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Old November 19th, 2008, 08:09 AM   #1
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Does anyone tow their wheeler on the icy, snowy highways of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula to go winter wheeling? I towed my junk up to the U.P. early this fall and left it up there so that I could use it during my vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday... I am now having second thoughts about trying to tow it home at the end of the month. It's a 440 mile trip, one way.
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You make it sound like you have other options...

What are you towing with?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 08:27 AM   #3
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My other option is to leave it up there all winter... not ideal, but I could do it. I'm towing with an F-150 5.4L 4x4. New tires on the trailer, and brakes on one axle.
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Go slow and don't drive home on a day when there is a good chance for ice on the road (warm one day, cold the next, sleet storms, etc).

I have towed snowmobiles and RV's in some shitty weather around this state, just take it slow.
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If you are comfortable driving in dry or rainy conditions towing you should be fine. You just have to use your head and drive for the conditions you are in. It might take more time to get to your destination but with your set up you should be fine. Remember even though the road may be dry bridges can be icy. After all people tow snowmachines though out the winter and some of those set ups weight as much or more than what you are towing.
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take your time, leave plenty of distance in front of you. Make sure the weight of the trailer is properly distributed so the front of the truck doesn't get light, and the rear doesn't sway.
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What they said basically. I have towed in some serious crap. Looking back, only one of those trips would I should not have been out. That was with an empty trailer. You will be much happier with a load on the trailer than an empty one.
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I tow at least twice per year for winter runs. No big deal. Even after doing this.




Just do as suggested above.
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If you know it's gonna be snowing with snow/ice on roadway, you can always put chains on the trailer axle with brakes as added insurance. Should be fine though as long as you take it slow.
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I tow at least twice per year for winter runs. No big deal. Even after doing this.




Just do as suggested above.

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Thanks for the advice everyone, I appreciate it.

I mostly just wanted to know if I was out of my mind for even considering it, heh heh. It sounds like I should be alright as long as conditions don't get too bad, and I will just need to pull off and wait it out if they do.
I have made the trip many, many times (hundreds) in all kinds of weather so I do know what to expect, when to watch out for black ice, etc... I was just thinking about it and it occurred to me that in all the years that I have been driving that route I don't think I have ever seen someone pulling a car hauler on the highway, in the winter.
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I tow at least twice per year for winter runs. No big deal. Even after doing this.




Just do as suggested above.
I would be scraping the crap out of my shorts for years after this.
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Surge brakes or electric brakes on the trailer?

You'll be good with electric brakes, surge brakes are terrible because they almost immediately lock even with slight brake applications.
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I agree with Bones 100%
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Surge brakes or electric brakes on the trailer?

You'll be good with electric brakes, surge brakes are terrible because they almost immediately lock even with slight brake applications.
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take your time, and you will be fine, I have towed in some nasty snow storms.
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my dad made me pull the travel trailer to the u.p in snow storm when all i had was a learners permit.... 4 hi and 55mph and 12 hours later, made it though!
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I tow at least twice per year for winter runs. No big deal. Even after doing this.




Just do as suggested above.
at least we know that if we come across you on the highway towing your jeep we can rest assured it is not coming off the trailer.
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If you know it's gonna be snowing with snow/ice on roadway, you can always put chains on the trailer axle with brakes as added insurance. Should be fine though as long as you take it slow.
no chains in michigan.

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Thanks for the advice everyone, I appreciate it.

I mostly just wanted to know if I was out of my mind for even considering it, heh heh. It sounds like I should be alright as long as conditions don't get too bad, and I will just need to pull off and wait it out if they do.
I have made the trip many, many times (hundreds) in all kinds of weather so I do know what to expect, when to watch out for black ice, etc... I was just thinking about it and it occurred to me that in all the years that I have been driving that route I don't think I have ever seen someone pulling a car hauler on the highway, in the winter.
you'll be fine.

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at least we know that if we come across you on the highway towing your jeep we can rest assured it is not coming off the trailer.
roger that
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