Car to tow Laser and Trailer - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Boat Review and Purchase Forum
 Not a Member? 


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-16-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southern Maryland
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
theuselessone is on a distinguished road
Car to tow Laser and Trailer

Firstly, I apologize if this has already been discussed, but I didn't see anything too similar when I did a search.

As the title says, I'd like to know what sort of car would be capable of towing a Laser dinghy on a trailer.

The issue is, is that I currently drive a small car (1.5L Mazda Protege 5 speed manual) which the owner's manual says is not rated to tow anything. From reading other forums/web pages, I've gathered that towing with a small car is (obviously) not ideal, but can be done for short/medium distances (say within 2-3 hours), and that people in Europe tow dinghys with small(er) cars quite often (which aren't rated to tow anything in the US but have a tow rating in Europe).

I have the option to upgrade to a larger car, but I would rather stick with my Protege. If I shouldn't tow with my Protege, what other cars would be more capable? It seems as though most of the other cars I've looked at (Subaru Impreza/Outback, Audi A4, Volkswagon Jetta, etc.) tend to either have relatively poor gas mileage (around 20 mpg) for daily use and/or high maintenance costs.

Thanks for time and help.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 08-16-2011
PaulfromNWOnt's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Fort Frances, ON, CA
Posts: 342
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 5
PaulfromNWOnt is on a distinguished road
In my humble opinion, you could tow a Laser with a tricycle.

I don't know if you'd be able to find a hitch setup for your vehicle though. I have seen hitches on the back of Smart cars if that's any consolation.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 08-16-2011
kd3pc's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
Posts: 1,356
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 9
kd3pc is on a distinguished road
I think you will find that your protege has neither the suspension nor brakes to tow much of anything, and may not have a "frame" with which to attach a hitch.

That being said, people do tow, regardless of the manual, dealer, etc. I would expect a drop in mileage, as well as some wear to the driveline.

All the best
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 08-16-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay area
Posts: 2,300
Thanks: 2
Thanked 45 Times in 45 Posts
Rep Power: 4
MarkSF is on a distinguished road
You could tow it for sure with the Mazda. A friend towed his with a Honda Civic.

There is a class 1 hitch available (didn't know what model year you have, so I put in 2000) here :

Class I Receiver Hitch 11043 [11043] - $141.14 : The Hitch Store

I fitted one of their hitches to my Jag XJ8 and it was solid as a rock.

The one thing I'd worry about in a small auto car is overheating the transmission, but yours is manual so no problem there.

The Laser with trailer probably weighs 400lb? Less than 2 large adults. Definitely well under the 20% of the car's weight.
__________________
1984 Bristol 31.1
Alameda, California, USA

Last edited by MarkSF; 08-16-2011 at 07:35 PM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 08-16-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southern Maryland
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
theuselessone is on a distinguished road
Thanks for all the quick replies.

I hadn't considered the suspension yet, but I was hoping the 400lb trailer wouldn't weight it down too much like MarkSF said.

For future reference, what other (small-ish) cars would be able to tow small dinghies and also don't cost a fortune to maintain and fuel?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 08-16-2011
Slayer's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: North Andover, MA
Posts: 585
Thanks: 10
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Slayer is on a distinguished road
I push my laser on its dolly two blocks down the street to the boat ramp. I also push it the 50 yards up the boat ramp and road leading to the ramp. I think any kind of car could be used.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 08-16-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: San Francisco Bay area
Posts: 2,300
Thanks: 2
Thanked 45 Times in 45 Posts
Rep Power: 4
MarkSF is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by theuselessone View Post
Thanks for all the quick replies.

I hadn't considered the suspension yet, but I was hoping the 400lb trailer wouldn't weight it down too much like MarkSF said.

For future reference, what other (small-ish) cars would be able to tow small dinghies and also don't cost a fortune to maintain and fuel?
Normal tongue weight is 10% of the trailer, so that would be 40lb. I think the suspension will cope with that. I assume you regularly put heavier things than that in your trunk.

Frank Dye towed his Wayfarer the length of the UK regularly with a Renault 4 with 50hp. So the answer is ANY car that you can get a hitch for will tow the boat.

Let's not start a discussion about which CARS are cheap to maintain and easy on fuel.
__________________
1984 Bristol 31.1
Alameda, California, USA
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 08-16-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southern Maryland
Posts: 11
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
theuselessone is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by MarkSF View Post
Let's not start a discussion about which CARS are cheap to maintain and easy on fuel.
My apologies, point taken. Thanks all for the help.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 08-16-2011
SHNOOL's Avatar
Legend in my own mind.
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: East Stroudsburg, PA
Posts: 1,179
Thanks: 8
Thanked 48 Times in 44 Posts
Rep Power: 8
SHNOOL is on a distinguished road
400lbs for boat and trailer? My capri 14.2 was maybe about 600lbs, so 400 seems high for a laser. I towed my capri with a 2005chevy malibu (max tow 1000#). So I think you'd be fine. Cheapest place to have rig it up for you is uhaul (out the door pricing installed for less than you can usually buy the hitch for).

I wouldn't load up the boat much... and take lots of stops to cool the engine. make sure your brakes are up to snuff. You'll be fine... Hell I saw a crazy guy with a car carrier towed behind a corolla (they are #1500 empty).

I got picture of the corolla if I can find it.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 08-17-2011
blt2ski's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 6,762
Thanks: 0
Thanked 25 Times in 24 Posts
Rep Power: 10
blt2ski will become famous soon enough
I'd tow a laser with my now defunct 69 convertable bug, with a 60 hp Aircooled motor!

If you can get a hitch loae properly on what you have, a 100 lbs boat and trailer in the 100-150 range SHOULD have no issues towing the trailer to and from home, even across the state etc.

marty
__________________
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Laser vs Laser 2 Cb103 Boat Reviews 6 05-25-2012 12:33 AM
Laser 28 for sale Jeff_H Boat Review and Purchase Forum 17 03-31-2009 11:56 AM
Laser for me? dndrich Boat Review and Purchase Forum 11 08-14-2008 08:40 PM
Laser 28 DirtManly Boat Review and Purchase Forum 1 01-16-2006 03:58 AM
To buy a ''74 Laser? laurenrita Boat Review and Purchase Forum 2 07-24-2003 08:19 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:31 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.