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Not sure if we have anyone else in the Launi area, but I'm looking for a cheaper way to get a broken down VR wagon to my house, 3hrs away depending on route. So far the best price I have is $430. Factor in another $150 for the car and I might as well buy parts from the wreckers as the wagon has been sitting a long time and is not worth much more than $300.

I was hoping that there might be someone who just does this as side job.
 

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Not sure if we have anyone else in the Launi area, but I'm looking for a cheaper way to get a broken down VR wagon to my house, 3hrs away depending on route. So far the best price I have is $430. Factor in another $150 for the car and I might as well buy parts from the wreckers as the wagon has been sitting a long time and is not worth much more than $300.

I was hoping that there might be someone who just does this as side job.
Can't hire a trailer and grab it yourself ?

Old mate @Deuce just did similar himself.
 

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dunno it's $120 for 24hrs and last time I towed a car I hated it. Only ever done it once and it didn't feel safe. A wagon is heavier than my ute plus another 800kg with the trailer. I'd have to go the long way 3hrs each way. No way I would risk the back way too steep and too windy.
 

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$200 to get it home would make it a viable purchase. Just don't know that I could find anyone to do it for that? I knew a earth moving bloke once who used to come my way to cut wood. He had a truck and a float for his bobcat but I can't find his number anywhere online and local business' say they have heard the name but that's it.

Deuce has a V8 with brake upgrades. Not sure how my little V6 with stock brakes would handle the job.
 
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Towing capacity of my ute is 1200kg. Combined weight of wagon and trailer 2100kg, 900kg heavier.
 

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I used to put up garages many years ago and had to tow all the components behind a hg ute. Had the power but stopping was hairy. Don't do it, could well wind up with tears.
 

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Another option would be if the car is able to be towed is to use an a frame. That's of course if you can find one. Certainly would be a lot safer.
 

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I mentioned in another thread i have permission to bring it to where i live during the week. That means a 15km tow. I am thinking if i can get it here i can either get it running and drive it on a permit or get some weight off it and trailer it home.
 

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Towing a car on a trailer is a personal thing......I have towed quite a few cars over the years.....One was a VB Commodore, which I bought from Portland Vic and towed it back to Adelaide.....Was a day trip there and back, sitting on 130 KPH in places (yeah naughty I know), but my car trailer is beautiful to tow.....Another was a Centura from Port Lincoln to Adelaide.....

The biggest load was a 1964 Big Block Dodge Phoenix behind a 1976 Valiant......Towed that 50 kays with no dramas.....But in saying all this, some people hate towing period, so the best bet is get it from point A to point B some other method, which makes you feel comfortable
 

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I reckon I feel ok about getting it the 15km to the church. I am gonna price up a tow truck but will probably trailer it myself. Plan is to get it here and then figure out how to get it to my own place within the month. Towing a 2.2T trailer 3hrs isn't something I really want to try. Even though I tow my work trailer a lot, that's only 1200kg when maxed out, which is rare these days.
If I was well rehearsed at it i would have no problem, lack of experience with big heavy trailers is what makes me ambivalent.
 

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I am gonna price up a tow truck
This option might not be too bad given the short distance.

When I got my double puncture last year, towie charged me $100 cash for ~20km trip.
 

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Yeah 80 bucks cash, booked it in for next week.
 

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I was $105 for 24hr trailer hire (dual axle braked) and about $200 in petrol (nz prices of course). About 340km each way.
Honestly hardly used the brakes as the load was reversed on trailer and towed like a brick. So slowing was easy. And yes with over 650Nm at the wheels, fuel economy and heat were the biggest factors keeping me slow.
 

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But didn't you say the only thing missing was the starter motor? Not sure about v6 access, but if both V8 I would seriously consider starting one and swapping starter motor to the other and convoy them home.
 

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I have been thinking i could cut it in half once i get it here and borrow my mates tandem. I stripped my old Jeep and carved it into three pieces and took it away on my work trailer.
I have a few options once I get it here. I could unbolt the k frame etc and grab 6 or 7 blokes from the church one Sunday and lift the body off. I will figure it out. Father in law said he can help get the engine out, using his crane. Although the neighbour next door has a tractor and we could chain lift it.
 

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I think with a quick look it just needs a starter and maybe a rad, cant remember. I definitely want to get it running here and see if the engine is ok.
 

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Time for another ride thread !!
 
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