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Towing trailer of gravel?

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I'm curious if anyone has used the Cruze to tow half a yard of dirt or gravel. I am digging a french drain and really don't want to pay the delivery fees - the gravel place is about one mile from my house. Any experience?
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A quick Google says one cubic yard of gravel is 3,000 lbs. A quick look at the owners manual says the trailer limit is 1,000 lbs.

I'd suggest renting a pickup.
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Just load it on the trunk...
When In high school I worked at a lumber/hardware/landscaping place, could not believe all the people who think their Minivan/car is a truck! Could you pull a trailer a few miles? sure but I would worry even in the short distance about overheating the car/trans since its about 3X what the car is rated to tow.

My suggestion is call a friend with a truck, someone has to have one. I always rely on both my brothers when I need to haul anything, they still think they need a 5.3L v8 to haul just themselves around everyday.
Home depot rents pick-ups pretty cheap. I wouldn't recommend exceeding the towing rating for the Cruze. The most I've towed was a few bags of garbage on a 200 lb trailer and the Cruze definitely noticed it was there.
Home depot rents pick-ups pretty cheap.
I'm seeing $19 for 75 minutes. I don't think you can even put a hitch on your Cruze for that price. And it's far cheaper then fixing any damage it might cause.
If that 3,000 lb. figure is roughly accurate, I'd say "no" strictly based on how far that exceeds its ratings. If it truly is a mile I doubt you'll hurt the drivetrain, but the pure weight you're talking about putting on your car's hitch, frame, suspension, etc. is asking for instant damage.
If that 3,000 lb. figure is roughly accurate,
He's only looking for half, so I assume about 1500 lbs. But that's still 50% over what the manual says you can safely pull.

Seems like risking dollars to save pennies.
I tow a 5X8 trailer with a lawn tractor or a 950 lb Kawasaki with mine.
My wife hauled a 5 X 10 U Haul full of furniture to CT from FL with it also
He's only looking for half, so I assume about 1500 lbs. But that's still 50% over what the manual says you can safely pull.

Seems like risking dollars to save pennies.
Oops, my bad for not reading closely enough. Agreed.
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