I may be nuts. But I thought I could get one of U-Haul's smaller enclosed cargo trailers (5 x 8, 900 lbs empty, no brakes), add maybe 700 lbs of our shit to it, hitch it to my '97 2.3L-4 Ranger XLT auto (w/only 42K actual miles), throw maybe another 300 in the bed under the tonneau cover, then drive it all from Maine to Iowa, a distance of 1700 miles. Am I, well, nuts?
The book says I can tow 2300 lbs with the auto. I have a solid class-3 hitch. I will leave a margin of 70% of towing capacity, strictly staying below 1600 lbs combined, weighing everything very carefully. If something is going to push it over, it doesn't go.
I've just terrified the wife
, explaining how careful we have to be because of impaired acceleration, tough handling, wind sway, extended braking distance, stability/jackknife risk, etc. She wants re-assurance this is going to work.
You know what, I'm not sure I'm fully buying that this is going to work. I've been reading towing posts. Some say, "fuggettabout towing with the 2.3L 4." Others say, "you'll know something's back there, but you'll be fine." It's not to late to change our mind and find some other way. I seek advice. Thanks!!