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tommyintpa@aol.com

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<font FACE="arial,helvetica"><font SIZE="3" FAMILY="SERIF" FACE="Calisto MT" LANG="0">Rod - All cars tow better on a trailer & they rent for almost the same cost
as a dolly. Both UHaul & Ryder have them. Call around & find an aluminum
trailer, they are even nicer.

Tommy Red - 67 Corky

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Betty Anne and/or David Field

Guest
Any comments/experiences regarding the practicality of towing an Amphicar
on a U-Haul towing dolly? Would you put front or back wheels on dolly? It
seems to me this was discussed before and that most who tried it found it
to be a bad experience, am I right?
Dave
 
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Gerald Okins

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<font face="Arial" size="2">pay a little extra to get a trailer-the last time I rented a u-haul it was only a 10 or 15 dollar difference in price.</font>
<font face="Arial" size="2">When I used the trailer, I backed the amphicar on, so the weight of the engine would ride near the front, rather than the rear. Too much weight towards the rear of a trailer can lead to "fish tailing". </font>
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on a U-Haul towing dolly? Would you put front or back wheels on dolly? It
seems to me this was discussed before and that most who tried it found it
to be a bad experience, am I right?
Dave

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Bill Connelly

Guest
Any comments/experiences regarding the practicality of towing an Amphicar
on a U-Haul towing dolly? Would you put front or back wheels on dolly? It
seems to me this was discussed before and that most who tried it found it
to be a bad experience, am I right?
Dave

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There are dozens and dozens of past postings to this List in the Archives at
http://www.escribe.com/automotive/amphicar/search.html on the topic of
trailers, trailering and towing. Almost TOO much to wade through.

My understanding is that if one can rent one of U-Haul's newer (and lighter)
model aluminum 4-wheeler auto transport trailers, where the Amphi's all the
way off the ground, then that's the best way to go (certainly when compared
with dragging it along with only two wheels up on a tow dolly and the
resultant abnormal stress and wear and tear). More details on the new model
auto transport trailer can be found on the U-Haul website at:

http://www.uhaul.com/guide/guide_template.html?auto_transport

That's how I'M gonna go when I finally do decide it's time to pack up the
wife and dual rugrats and trailer my Amphi to a Swim-In or elsewhere. But
again this year, as with all past years, I'm getting to the Swim-In under
Old Buoy's own steam...another solo mission. Frankly, I suspect it likes
the long trip and runs as well as it does the rest of the year partly as a
result of this thorough cobweb-blowing annual hejira to the north and back.
It must beat only ever trodding down to the river, plunging in and then
dribbling back to just get laid up damp until the next dunk.

By the way, Ryder offers a similar or identical model to UHaul's, but does
not rent theirs without one also renting one of their trucks. In fact,
that's how I whisked my own Amphi down here from its 14 year slumber in a
Poughkeepsie shed, not having anything but a finicky Chevette at the time as
a tow vehicle.

According to Billy Syx, U-Haul also installed his Class III tow hitch for a
very reasonable fee.

~Bilgemaster~
 
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Robert

Guest
In the past, I have borrowed lots of different trailers to haul my Amphicar
around on. I found that a secure way to haul the car is to use cloth
suspension straps around each axle right next to the brake drum (watch the
brake line) and then secure it with the long straps with the ratchets,
clipped to the "D" rings on the trailer. I tightened mine up almost as
taught as I could.

Some people said that the suspension members were not that strong! I
thought about it, and I couldn't imagine much greater forces generated than
brakes being applied or pot holes being hit at speed, so I decided that the
people that told me that were wrong. And if I am guilty of doing anything
incorrectly, it is probably over tightening my straps. But I guess that I
have proven that you don't have to worry about over tightening.

However, what would happen in a hard frontal impact? I believe in using 4
oversized straps secured correctly! The last thing you want to have happen
is for your car to come off the trailer and remove the top of your tow
vehicle! Exactly that has happened, and the driver didn't get another chance
to do it right. Some of the strapping systems that I have seen many of the
club members use makes me wonder, "Do they have a clue?"

I do have 4 axle straps and 4 long straps with ratchets for sale as I now
have 4 "over the tire" straps that I use on the custom trailer I have
designed and built. They are the easiest, fastest, and you don't get dirty
putting them on and off. However, you have to set up one trailer
specifically for the Amphicar.

Rob Vondracek


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Marty & Caryl

Guest
Where did I see the article Marc Schlemmer did on strapping his Amphi
down for towing. I remember it was a stress free way of securing the
car to the trailer without hurting anything. Lots of good how to
photos and reasons why he was doing what he did.
Marty in WI


--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "Robert" <rjv@d...> wrote:
> In the past, I have borrowed lots of different trailers to haul my
Amphicar
> around on. I found that a secure way to haul the car is to use cloth
> suspension straps around each axle right next to the brake drum
(watch the
> brake line) and then secure it with the long straps with the
ratchets,
> clipped to the "D" rings on the trailer. I tightened mine up almost
as
> taught as I could.
>
> Some people said that the suspension members were not that strong!
I
> thought about it, and I couldn't imagine much greater forces
generated than
> brakes being applied or pot holes being hit at speed, so I decided
that the
> people that told me that were wrong. And if I am guilty of doing
anything
> incorrectly, it is probably over tightening my straps. But I guess
that I
> have proven that you don't have to worry about over tightening.
>
> However, what would happen in a hard frontal impact? I believe in
using 4
> oversized straps secured correctly! The last thing you want to have
happen
> is for your car to come off the trailer and remove the top of your
tow
> vehicle! Exactly that has happened, and the driver didn't get
another chance
> to do it right. Some of the strapping systems that I have seen many
of the
> club members use makes me wonder, "Do they have a clue?"
>
> I do have 4 axle straps and 4 long straps with ratchets for sale as
I now
> have 4 "over the tire" straps that I use on the custom trailer I
have
> designed and built. They are the easiest, fastest, and you don't
get dirty
> putting them on and off. However, you have to set up one trailer
> specifically for the Amphicar.
>
> Rob Vondracek
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
 
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