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How to Load a Car onto a U-Haul Auto Transport

How to Load a Car onto a U-Haul Auto Transport

Hi, I’m Sperry Hutchinson. Today I’m going to show
you how to load your vehicle onto a U-Haul Auto Transport. Park the towing
vehicle and auto transport in line with each other, on level ground, in park, with the engine
off and parking brake set. Make sure the
coupler hand wheel is tight and the ball clamp is below the coupler,
enclosing the hitch ball. Ensure the safety chains are crossed left to
right, are secured using the S-hooks and
rubber retainers, and do not drag on the ground. Note that
the emergency brake chain should be routed so that it is slightly shorter
than the safety chains. Also, check that the trailer wiring lead
is connected. Now we can begin to prepare the auto
transport. Disengage both straps from the ratchets
spool by pulling the release lever while raising the handle up until it
locks. Free the straps by pulling them upward and lay them flat on the deck of the
auto transport. Lower the driver side fender by releasing the two latches and
rotating it down. Prepare the loading ramps by releasing
the latches while pulling the ramps completely out. Center the vehicle to be loaded behind
the auto transport. If assisting during the loading
process, do not stand between the towing vehicle
and the auto transport. Always stand off to the side. Drive
slowly up the ramps, keeping the vehicle centered on the deck
until the tires come to rest against the stops. Before exiting the
vehicle, be sure to place it in part and engage
the parking brake. Raise and secure the fender with both
latches. Stow the ramps by lifting them and sliding them back
into the auto transport until the latches reengage. Align the ratchet with the center at the
tire. Begin securing the vehicle by routing
the straps up and over the tires, making sure they are centered and in
contact with both inner and outer sidewalls. Route the
strap through the slot on the ratchets spool, making sure at least six inches of strap
pass through the spool. Tighten the ratchet, folding the handle
down when done. Finish securing the vehicle by fastening
the security chains to the frame or other structural member,
being sure to avoid any wiring, hoses or brake line. Be sure
to leave a few inches of slack in the chains, looping them around and securing them
through an open link, using the S-hooks and rubber retainers.
The chains may also be twisted to remove excess slack. Recheck that all
components are secured before moving the vehicles, and check again after driving a short
distance and at stops along your journey. Remember to always wear your
seatbelt, adjust your vehicle’s mirrors, and slow down
while towing. For more information visit, or refer to the user’s guide available
at your U-Haul store.

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45 thoughts on “How to Load a Car onto a U-Haul Auto Transport

  1. Definitely needed this video looking to maybe use a uhual transport trailer to bring a full size chevy suv home.

  2. Observe at 2:38 the mechanism of suspension with vehicle crossmember tied to control arm at pivot close to vehicle centerline and separated by coil spring at vehicle left. When the vehicle moves up and down from road bumps the two members together will open and close like jaws. Should something resist this action by getting between these members the momentum of the downward travelling vehicle will have greater leverage over the resisting structure as the structure gets closer to the pivot. The chain, where placed, could conceivably move toward the pivot during upward vehicle motion and try to prevent subsequent downward vehicle motion, with great mechanical disadvantage, resulting in significant deformation of the control arm and/or crossmember.

    Then move back to 2:30 and think hard about the crossmember this chain is wrapped around. Should upward vehicle motion cause the chain to hit it's length limit, would the crossmember, attaching bolt and subframe be able to to deal with the resulting shock load without bending and/or breaking?

  3. Wouldn't it be easier if the Auto Transport was fitted with a winch?
    A winch is ideal for loading cars that have no engine or otherwise are broken down.

    BTW, the auto-transport is even ideal for taking your Batmobile replica to San Diego Comic Con!

  4. Does anyone know what the tire size limitations are on these trailers? I'm looking to transport my Jeep with 33×12.5 tires.

  5. So i want to buy a 97 Civic in New Heaven and bring with me back to MA is it legal? Or do i need any other documentation?

  6. I have a sports car. Wondering if the front lip will prevent it from being up front as this car was on the trailer

  7. Funny how they show a suv being loaded. Most cars and sports cars would get damaged using this.

  8. I have a 2000 Chevy Silverado ext cab 2 wheel drive half ton pick up Truck with a 7,500lb hitch. The car I am pulling is a 2001 Mercedes ML430. Will I be able to tow this trailer and the ML430 with my 2000 Chevy Silverado?

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