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04-14-2014 06:51 PM
addertooth Another reason to back the car on... The trailer is more stable with a greater amount of weight on the tongue. The back of the car weighs more than the front. A tongue light trailer has a greater tendency to sway back and forth.
04-14-2014 06:39 PM
Originally Posted by Knowledgeispower View Post
How much clearance did you have in that picture?
Maybe 2-3 inches. I couldn't back mine on without having to remove the aftermarket diffuser, so I chose the easier of the two.
04-14-2014 10:25 AM
pwildfire ^ another reason to back on as it avoids that issue....
04-14-2014 07:35 AM
Knowledgeispower i do have a splitter, Ill have to see if it could be easily removed and securely remounted... looking at your picture, my car appears to be another 1-2" lower. How much clearance did you have in that picture?
04-08-2014 02:57 PM
+TSRAGR The U-hauls I've had tow easy even with a V6. Gotta use four 2x12s for a safe ramp incline. What I hate most is my Exige's splitter has to removed else it will smack the trailer's wheel chocks. I've even had to prop up the front wheels on some of these just so the bottom of the front clam would clear those massive chocks.
04-07-2014 06:56 AM
Knowledgeispower Both very good points - thank you!
04-03-2014 06:49 AM
pwildfire I have a diesel dodge 2500, so no issue with tongue weight for me.

Still keep in mind that the trailer weighs more than the car does. Also consider that most cars on the road are FWD, and these trailers are designed for those to be loaded front forward. You will be fine.
04-03-2014 06:25 AM
Knowledgeispower can i asked what you used to tow the setup with? my avalanche only has a tongue weight of (i believe) 500#.. i have a hard time believing that tongue weight will not be substantially more with the engine the close to the tongue vs over the two axles.
04-01-2014 10:18 AM
pwildfire I have an enclosed trailer now but used a Uhaul one when I bought the car a couple years ago. I used the back-on method with 2x6s. My car is lowered about 1.5", still worked fine. Towed about 1000 miles with no issues.
03-28-2014 10:17 AM
qu1Z I used one, it worked great. needed wood blocks under the tires.
03-28-2014 10:08 AM
Knowledgeispower I am by far an expert from this, but to me it would appear that backing onto the trailer would put an excessive amount of weight on the tongue vs over the two axles of the trailer?

i am looking to probably do this type of haul in the next two months, and i may go with something up front to raise the lip height a bit vs. backing on.

that much tongue weight just seems sketchy to my untrained eye.
06-12-2013 05:02 AM
Doge Towed mine 1300 miles backwards and everything was just fine. Other people may have a different experience.
06-11-2013 07:29 PM
LUKN4UBL I towed mine two years ago for a cross country move from DC to SoCal. I had no problems loading it on the uhaul. The very front of the diffuser is the only thing that could potentially touch anything, and the ramps go under the tires. I believe my driveway had a slight incline, though. So that may have helped. Use a spotter and you'll be fine.

I would recommend towing the car facing forward. I don't know that the louvers on the rear engine cover or the rear window are designed to have that kind of force applied. They would probably be okay, but why risk it?
06-11-2013 06:07 PM
Doge Penske trailer:

Long boards are 2x12's, and the two smaller ones are 2x12's cut in half.
01-03-2013 09:43 AM
Laser Bob I do the same as everyone else using 2X12s for ramp 'steps' and for the front tires. I use extra 2X12s in the front so I don't need to remove the tire stops when loading the car. The fold down fender on the drivers side of the trailer makes it easy to get in & out of the car when it's on the trailer.

Do NOT back the car on the trailer and haul it backwards. I've read too many stories about sun roofs and bonnets catching wind from the wrong direction and flying off, but that's your call.
11-01-2012 02:41 PM
scooter77 Sorry the pic quality isn't the greatest and for my corny girlfriend, I took them with my iPhone. If you look where the front wheels but up against the trailer, those pieces can be removed. Its kind of a pain but it seemed like the safest way was to remove them then to reinstall them back on to tie down the car. Same thing when taking the car off the trailer, i pulled the pieces off and backed the car off and reinstalled them.
11-01-2012 02:35 PM
scooter77 I Followed these tips off of uhauls website.U-Haul: Tips: Transporting vehicles with low ground clearance
10-30-2012 07:26 PM
sturgeongeneral Pics would actually be great!
10-27-2012 10:19 PM
scooter77 I just purchased a new/used elise and used a U-Haul autotransport trailer to bring her home. I used 2 2x10s as "stairs" to stack the ramps up, plenty of clearance. For the front of the trailer where the front wheels but up against to strap the front wheels, I used a 2x10 cut 18 inches long and placed it under the wheel. I had to remove the trailer stops then reinstall them once the car was in place. It was a process but I trailered the car from 6.5hrs home and it was fine the entire way. On U-Hauls website they have some instructions that will elaborate on what I described. I have some pictures of the car on the trailer if you want to see it. Sorry if this info is alittle late.
10-13-2012 05:25 PM
addertooth The left (Trailers driver's side) fender folds out. Back the car on with the roof off if it is an Elise. Be prepared to crawl over to the passenger side if you back it on (and want to open the door fully). With the fender down it will clear the door. Or, you can slightly open the door (with the non-dropped fender side) and slither out. You must leave yourself some extra margin to the (car's) driver side. I am not a tiny male (as SturgeonGeneral can attest), and I was able to get in and out via the slither method. The two boards which are four feet long (2" by 6"), must be placed before the ramps or your front spoiler will drag when backing the car on the ramps. The rachet straps which go over your tires (and secure your car to the trailer) have a large lip at the front of the trailer which will not clear your front spoiler. This is why I had to back my Elise onto the trailer.
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