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Could you drive a compact tractor into a U-haul van and transport it 220 miles or so? You could probably block the wheels and set the brakes, but I don't think you could tie it down. Would hate to lose it out the back doors but just wondering if this has ever been done. New Holland 29 HP, FEL & Belly mower.
 

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Tie it down tight. You never know what will or could happen and if you should rollover it should stay strapped to the trailer. slkpk
 

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I've seen bigger moved that way.. BUT... BUT... They bought big tie downs and bolted em to the floor and rachet strapped the tractor in place with the 5000 lb rachet straps.. NOW.. keep in mind they may charge you for damages with putting the tie downs in. The fella i know left them in there so no holes showed.. BTW I am neither saying yes or no to doing this. only that i have seen it done and how.. Think safety first.. Its not the loosing it out the back doors that worrys me most, Its the mini van behind ya that it lands in front of at 65 mph that bothers me.. AGAIN be safe.... You want your straps to cross over each other.
 

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They bought big tie downs and bolted em to the floor and rachet strapped the tractor in place with the 5000 lb rachet straps.
I saw it done this way also.
If you can't or won't tie it down to the floor,then, IMO,don't do it. You are just begging to be a story on the 6 o'clock news.:fing20:

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I just rent a car trailer from U-Haul. It is way safer and the U-Haul rental places around me all have the car trailers available. The car trailers are way safer and designed to tie stuff down.
 

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I'm not sure it would fit on the car trailer as most are open center and the tractor is prob. too narrow. I've hauled cars across country in the back of a penske truck by welding mounting points to the steel along the sides and just cutting them off before turning the truck in.

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Gold&Blue,
One thing you did not mention is how big of a truck you plan on renting. Just because you can squeeze the tractor into one of the smaller trucks/vans, doesn't mean its going to be steady enough in crosswinds while going down the highway. Make sure you get a big enough one that can handle being top heavy like that.

There are just wayyyyy too many people out there towing with a vehicle that is just too small for what they are towing/hauling. You can never have too big of a truck for the job.
 

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Could you drive a compact tractor into a U-haul van and transport it 220 miles or so? You could probably block the wheels and set the brakes, but I don't think you could tie it down. Would hate to lose it out the back doors but just wondering if this has ever been done. New Holland 29 HP, FEL & Belly mower.
Borrow or Buy a 2 axle landscape trailer and haul it there in safety...;)
 

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Thanks for the recommendations and more Q's

I could probably borrow a trailer but I have nothing to tow something that big with - the trailer has a 2 5/8" inch hitch. My friend hauls it with his dump truck and that is not for loan. Maybe I could rent a U-haul truck to tow it with? I considered a u-haul car trailer but I too think the gap in the open center is too large for this size tractor, and none of my local u-haul places seem to have any on hand anyway. I would get a fairly large truck if I was going to drive the tractor into it. Interesting suggestions about modifying the truck!!!! Have any of you used u-ship to handle tractors being towed? I'm a little worried about packing my tractor off with a stranger.....
 

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If you have a tow vehicle large enough to handle the load you should be able to find an equipment trailer at one of the rental places. Car trailers are great but an equipment trailer is what you really need from the sounds of it.

If you don't have a rig big enough to safely do the job consider renting a flat bed truck. Penske, U-Haul and others have them as well as box trucks. You may have to plan ahead so the local place can have one available when you need it.

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My local rental store rents trailers. I rented a 6x10, single axle, last week for $40 to bring home a couple of attachments I bought. I think a 6x12 trailer with 2 axles was about $60 for a day. I think it was a pretty economical way to go. I would like a nice 16' trailer, but it's not in the budget at the moment.

I wouldn't get hung up on Penske or U-Haul, I would look at the local rental place. Mine is called Grand Rental Station and they rent everything from generators to tents to trailers to chocolate fountains for weddings.
 

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I am considering professional shippers - but they want a big chunk of change - I did find a reasonable place to rent equipment trailers, if I can come up with a vehicle that is capable of pulling it - they only have pintle hitches or 2 5/16 balls. I don't think my little Jeep Cherokee can do it - even with its classIII hitch. Considering U-ship too but I am a little hesitant to put my tractor on a strangers truck and wave bye-bye - pricey too. If I could get it done for 4-500 dollars I'd be happy. At $1000 - not so happy. I don't have anyplace within 2 hours that rent's flatbed trucks. All these reasons are why I was considering the Uhaul or Penske route.
 

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The ramp question

I have a fairly steep and short bank on both ends of the trip with good access that would leave me with just a short 3-4 foot gap to span to load or unload over. I have a friend with a sawmill - so I was figuring I could get enough big timber to fabricate some sort of short ramp for the gap. I am not real keen on drilling holes in some company's truck to mount floor tie downs.
 

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I am considering professional shippers - but they want a big chunk of change.
You might try centraldispatch.com if you're looking for an "un"professional shipper. Basically you would be getting a shipper that is looking to fill his trailer when he would normally be returning empty. $200 to $400 shipping would not be unexpected if you took this option, but it's really hit or miss.
 

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Gold&Blue , :Welcome1: !!!

Our Local MENARDS and LOWES Stores both rent Pick-up Trucks , just something to think about ...

Later,x595
 

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Do any of your friends have a travel trailer? An 18 footer weighs almost as much as your tractor on a 16' flatbed tandem float. Maybe you could strike a deal?
 

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Pretty sure you'll need trailer brakes controlled by a box connected to the trucks brakes. Not to mention all the taillight connections and etc. Do *not* skimp on the tralier brake setup.
 
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