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    Default Towing 6500lbs Cross-Country

    I will be taking a trip in April back to my hometown in Malone, NY (2,700 Miles one-way), so I can get my wife settled in there with my family before our second child is born. I will be traveling with my Wife and daughter, and my 2 dogs. I will be towing her '13 Dodge Journey. Anyone here have any advice, tips, or pointers for making the long trip. I have towed a few vehicles before but there were all less than 200 miles. I will be using the Bullydog's tow tune and will be updating this post with my results of the trip to New York and on the way back to 29 stumps, CA.

    I wasn't able find a dedicated thread for towing/Hauling, there was some towing stuff but it was scattered around but I couldn't find a dedicated thread unless I overlooked it.

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    Default Re: Towing 6500lbs Cross-Country

    Are you flat towing or trailering the Dodge?

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    I'm going to be using a tow dolly from U-haul, as i don't own any trailers of my own.

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    This is just my opinion but a trailer from U Haul will be much safer for a trip like that. Tow dollies don't have brakes, trailers do. Your stopping distance while towing a vehicle on a trailer will be longer, but with a dolly it will be way longer. This really matters in an emergency situation, and is compounded if the roads are wet and slippery or even when traveling on a down grade. The fact that your family will be with you is a big consideration as well.

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    Or drive the Dodge and fly back.

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    I have thought about driving there and flying back but i have to carry a bunch of stuff from our house for the new baby and the journey is a midsize SUV not a lot of room inside especially with my 2 dogs. I will probably go with the trailer, sounds like a safer option as im not sure of the weather condition through each state.

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    Pull a small U Haul trailer with the Dodge

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    I have thought about driving there and flying back but i have to carry a bunch of stuff from our house for the new baby and the journey is a midsize SUV not a lot of room inside especially with my 2 dogs. I will probably go with the trailer, sounds like a safer option as im not sure of the weather condition through each state.

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    Good luck. Let us know how the trip goes.

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    The U-Haul site has a place to put in your info as to what you will be towing and towing with. It will tell you if they will rent you a trailer for your application. You might want to read up on "Surge Brakes" to see how and when they are applied.. I know that my Outback Manual says do not use surge brakes.

    https://www.uhaul.com/Trailers/Auto-...ort-Rental/AT/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsavoir View Post
    I will be taking a trip in April back to my hometown in Malone, NY (2,700 Miles one-way), so I can get my wife settled in there with my family before our second child is born. I will be traveling with my Wife and daughter, and my 2 dogs. I will be towing her '13 Dodge Journey. Anyone here have any advice, tips, or pointers for making the long trip. I have towed a few vehicles before but there were all less than 200 miles. I will be using the Bullydog's tow tune and will be updating this post with my results of the trip to New York and on the way back to 29 stumps, CA.

    I wasn't able find a dedicated thread for towing/Hauling, there was some towing stuff but it was scattered around but I couldn't find a dedicated thread unless I overlooked it.
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    Default Re: Towing 6500lbs Cross-Country

    How did you make out with this trip?

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