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Old 07-08-2010, 05:01 PM   #46
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I tried to give you over 20 years experience with trailers, I've had no problems. I tend to think you want a truck in your heart and want to justify it. This is not an attack but just an observation from across the big ocean. I shoot straight with my feelings. Don't take offense please. My first car was a 62 F150 step side with a 292. My 2nd was a 60 F150 Fleetside with a 400 Pontiac, automatic, bastard child mix there. I got 12 mpg no matter what. I grew up driving trucks. I have too many stories about things that happened in trucks. I won't write them down. You can do alot more with a trailer than you think, really, even with a small car pulling it. I'm doing it now for years. dorf dude...

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I got a lot of hauling done in my '99 Dodge minivan before upgrading to the pickup. It had a rack on top and room to lay 4x8 sheets flat inside with the seats removed and stored in the garage. The modern ones have stow and go seating. Just know your weight capacities and other limitations. http://www.thisisjuststupid.com/stup...lmost-made-it/

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I've been tossing around the idea of getting something like a small folding utility trailer myself, mostly out of money concerns (although I'd love to go out and get a new truck, the money just isn't there these days).
It seems like for *most* of the stuff I'd want to haul it'd be OK, as mostly my problem is the size of the stuff, not the weight, but I'd still have to be careful if I were to ever want to bring home a washer/drier set or a ton of landscaping bricks or something along those lines - my Malibu v6 only has a tow capacity of 1000lbs (possibly less in reality now that it has nearly 100K on the odometer), and from the looks of it even a small trailer is going to use at least 1/3 of that capacity just on it's own, before even adding a load to it.
Still, thinking it might be worth looking at as at least a temporary solution until better money starts rolling in.

As far as if you can do it with a Civic, answers seem to be all over the place if you do a web search, but seem to mostly be around the same area of 1000lb capacity.
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Old 07-09-2010, 09:46 AM   #49
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I tried to give you over 20 years experience with trailers, I've had no problems. I tend to think you want a truck in your heart and want to justify it. This is not an attack but just an observation from across the big ocean. I shoot straight with my feelings. Don't take offense please. My first car was a 62 F150 step side with a 292. My 2nd was a 60 F150 Fleetside with a 400 Pontiac, automatic, bastard child mix there. I got 12 mpg no matter what. I grew up driving trucks. I have too many stories about things that happened in trucks. I won't write them down. You can do alot more with a trailer than you think, really, even with a small car pulling it. I'm doing it now for years. dorf dude...
Oh i meant no offense. Sorry shu. I think a trailer would work for now. The only reason i'm going back and forth is because I drive a 94 civic with 240xxx miles on it so i am anticipating needing something else in the near future. I am on a budget and i highly doubt a nice truck is in my future. I have been looking around for trailers locally and on craigslist and such.

Honestly if anyone out there wants to give me a 2010 powerstroke quad cab i would have no objections!!! Until that day comes i can make do with our civic and endeavor. I am looking at towing capapcity and hitches for the edeavor too as it may be able to handle a few thousand lbs or more on a trailer.

Thanx shu, and i'm holding back some caps as well!
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I've been tossing around the idea of getting something like a small folding utility trailer myself, mostly out of money concerns (although I'd love to go out and get a new truck, the money just isn't there these days).
It seems like for *most* of the stuff I'd want to haul it'd be OK, as mostly my problem is the size of the stuff, not the weight, but I'd still have to be careful if I were to ever want to bring home a washer/drier set or a ton of landscaping bricks or something along those lines - my Malibu v6 only has a tow capacity of 1000lbs (possibly less in reality now that it has nearly 100K on the odometer), and from the looks of it even a small trailer is going to use at least 1/3 of that capacity just on it's own, before even adding a load to it.
Still, thinking it might be worth looking at as at least a temporary solution until better money starts rolling in.

As far as if you can do it with a Civic, answers seem to be all over the place if you do a web search, but seem to mostly be around the same area of 1000lb capacity.
I'm guessing my 2002 HD Deuce could tow almost as much as my civic
but for me it's not about weight either, mostly. It's about fitting a 4x8 sheet of drywall or like when i had to go pick up my windows the other week. things like that a trailer would be perfect and the weight would'nt be an issue.

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Both a truck and a trailer have their uses. Just get both
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Oh i meant no offense. Sorry shu. I think a trailer would work for now. The only reason i'm going back and forth is because I drive a 94 civic with 240xxx miles on it so i am anticipating needing something else in the near future. I am on a budget and i highly doubt a nice truck is in my future. I have been looking around for trailers locally and on craigslist and such.

