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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-01-2001, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Whoa! I just checked Mapquest and I'm floored!(I guess I should have done that before huh?). It's almost a 700 mile trip one way! There's no way I'm gonna survive a trip that far in a Sami.. I guess I'm going to have to rent a truck and tow out or skip going out all together.

If I go I'm left with a couple of questions...

1.) Will a Ford Ranger (4cyl I believe) be enough car to flat tow a Sami this distance?

2.) How easy or difficult is it to hook a towbar up to a Sami. with a stock front bumper?

3.) What do I need to do to prep this for the ride?

4.) I've never driven a tow vehicle carrying anything more than a jetski. What should I do to insure a safe drive out?

5.) Should I rent a Ranger from Budget to tow this? I can get away with a Ranger from there and a towbar from another place but I don't think I can do a Ranger and a tow dolly with the Ranger because there will be no trailer lights...

I'm going to have to seriously reconsider this trip. I haven't had my Sami long enough to feel comfortable enough to drive it that far...

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Re: flat towing a Sami

I've owned 2 - 4 cyl Ranger Supercabs (2.3 liter) before finally switching to a 4-liter V-6.

I would not recommend doing it -- not from a "can it do it??" standpoint but from a "will I ever get there?" standpoint.

The only difference will be the fact that you'll at least be going slow in comfort.

If you have to use a 4 cyl. unit, try a tow dolly instead of a tow bar and remove the rear driveshaft before hitting the road. There will be a number of folks there ready to help you slap the shaft back in place when you get to the Melt (myself included 'cause that's how my Sammy is gonna get there).

If possible, get a 3 liter V6 or 4 liter V6 (or something else big) for the trip.

See you there!

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Re: flat towing a Sami

agreed completely man, in a 4cyl ranger, thats going to be a lonnnnnnnnggggggg haul with a zuk in tow. if you have to rent the ranger to begin with, look into getting a 14 or 16 foot movin truck. put zuk in back. much simpler and prolly safer.
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Re: flat towing a Sami

I have towed a lot of things with a ranger! Some even things I swear that it would blow up!

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The Ranger's $24.99 a day / unlimited miles. The 14 ft. truck is $24.99 a day $49.00 a mile. That roughly $350.00 in mileage one way!

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Re: flat towing a Sami

understand that part too man, well then, get the ranger, flat tow it, leave evening before n sleep somewhere, will be a long dam drive in a ranger...
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My wife has friends in Columbus OH.(about half way). I'll just have to see if the babysitter (my parents) will take the kids one night early.

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good luck man, look forward to meetin ya. let me know if you want me to throw in springs.
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Thanks fer' the offer on the springs. I'll let you know in a day or so if it's a definite. I've got to swing a deal with a car rental place before my trip's confirmed.

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good luck man.
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