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Towing Model T

Post by Nunsio1 » Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:37 pm

Has anyone had experience towing a T on a U Haul open trailer? Comments welcome!
Thanks
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Re: Towing Model T

Post by TWrenn » Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:43 pm

I haven't had any experience with an open U-Haul, but I have had with a private open trailer.
No problems, just load it so you have a good tongue weight, usually 10% of your load.
Of course, strap it down good! I'm assuming you're talking
about a U-haul that all "fours" are on the trailer?
Because of course they do have those dinky things where only one axle is off the ground, and that would
be a total no-no in my estimation.
You should at least fold down the windshield if it's an open car. Some guys even cover the windshield completely with
cardboard, taped securely of course, to protect from potential stone chip breakage. And by all means, pull out the floor boards, otherwise nature will do it for you. Disconnect the battery is another good idea. Shut off fuel valve(s). PULL THE COIL BOX KEY!
You may even want to remove the seat bottoms and put them in your tow vehicle.

Can't think of anything else in particular. Other than usual safety checks of the trailer.
Good luck.


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Re: Towing Model T

Post by Mustang1964s » Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:48 pm

I have not because I have a trailer for the T.
What I understand is that the wheel tie down does not work for T wheels and comes off.
Use straps on front and rear axles. Also have one strap from the rear axle to the front of the trailer.

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Re: Towing Model T

Post by CudaMan » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:04 pm

Contact Steve Jelf, he's done it. :)
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Re: Towing Model T

Post by Scott_Conger » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:08 pm

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Re: Towing Model T

Post by Tim Williams » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:15 pm

I towed my speedster on a U haul open trailer for 300 miles, it did very well, the trailer pulled nicely.

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Re: Towing Model T

Post by Norman Kling » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:36 pm

I have had no problems with leaving the floorboards in place. I just put something heavy on the front floor. Like a gallon of water, or a suitcase or other item. I have not lost a seat cushion either.
always fold down the top on an open car and use a boot on it. I have even towed in the rain with the top down and when I got home, I just turned the seat cushions up so they could dry in the garage. I took off the boot planning to put the top up to dry and was surprised that the top was still dry. This was after towing about 200 miles in the rain!
I agree with all the other instructions above.


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Re: Towing Model T

Post by Tmodelt » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:38 pm

I have hauled my 23 Roadster using a UHAUL flat trailer. Towed like a dream. I like the built in tire takedown baskets and self contained ramps. I used one to bring home a "modern" car once. They have drop down fenders for ease of entry and exit out of the doors on a modern vehicle.
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Re: Towing Model T

Post by mtntee20 » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:42 pm

We towed a 1920 Center door sedan on a YouHaul trailer. Pulled very nicely with no problems. You most likely will have to work on the "tie-downs" as the ones on the trailer are for standard modern tires and not T tires. We have since purchased a trailer to haul our Ts. We are planning on finding a longer one so the Ts do not have over the back end so much. Ours is a 12' bed, which works well but the TT is just short of the maximum legal rear overhang. We're looking for a 16' for less overhang and more flexibility in positioning the T on the trailer for the best tongue weight.

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Re: Towing Model T

Post by DHort » Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:23 pm

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I also use the flat bungie cords Like Kim does in the above post. I get them at Menards. The orange is the perfect length to make an X on your hood.
They have the plastic hooks and being flat they are less likely to make a mark on your hood. You do not want to lose your hood on the highway.


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Re: Towing Model T

Post by Tmodelt » Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:53 am

My tool boxes hold down the floor boards. Straps/cords hold down hood. Never had a seat vision come loose. I retired from a nuclear generating facility where I learned about redundancy of safety systems. Defense in depth! There is one thing that man cannot take away from you, your education.


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Re: Towing Model T

Post by jiminbartow » Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:28 am

In 2001, using my 1/2 ton Ford F-150 truck, I towed my 1926 coupe on an open U-Haul trailer 1,200 miles from York, Maine to Central Florida with no problems. It pulled so smoothly and effortlessly, I almost forgot that the trailer was even back there. The trailer is very sturdy and I was able to drive full speed (70 to 75 mph) on the expressway, safely keeping up with the traffic. Since the coupe has a trunk, I was able to store the floorboards and hood in the trunk. Don’t leave the key in the ignition. I winched the car onto the trailer facing frontwards and set the emergency brake and, using the wheel webbing straps that came with the trailer, secured the wheels to the trailer floor. I also secured the axles to the floor as well, for good measure. Not too tight. You can bend the axles, if you pull down too tight. To protect from stones, road debris and rain, I bought a roll of 6 mil 20’x 100’ visqueen (sheet plastic) and three rolls of duct tape and wrapped the car in visqueen and taped the visqueen in place with two of the rolls of duct tape. I kept the third roll for making repairs to the visqueen, but it wasn’t needed. Jim Patrick

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Re: Towing Model T

Post by critterpainter » Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:58 pm

I hauled my 14 570 miles. Removed seat cushions, floorboards, hood and anything that might shake off. Original owner insisted on driving.

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Re: Towing Model T

Post by RustyFords » Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:34 pm

I used a u-hual trailer when I bought my T.

It worked great.
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Re: Towing Model T

Post by Nunsio1 » Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:11 pm

Thanks everyone for all information . Will be renting a U Haul open car hauler.
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Re: Towing Model T

Post by John Dow » Thu Aug 20, 2020 7:05 pm

I have done it and it worked well. Like everyone says the though, the front wheel "net" straps do not hold well and need to be re tightened periodically. Instead of relying on them I recommend strapping the front and rear axles with come along tie downs.

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