Honestly if anyone out there wants to give me a 2010 powerstroke quad cab i would have no objections!!! Until that day comes i can make do with our civic and endeavor. I am looking at towing capapcity and hitches for the edeavor too as it may be able to handle a few thousand lbs or more on a trailer.

Thanx shu, and i'm holding back some caps as well!
hauling in hondas 101

you will probably burn up the stock clutch if you haul much over 500lbs or go up many hills

brake and suspension mods help in regards to safety but are not manditory

if you do burn up the stock civic clutch for $250ish you can get an exedy stage 1. it drives identical to stock with a slightly stiffer pedal and does not have the on/off switch problem that aggressive discs do. it's an organic disc with beefier construction and a much stronger pressure plate

larger brakes like the integra R setup would be safer but also requires fab work to fit the civics. i've done it but it may be more than the average joe wants to do. a quality pad like the hawk hp+ or axxis ultimates will not burn up easily when braking with weight and are a direct drop in your existing calipers

suspension.....unless you can spend $800 or more on a nice koni ground control setup leave it alone

in short a beefier clutch and better brake pads will make your civic a little trailer king
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racebum, you found out my hobby. even though the civic is old and not a vtec i still managed to find a slightly used exedy 2 years ago and integra type r calipers/rotors and pads. it also has coilovers which came off one of my buddy's old civics. i'm not a honda race guy but have many friends that are. Before i bought the house i had an evo VIII, STI, and and EVO IX. would love to get back into that world sometime too but that is down the road.
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For what it's worth -

I picked up a used 1/2 ton pickup a few years ago as a 3rd vehicle used for the type of things you are describing. At first it was great having the extra vehicle to haul the occasional loads around. I bought a decent used homemade 6'x10' trailer with a HD axle/springs a year later off of craigslist. I can haul 2,000 lbs in the trailer with no issues. I've only put about 10,000 miles on the truck the last two years after buying the trailer. I find myself using the wife's minivan with the trailer more often because the family is usually with on road trips. The trailer has much more usable cargo space than the truck. The truck is going up for sale this fall.
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Get a truck. That is what I would do, 'cause I want a truck too. Having said that, I use my '91 4Runner with a trailer for stuff I can't fit in the vehicle.
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Get a truck. That is what I would do, 'cause I want a truck too. Having said that, I use my '91 4Runner with a trailer for stuff I can't fit in the vehicle.
My dad got his 07 duramax crew cab up around where you are at lenz trucks. that place has a lot of nice trucks but most are still a little out of my range.
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I always top the tank off for sure. Usuually my dad wants to go with anyway so i get extra hands along with the truck. I usually pick up dinner for us on the way back.

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My dad got his 07 duramax crew cab up around where you are at lenz trucks. that place has a lot of nice trucks but most are still a little out of my range.

I've bought from Lenz before as well, but they're in Fon Du Lac, WI, not really near MN at all.
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I've bought from Lenz before as well, but they're in Fon Du Lac, WI, not really near MN at all.
whoops, in my defense it is still north from me

And yeah, my sister and 2 nephews are back living with my folks so i'm sure every time i ask for his help he jumps at the opportunity.
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but for me it's not about weight either, mostly. It's about fitting a 4x8 sheet of drywall or like when i had to go pick up my windows the other week. things like that a trailer would be perfect and the weight would'nt be an issue.
I smacked into this idea while surfing the 'net a little bit ago, and I think I may give it a shot since all I really needed the extra hauling space for is stuff like boards & plywood, so it'd probably work well: that is, a DIY roof-rack!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Dryw...er--Roof-Rack/

OK, it ain't pretty, but it's cheap, looks like it's got the framework needed to keep the drywall from breaking, and you only need to have it on the car when you're actually using it (it's held down with tie-down straps).

I'm thinking of making up one of these for myself:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...-windsurfersu/

It's a little nicer looking, but smaller & doesn't have the support frame for something like drywall... but hey, I don't have any need to carry drywall around.
Obviously it's not going to be any help if you need to haul a washer/dryer set, but for wood, looks perfect... and along with being cheap won't take up room like a trailer would.

Anyway just thought of this thread when I ran into these so I thought I'd toss the idea out there
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Thanx, i have a rack up in the attic for the civic that i could probably modify for lumber /drywall. i will have to check the weight limits on it.

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