Tag: towing

32 Posts

should i tow a trailer with my prius
Sep 27, 2016

Weighing the Concerns of Towing a Camper

Dear Car Talk

Leonard asks if towing a camper will actually damage his Toyota Camry Hybrid. 

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How to borrow a trailer
Jul 16, 2016

A Brief History of Utility Trailers

Tim Cotton

How our blogger survived the 70s' era of DIY trailers and kids riding atop the sacks of garbage on the way to the town dump. Plus, etiquette for the modern trailer borrower. 

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Can cruise control be used when towing
Mar 13, 2014

Okay to Use Cruise Control While Towing?

Dear Car Talk

Russell uses his 2009 GMC Sierra to tow a 6500 pound trailer. His friends all say he's crazy to use the cruise control with something in tow but he can't find any cautions against this in the owner's manual. Tom and Ray say he should be fine as long as the area isn't hilly. Read their full recommendation (and find out why this includes doubling up on the Depends) right here. 

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Car that can tow with good mileage
Jun 11, 2013

Today: Help Dave Choose a New Car

Dear Car Talk

Dave is buying a new car and he needs something that is good for daily commuting, but one that can also occasionally tow a pair of Jet Skis. Tom and Ray think there are several vehicles that can handle both situations. Find out what they recommend, right here.

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why does the air conditioning fail and the heater come on when pulling a trailer up a hill
Dec 04, 2012

Today: Luke's Hot Texas Tour

Dear Car Talk

Luke's band's tour van is having major AC problems. Nine guys plus one hot van plus one Texas tour equals one pretty stinky situation. Can Tom and Ray succeed where other mechanics have failed and figure out what's causing this?

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Tom Bodett drives a Prius
Oct 01, 2012

Driven to Extremes: Man Meets Prius

Tom Bodett

Tom Bodett spent a day with a Toyota Prius and it was not everything he dreamed it woud be. Find out why the guy who says, "It takes a real man to drive a minivan," felt totally emasculated by the cute little hybrid, right here.

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Can a Jeep Liberty tow a trailer
Jan 18, 2012

Today: To Tow or Not to Tow

Dear Car Talk

Bill is helping his son with a cross-country move. Should he rent a truck or a trailer?

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Does towing affect odometers
Aug 01, 2011

Is Di's husband right to be so smug about his new Chevy Tracker?

Dear Car Talk

My husband just bought a Chevy Tracker with a smidge over miles on the odometer We think the prior owner might have hauled the Tracker behind a recreational vehicle there is a tow-hitch bracket under the Tracker's front bumper and...

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How to safely hook up a tow line
Mar 01, 2011

Today: how to pull out a stuck car when you don't have a hitch.

Dear Car Talk

I have a 2005 Mitsubishi Endeavor all-wheel drive, and I was wondering if there is a good place to hook a tow rope so I can help pull my wife's car when she gets stuck in the driveway? I know most...

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May 01, 2008

Can a trailer cause wear to a truck, just by staying attached for long periods?

Dear Car Talk

Please settle an argument here at the fire station. We have a Ford 550 pulling a 25-foot box trailer (gross vehicle weight 10,000 pounds). Here's the question: When this truck and trailer are not in use, does the weight of the trailer...

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