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Old 05-29-2010, 01:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Best way to protect a nice car on flatbed trailer

Hey I will be picking up my 2011 Shelby GT500 and will be towing it from LA to Tahoe. I ordered it with the car cover and also bought a tarp and was going to back the car it on the trailer and then make sure the tarp is wrapped tightly around the car cover.

Could a flapping car cover jack up the paint after an 8 hour haul?

Should I run the straps through the spokes on the front rims and around the rear axle tube or use the wheels also?

I have 35's on my tow rig and im thinking about slapping some rear mud flaps on.

Ive towed my rig before but never really care about the paint finish on the flatbed.
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Old 05-29-2010, 03:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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find a boat yard to shrink wrap it for you
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Old 05-29-2010, 04:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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8 hours of 60-70 mph winds? I would definitely say yes. The car cover will abrade the paint.

I would either not cover it at all. Or rent/borrow an enclosed.
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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find a boat yard to shrink wrap it for you
x2 on the shrink wrap. You can buy it on roller/dispenser at home depot/lowes fairly cheaply.

The cover will definitely destroy the paint.
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Old 05-29-2010, 05:42 AM   #6 (permalink)
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a flapping car cover will do an amazing amount of damage in a very short amount of time.
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Ditch the cover idea all together. A lot of people will strap down through the tires on something like that. Mud flaps, big freaking mud flaps. They even make some that go all the way across the back like what you see on RVs that tow cars. They run them for a reason. I know I don't have oversized tires on my tow rig and through an amazing amount of stuff up on my open trailer.
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Or pic up some of that stick on stuff that they use to protect the hoods and fenders of some new cars during transport.
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we tow cars all the time through the rims with straps.
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So get a big roll of shrink wrap at home depot and some BIG mud flaps? Should I still back it on to the trailer so if I do get any damage it will be on the rear end.
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Unless you have no mudflaps on your truck it's going to see a lot less road debris on the trailer even completely uncovered than it ever would driving it on a road.
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Unless you have no mudflaps on your truck it's going to see a lot less road debris on the trailer even completely uncovered than it ever would driving it on a road.
U dunno about that. I have mud flaps on my tow rig, but the front face of my enclosed car hauler is pummeled with rock chips.

Boat wrap. Or just drive the fawkin car.
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Fly down and drive it.
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A buddy has a RHD little turbo'd Nissan JDM car that came across on a boat with straps through the wheels. There's a noticeable wear mark in all the wheels where the strap was from the constant rocking on the boat ride, just something to be aware of.
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The wedge in front of the car is what alot of race guys use. you could build one out of plywood and 2 by 4s. Hauled a hot rod back from OKC with one. You can get real creative and almost crate the car on the trailer. Mpg was about the same for me.
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Alot of the cars I get in from the factory come off the truck with car covers. These are $200k plus cars. If the car just came into to the dealer have them leave the pdi tape or cover on it. All cars come on a truck and they have traveled alot further than your 500 mile drive.
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They had to PDI it today because they cant on Sunday, the day I pick it up. So im still thinking about the shrink wrap thing unless I could do a git r done plywood screen tonight. I dont know if I could find a boat wrapper on a Sunday afternoon in LA.
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Good luck, but if I were you I would drive that monster. I drive high $$$ cars every day, but the new GT500 is one of my favorite rides
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The wedge in front of the car is what alot of race guys use. you could build one out of plywood and 2 by 4s. Hauled a hot rod back from OKC with one. You can get real creative and almost crate the car on the trailer. Mpg was about the same for me.
Thanks Dodgeboy I got r done tonight by U-Bolting 1/2" thick 4'x8' plywood to the front bar in 4 places and a using 90 degree brace using the stake pockets.

I took it for a test drive down Morman Immigrant Trail and got pull over cuz Ranger Ken didnt like my white cab clearance lights and I forgot to ride the brakes when I drove past him because I have a short in the running lights but not brakes. They were really cool and let me go and the plywood wedge worked great at freeway speeds.

Its too dark to take pics but I will post up when I get back.

I cant wait!!!! and I'm not driving it back because my GF co-signer would rather just stay with me in the tow rig and the dog on the long drive.
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Here's the pics as promised. It worked out GREAT no bugs, tar, rock chips, or black smoke on my new Shelby. My BD short throw shifter decided to break off at the tranny when I pulled into the hotel for the night and I had to rig up a star wrench as shifter for the 400 mile tow home.





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DAMN that car is HOT
I'm pretty sure the airconditioning works.
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nice car, here is my brothers that we towed from San Diego to Texas but put it in his enclosed. Very fun car


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