.


Although I have never towed with my CAMRY 4 Auto
I did caravan (RV) for 10 years.

Always fully laden 12 or 14 foot van.
2 adults 2 kids. Most local food to.

Each year North UK to Spain France Italy Switzerland.
My home to Barcelona was 1500 miles about.

Cars were Renault R16 1725 cc Auto with OIL COOLER on the box.
a Renault 20 TS 2000cc Auto with cooler fitted as standard on Auto.

Over the ALPS up in the snow line.
Over French Alps to Switzerland.

Usual over ride brakes on the VAN (RV)

Miles over 4 weeks holiday Circa 5000.
No problems ever.
But well maintained before setting out.
On the French Autoroutes if you were doing say 50mph on occasions
the police would pull along side and say ALEE ALEE as in get a move on.

So just enjoy the trip.

In passing we used to put steaks in metal foil containers on the top of the
engine and one on the oil cooler.
And get a well done beautiful steak done in 1 hour. A real treat.
My kids called it " Steak Manifold"

Enjoy

Johnny UK.



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Old 18 Jul 2006, 07:01 pm   #7 (permalink)
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Camrys transmissions are expensive. Put in an oil cooler and temp gauge,
only 3-500, or the smart way is Rent a vehicle dont kill yours

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Old 19 Jul 2006, 12:57 pm   #8 (permalink)
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m Ransley wrote:
> Camrys transmissions are expensive. Put in an oil cooler and temp gauge,
> only 3-500, or the smart way is Rent a vehicle dont kill yours


Any car rentals (esp. from majors like Hertz) that rent cars with
hitches
preinstalled (hitch ball and lights connector)?

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Old 19 Jul 2006, 01:59 pm   #9 (permalink)
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Why dont you rent a small penske. A friend of mine moved and they even
give you some storage time till you find a place in the new city....

Why put a strain on your car which is only 3 years old....


maruk2@hotmail.com wrote:
> m Ransley wrote:
> > Camrys transmissions are expensive. Put in an oil cooler and temp gauge,
> > only 3-500, or the smart way is Rent a vehicle dont kill yours

>
> Any car rentals (esp. from majors like Hertz) that rent cars with
> hitches
> preinstalled (hitch ball and lights connector)?


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Old 19 Jul 2006, 03:29 pm   #10 (permalink)
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learnfpga@gmail.com wrote:
> Why dont you rent a small penske. A friend of mine moved and they even
> give you some storage time till you find a place in the new city....
>
> Why put a strain on your car which is only 3 years old....
>
>
> maruk2@hotmail.com wrote:
> > m Ransley wrote:
> > > Camrys transmissions are expensive. Put in an oil cooler and temp gauge,
> > > only 3-500, or the smart way is Rent a vehicle dont kill yours

> >
> > Any car rentals (esp. from majors like Hertz) that rent cars with
> > hitches
> > preinstalled (hitch ball and lights connector)?


Even the smallest truck costs min $1100 for my route, plus $200-300 car
carrier/dolly, plus taxes, insurance, and huge gas consumption for a
truck

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