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towing with a chevy cruze

Postby superdad88 » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:53 pm

I am thinking of using my 2014 LT cruze. Well its my only option LOL but I am worried because of the 1000lbs max limit. Anyone tow with such a light tow weight? I though about trading it in but if it will work with out killing myself or anyone else i'll use it.
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Re: towing with a chevy cruze

Postby Woodbutcher » Sat Jan 30, 2016 7:59 pm

A friend in our group tows a 5 X 8 teardrop with a Cruze. We went all over Wyoming last year through the mountains and up the Bear Tooth Hwy. No issues. I think the most trouble he had was finding a hitch.
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Re: towing with a chevy cruze

Postby rowerwet » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:16 am

The key is to build as light as possible, and to pack light. My Focus has a tow rating of zero.
If the crude is sold in other countries, find out what the tow rating is there. In the rest of the world a focus can tow 2k. Your crude may be more able than the US lawyers say.
You could build a foamie the is much lighter than 1k, with wood you will come out very close to 1k. Leaving little weight for cooking gear etc.
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Re: towing with a chevy cruze

Postby superdad88 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:59 am

Thanks for the replies, I am in the process of redoing the cabinets and hopefully reduce some weight. After I am all done I will pack the TD with gear and use my buddies truck to take it to a scrap yard and use there scale to see what it weighs.
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Re: towing with a chevy cruze

Postby PKCSPT » Sun Jan 31, 2016 8:33 pm

2007 Beetle 4x8 teardrop. Tow rating is zero.
I pack very light and I do think the manual transmission makes a difference but I can forget I have the teardrop behind me.
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Re: towing with a chevy cruze

Postby BigGoofyGuy » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:58 am

The Smart Fortwo is not made to tow anything but I have seen pictures of it towing small campers and trailers.
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There is even a section at the Smart Car of America forum where they show trailers that can be towed by a Fortwo.
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I believe the Fiat 500 is in the same category.
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Or even the Mini Cooper?
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Perhaps it is more finding a trailer that best suits your tow vehicle?
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Re: towing with a chevy cruze

Postby TimC » Sat Apr 09, 2016 8:54 am

I too wanted to tow with a compact ('12 Ford Focus), but, I've decided against it for now. I wasn't concerned if the Focus could tow the TD, rather could it stop it. I did not think of electric brakes when I designed my TD. Maybe some others could chime in here about electric brakes and their usefulness with compact cars. I would think it would be worth the extra dollars to install trailer brakes no matter how light you build.
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Re: towing with a chevy cruze

Postby Wolfgang92025 » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:39 pm

Tim,

My trailer came in at about 2k lbs loaded.
With electric brakes and the right controller I can set the brakes from light braking to locking them up and burning rubber every time.
That being said, you still have to remember you are not driving a sports car and give yourself plenty of room.
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Re: towing with a chevy cruze

Postby dales133 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:47 am

They sell the cruze here and ive seen them towing.
I think its the same vechile.
Your answer my lie in searching for holden cruze specs

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Re: towing with a chevy cruze

Postby mikerueve » Fri Apr 15, 2016 6:35 am

We tow ours with my MINI Clubman sometimes. It pulls it just fine. Like others have said, you have to keep in mind that panic stops are not
your friend. Keep a lot of space between you and the car in front.

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