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69tr
11-01-2006, 10:39 PM
We are planning a trip of about 300 miles next summer. This will be pleasure for me & some work for my wife.
My problem is that we can't take all the stuff we need in my 6. I have thought about towing the car so we can ride while we are there.

Has anyone towed a TR6? Are there anything special that needs to be done before hand.

As usual, all help appreciated, Pete /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/patriot.gif

DougF
11-01-2006, 10:42 PM
Are you looking to flat tow, dolly or trailer?

Andrew Mace
11-01-2006, 10:58 PM
If you use a trailer, you're all set. If you dolly, I'd strongly suggest disconnecting the driveshaft. If you decide to use a towbar, I'd strongly suggest a dolly or a trailer (or at least making up some really solid mounting brackets that can bolt or be welded to the chassis).

OR...

You might consider a very light trailer to tow behind the TR6!

11-01-2006, 11:09 PM
If you have a proper tow vehicle, you are all set. U-Haul style auto transports work fine but require a full sized pickup or suv for you to be able to rent one. They won't rent you one with something like a small pickup or small suv. (Call U-Haul for details)
There has been much debate, or shall we call it discussion, on the proper way to tow a Triumph. The concensus was to trailer (alright, so I called it "trail it" once) the thing with all four wheels off the ground. Most of us agree that a tow dolly was not desireable, but some maintain that it worked for them.

If you are going to buy a cheap trailer to tow with (about $1200), make sure it has four wheels and good brakes and you can tie the vehicle down securely, chocks and all.

Call U-Haul. Just remember, you will pay on a per-day basis, this can add up real quick.

Why not take two vehicles, let your wife follow you in the family car and take your time. Walkie-Talkies work great for keeping in touch.

Bill

Paul Johnson
11-02-2006, 08:45 AM
Three hundred miles is not an issue.

When you tow with the drive wheels on the ground, you are turning the axle of course. This turns the propeller shaft which is connected to the gearbox mainshaft.

When you drive the car, the gearbox input shaft turns the countershaft (aka cluster gears) in the gearbox. It is the turning of this that splashes oil up onto the mainshaft.

Therefore when you tow, the countershaft is not turning and the mainshaft is not lubricated. However, 300 miles is not an issue. Manufacturers will tell you that for flat towing limit to 500 miles after which you should drive the vehicle a mile or so to re-lubricate the mainshaft bearings.

YankeeTR
11-02-2006, 08:47 AM
Do a search on this subject....lotsa info from the last time this came up...