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    Default New to Hauling. Get a few pointers?

    Hello i have a 2001 silverado 2wd and today im gonna have to haul a ford escort on a 16' trailer. im new to all this and any pointers would be great.

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    moved to towing section.

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    A 1/2 ton truck isn't the ideal platform to transport cars on. The transmission, suspension and brakes are not designed for it. I wouldn't recommend it for long distances and not at all without an auxiliary transmission cooler.

    I stand to offend a lot of people with this statement, but a 1/2 ton truck is really a homeowner grade vehicle that has no more ability than the impala/caprice and ltd wagons of yesteryear when it comes to power and towing.

    I had a 1970 LTD with a 429 under the hood that could have towed circles around my truck. It could haul almost as much with the trunk the size of a small apartment complex.

    If you are going to tow, make sure you are within the tow ratings as outlined in your manual. Be careful, go slow and allow extra space between you and the car in front of you to give yourself extra distance to stop your load. There will be no panic stops with a load like that.
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    sorry steve my mistake been away for awhile. I understand and by no means offended. it was i use my truck or my buddy tries to use is ford f-150 v6. thanks for the pointers. luckily there aren't any hills its all pretty flat driving

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    The only half ton I've ever used to haul a car was my dads Tahoe one time because I had no choice. It handled it the car very well, but the Tahoe has load level
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    A buddy of mine hauled an explorer sport (2door) about 35 miles with an 01 Suburban on a rented aluminum U-Haul trailer. I swear that the trailer coupling was no more than 2 inches off of the ground and it struggled to get going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moogvo View Post
    A buddy of mine hauled an explorer sport (2door) about 35 miles with an 01 Suburban on a rented aluminum U-Haul trailer. I swear that the trailer coupling was no more than 2 inches off of the ground and it struggled to get going.

    Thats what I imagined when I bought my race cobra but the air ride brought the Tahoe back to level

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