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Old 05-17-2020, 05:13 AM
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Is this a really stupid idea??

Right now, I'm planning on towing an old car I bought (a MB 280SL), from southern Florida to Minnesota, using my 2015 X5 35i. Is this a really stupid idea? It wouldn't be my first...

Here are some of the details... I'll be using a Uhaul car trailer (2210 lbs), to tow this car (3320 lbs)... total tow weight therefore is around 5530 lbs. I can't find any clear specs in my BMW book, but what I've seen online would say that the tow capacity of my X5 is about 5900 lbs.

The Uhaul trailer has surge brakes. The X5 has about 75K miles on it, and it's been well maintained.

Yup, I'll be crossing the Blue Ridge mountains, and going through plenty of cities. It's around 1800 miles total. We usually try to do the run in two days.

I've been told that I'm going to fry my X5 transmission, that I'll get about 7 MPG, and that this is dangerous... all kinds of things can go wrong.

So, what do you all think? Is this just a really dumb idea?

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Old 05-17-2020, 09:15 AM
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IMHO, it's not out-of-spec, nor is it a bad idea. Great classic car, BTW. Definitely worth the trip. I'm super jealous.

That said, you're looking at almost 4,000 miles r/t, right? Where are you going to stay? Are those hotels detoxed right now? Are you leaving this classic roadster in the parking lot(s) each night?

Honestly, I'd ship it. Even taking the virus out of the equation, I'd probably still ship it.

Let's call that 4000 miles, 15mpg, and $2.40/gallon for gas. We'll agree to throw in an oil change for the effort. Then you need to rent the trailer. Can we agree that's around $800? That's before you take care of the humans for, what, a week?

You should also do the math for any possibility of totaling the whole rig. Your insurance probably won't cover the appreciated value of a rare classic car, nor will U-Haul. But a proper shipper should be insured.

I don't think you're better off doing this the hard way. Just my $.02.
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Old 05-19-2020, 09:07 AM
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I agree with Guyinacar. My son just purchased a Porsche and is having it shipped across the US in an enclosed truck. The cost is not unreasonable.
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what did it cost to ship the porshe
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Old 07-01-2020, 07:52 AM
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towing near the spec of a vehicle isn't a relaxing experience; going through mountains at near spec really isn't relaxing
brakes are a big deal; surge brakes aren't awesome

at minimum I'd recommend
1) explore the cost of shipping (I'd guess it'll be sub $1000)
2) 'try out' a tow of similar size on your x5 prior to committing to the trip
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Old 07-02-2020, 08:02 AM
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It shipped from NYC to Seattle in an enclosed truck for $2k. Open trailer would have been $1600.
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Old 07-06-2020, 05:23 PM
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About an year ago, I was looking at a Rangie in NY. I'm in WI. I would not have towed it even back pre-covid days. The quotes I got were all less than $1k.
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Right now, I'm planning on towing an old car I bought (a MB 280SL), from southern Florida to Minnesota, using my 2015 X5 35i. Is this a really stupid idea? It wouldn't be my first...

Here are some of the details... I'll be using a Uhaul car trailer (2210 lbs), to tow this car (3320 lbs)... total tow weight therefore is around 5530 lbs. I can't find any clear specs in my BMW book, but what I've seen online would say that the tow capacity of my X5 is about 5900 lbs.

The Uhaul trailer has surge brakes. The X5 has about 75K miles on it, and it's been well maintained.

Yup, I'll be crossing the Blue Ridge mountains, and going through plenty of cities. It's around 1800 miles total. We usually try to do the run in two days.

I've been told that I'm going to fry my X5 transmission, that I'll get about 7 MPG, and that this is dangerous... all kinds of things can go wrong.

So, what do you all think? Is this just a really dumb idea?

Thanks!

Dave
Just a whimsical thought, what about flying to Florida and taking a leisurely drive back? Pack a cooler of food from Wally. MickyDs and Motels might be iffy but the weather is not too bad to take frequent naps!
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