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JHall651 03-29-2013 03:54 PM

Trailer a lowered Camaro???
 
Has anyone ever trailered a lowered Camaro? I am having the Pfadt Stage 4 installed and lowered approx 1" front and 1.25" rear. Was wondering if that will make thing difficult for me if I rented a car trailer from uHual. Anyone have any experience in this. Please help

JusticePete 03-29-2013 04:26 PM

We trailer lowered cars frequently and they can be a challenge to get on a rental type trailer. Use the standard tricks of the trade boards, natural inclines and while attached to the tow vehicle raise the trailer front with the trailer jack.

JHall651 03-29-2013 04:28 PM

Awesome. Thanks Pete. Any recommended and/or mandatory strap down points? I guess I should just ask what are the strap down points.

JusticePete 03-29-2013 04:42 PM

Use a double loop strap around the control arms to connect to your tie down straps and ratchet away.

JHall651 03-29-2013 05:00 PM

Sweet. Thanks.

SSE 4 2SS 03-29-2013 05:10 PM

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Sweet. Thanks.

You might also see if they have a trailer with the e-trac tie downs and ask for tire webs.... These wrap the tire rather than tying to suspension components.

I trailer my car a lot and it's lowered a lot...

Please note I have 6 foot long ramps and still built four foot long box's to add length and soften the angle for getting on and off the trailer...

JHall651 03-29-2013 05:31 PM

Yea i just found out that the one Im getting from uhaul uses the tire straps. But check this out. I had him see if that same trailer would show up in their system as capable of hauling a 2012 vette and it said yes. So if uhaul thinks a vette can be loaded onto it wouldn't you think a Camaro lowered 1" front and 1.25" rear could?

10aSSee D 03-29-2013 06:22 PM

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Originally Posted by SSE 4 2SS (Post 6355412)
You might also see if they have a trailer with the e-trac tie downs and ask for tire webs.... These wrap the tire rather than tying to suspension components.

I trailer my car a lot and it's lowered a lot...

Please note I have 6 foot long ramps and still built four foot long box's to add length and soften the angle for getting on and off the trailer...

That is a nice trailer!!

mp51998 03-29-2013 08:44 PM

I used a uhaul trailer just this month. Make sure you get the xtra wide trailer or cars don't fit. It doesn't mention that when you do an online reservation. Came with the tire web tie downs. Pulled behind my dodge 2500 and had no issues. Had to put 2x10 under the front tires tho as I am lowered 1.5 inches. If not I would have ripped off the rubber deflector on the front. Also had to use the angle of the drive way to make the angle of the ramps less steep. Other than that, piece of cake.

bannonm 03-29-2013 09:28 PM

It's going to be a hit or miss with UHaul. I looked at those before buying my trailer and there was no way my car would fit without hitting. I'm lowered 1" and then another .35" because of tire height. My problem is the cats hitting the dove tail on the trailer. I had to buy the long Race Ramps to lessen the angle so my splitter didn't hit. You and I have the same exhaust, so you need to watch that as well.

Pete is right on with securing it using the control arms. Do not try and tie it down with the suspension as some have mentioned on this site. I loop my rachet tie-downs around the rear LCA and the front LCA. The car doesn't slide on long trips. The wheel tie-down would work well if the trailer is equipped to use them.

Here's my setup.
http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/...psed2671f4.jpg

SSE 4 2SS 03-30-2013 12:17 AM

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Originally Posted by bannonm (Post 6356639)
It's going to be a hit or miss with UHaul. I looked at those before buying my trailer and there was no way my car would fit without hitting. I'm lowered 1" and then another .35" because of tire height. My problem is the cats hitting the dove tail on the trailer. I had to buy the long Race Ramps to lessen the angle so my splitter didn't hit. You and I have the same exhaust, so you need to watch that as well.

Pete is right on with securing it using the control arms. Do not try and tie it down with the suspension as some have mentioned on this site. I loop my rachet tie-downs around the rear LCA and the front LCA. The car doesn't slide on long trips. The wheel tie-down would work well if the trailer is equipped to use them.

Here's my setup.
http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/...psed2671f4.jpg

Agreed on the suspension tie down... a bouncing car on the trailer allows for the tie downs to be shock loaded on and off as rough roads are encountered.... Tie to LCA's or use tire webs if the trailer is so equipped...

SSE 4 2SS 03-30-2013 12:20 AM

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Originally Posted by 10aSSee D (Post 6355733)
That is a nice trailer!!

Thanks... It works well for me...

JHall651 03-30-2013 07:42 AM

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Originally Posted by mp51998 (Post 6356426)
I used a uhaul trailer just this month. Make sure you get the xtra wide trailer or cars don't fit. It doesn't mention that when you do an online reservation. Came with the tire web tie downs. Pulled behind my dodge 2500 and had no issues. Had to put 2x10 under the front tires tho as I am lowered 1.5 inches. If not I would have ripped off the rubber deflector on the front. Also had to use the angle of the drive way to make the angle of the ramps less steep. Other than that, piece of cake.

