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towing a RWD vehicle backwards with a Uhaul tow dolly - October 3, 2012, 11:47 AM

I have to pick up a rwd car in Pennsylvania next week, the car is 2900 pounds, the tow dolly is 750 and my hitch is rated for 4000 on my 2007 Mitsu Outlander (it weighs 3800) so I'm good as far as weight.


Because it's a RWD I would have to tow it "backwards", securing the steering straight (and locked), applying the extended lights for braking and blinkers on the hood.

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- is it legal to tow a car "backwards"?
- having the weight in the back of the towed assembly, will it make it very wobbly?
- any personal experience?

I really don't want to cough up 300 dollars to have it transported and I will have to go there to pay for it, so I figured I wanted to do this myself... Man I miss my 6000 pound Expedition that could tow almost anything...


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October 3, 2012, 11:48 AM

Oh and I'm not going to disconnect the transmission, and tow it in the "right" direction, don't want to deal with that


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October 3, 2012, 11:57 AM

why not get a flatbed? i had to to tow my talon


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The hitch may say YES!!

"A review of the 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander that covers pros and cons, ... In fact, cargo capacity has increased substantially to nearly 73 cubic feet. ... Properly equipped, Mitsubishi's compact SUV can tow up to 3,500 pounds."

But the car say's no no no.


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Engineering specs are always grossly conservative...


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Engineering specs are always grossly conservative...

LOL yeah that and hold my beer are famous last words.

I agree that they are conservative, but how far I am towing would be a big factor.


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October 3, 2012, 12:12 PM

if your brakes, suspension, trans, and cooling system is in top shape, you could probably get away with it.

IF((fuel/incidentals there and back)+(dolly)>paying for tow service, pay for the tow,)


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October 3, 2012, 12:19 PM

For a flatbed you'd need a bigger tow vehicle. As it is, you may have to tell Uhaul that you're going to pull a Fiesta to get them to let you rent it. I don't know about the laws concerning towing backwards in PA, VA, and MD though. Leave lots of braking room and drive conservatively and it should be OK. I once pulled a 1964 Valiant home with a 1990 Buick Electra, but it was only 30 miles.
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October 3, 2012, 12:26 PM

does it run? get a buddy to drive it back with you. PA law requires that both seller and buyer most completed transaction at the dmv in order to transfer ownership. call the PA dmv and see if you can get a temp tag from them in order to drive it back since you have to go there anyway. Also, you can put the car in neutral and tow it normal direction.


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I'd say you are pushing the limits a bit. I assume the new car is a slushbox? Where in PA?


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did you consider a tow bar?



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October 3, 2012, 12:45 PM

Look at other options for a flat bed. I know that uhaul want you to have a bigger vehicle, but there are other flat beds out there.

I know Hertz actually rents flat bed trucks. Not sure about price though.
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would still have to disconnect tranny, right?


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Look at other options for a flat bed. I know that uhaul want you to have a bigger vehicle, but there are other flat beds out there.

I know Hertz actually rents flat bed trucks. Not sure about price though.
too expensive, might as well just use uship.com.

I have a friend with a 2001 montero that should be able to haul it with the actual trailer, guess I'll go that route.


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