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Old 10-04-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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I'm looking at buying a older f150 that's an extended cab with the 6.5 foot bed. It's about 8 hours away and I would like to drive down there and tow it back with my truck. My only problem is finding a trailer big enough to fit the truck. I was going to rent from uhaul but just found out there trailers are probably going to be to small. So could someone tell me the size trailer I would need and if they know of any rental places that carry trailers of that size.
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Did you go online with uhall? I wanted to tow my 1996 caddy that was as long as my 1999 f150 just to heavy but they have many size car hauler trailers. One here in highpoint was pretty helpful.
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Did you go online with uhall? I wanted to tow my 1996 caddy that was as long as my 1999 f150 just to heavy but they have many size car hauler trailers. One here in highpoint was pretty helpful.
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I'm just guessing numbers here but say it has a 145" wb. Thats a hair over 12' add 3ft overhang for the front and rear of the truck and that's 18ft. A 20ft trailer would do it for sure. I've seen trucks like the one you want to tow on u-haul trailers before so it can be done.
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A supercab shorty has a wheelbase of 142", or about 12'. It has a 3' front overhang for a total of 15' from the nose to the center of the rear tires. Therefore you need a minimum of a 16' trailer to haul it safely.

A 16' flat bed utility trailer would do the job, but only if it has enough GVWR to haul the weight of the truck. The common light-duty 5,000 or even 6,000 GVWR trailer would probably be overloaded, so I'd want one with at least 7,000 GVWR (two 3,500 pound axles) to haul that empty pickup.

The standard U-Haul car hauler trailer:

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Originally Posted by U-Haul
Towed vehicle requirements:

Must not weigh in excess of 5,290 lbs.

Must have a maximum wheelbase (distance from front axle to rear axle, usually posted on the driver's side door jamb) of 133 inches.
So the wheelbase requirement eliminates the standard U-Haul car hauler trailer. Penske car-hauler trailers are even more restrictive. Ryder doesn't rent trailers other than for the big trucks.

Big-Tex and other trailer manufactures make car hauler and equipment trailers that can haul an 8,000 pound Superduty dually with 173" wheelbase, but you probably won't find them at the local trailer rental store such as U-Haul.

I would let my fingers do the walking and find a local equipment rental store, and ask about renting an "equipment" trailer that will handle the pickup. Lots of equipment trailers are intended to haul tractors, backhoes, etc, and would work for hauling a pickup.
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