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Old 12-01-2007, 12:39 PM
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Hey all...for years I have done the car trailer thing and always lusted after a car hauler that I could get in and drive... handy to have for your own stuff!!! I have seen on EBay two haulers made from 4WD Chevy pickups and essentially thay have been made into FRONT wheel drive car haulers. The two that I have seen were a marriage of a chevy pickup and car trailers to produce a reasonable looking personal car hauler. Nice way to get a low bed with no drivetrain issues and should be inexpensive to build. Any thoughts on this idea ? Other than tire wear you think there would be any problems running a pick up as a front wheel drive ? This is the link to what prompted my question...

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Why can't it be made rear wheel drive? It just seems to me like driving a truck that is loaded on the back with a car...would be kind of light on the front pulling wheels.
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The motor home manufacturers use the same trick when they buy a chassis. They only use the front driveshaft on a 4wd unit. Seems to work OK.

As for the hauler. Before you buy it. Check to see if you can insure it. I have a Ford unit (ramp truck) and in Michigan I couldn't get it insured as a private owned vehicle. Had to run it thru business.
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Good thought Bob about the insurance, I was actually thinking about using the idea and fabricating one myself, not buying that one. Seems like it would be fairly easy to fabricate one if you lose the hydraulic tilt feature and just go with ramps.
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Hey all...for years I have done the car trailer thing and always lusted after a car hauler that I could get in and drive... handy to have for your own stuff!!! I have seen on EBay two haulers made from 4WD Chevy pickups and essentially thay have been made into FRONT wheel drive car haulers. The two that I have seen were a marriage of a chevy pickup and car trailers to produce a reasonable looking personal car hauler. Nice way to get a low bed with no drivetrain issues and should be inexpensive to build. Any thoughts on this idea ? Other than tire wear you think there would be any problems running a pick up as a front wheel drive ? This is the link to what prompted my question...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/2001-...QQcmdZViewItem
I can't speak to the motorhome conversions (and frankly I've never seen one) but the aluminum housing front axle under my 99 Chevy crewcab dually is SUBSTANTIALLY less beefy than the Dana 70 under the back. I suspect this is a breakdown waiting to happen.
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I think that would also be hard on the transfer gear also. it would be better to just buy a roll back.
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