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Any experience with adding a hitch to a car?

Asked by filmfann (40472 points ) January 12th, 2014

We are moving 200 miles away. Renting a moving truck seems like a lot, when you consider multiple trips. I am thinking about adding a hitch to my Saturn Vue, and just renting a trailer, which would save about $400 each trip, though it would take more trips.
I would love any input anyone has. Only nice people please.

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Judi's avatar

Look at your owners manual. I’m thinking you can’t haul a lot of weight with that Saturn.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Yes, and my main recommendation is – even of it costs $25 for the work – have a pro do it. Don’t do it yourself.

Not just because if you screw up and don’t torque properly you can kill someone, but also because you need to properly wire to the brake lights on the trailer.

But I have to question your decision not to rent a truck. You can get a 26’ U-Haul or Budget truck – that’s what I used when I moved a three bedroom household about 800 miles And it wasn’t all the way full.

My two cents would be to STRONGLY consider renting a truck and making a single trip.

Adagio's avatar

I’ve never heard the term “hitch” before, it’s kind of cute, down here we call it a tow bar.

jaytkay's avatar

You could rent a truck and tow the car and make it all on in one trip.

I took a load of generators from Illinois east after hurricane Sandy. We rented a U-Haul truck with a trailer for the car. After we unloaded the generators we returned the U-Haul equipment in New Jersey and drove our car home.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I would really question that kind of loads on a Saturn. I’d be very hesitant.

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