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Old 05-04-2012, 02:52 PM
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I am pulling my cobra behind my f150 fx4 on a 700+mile round trip next saturday. a little over 100 miles of the trip will be on very mountainous roads. I am using a uhaul trailer to trailer the car. what tips do yo have and what should I give a once over before the trip? I have zero engine mods and have a leveling kit and wheels/tires. thanks guys. sorry if it's been asked a ton.
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Load the trailer right, make sure you add air in the rear tires, if needed use a WDH, make sure the trailer brakes work, double check all your fluids and brakes and dont use OD.
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Also make sure you strap the cobra down good and I like check the bearings every so often like if I stop for gas or for food. Just touch the hubs on the trailer to check for excessive heat. Don't be scarred to let people pass you pulling a unfamiliar trailer you don't have to go 80 down the highway. Stay in the right lane if your going slower then everyone else though.
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Center the car over the axle(s) if possible
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If the Uhaul comes in with built in straps, check them real good. They dont take care of them at all. Your truck should be just fine. If you dont have one grab a extra belt for the truck. Just in case. Look at your breaks and rotors real good, you can get it going but if you cant stop it your up a creek.
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thanks to everyone for your responses.
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I wish I could have problems pulling my cobra places. i ain't got one lol
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I hope I don't have problems-lol
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I have used a Uhaul car trailer before and it works well. The built in surge brakes were solid and the integrated straps were very heavy duty. You also have a couple of safety chains that you put on the axle/frame. I would take breaks during the most mountainous stages of your trip. The Uhaul has surge brakes and they are activated by resistance against the truck. On downhill areas the trailer brakes will remain activated and
may burn up the trailer brakes quickly.
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OD can be used on flat road pretty easily. (5,4L)
if the tranny down shift/**** a couple time...remove it though.

I towed a KarmanGhia and didn't have any issue (even with a trailer with no-working trailer(broken))
the Cobra should be a piece of cake
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