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Old 03-13-2018, 02:09 PM   #1
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Hitch and installation.

Whatís up guys and girls I just want to give everyone a heads up I work for U-Haul in Fremont Iím one of the hitch pro.So I talk to my manager and asked if I could give you guys some discounts and he said yes so p.m. me if you want to get hitch installed or call me at U-Haul in Fremont off Grimmer Blvd
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Old 03-13-2018, 09:46 PM   #2
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:08 AM   #3
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Whatís up guys and girls I just want to give everyone a heads up I work for U-Haul in Fremont Iím one of the hitch pro.So I talk to my manager and asked if I could give you guys some discounts and he said yes so p.m. me if you want to get hitch installed or call me at U-Haul in Fremont off Grimmer Blvd
This is awesome. Thanks Marlon. I've been advocating for U-Haul hitch installation for years as a way for people to get their bikes to track days without renting trucks or relying on other people. Most new riders don't realize that just about any car can be set up with a hitch and will have no trouble towing a small trailer with a bike. There are so many options for new or used, expensive or cheap trailers. Give Marlon a call and then check BARF or Craig's list for trailers.

Neither I nor Z2 are affiliated with Marlon or U-Haul but this is exactly what I did when I first started riding and it was great.

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True that cost more money to rent a vehicle versus renting a trailer Cost about $15
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:51 AM   #5
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And if you PM you guys did give me the make and the model of your vehicle and I’ll give you a quote
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Old 03-14-2018, 11:53 AM   #6
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This is awesome. Thanks Marlon. I've been advocating for U-Haul hitch installation for years as a way for people to get their bikes to track days without renting trucks or relying on other people. Most new riders don't realize that just about any car can be set up with a hitch and will have no trouble towing a small trailer with a bike. There are so many options for new or used, expensive or cheap trailers. Give Marlon a call and then check BARF or Craig's list for trailers.

Neither I nor Z2 are affiliated with Marlon or U-Haul but this is exactly what I did when I first started riding and it was great.

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A friend of mine whose also a barf member told me that a car like my Prius 3 could even tow a bike. Read on multiple prius forums that it is possible but generally not recommended. Wouldn't it be a dumb move? Car is already underpowered as it is. Owners manual says no towing. Load wouldn't be more than 700-800 lbs. What do you guys think?
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A friend of mine whose also a barf member told me that a car like my Prius 3 could even tow a bike. Read on multiple prius forums that it is possible but generally not recommended. Wouldn't it be a dumb move? Car is already underpowered as it is. Owners manual says no towing. Load wouldn't be more than 700-800 lbs. What do you guys think?
I don't know anything about Prii personally but if a car isn't specifically built for towing, I'm sure the manufacturer needs to put language in the doc that says not to do it for liability reasons. You won't win any races (in the car) but you'll get your bike to the track. If it's a new car under warranty, you might want to check to see if towing would void the warranty too.

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A friend of mine whose also a barf member told me that a car like my Prius 3 could even tow a bike. Read on multiple prius forums that it is possible but generally not recommended. Wouldn't it be a dumb move? Car is already underpowered as it is. Owners manual says no towing. Load wouldn't be more than 700-800 lbs. What do you guys think?
You might burn up that CVT clutch. Iíve seen it done though.

Most hitches are bolt on with minimal work/tools though.
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I figure as long as you're not exceeding the equivalent of a car full of 250lb dudes and not going over the grapevine, it's probably ok. Pretty flat out to t-hill and a lightweight trailer with one sprotbike should be fine to do monthly/whatever. Of course, if you cook your clutch, then you really should have listened to madsen.
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A friend of mine whose also a barf member told me that a car like my Prius 3 could even tow a bike. Read on multiple prius forums that it is possible but generally not recommended. Wouldn't it be a dumb move? Car is already underpowered as it is. Owners manual says no towing. Load wouldn't be more than 700-800 lbs. What do you guys think?
Is it possible, yes. recommended, depends on who you ask. for smaller cars (4 bangers), don't try to pull those U-Haul trailers (heavy) because it may burn up your transmission. But you can also help your car's tranny by putting a tranny cooler so it wont over heat. I've seen a bmw 328 pull a single bike trailer. I've seen a Honda element and a civic pull a single trailer as well. I've also see tesla pull a kendon 2 bike trailer with no issues. but for ease of mind, as I said, you can put a tranny cooler.
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Is it possible, yes. recommended, depends on who you ask. for smaller cars (4 bangers), don't try to pull those U-Haul trailers (heavy) because it may burn up your transmission. But you can also help your car's tranny by putting a tranny cooler so it wont over heat. I've seen a bmw 328 pull a single bike trailer. I've seen a Honda element and a civic pull a single trailer as well. I've also see tesla pull a kendon 2 bike trailer with no issues. but for ease of mind, as I said, you can put a tranny cooler.


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Old 03-15-2018, 07:14 AM   #13
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Heads up I can get discounts on brake controller, simpler, trailer lights and radio cooler. My boss said around 20%
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Old 03-15-2018, 07:19 AM   #14
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I agree: the UHaul trailers are very heavy, so if you have a car you're iffy about towing with they probably aren't the best option.
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I used to pull my race bike or 2 jet skiis in a Harbor Freight trailer with a 1985 VW Cabriolet. Hitch bolted to the bumper and through the floor pan in the trunk. Towed fine, even up to Sonora.

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