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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-23-2018, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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Trailering a Spider

I may have to drive up and trailer home an 89 Spider Quadrafoglio that I'm negotiating to buy. I'm not sure of the age of the tires or belts, so may be best to play it safe and trailer it. Where are the acceptable points to ratchet the car down with straps. Just trying not to do any damage.

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I may have to drive up and trailer home an 89 Spider Quadrafoglio that I'm negotiating to buy. I'm not sure of the age of the tires or belts, so may be best to play it safe and trailer it. Where are the acceptable points to ratchet the car down with straps. Just trying not to do any damage.

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When I've done this, I have ratcheted down the tires. That's the default mode on a U-Haul car transporter.

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yeah, when I got my spider, I rented a trailer from U-haul and it came with front tire nylon ratchets, surprised that it did not have anything in the rear except a small chain. It was fine, no issues.
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When I've done this, I have ratcheted down the tires. That's the default mode on a U-Haul car transporter.
Perfect. If I do trailer I would use a uhaul car trailer. Thank you
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Thank you everyone!

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U-haul didn't have an Alfa spider listed in their list of cars vs trailers, so they wouldn't rent to me unless I provided a ton of measurements for them. I just went back later that day and told them that I had a Miata.
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I have towed several Alfa spiders using the U-Haul car hauler. Reserve and pick one up near the car if you want easy, or rent a local and haul it both ways if you want cheap. I think I paid $100 to take one from Toronto to Pittsburgh and about the same to go from New York or Charlotte to Pittsburgh. They DO have Alfa Romeos listed. The drill down is for a Graduate or Quadrofiglio(sp) or for older ones, a Spider or a 1600. Go up or down a year or two if you have to. You can figure this out when reserving the trailer on-line. (If they start asking questions at the shop, ask for a manager.) The auto transport trailers are rather heavy by themselves, so you do need a decent sized vehicle to use them. I've used my Dodge 1500 and my wife's BMW X5 to tow these cars with no issues.

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Thanks for all of the information. After discussing the condition and regular maintenance with the owner and the fellow that looked the car over for me, I decided to fly in and drive it home. It’s only 350 miles, so there “shouldn’t” be any issues driving. We’ll see.

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Thanks for all of the information. After discussing the condition and regular maintenance with the owner and the fellow that looked the car over for me, I decided to fly in and drive it home. It’s only 350 miles, so there “shouldn’t” be any issues driving. We’ll see.
That's the spirit! Good luck to you. When I bought my Spider, I drove it home 30 miles and gas was pouring out on my driveway from cracked fuel lines when I got home.

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That's the spirit! Good luck to you. When I bought my Spider, I drove it home 30 miles and gas was pouring out on my driveway from cracked fuel lines when I got home.
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Thanks for all of the information. After discussing the condition and regular maintenance with the owner and the fellow that looked the car over for me, I decided to fly in and drive it home. It’s only 350 miles, so there “shouldn’t” be any issues driving. We’ll see.

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Required tools......for a 350 trip.. a AAA gold card... Good Luck!!!!
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I ended up chickening out and trailering the car home. My son and I drove my GMC Sierra up to Joplin, MO on Thursday night, rented a U-Haul car transport trailer on Friday morning, picked up the car and headed home. The trailer worked out great. The car was totally stable on the trailer. The best $150 that I have spent!

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That's the spirit! Good luck to you. When I bought my Spider, I drove it home 30 miles and gas was pouring out on my driveway from cracked fuel lines when I got home.
Let me guess. Fuel line connected to the tank was dry-rotted and split at the clamp. Happened to me on my '67 and the first drive after I got the car home.

I buy a lot of classics and typically only drive them around the block before putting them on a trailer. People who are selling their cars typically don't drive them much toward the end and when one of these unrestored cars sits for 6-months, things tend to fail. I have done the fly-in/drive-out thing for newer cars (after getting a third-party inspection) in Florida and Texas, but I always schedule a stop at a local mechanic so I can personally make sure the car is roadworthy before driving it any distance.

My wife and I keep talking about buying a couple of classic cars in California and driving them home because for the price of shipping, we could have a pretty awesome trip. But there is a fine line between adventure and nightmare and breaking down in an old car in the western states can quickly become the latter.

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I ended up chickening out and trailering the car home. My son and I drove my GMC Sierra up to Joplin, MO on Thursday night, rented a U-Haul car transport trailer on Friday morning, picked up the car and headed home. The trailer worked out great. The car was totally stable on the trailer. The best $150 that I have spent!

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Congratulations! Absolutely a trouble-free way to do it and the way I prefer to pick up cars that are within driving range. I have the number of my national trucking broker on speed dial for larger cars or cars that are more than about 300 miles away. He just brought me an '88 M5.....

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