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Transporting Couch That Doesn't Fit Inside JGC?

Will be taking kid to college next week, using '15 JGC Overland. 180 miles each way, about 3 hours.

Kid bought Ikea couch that won't fit inside the JGC. Even if it did fit inside, it's not an option due to number of available seats needed for people. Couch (in packaging) weighs 82.5 pounds. 66.25" long x 20.75" high x 35" wide. KNISLINGE Sofa - IKEA

Looking at various options, each with pros/cons. Any thoughts will be appreciated.

Uhaul
Made a reservation for an enclosed 5'x8' trailer, but have heard Uhaul reservations are a joke and I might be SOL for a trailer on the day. Also, am concerned about the safety and condition of the trailer. On the plus side, less than $40 dollars rental for 24 hours, but have to tow it back to original location. Almost $200 to drop it one-way. Only enclosed method, so rain not an issue. Would have to use a tarp for roof or trailer hitch methods below:

Roof
Couch weighs less than the roof limit of 150 lbs. But I would have to buy roof cross bars. The good ones cost in the mid $200's. Realistically, I'd probably never (or rarely) use the roof bars again, so waste of money. The roof rails have no holes or pass-throughs to tie the couch down, and seem too flimsy to drill through to make rope holes. Also, I have no idea how driving with the couch on the roof will effect handling and mpg.

Hitch Platform
I like the idea of getting one of these for keeps, but not cheap for good ones that fold flat, and money is an object. I like the ones with a fold out ramp and a wrap around rail (usually a few inches above the platform). In bad times could be used to roll on/off wheelchair, generator, snow blower, etc., and have the rail for tie-down and to prevent rolling off. But, I assume the couch would have to placed horizontally (too high a center of gravity standing up the long way, even if tied down -- no roof rail holes or tie-downs to tie into for stability), so the couch would be placed (and tied down) horizontally on top of the platform's rail rather than on the platform itself. Not sure if that's safe or within load limits of the rail.

Here are the trailer hitch platforms that look the most promising:

RAMP KING Silver Elite Series Wheelchair Mobility Scooter Carrier
Amazon.com: RAMP KING Silver Elite Series Wheelchair Mobility Scooter Carrier: Health & Personal Care


Economy Hitch Mounted Mobility Scooter Carrier Rack with Ramp
Amazon.com: Economy Hitch Mounted Mobility Scooter Carrier Rack with Ramp: Discount Ramps: Health & Personal Care


SportRack SR9850 Folding Hitch Basket [folds up, but no ramp]
Amazon.com: SportRack SR9850 Folding Hitch Basket: Sports & Outdoors


Pro-Series 6502 StrongArm Hitch Mounted Folding Cargo Carrier for 2" Receivers [folds up, but no ramp]
Amazon.com: Pro-Series 6502 StrongArm Hitch Mounted Folding Cargo Carrier for 2" Receivers: Automotive


500 Lb Hitch Mount Hual Aluminum Cargo Carrier Basket (ALUMCARGOCARRIER#92655) [doesn't appear to fold-up, and no ramp]
Amazon.com: 500 Lb Hitch Mount Hual Aluminum Cargo Carrier Basket (ALUMCARGOCARRIER#92655): Automotive


I have to choose soon, because of shipping time.

Thanks in advance for any replies about methods and/or specific products. Sorry for the long post!

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Re: Transporting Couch That Doesn't Fit Inside JGC?

Hauling a trailer for that little weight would be a drag. I wouldn't go on top, either. I'd choose one of the rear mounts that best suit my needs long-term and go that route.
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Re: Transporting Couch That Doesn't Fit Inside JGC?

You forgot the option of him selling said couch on Craigslist and buying it at an IKEA closer to his school lol.
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Re: Transporting Couch That Doesn't Fit Inside JGC?

Uhaul. I've used them at least a dozen times, maybe two dozen over the years, trailers large and small, thousands of miles, with seldom a hitch (so to speak). The very occasional reservation glitch, yes, but no more so than any other reservation-dependent service. After you make your reservation online, call your actual pickup location and talk to a real person to confirm.

Mind you, at small locations they're frequently at the mercy of the last user dropping the trailer off when promised, so try to work with a large location with good inventory.

It's easy. It's cheap. It works. You can do it.

p.s. But if the darn thing is still in the packaging, then returning it and buying one at the destination does probably make more sense. And then there's the fact that a couch probably isn't going to fit in a dorm room anyway...
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Re: Transporting Couch That Doesn't Fit Inside JGC?

If you can return it and buy it closer to the college, definitely go with that route.

If you can't, uhaul. I towed a 16 foot uhaul for 18 hours from Florida to Texas without a single issue (on my 14 limited v6 4x2 at the time). The jeep handled it like a champ. So much so that there were times that I forgot I was towing anything. It was effortless.
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Re: Transporting Couch That Doesn't Fit Inside JGC?

Trailer would be my first choice. The hitch receiver platform would be my second...I have an all aluminum one from NortherTool that's excellent. Sells for about $180.
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Re: Transporting Couch That Doesn't Fit Inside JGC?

Hmmm... somebody said "ship it," but I don't see that message now. Anyway, especially if it's still in the packaging, that's worth checking out.
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Re: Transporting Couch That Doesn't Fit Inside JGC?

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Hmmm... somebody said "ship it," but I don't see that message now. Anyway, especially if it's still in the packaging, that's worth checking out.
Yep, somehow I deleted it. To reiterate; ship it. If you transport it in the open, you'll need to pray for good weather.
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Re: Transporting Couch That Doesn't Fit Inside JGC?

U-Haul. I've rented their trailers over 30X in the last 15 years. That said, you can't argue with the logic of the hitch-mounted carrier, or to ship it.

I never ever had a reservation glitch, but I'm in a city and there are a few locations near me. I think their bad rep is more with trucks than with trailers. Many more people need their trucks than trailers, and where I usually go there are always plenty of trailers available.

If you rent a trailer, check the weather and if it's good then get the 5X8 open, not closed. Or even the open one with a loading ramp. You'll have less wind resistance and get better mileage. Who cares if it rains on your way back?

Their trailers are solid and sturdy and meant to take a rental beating. So they are also heavy. In your rig that weight is not a problem.

I've moved my kids to/from colleges up to 250 miles away. Good luck! And besides, towing, and backing up while towing, is good practice. Have fun.
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Re: Transporting Couch That Doesn't Fit Inside JGC?

Thanks for the replies.

It's not a big couch, but big enough that it would require folding down the rear seats, and I need those for people.

It's from Ikea, and unbelievably there is no Ikea anywhere near the school. Having Ikea ship it was not feasible.

Buying a trailer not a good option because of storage space, and having to register it before next week. No time.

Uhaul still an option, but in case they don't come through I bought a hitch carrier at Harbor Freight that others have said is decent enough quality (even for Harbor Freight). Less than $50. I can save up for a nice one with ramps another day.
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Rental car center. Rent a pickup truck or conversion van. That's if you don't trust uHaul.


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Rental car center. Rent a pickup truck or conversion van. That's if you don't trust uHaul.


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