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Old 07-17-2008, 07:20 AM   #1
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Whats your experience pulling a bike/trailer with a car

Going to be trailering my bike to Tn. I have a F150 and a 4x8 trailer to tow my 650lb cruiser. But I was wondering what your experence has been pulling something similar with a car. I have a 2.4L Accord with auto trans that that can tow 1000lbs. Just wondering if it is worth it or advised. Thanks for any comments. I do know that my truck is best bet, but gas
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That far will tear your transmission up use the truck. flat ground is easy hills will kill it!.........................mark
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That far will tear your transmission up use the truck. flat ground is easy hills will kill it!.........................mark
thats what I was thinking.


I guess its easy for us to say, we're not the ones paying for all that gas. But trailer + bike weight is going to kill that car in those hills they have.
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no issues at all pulling with the corolla, but I've only done short local trips no more than a couple hours. No hills.

I wonder what kind of gas mileage an accord gets towing? The F150's mileage won't hardly change. I think in my Subaru I lost about 5mpg towing the bike. The corolla seems to lose about that much or maybe a little more.
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Yeah i have considered the same things you guys mention.

I can get 18mpg in my truck and expect it to drop to 15.

30 in my car and expect it to drop to 25 or less.

I have thought of the trans thing also.

The hills and braking was also a concern.

Thanks for the imput.
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Going to be trailering my bike to Tn. I have a F150 and a 4x8 trailer to tow my 650lb cruiser. But I was wondering what your experence has been pulling something similar with a car. I have a 2.4L Accord with auto trans that that can tow 1000lbs. Just wondering if it is worth it or advised. Thanks for any comments. I do know that my truck is best bet, but gas
your transmission would give out..Hondas are not the best towers in the world beleive me...whne I blew my engine in my rx7 my buddy pulled me for 2 1/2 miles and hist transmission gave out... ( my car is fully gutted and only weights in 1900 with/o me....

no hills either...and it was civic with a GSR swap, so u know that is strong lol
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I am contemplating putting a hitch on my little ol' eclipse as well...it's a 92 with almost 200k on it too....my trailer is a single rail (weighs maybe 200 lbs.), bike (weighs maybe 500 lbs.)...I figure if I've driven with 4 people in the car before it's about the same...maybe a little more. I do have a manual tranny though. I let you know how it works out....worse case scenario it blows up and I have to buy that truck I've been wanting to buy. LOL!
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I think the trailer is 385 plus the wet weight of bike I will be pushing the limit.

Yeah I would not think twice about loading up me and three buddys at 200+ each with gear in the trunk and going anywhere. The wind drag is a big factor though, plus it has a folding gate that catches lots of air even though its mesh.
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I would/was. The chick is coming also so I bought a corbin seat, backrest and floorboards for her, and now she wants to take the truck after I done spent all that money.



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take the truck...in the long run it will be cheaper, instead of buying new tranny or engine for the honda...
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yeah I was leaning that way, I knew better, just needed a push to the other side of the fence.
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I got to tell you, towing with your honda will not mess it up. Seriously, I just towed from League City to Huntsville, Al, then to Knoxville, TN, and back to League City with a 2004 Civic Si. It was absolutely fine and I got 28 mpg on the trip. The mpg would have been even better if it weren't for the super charger and wide tires.

Just make sure that the total tounge weight of the trailer + your gear is under the load limit of the car (800 lbs for me). Also make sure the tounge weight is under the limit for the hitch (Class I = 200 lb) I changed the oil, and rotated the tires as soon as I got back but that was it.
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I plan on getting a trailer to tow my bike on, but the subaru is a manual and rated for 2k lbs, not sure I'd feel safe doing it with the honda in the hills
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I got to tell you, towing with your honda will not mess it up. Seriously, I just towed from League City to Huntsville, Al, then to Knoxville, TN, and back to League City with a 2004 Civic Si. It was absolutely fine and I got 28 mpg on the trip. The mpg would have been even better if it weren't for the super charger and wide tires.

Just make sure that the total tounge weight of the trailer + your gear is under the load limit of the car (800 lbs for me). Also make sure the tounge weight is under the limit for the hitch (Class I = 200 lb) I changed the oil, and rotated the tires as soon as I got back but that was it.
LOL omg...dude, its going to cost you in the future take my word t will...that lil k20 isnt going to last long lol
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