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Tow a U-Haul trailer with a Civic??

edited July 2011 in General Discussion
I'm moving from Salt Lake City, UT to Albany, NY and am looking for the cheapest possible way to move my stuff. Is it possible to tow a U-Haul trailer with a 2005 Honda Civic EX?


  • Absolutely NOT...

    The Civic couldn't even haul their smallest trailer empty...

    Cheapest way is to rent one of their trucks and then tow your Civic behind it.
  • edited July 2011
    No, it isn't.

    The owner's manual for my Civic says it is not designed for towing. It will void all warranties, including the powertrain warranty that lasts longer than the bumper to bumper warranty.

    Rent a U-Haul truck and pull the Civic behind it. If your Civic has a manual transmission, you can tow it on all four wheels. If it has an automatic transmission, you will need to rent a tow dolly to get the front wheels off the ground.
  • I don't think I would attempt that with anything smaller than a Crown Vic. They probably wouldn't even rent the trailer to you when they found out you were going to tow it with a Civic.
  • edited July 2011
    I really don't get the " cheapest possible way" attitude. If your initial outlay is less, yes. Use the Civic, decrease the life expectancy and tow in a vehicle weight it was not designed for. I have a neighbor who does business the same way. He pays later and trades his cars much more often, while putting his family in more jeopardy than necessary. Part with a few more bucks, rent a truck and drive both. Your Civic will breath a sigh of relief and give you many more years of service for less maintenance.
  • The U-Haul people wouldn't even hook up their trailer to your Civic because they want their trailer back in one piece. As the others have said, do it the other way around and tow your car with their truck.
  • One rental company estimates you would need a 10' truck and a tow dolly. $2000 + fuel.
    We recently moved from New England to the South West. After estimating the cost of a renting a truck or using Pods I found that a moving company was best, not necessarily the cheapest but close enough. We packed, they loaded, delivered and unloaded. In your situation I would suggest you get an estimate from a motor freight carrier. You box and load they deliver. Drive the Honda.
  • edited July 2011
    MTraveler: "One rental company estimates you would need a 10' truck and a tow dolly. $2000 + fuel."

    What did the moving company cost in comparison? If you can do it with a rental truck for $2,000 + fuel, I estimate a moving company will cost between $6,000 and $10,000. That still makes the rental truck and tow dolly an attractive deal in my opinion. It won't be as cheap as using your own pick-up truck and rental trailer, but it probably the cheapest alternative.
  • Automatic ? Many Honda Civics (And Other Models) Don't Have A Good Track Record For Automatic Transmission Reliability Even When They Pull Nothing. I Wouldn't Try It.

  • What kind of "stuff" are you moving? I have found that I can ship books by freight at a reasonable cost. Often, appliances such as stoves and refrigerators aren't economical to move. You would do better to sell these appliances and replace them with new or used appliances in your new location. Some moving companies will move partial loads at a reduced cost. There is some inconvenience as these companies put together several partial loads and you don't get a guaranteed time of arrival. Look for alternatives--your Civic wasn't intended to be a truck.
  • I actually saw a late model Civic towing a huge UHaul trailer on I-93 in NH yesterday. I gave him wide berth. Kept far away. Far, far away. The trailer was obviously heavier than the Civic, and much larger.
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