Posted: Sat Jun 26, 2010 10:09 am Post subject: Towing a motorcycle to SD from PA
I did a search on here for towing and really only found info on why someone wouldn't tow with thier Impala. Im looking to rent a small enclosed bike trailer from Uhaul to tow my bike back to SD before I delpoy. I have no other means or resourses to get a truck so I need to get a good quality Hitch for my Impala I don't want to but its the only option I have left other than driving the car home and flying back out to PA to take my bike home. The drive is roughly 1,350 miles that I need to go. Any suggestions would be very helpful to see what kind of "Hide-a-way" hitch to install for the car to tow a small enclosed bike trailer. Also any other modifications such as Trans cooler or any other mods that I should be thinking of would also be helpful! Please keep the flaming or reasons why I should not do this to a minimun. Thanks in advance.
Are you trying to get the bike and the car home before you deploy or just the bike?
If the later you could probly just ship the bike home through a motor transport company for a lot less than the cost of the hitch, rental, gas , wear and tear on the car and plus the time doing it.
Edit: Just re read
Why not pickup something like this ?
Towing a bike trailer will not hurt your Impala, I've been using front drive GM's for years to tow race bikes and the odd load to the dump and never have had any issues. I would suggest not leaving the transmission in overdrive unless you are doing 60 or better on a flat highway. I reccomend the Hiddenhitch products, well built and easy to instll, don't forget the wiring. Alternatively, the option of shipping the bike and not having an unwanted hitch on the car is a fabulous idea!
That bike trailer weighs far less than the smallest enclosed UHaul trailer. I would go with that if you could, or you could rent a UHaul but it weighs more than twice what that trailer does.
Your transmission will definitely get hot towing anything - but a small trailer like that one is definitely a FAR better option than an enclosed UHaul trailer, especially in terms of wear and tear and gas mileage (I think I was getting 14 mpg when towing a 4x8 UHaul that was loaded down).
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