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  1. #11
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Quote Originally Posted by toananth View Post
    b) should i consider hauling the car ('18 Civic) on a dolly behind the van ('12 Odyssey) - i think this is more $ than worth the convenience of us being in the same car
    I would not consider hauling the car, and unless you have some really compelling reason, would actually consider towing in this case to be a pretty bad idea.

    First, I suspect towing would put you over towing capacity for the mini-van. A civic weighs about 3,000 lbs, and the towing capacity for an Odyssey is 3,500. However, that does not include total payload, and presuming you're going to have the van, and possibly also the car packed with stuff that's being moved, it would be very easy to be well over the payload capacity for the van.

    Tow dollys are also kind of tricky anyway - for example, you can't back up at all - and if you don't have a lot of experience towing, it's probably a bigger challenge than you need.

    Even if you weren't at towing capacity, Towing that far also is likely going to put a fair amount of stress on an 8 year old minivan. At that age, the van is probably getting to the point where you've probably got some parts that are reaching the end of their expected life cycle that would need to be repaired sooner rather than later. Not a deal breaker by any means, but also a factor worth considering.

    As far as radios, I would generally agree with Buck. Years ago, they were a good idea, but with cell coverage being nearly universal on interstate highways, I don't think there is a need. All you really need is to be able to communicate when and where you're planning your next stop, so even if you hit some pockets with poor coverage, you should still have plenty of opportunity to coordinate those stopping points.

  2. #12
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Southern California


    I'd definitely agree with "no tow dolly". But as for the two-way radios, it's a matter of personal preference. If both vehicles have "hands-free" capability with the phone, like the newer vehicles do, cell phones might be fine. However, (for anyone reading this in the future), U-Haul trucks do not have that capability, and of my own 3 vehicles, 2 of them don't have it either.

    Two way radios are EASY technology. Load with batteries. Turn on. Set both radios to the same channel. To talk, press button. Most have a button on it that says "Call". You press that, and it sends a signal to the other radio that you want to talk. If you get in an area with lots of static, or other conversations going on, you say, "change to channel (new number)". We used ours to move our daughter from SoCal to the Denver area, 2+ years ago. Their car had the capability of hands free phone, but the U-Haul truck did not.


  3. #13
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    Donna, refer to post #8. U-Haul sells something that's inexpensive that will tie your phone into the truck FM radio.

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