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Old 11-12-2014, 09:44 AM   #1
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I don't have a truck yet, but I want to get it close to right the first time. How long of a frame do you need between the cab and hitch to put a Smart Car on the back? Also, besides a Smart Car, what other vehicles fit there? Wife says it must have four wheels if that helps.
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Old 11-12-2014, 01:31 PM   #2
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Sorry, I cant help...I flat tow ours
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Sorry, I cant help...I flat tow ours
That is an option for some, but I plan on towing a fiver. I know there are some on here that know the numbers!
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If you don't get any answers here, try over at the Escapee's forum
HDT - Escapees Discussion Forum

There are a lot of guys over there that run the HDT's with a smart car on the bed, and pull a 5er behind it. There is a lot of information in their resource guide as well. The Heavy Haulers Resource Guide & HDT Rally Site - HDT - Escapees Discussion Forum
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Another option if you don't get many replies here, is to try the Escapee's forum.
http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showforum=32

There are lots of people over there that use their HDT's, with a Smart loaded on the bed, and pull a 5er behind that. There is also lots of useful information (licensing, insurance, bed designs, pictures, etc) in their resource guide.
http://www.rvnetwork.com/index.php?showtopic=88214
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The best resource I've seen for HDT's hauling 5vers is this: HDT - Escapees Discussion Forum

Make sure to read through the first few sticky threads there. Tons of info. I've gone to the HDT rally about 5 times in Kansas. It's by far the best place to go to learn everything you need to know for this type of setup. Definitely plan on attending next fall if you haven't been to one yet. Maybe we can caravan down there.
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Old 11-29-2014, 09:19 PM   #7
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Depending on the width of your rig, 126" or 130". you need 65" for the smart, plus half the width of your 5'er plus a few inches.
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Depending on the width of your rig, 126" or 130". you need 65" for the smart, plus half the width of your 5'er plus a few inches.
Since the legal width is 102" what do you do about the overwidth issue?
Bob, I really do want to go to the HDT Rally next year. When it gets closer I would be happy to run down there with you.
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There are some hauling the newer longer Smarts on their deck sideways. Don't ask, don't tell. That works best. I think you'd have to do something very dumb to attract the attention of a law enforcement officer to the point of bothering to measure that extra 3" wide per side. I wouldn't worry about it. Or else build the deck long enough to load it fore/aft. I'd do that and make it long enough to haul a wide variety of cars that way. That doesn't limit you to a Smart. And if you did have a Smart you could load it sideways and maybe put a scooter or some other toy along side that. Did you see some of the guys that put a box on their truck to put the car in? You can buy a used box with roll up door pretty reasonable. 1rod, J&V, and Rick and Alana have done that. I think some others have too but not sure. I really like that setup. 2014 HDT Rally Truck Photos
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Maybe J's Rig is a little confuzzled with his numbers? He has 126" or 130" for a length. That comes out to be 24 or 28 inches wider than the limit. That is a bit harder to hide.....
I thought about loading a car length wise. I have a VW Jetta Sportwagon that would fit, but then I am looking at a longer truck. That probably won't be a big deal, but I will continue to contemplate things. I wish the 2015 HDT rally was sooner. I want to see some other trucks for ideas.
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