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Old 06-13-2010, 10:35 PM
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I am moving from Iowa to Los Angeles. I would like to tow my wifes Nissan Murrano and put my Harley in the bed of the truck. I have a 1500 with the 5.7L Hemi. No mods to my brakes. Is this safe through the mountains? I would either use a car hauler trailer or car dolly for the Nissan. Thanks in advance for the advice.
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I can't answer that . I don't know that part of the country . But I don't think you'd have a problem towing with the truck . I think a wheel dolly would be an excellent choice . You won't have the weight of a trailer behind ya .
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Yeah I would probably go with a dolly also, save some weight for the mountain climbs, and the making up time across Nebraska
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Since your talking about mountain roads, either a trailer or dolly will be fine (as far as the truck is concerned)....just make sure it has brakes.....good brakes!
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If it were me, I'd try to get a trailer with brakes. I remember once towing a car behind a Tacoma in the rain and the lack of brakes was quite interesting. Couple times the towed car tried to pass my truck. Just use the tow/haul mode, the Ram will tow very nicely.
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I'm inclined to agree with hydrex on this one. If you were pulling across flat terrain, a dolly would be fine but in the mountains, I'd want the benefit of trailer brakes, preferably on both axles.
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put it on a trailer with brake....as far as your ram very hot in the west 100+ this time of the year get a complete service........
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You shold be alright with your stock brakes but hopefully you have a trailer brake system. If you do not it may be a really fun ride haha. Trailer brakes are very essential when towing with the trailer.
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I don't have the trailer brake system. That is my main concern.
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I'd also go with a car hauler with brakes. Get a brake controller installed. The fine folks at UHaul can help with that.

You also need to know the weight of your trailer, the Murano, the Harley and your truck, with fuel passengers and luggage. This will be the Gross Combined Vehicle Weight then you need to check that rating (GCVWR) of your truck to make sure you aren't overloading your truck's capacity to tow/haul.
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