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Well, after driving the truck as a daily driver when the family wants to go somewhere for the last 7 weeks in Wichita, I realized how much of a pain a 13 speed is as a daily driver in city lol.

 

Options are:

 

1. to upgrade to a jeep to tow (if we have enough room) or some other smaller car on a ramp.

2. buy a car to use down here, but that would require storing it for 6-7 months a year while we are in Canada.

3. Tow a jeep behind.

 

We are currently 68.5 ft overall length, If Phil is reading this thread, I mean 58.5 ft since we are heading to Texas next week ;)

 

Towing another vehicle behind could be a pain as we would be travelling through a lot of the northern states that would frown upon the length as we would easily be pushing 90ft.

 

The jeep on the flatbed, not sure if that would work due to being singled long (front axle weight)

 

Attached is the weigh slip and the RV weight with smart car on right behind the cab and about 150 gallons of fuel.

 

Would the jeep put us way over the front axle weight? (I have a 13200 front axle, truck is a Volvo 670 singled long and the bed is extended to put the ET hitch a few feet behind the rear wheels)

 

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Might be easier to drive two vehicles for the twice a year trip.

 

We travel from PEI to Kentucky (for a week) then to Kansas, to Texas and back to Kansas, then back to PEI. round trip is about 6000+ miles. Wifey could maybe do the drive between Kansas and Texas, but not much further then that. She prefers to navigate :)

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Happy New Year PEIFamily......

 

Take a look at my new thread called "Weighty New Year Resolutions......

 

The calculation model in my post could be used to answer your questions about loading a jeep on your truck.

 

The process is easy and the answers can be confirmed at the scales.

 

Drive on........(some weighty issues have easy answers)

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Happy New Year PEIFamily......

 

Take a look at my new thread called "Weighty New Year Resolutions......

 

The calculation model in my post could be used to answer your questions about loading a jeep on your truck.

 

The process is easy and the answers can be confirmed at the scales.

 

Drive on........(some weighty issues have easy answers)

Thanks :)

 

Happy new year as well and may your 2017 be filled with cheap diesel, zero breakdowns and always green lights ;)

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phoenix2013, on 28 Dec 2016 - 9:40 PM, said:

Wife can navigate, but if the roles were reversed, she'd be driving the rig, I would be following in the Jeep.

 

We also have a "navigation assistant", her name Sheila.

 

 

 

She speaks to us with an Australian twang through our Garmin.

That option is out, wife won't even attempt to learn to drive it, since it is a 13 speed. :(

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Based on what info you have provided it may be possible to do what you are thinking but you need more info.

 

Your current weight ticket shows you have 2000# left on the front axle and about 4000# left on the rear axle. You also weighed with the smart so you can add that weight. I suggest you weight the truck and trailer without the smart to get correct baseline. Don't forget to get truck only weight so you can calculate current pin weight.

 

Then you need to get your front and rear axle weights and dimensions for the vehicle you want to put up on the truck. Also you will need to calculate the weight of the angled mount and any winch needed to get the vehicle in place.

 

Then you need to use a program like Dolly's to see what the affects are based on where you plan to locate the vehicle at.

 

Don't forget to check for room for trailer swing with current pin location.

 

You may find you need to move pin back to help unload some weight from front axle. This will add some length but you might be able to change pin box to get some of it back. It would still be shorter than double towing.

 

Another option would be to go to a toyhauler that can handle the vehicle in the trailer.

 

Dave

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