I have a lady-friend (age 73) who’s moving from western Mass to Milwaukee. She has a Chevy Aveo. Her original plan was to rent a 10-foot U-Haul. She would drive one, and a relative the other. Now she says the cost of gas for 2 vehicles would be prohibitive, and is thinking of towing the Aveo behind a U-Haul. I feel this is not a good idea, but need expert advice to confirm my opinion.
First off, U-Haul’s site says there’s no combo at all suitable to tow an Aveo. But she called around, and says she found other companies that will rent a larger truck that will tow it. I am leery. If U-Haul and Budget won’t do it with ANY size truck, are these other companies ignoring possible dangers? Is an Aveo just too small, or too low, or too lightweight to safely tow? (I have visions of a light wind on the Aveo ending in fishtailing the truck, with disastrous results). Secondly, would the difference in gas costs between a 10-footer in addition to the Aveo, and say a 17-footer towing it, be that dramatic? I drove a 10-footer on a similar trip (1092 miles) in 2009. Apart from cost of rental, I spent $212 on gas (at 14.1 mpg), and $57 on tolls. (Avg cost of gas in 2009 was $2.75. By the time she makes the move, it could be $4).
In addition, I personally wouldn’t dream of towing anything at all until I took a course to learn the specific skills needed.
(BTW, she’s also talking to movers to handle all her stuff. This avoids some headaches, but still leaves the Aveo to be driven to MKE, so the costs could end up the same.)