Question on towing a C Body

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  1. bollotti

    bollotti Member

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    I have a Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 and trying to work out if it is big enough to tow a C Body. When I put information into U-Haul it all seems to depend on the type of hitch used. Can someone advise what hitch I would require?

    I am using a 1970 New Yorker as an example

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    If you have a Class 3 hitch (2 inch receiver) it will do the job well. I towed my '70 Newport on a U-Haul trailer using my '93 Dodge B250 van. Now, that van was a 3/4 ton van unlike your 1/2 ton truck, but there will still be no problem.

    I will caution to be aware of sway though. I also towed a '66 300 with the same van. On both trips I was aware of the trailer wanting to sway, especially on turns on hills. Be careful.
     
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    Yes, a 1500 in decent condition is capable of hauling that car assuming it's properly loaded.

    Hitch will need to be a class III or IV with a 2 or 2 5/16 ball.
     
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    polara71 Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    U Haul is unlikely to give you a trailer for a C body. Tell them a Dodge Dart or a K car.

    Your 1500 is fine
     
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    They did for me, twice.
     
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    thanks for replies. off to check size of hitch on truck.....
     
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    What year is your truck?

    My 18 Ram 1500 had a tow package with a Class IV hitch on it.
     
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    it is a 2015. Just checked hitch is 2"
     
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    no problem, 2017 Ram DSC04772.JPG
     
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    You do need the largest 2 axle trailer that U-Haul offers and you'll be fine towing any C body. Just make sure you tell them you are towing an A or E body. If you tell them a C body they will tell you no.
     
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    You shouldn't have any problems towing. I had to keep looking in the mirrors because I couldn't even feel like I was towing a car.
     
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    You may be the only one then...
     
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    I forgot to mention that I did tow it in tow mode. Kept an eye on the engine and txsm temp gauges and neither had any significant increase in temp. Half towing on flat ground and half on significant hills.
     
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    I just recently picked mine up, 4 hours away from home. I didn't use the U-Haul trailer, but if you get their larger one, you'll be fine- albeit liable for any damages should something go awry.
    This was towed with a regular cab, short bed 2WD Ram 1500. It pulled it just fine, aside from the driver acting like he wasn't towing a 4500lb car.
     
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    From Colorado to North Dakota with a 1500 Chevy and receiver hitch. Was an open car trailer, probably not a light as the Aluminum U- haul. Did fine an normal hwy and internet speeds.
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    459CCF96-C6A3-485D-921D-2EA24E6B8EE7.jpeg You don’t mention where you’re towing from or how far. I towed my C body on a u-haul with a Lincoln Navigator. It weighs around 6300 lbs and is rated at 9000 lbs, according to the tag in the door sash. The problem was that I towed it from Virginia to Indiana and went through the Apalachians. That was intense to say the least. Going uphill wasn’t a problem. The Nav pulled at a steady 50 mph without a breaking a sweat. Going downhill however was different and that’s putting it mildly. The first couple of downhills I thought I was being conservative at 55mph. That was until I looked in the mirror. The Nav has the tow package with anti sway, but I found I had to keep it around 45-50, otherwise the trailer would start to swerve. The u-haul had a 2 piece sliding tongue with a brake and there were a couple of times the trailer crept up on me and chirped the tires. As I said, intense. I also have a Ram 1500 4x4, standard cab and short bed that weighs around 5200 lbs. I towed boats, cars, and utility trailers. I didn’t use it for this trip because it needed tires and shocks. The trailer and the car probably totaled somewhere around 6000 lbs. Looking back I’d have to say that even if I had new tires and shocks on the Ram, the Nav was probably the better choice.
     
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    I have the tow package. The car I am interested in is a days travel.had considered driving it back, but I think trailer is the way to go. Just need to plan ahead, as traveling at 50 mph will add a lot to journey time.
     
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    I have towed several C bodies with Ram 1500's and it is not a problem for the truck.
     
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    97650D4D-9D5F-48AB-B62C-B2BF940E8200.jpeg I had the same type u-haul GOLDMYN shows in the photo above. Told the guy at the u-haul what I was towing, but I guess it didn’t matter to him. The regular C fits with only inches to spare. An Imp might not since it has a longer wheelbase. Lots of overhang, you betcha!
     
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    A short wheelbase half ton will tow ok as long as the car is loaded right. I towed a 74 Duster years ago when I had a half ton. Problem was I could only load it backwards on the trailer. All the weight being so far back made it sway badly at anything over 50 mph. After that experience I bought a longbed Ram 3500 Cummins diesel and a 20 foot trailer with the axles set back. No problems towing anything now.
     
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