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Old 10-18-2018, 02:12 PM   #49617
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Of course I don't want to be; it's why I'm asking.
I literally don't know the first thing about towing, but eventually my drift habit will warrant towing my car to and from the track and I just don't even know where to start.


Maybe an old Tahoe...
but parking. UGH.
The type of trailer is as important as the tow vehicle. With a proper trailer you can downsize the tow vehicle to some extent (not much though). You want something with as little tongue weight as possible. The whole idea is to let the axles carry the weigh. Most trailers that are actually designed to haul cars will be set up properly but will cost you a few dollars more. Be VERY careful when buying a used trailer. The majority of them I have ever seen should not have still been on the road. People (even those that know better) tend to ignore proper maintenance and the fact they sit idle most of the time can really mess them up. Beware of home made ones no matter how pretty they may be!
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Old 10-18-2018, 02:25 PM   #49618
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My short term goals involve getting a semi-cool beater to get drift time in. Eventually, I'll sell my sonic (if it isn't totalled) and try to get something I can drive to work and pull my drift car on a trailer with. The problem is....I don't know the first fucken thing about towing. I mean, I've driven trailers before. But I've never had to think about it. Was always my dad's truck or a friends and their stuff.

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hmmm - why not just drive your "drift car" to the drift track/area ?

A trailer that has the capacity to haul a car is expensive. Then you have to set up a vehicle to pull it. Then you have to park it somewhere when it's not being used. Then you have license and insurance.

The vehicle you choose, with enough hauling capacity to safely pull a loaded trailer of that size, will NOT be a comfortable DD, let alone it will get relatively poor gas mileage.

Back in the day, I drove a 3/4 ton pickup truck pulling a two axle trailer with electric brakes for thousands of miles. It ain't fun and it makes driving "work".


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Old 10-18-2018, 02:32 PM   #49619
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I can't afford a diesel, nor do I want to drive or park one in Pittsburgh. I don't really want to drive a big ass truck.
are there small SUV's or truck's I could get away with doing this?


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I guess I'm asking how conservative towing capacities are. I think I've seen some on small SUv's at 3500.
Don't know if running at that or slightly over is super dangerous. I probably will be buying older and warranties won't be a consideration.

Agreed with others regarding trying to get as much towing capacity as you can get for your budget, both the truck and the trailer. You mentioned not wanting a "diesel" but I'm assuming you meant a large diesel truck like a Ford F-350 or something.



With that said, there are a few light duty diesel trucks that may be perfect for your application. The Chevy Colorado comes to mind. I know at least one of our local track junkies (@The Racers Line) tows his FRS to the track regularly and is very happy with it.
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Old 10-18-2018, 02:40 PM   #49620
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Agreed with others regarding trying to get as much towing capacity as you can get for your budget, both the truck and the trailer. You mentioned not wanting a "diesel" but I'm assuming you meant a large diesel truck like a Ford F-350 or something.



With that said, there are a few light duty diesel trucks that may be perfect for your application. The Chevy Colorado comes to mind. I know at least one of our local track junkies (@The Racers Line) tows his FRS to the track regularly and is very happy with it.
....is there a diesel Colorado?

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hmmm - why not just drive your "drift car" to the drift track/area ?

A trailer that has the capacity to haul a car is expensive. Then you have to set up a vehicle to pull it. Then you have to park it somewhere when it's not being used. Then you have license and insurance.

The vehicle you choose, with enough hauling capacity to safely pull a loaded trailer of that size, will NOT be a comfortable DD, let alone it will get relatively poor gas mileage.

Back in the day, I drove a 3/4 ton pickup truck pulling a two axle trailer with electric brakes for thousands of miles. It ain't fun and it makes driving "work".


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It's like an hour to the local track. That's a reeeeeaaaaal expensive tow job if I break something that can't be fixed there. But having the equipment to tow it may be more expensive than I thought...
And a drift beater may not eventually be suitable for that ride.

plus, I want to have a set of spares AND some tools. That may not fit in some of the smaller candidates I have in mind for tracking (looking at you, E30).
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Old 10-18-2018, 02:47 PM   #49621
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....is there a diesel Colorado?
Yes

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Old 10-18-2018, 03:08 PM   #49622
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hmmm - why not just drive your "drift car" to the drift track/area ?

A trailer that has the capacity to haul a car is expensive. Then you have to set up a vehicle to pull it. Then you have to park it somewhere when it's not being used. Then you have license and insurance.

The vehicle you choose, with enough hauling capacity to safely pull a loaded trailer of that size, will NOT be a comfortable DD, let alone it will get relatively poor gas mileage.

Back in the day, I drove a 3/4 ton pickup truck pulling a two axle trailer with electric brakes for thousands of miles. It ain't fun and it makes driving "work".


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Back in my drag racing days I was always amazed at the guys that would show up with a $100,000 (todays dollars) highly modified drag car, an $80,000 tow vehicle and a trailer that was home made out of left over angle iron and random car parts. Just because it doesn't have an engine doesn't mean it isn't a vital part of the package.
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That's pretty badass in a midsize truck. (Is the colorado a mid-size?)
It's their smallest, but still pretty big...


But way out of my range new. I'm going to be going back in time for towing and drift beater, likely, unless I wait a long time to get a tow machine.


Guess I'll just have to wait and settle for risking a tow!


Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Now to start scoping our a drift car...
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Old 10-18-2018, 04:08 PM   #49624
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You serious? Ugh, hopefully it's gets better.
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That's pretty badass in a midsize truck. (Is the colorado a mid-size?)
It's their smallest, but still pretty big......
Yea, it's considered mid-sized and you are right like all trucks today its pricey. By the time I configure one I would buy with the diesel and 4x4 I'm up to $42,000 but since its a 2018 and there are several similar near me I'm sure I could get one sub $40K but still a lot, which is why I buy trucks used.
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Looking around for a new insurance... debating to go with an agent or without an agent. Does anyone have experience or info on that? My fam never had an agent, so don't have much knowledge other than go with an agent will cost a bit more than without an agent.
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I can't help you. I started with USAA 50 some years ago. USAA was started just for Army Officers, then it expanded to most all military personal.

I get a nice "rebate" check of a few hundred dollars at the end of the year and I have several thousand that they have stashed away for me because I'm an old timer. That's in case I get completely senile and forget to make my insurance payments -

However, they did raise my deductible to $100,000 for any accidents caused by me while backing up -


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