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The Tennessee Warden
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Ok, not really a tech question, but I figured I’d ask here anyway. I search around and people have tried to use Uhaul and Penske trailers I guess, but that’s not legitimately an option due to trailer weight capacity. My rig from the factory was 6050 pounds I believe and I have to add maybe 500-600 lbs maybe for 35” tires, heavy duty steel bumpers, etc.

Has anyone tried a rental from Sunbelt or another equipment rental company? My pickup I just bought has the big tow package on it (13,500lb) so I’m not worried about that, just the trailer. I’d rather save the tire tread on long trips (and gas). My track width is like 82-84” give or take, so I’d need a 7’ wide trailer. I had no success looking for one so I may be out of luck here.
 

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I weighed my 85 around 4600 lbs. I think you're checking GVWR which has nothing to do with curb weight. My 1994 fully optioned 460/ZF-5 CCLB 4x4 F350 weighed in around 6300-6400 for comparison.
 

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A quick check verifies they will allow you to tow a bronco behind a 1 ton pickup.
 

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The Tennessee Warden
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A quick check verifies they will allow you to tow a bronco behind a 1 ton pickup.
Thanks. Two things though - the width is about 6-8” too narrow on the uhaul trailer (I have a wide track) and I have an F-150 with the big tow package that is rated for 13,500. I’ll do a little more searching....
 

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My 78 had some 15x10 or 15x12s and didn't fit well on trailers either, it needed a set of narrow wheels. Like when they made wd40, every solution that doesnt work is a one less to worry about.
 

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The Tennessee Warden
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My 78 had some 15x10 or 15x12s and didn't fit well on trailers either, it needed a set of narrow wheels. Like when they made wd40, every solution that doesnt work is a one less to worry about.
I hear ya. A set of rollers would be preferable to airing down and running up the edge of the wheel tracks. I mean, I’ll air down to 12 or so for wheeling, but I’d rather not treat my new tires that way for a few hour drive on a trailer.
 

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Thanks. Two things though - the width is about 6-8” too narrow on the uhaul trailer (I have a wide track) and I have an F-150 with the big tow package that is rated for 13,500. I’ll do a little more searching....
I'm with 240Z on the weight. Are you hauling one way? Some local rentals will have a HD trailer for rent with 6 or 8 lug axles.
 

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The Tennessee Warden
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I'm with 240Z on the weight. Are you hauling one way? Some local rentals will have a HD trailer for rent with 6 or 8 lug axles.
No, it’ll be round trip. I’m just trying to avoid driving my bronco 3 hours each way to the sand dunes on Lake Michigan. I mean, it’s not a huge deal - I did it last year. It would be a much nicer trip pulling it while I sit in my 2020 F150! It’s a bit quieter and more comfy in there! Lol.
 

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u haul decks are 14' long if i remember right. just tell them you plan on pulling a smaller car. they almost denied me when i went to pick it up, they said my 92 f250 with a diesel cant pull their trailer with a civic on it... something about the combined weight of everything being to heavy. so even if their website says it can happen they might stop you when you go get the trailer.
5 lug axles are usually rated for 3500 each. 6 lug is usually 5200 each. so after the trailer weight, if your truck really weights that much you would be overweight for a u haul.
 

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Sunbelt has this:
that would work better just for the weight rating. a longer deck would be better though so that you can position the truck better for tongue weight. stack some 4x4s just higher then the fenders, strewed together and cut at a angle so you can drive over the fenders without crushing them
 

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@ANGELO looks like you have about the same track width as I do. The “curb weight” of a stock 96 Bronco is about 4600 lb - mines probably closer to 5000, maybe a little more.

I did a quote on uhaul and it said all it would let me haul was like 3900 lb. I may just freaking drive it. Lol
 

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u haul decks are 14' long if i remember right. just tell them you plan on pulling a smaller car. they almost denied me when i went to pick it up, they said my 92 f250 with a diesel cant pull their trailer with a civic on it... something about the combined weight of everything being to heavy. so even if their website says it can happen they might stop you when you go get the trailer.
5 lug axles are usually rated for 3500 each. 6 lug is usually 5200 each. so after the trailer weight, if your truck really weights that much you would be overweight for a u haul.
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@ANGELO looks like you have about the same track width as I do. The “curb weight” of a stock 96 Bronco is about 4600 lb - mines probably closer to 5000, maybe a little more.

I did a quote on uhaul and it said all it would let me haul was like 3900 lb. I may just freaking drive it. Lol
u hauls are rated 7k before the trailer. their trailer probably weights 1000-1500. so its not the trailer thats limiting you, its the combined weight of truck trailer and load. thats what almost got me. i guess their older ones are 200lbs less and thats all i needed.
i have stock axles with 14x15s and 36x14.5 tires in that picture
 

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Rear axle and/or GVW will usually get you, especially in a half ton, well before you exceed the stated tow capacity.

U-haul also told me I needed a one tow to tow my Bronco. Luckily, I had one at the time.

For reference, my 2020 Ram 1500 is rated to pull 12k+. I hooked up my 8K TT and, with the family and full tank of gas, was right at the 6900 GVW. I did have both front and rear axle capacity to spare. The TT has a weight distribution hitch and I promise I use a bunch of it to even get the truck “legal”.

Not to turn this into a towing police thread - just want you to besafe on your journey.
 
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