2013 Honda Accord EX with CVT engine

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Question 2013 Honda Accord EX with CVT engine

There's a possible chance I will be moving from NY to CA. It's half the price to drive (just under 3,000 miles), than to fly and ship all of our stuff (incl the car)... I spoke to Honda, and it is POSSIBLE to have my car be able to tow a small trailer (4x8 Uhaul trailer filled with a bunk bed, dresser and clothes)... BUT... it would be a 4-5 day trip (12 hours a day). Should I consider this? If so, approximately, what should my speed be?
 
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Old 11-28-12, 05:30 PM
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Welcome to the forums! You won't be driving 12 hours a day, believe me. 10 will be about the max. if you push yourself. IMO, you don't want a trailer pushing a Honda around. You will be crossing some of the windiest territory in the country across Kansas, Nebraska and places like that. There is nothing to hold the wind at bay and it can turn over a tractor trailer at times, so be aware. Have you thought of selling it all, shipping what you really need and "starting over"? Romantic, sure, but I'd rather have Delta plop me out there in 4 hours than 4 days of driving.

I just did an Albuquerque to Atlanta trip. 3 days of solid driving. Motel rooms suck at best. My bed was waiting, and that is all that kept me going.

If you can average 55 to 60 MPH in the 70 zones with your set up you will be lucky. And that is if the car can handle it.
 
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Six days. In addition to Larry's "wild" country is the Rockies/Continental Divide. Personally I would drive it, but only after selling off the big stuff and shipping the rest to avoid the trailer. I went coast to coast (Jacksonville - Orange County, CA) in a 22' Ryder towing a Corolla in 1981; a brand new Accord would be a lot easier trip.
 
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Old 11-29-12, 02:49 AM
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Yeah, Vic, felt sorry for wifey. She had to run the Divide North to South every day going to work. From I-40 to 7600 feet on a two lane road.
 
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I've driven this twice before, but in a 2010 Honda Pilot that had a cargo shelf thing hitched to the back... first time was 60 hours of stop and go driving, it was a nightmare. Second time was abou 8 hours a day of drivng and spending nights in hotels. Oh yea, and with 2 little boys (both under 3 years old). I've also driven to FL and bck this past July (with the same 2 little boys). The drving part Im not worried about, and 10 hours is probably more likely, but I'm shooting for 12. My main concern is the whole Accord with a 4x8 trailer part. I don't want to pay to have my new car get the whole tow set up installed if it isn't a safe idea to begin with. All that will be in the trainer is a broken down bunk bed, 2 twin mattresses, 2 dressers and boxes of clothes, and kid's toys. All together it's far less than 1,000 lbs. The wind, as mentioned, concerns me. I would be taking I-80 all the way and this trip isn't until Spring/Summer time. Essentially I could sell the bed and dressers (I've done it before) but all the clothes, etc. I can't sell and would need a way to get it to CA, towing a trailer would be the least expensive way, but I won't compromise safety for money.
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Or.... have a Uhaul truck tow my car? Is that possible with 2 kids in car seats?
 
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Now, you're talking. Rent a truck, pile all you want in it and tow your car. Far less swaying in the trucks than it would be with the trailer on the Honda. You will need to acclimate yourself to driving a larger vehicle, and you would need to inquire about the seating arrangements. You won't need a big truck, just one heavier than your Honda.
 
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when we moved from Seattle to Nashville, we rented Penske box truck with door into cargo bay, behind cabin seats. Then, we set bunk bed inside, and 2 were driving, and 2 were lounging on it.
We towed wife's LeBaron. Roll on trailer.
That was back in 99, yet, it still bit us for $470 in fuel costs only. That truck was guzzling gas. Likely cost triple that now.
Oh, and by the way, yes, one can drive 12 hrs a day. Or 14. And through the night.
 
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