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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-07-2017, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Empty Trailer Towing and Break-in

I'll be picking up a 5x8 U-Haul cargo box trailer and towing it empty from New York City to Boston (with my next Cherokee, which will have the tow group). Since it's empty, will the drive train still get the same benefit from the 500 mile towing break-in period?

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For the first 500 miles of a new Cherokee you're not suppose to tow. After that first 500 miles you have an additional 500 miles of towing break in while towing.


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For the first 500 miles of a new Cherokee you're not suppose to tow. After that first 500 miles you have an additional 500 miles of towing break in while towing.
I know that.

My question is does towing an empty trailer during the TOWING break-in period (whether that begins at 501 on the odometer or 10,000) actually break in the drive train, or is the payload too light for the system to even realize it's towing.

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Yes, you will be breaking in as required with the 5x8 from Uhaul. The specs on the site list it as 900 lbs empty. That's basically the same as someone having a utility trailer with 25 bags of mulch or similar. Not everyone tows a 4000 lb boat or camper.

Just try to make sure you vary your speed and don't set the cruise at one speed for the drive. You need to use this time to heat and cool the system components of the drive line and associated additional cooling factors of the engine.

Side note: a 5x8 trailer is very sensitive to backing (really any short single axle trailer) so when you back up, go slowly and don't be afraid to start over...it's easy to get fouled up and jack knife yourself :-0

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Thanks SkipW. I appreciate the advice! And for the towing break-in, are there pluses or minuses to avoiding highways and sticking to local streets with their lights and traffic?

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Curious to know what ball mount drop you got for the uhaul trailer. I'm in a similar situation where I want to rent a trailer to haul some landscape bricks. I just bought a 5.25" drop putting the top of the mount at 17" from level ground. Is that low enough to keep a typical trailer level?

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Well I haven't done so yet, but based on the advice of several people here I was going to get a 5-6 inch drop too.

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Thanks SkipW. I appreciate the advice! And for the towing break-in, are there pluses or minuses to avoiding highways and sticking to local streets with their lights and traffic?
If it is convenient, and you are comfortable to stay on surface streets for a while after picking up the trailer, that's fine. If not, no real worries as long as you vary your speed. i.e.: piss people off in the right lane by going 40-45 for a short time if traffic will allow and then going 50 for awhile then slower, etc Taking several rest stop breaks will allow things to cool down and then you can get back to going on the highway again. Yes, it makes for a longer trip, but you break in your drive train the right way.

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Curious to know what ball mount drop you got for the uhaul trailer. I'm in a similar situation where I want to rent a trailer to haul some landscape bricks. I just bought a 5.25" drop putting the top of the mount at 17" from level ground. Is that low enough to keep a typical trailer level?

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i have a Reese 5 1/4 and it is perfect for my enclosed trailer but too high for my utility trailer, that needs an 8" drop to be level. Depending on the triler you are renting, you could need anywhere from 3" to 10". If there is any way to go and scope out the trailer and measure the coupler height from the ground at level, then you will know what you need.

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Is using a cargo hitch box with a couple hundred pounds of cargo considered "towing" for the purpose of having to keep to the towing break-in procedure on a new vehicle?

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