Cars that can pull trailers?

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Cars that can pull trailers?

Postby Whitehorse » Tue Dec 30, 2008 2:54 pm

hey guys, we've all see cars pulling small boats and what not, but i don't know anything about it, so I have a few questions

What cars can pull a trailer (an old boat trailer) that also has a 4-wheeler on the back??

I am not sure how much it would end up weighing in all, but i'd be looking at having to pull it up to about 20 miles or so a couple days a week.

here is another concern... i live in minnesota, so i also want a car with front wheel drive, can take a beatin, and also gas around the 25 miles per gallon mark..

any help appreciated!!
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Postby fowl_wishes » Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:54 pm

I never recommend anyone pull a trailer of any kind with a FWD car. They are just not designed for it.
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Postby shoot-n-goose » Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:22 pm

Most cars these days that can get 24 mpg dont have a trans that can handle the weight of a trailer, even if it is only a atv.

The older big bodied cars, like the boat grandma drives, can pull a hell of alot. My grandpa used to load his Caprice Classic with 6 guys and tow an overloaded trailer 400 miles to go deer hunting for a week. Then bring it home with all that gear and 5 deer tied onto the roof. But it got no where near 24mpg and was RWD
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Postby Whitehorse » Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:14 pm

yea, found most vehicles are about 1000 lbs towing, and 200 lbs on thetoung.... i won't have a prob with front wheel at all, not even worried about it... i'm gonna have to keep lookin into it, but looks like a impala might even do the trick...
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Postby Smackaduck » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:24 am

Why not get a truck. They are made to pull stuff and haul stuff. Ive got a 3/4 ton 4 wheel drive with diesel that will drag the block around and gets 18 pulling my rig.
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Postby Whitehorse » Wed Dec 31, 2008 8:21 am

thats exactly it, can't afford the gas on it, I drive quite a little, and bein in college I can't afford getting a truck or justifying a guzzler... i only need it on the weekends during duck hunting... the trailer will most likely only travel about 5 miles per morning, but who knows if i will find different spots...

can't justify getting poor gas milage because I want to tug something 5 miles 15 times a year... just not logical... i'll prob end up buying an old beater for a grand or so, but who knows

thanks for the help though guys
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Postby shoot-n-goose » Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:04 am

If your gonna buy something for a grand, get an older jeep. Around here you can get a pretty nice oone for about $600.
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Postby Smackaduck » Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:03 pm

When did 18 mpg become a guzzler. :rofl:
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Postby Original Al » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:18 pm

My buddy used to tow his dirt bike around behind his maxima. It was light trailer and bike though. He had a sales job the required him to drive a ton and owning a truck just wasn't an option.

A boat and a 4wheeler seems like a heavy load for a car to tug.
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Postby ajmorell » Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:41 pm

shoot-n-goose wrote:Most cars these days that can get 24 mpg dont have a trans that can handle the weight of a trailer, even if it is only a atv.

The older big bodied cars, like the boat grandma drives, can pull a hell of alot. My grandpa used to load his Caprice Classic with 6 guys and tow an overloaded trailer 400 miles to go deer hunting for a week. Then bring it home with all that gear and 5 deer tied onto the roof. But it got no where near 24mpg and was RWD



BINGO! The biggest factors limiting the towing capacity of any vehicle are the wheelbase, drivetrain (engine/transmission), and the braking ability of the vehicle. I wouldn't tow anything behind a car, heck I don't even like pulling a pop-up camper behind my lifted Jeep.
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Postby shoot-n-goose » Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:42 pm

I just remembered i have seen a dodge charger towing a 20ft bow rider with an inboard/outboard that was setup for skiing, so it had some guts to it. Boy was that thing sagging
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Postby lockedup » Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:55 pm

fowl_wishes wrote:I never recommend anyone pull a trailer of any kind with a FWD car. They are just not designed for it.



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Postby LaRedneck » Sun Jan 11, 2009 4:32 pm

S-10, Ranger, Yota, Nissian etc. etc. same price as a car yet will tow you little boat.
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Postby lockedup » Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:28 pm

LaRedneck wrote:S-10, Ranger, Yota, Nissian etc. etc. same price as a car yet will tow you little boat.


I have a s-10 crew cab 4.3, and I am surprised what it can pull. It'll pull an 18' boat without any trouble.
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Postby popeye_22175 » Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:59 pm

I DONT RECOMEND PULLING ANYTHING WITH A CAR, ESPECSILY IN MINNESOTA , I WOULD LOOK IN TO A SUV SUCH AS A OLDER GMC, OR S-10 , FORD EXPLOYER , 4X4 THAT WAY YOU STILL GET THE MILAGE AND WILL TOW ALOT TOO
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