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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Moving: Trailer vs Truck

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I have a stock 2016 Trailhawk V6 without installed hitch and I'm looking to move myself and my one bedroom apartment across the US. My options are get a small moving truck and have someone drive the truck while I drive my car, or have the dealer install an OEM hitch on my car and use a trailer similar to UHaul's 5'x8' as described here: https://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/5x8-C...ler-Rental/AV/. I'm looking at around $800 bucks for parts/labor for the hitch plus around $120 for the trailer vs around $400 for a moving truck plus some estimate of gas for my Trailhawk and the moving truck. Note, I would be unable to install the hitch receiver myself.

Ignoring the fact that another person would have to drive a moving truck, which route would you take? As I understand it, my Trailhawk would only have a 2000lb towing capacity since it did not come from the factory with the necessary cooling. Would I be safe with a dealer installed OEM hitch and towing the 5'x8' trailer? The only large items I would be taking are mattress/box spring and possibly a sectional couch, therefore I don't think I would have > 1000 lbs of stuff in the trailer. Any other expense with a trailer and hitch that I should be aware of? Any opinions and input are appreciated, thanks!
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option 3
Moving truck and car hauler trailer.
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The biggest questions are how much weight and volume you are moving. Since you don't have a hitch installed, that means you will be limited to 2,000lbs towing once it's installed. Figure about 500lbs or more for a trailer and you don't have much capacity. It's also REALLY easy to underestimate how much weight you will be carrying.

Have you looked into getting a U-Haul box truck and putting the TH on a tow dolly or flatbed trailer? Put all the wear and tear on the rental instead of the TH.


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see my reply in your other topic about the same thing
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see my reply in your other topic about the same thing
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I say option 3. Rent a uhaul truck and a uhaul car trailer. This will let you haul everything in the uhaul and take your trailhawk with you without having to install a trailer hitch.


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Have you checked into a "moving pod" as this might be the best way yet. They will bring a "moving pod" to your house and you pack it and they pick it up and move it to your new residence and you unload it. I had checked into this a couple of years ago and didn't do it because I decided there was nothing that we wanted from an estate of a family death--but i do remember it would have been the best deal for me at the time. You can just google "moving pod" or something similar to check it out as it may or may not be a good deal for you. But I would suggest you don't pull a trailer with your KL since you don't have the factory tow package.

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I say option 3. Rent a uhaul truck and a uhaul car trailer. This will let you haul everything in the uhaul and take your trailhawk with you without having to install a trailer hitch.
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I think I may go this route. For whatever reason it never occurred to me to consider the wear and tear on my Trailhawk. Thank you all for the input.

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Have you checked into a "moving pod" as this might be the best way yet. They will bring a "moving pod" to your house and you pack it and they pick it up and move it to your new residence and you unload it. I had checked into this a couple of years ago and didn't do it because I decided there was nothing that we wanted from an estate of a family death--but i do remember it would have been the best deal for me at the time. You can just google "moving pod" or something similar to check it out as it may or may not be a good deal for you. But I would suggest you don't pull a trailer with your KL since you don't have the factory tow package.
Good point, I checked them out and they all seemed more expensive than renting a box truck, even with a vehicle trailer, in my situation.
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Do you anticipate a future need for a hitch on your KL? Assuming you've gone a year +/- without one, I'd guess no, so $800 is a lot for a single use item. In that case, option 3 is the way to go. However, if you think you may use the hitch in the future (hitch-mounted bike rack, hitch hauler, etc), it would help the return on that $800 investment.
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