Hire Trailer to move 4wd

Submitted: Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 08:52
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Hi Gang,

I need to hire a trailer to move a Toyota Landcruiser that I have purchase as a wreck.
All the U move mobs only have a weight up to 1200kg that is not heavy enough, does anyone know where I could get one in the Cranbourne / Dandenong area's.

I would only need it for about 4 or 5 hours, have to travel about 100km all up.

Thanks in advance,

David
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Reply By: jacent - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 09:02

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 09:02
If it runs would be cheaper to get a permit and drive it, I don't know many cars that weigh 1200 kgs so must be a pretty weak trailer,my tandem cage trailer is legal for 2000kg with 500kg of that is trailer and thats "legally" so it would take alot more, car trailer should be more surely,have you called trailer places everywhere? Hope you find one!
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 09:21

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 09:21
Check the cost of permits where you are.

Back in the 80's we used to move vehicles round on permits regularly.....I went to look at the mater a while ago in QLD..and like many things the price had gone up to a rediculous point.

and they just did not want to know it it was not 100% roadworthy.

for short distances it was simply out of the question.

The only way it would be viable was if a lot of distance could be covered in a single day.

Otherwise it was cheaper and easier to sling it on a tilt tray or a car transporter.

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Follow Up By: Member - David Will (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 09:24

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 09:24
Hi Bantam,

Cannot drive 4wd on road roof badly damaged and no glass, Can still move to put on traileror tray.
Thanks,
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Reply By: The Bantam - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 09:13

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 09:13
The question you have to ask is...what are you going to tow it with?

Ya gona need a vehicle that is considerably heavier than the one you want to transport.

By the time you combine the weight of the vehicle with that of a hire trailer that are never light ya gona be nudging the 3 tonnes

The days of towing a vehicle on a trailer with a similar vehicle are long gone.

There is a good reason the hire companies don't hire heavy car trailers any more.

Best to get a tilt tray to do the job.

If you have ya self organised and ya get one of the companies that is predominantly moving cars not "crash towing" and you get a "when you can fit it in rate".

it wont be much more expensive than hiring a trailer and burning the fuel....and a whole lot less stress.

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Follow Up By: Member - David Will (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 09:28

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 09:28
Hi Bantam,

Tow vechile will be 3,500 tonnes, towing 80 series that has been slightly striped,so that should not be a problem.

Thanks again,
David
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 10:11

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 10:11
If ya still pushing what you can do.

one thing that has been done many times is to pull the motor & box, stick that in the tray of the tow vehicle along with the spare tyre and anything else....now you have peeled quite a lot of weight off the vehicle to be loaded.

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Reply By: Member - Wamuranman - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 10:44

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 10:44
David,
I had the same problem recently. All the hire trailers I could find were only allowed to carry 1200kg and had a 80KPH speed limit. When I asked the hire person at the garage why they limit it it to 1200kg he became quite abusive.Completely useless.
In the end I had to use a tilt tray which didn't work out that much dearer for me as I only had to go 35km (about 2 hr round trip incl load/unload).
Only other option is to try and hire a plant trailer from a place that hires small plant like bobcats if you have the towing capacity.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:42

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:42
When the total load is over 2000kg breakaway brakes have to be fitted and the trailer braking system has to be operated by the car driver via the vehicles braking system - normally electric brakes.

Typically car trailers weigh between 600-800kg so without upgrading the trailer this limits the load to about 1200-1400kg - so to make things easy and maybe to provide a bit of buffer the 1200kg load carrying capacity is chosen and this keeps things legal with their over ride brakes.

You may find larger capacity car trailers that have breakaway brakes and electric brakes but these are getting very hard to find and will be usually be at independent operators. Most franchise operators and garages are just not prepared to take the risk in allowing loads over 1200kg (total tow weight 2000kg).

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Follow Up By: Member - Wamuranman - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 16:16

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 16:16
I agree with you Garry...every thing you say is correct.
But the point I make is they are hiring a car trailer that is useless...even the Tare weight of a Toyota Corolla is over 1200kg. So who can legally use the trailer to carry a car?
In Queensland there is an easy solution....adjustable electric brake controllers on the trailer are legal here so all they need to do is fit electric brakes with a trailer controller and then the only limit is the tow vehicle capacity (hirers responsibility). Some already do this on hire horse floats so why not on hire car trailers?

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Follow Up By: garrycol - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 19:27

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 19:27
Those adjustable electric brakes may still be legal in QLD but certainly not in most other states. They used to be but not any more.

Garry
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Reply By: lancie49 - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:41

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 11:41
I'd be going with a tilt tray, eliminates all risk for you, and gets the vehicle where you want it, when you want it.
$150 (?) and the jobs done.
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Follow Up By: Mountain Goat - Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 20:06

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 20:06
^ exactly. I've always gone for a tilt tray with my Landcruiser.
Apart from a plant trailer, nothing will legally carry a Landcruiser.
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Reply By: Member - David Will (VIC) - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 15:57

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 15:57
Thanks to all that have replied to my question above.

I have got a truck to go and get it, so it will be moved allot easier than trying to tow a trailer, if l could find one.

Thanks again,

David
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Follow Up By: nootsa200873 - Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 21:04

Sunday, Apr 21, 2013 at 21:04
Good choice David, I was another vote for a tilt tray type of tow.
All the best with the car,
Chris.
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