Thanks for the info. That is good to hear. Can you explain the 2x10 a little more. Do you mean plywood that is 2" thick and 10" long? Also was there any room left to strap down other stuff to the deck of the trailer? I will have my 4 stock rims and tires, stock coilovers, and stock sway bars. Do you think there will be room for me to strap that stuff down too?

converted 03-30-2013 08:28 AM

We loaded my neighbors lowered car on a uhaul i i think he is 1.5" lowered. Only issue we had was the splitter trying to hit in very front of trailer where the indentions are for your tires to sit in. We cut some 2x12 pieces and put in there to hold the car up over the front of the trailer. Strapped her dwn she rode fine all the way from corpus christi to lethal in louisiana.

JHall651 03-30-2013 08:34 AM

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Originally Posted by converted (Post 6358312)
We loaded my neighbors lowered car on a uhaul i i think he is 1.5" lowered. Only issue we had was the splitter trying to hit in very front of trailer where the indentions are for your tires to sit in. We cut some 2x12 pieces and put in there to hold the car up over the front of the trailer. Strapped her dwn she rode fine all the way from corpus christi to lethal in louisiana.

Was there additional room left on the trailer for the items in my previous post?

bannonm 03-30-2013 08:36 AM

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Originally Posted by JHall651 (Post 6358220)
Thanks for the info. That is good to hear. Can you explain the 2x10 a little more. Do you mean plywood that is 2" thick and 10" long? Also was there any room left to strap down other stuff to the deck of the trailer? I will have my 4 stock rims and tires, stock coilovers, and stock sway bars. Do you think there will be room for me to strap that stuff down too?

He means a 2x10 piece of lumber. You know, like 2x4...

I have to do the same thing to raise the front wheels so the cats clear the top of the dove tail. In case you don't know what I mean by dove tail, it's the part of the trailer in the rear that angles down. Different trailers have different lengths to aid in getting the car on without scraping.

JHall651 03-30-2013 08:42 AM

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Originally Posted by bannonm (Post 6358328)
He means a 2x10 piece of lumber. You know, like 2x4...

I have to do the same thing to raise the front wheels so the cats clear the top of the dove tail. In case you don't know what I mean by dove tail, it's the part of the trailer in the rear that angles down. Different trailers have different lengths to aid in getting the car on without scraping.

Thank you. I didn't know what dove tail was, very helpful. I'll be sure to get some extra pieces of lumber.

Rick@MidwayPerformance 04-03-2013 10:14 AM

I use a set of drive on ramps and I back my truck up on them to reduce my break over point. This allows the splitter to clear and it wont high center when its half way up. I use the 12000 lbs rated ramps and then just toss them in the back of the truck.

TBone 04-03-2013 10:34 AM

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Originally Posted by bannonm (Post 6356639)
It's going to be a hit or miss with UHaul. I looked at those before buying my trailer and there was no way my car would fit without hitting. I'm lowered 1" and then another .35" because of tire height. My problem is the cats hitting the dove tail on the trailer. I had to buy the long Race Ramps to lessen the angle so my splitter didn't hit. You and I have the same exhaust, so you need to watch that as well.

Pete is right on with securing it using the control arms. Do not try and tie it down with the suspension as some have mentioned on this site. I loop my rachet tie-downs around the rear LCA and the front LCA. The car doesn't slide on long trips. The wheel tie-down would work well if the trailer is equipped to use them.

Here's my setup.
http://i1214.photobucket.com/albums/...psed2671f4.jpg

Damn B, you have a trailer too. I might have to come down to visit to see what else you are hiding.

T.

dekan513 04-03-2013 10:37 AM

use the slightest hump to pull ur back wheels of ur truck on and with the trailer still hooked up crank it down and throw the ass of the truck up in the air . this will lower the rear of the trailer. or if there is a nice lil hill or hump thats smooth and the right angle makes it alot easier.

JHall651 04-03-2013 01:30 PM

Great suggestions and ideas guys. I think I will use a combination of a few. I have ramps to drive the front of the truck up on and plus I am going to get some 2x10's. I did just find out that the trailer I am renter only has front tire straps, now for the back I am just going to chain down the rear lower control arms as per suggested in this thread. Should I rap the lca with towels or anything?

dekan513 04-03-2013 02:30 PM

ya we alway x them at the rear helps with side to side movement.

bannonm 04-03-2013 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by dekan513 (Post 6377166)
ya we alway x them at the rear helps with side to side movement.

Good call. I forget to mention that. So he's saying the car rear left should be tied to the trailer's right side, and vice versa.

Also, I used small jack stands at the rear of the trailer so that when the weight of the car hits the rear of the trailer it doesn't drop. If you are close to hitting the splitter like me, this keeps the trailer from dipping. I use a bottle jack to raise the trailer to get the jacks out after the car is loaded.

JHall651 04-03-2013 04:21 PM

Ok. Gotcha about the X strapping. I went and bought two 2" straps. Also went and looked at the trailer. It is uhaul's 7000 lbs trailer. Looks like it will be pretty easy. Even the ramps come out pretty far. The only thing that looked if'y was on the front of the trailer there is a lip where the tires bump up against and then you strap them down. That lip looked to be about 6-8" high. I hope my 1+" drop in the front does make that lip a pain. If so I thought I could always put some wood under the front tires to raise it a bit.

JHall651 04-04-2013 12:03 PM

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