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Old 05-12-2004, 01:27 PM   #1
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wondering if any of you motorsports guys would know good places to look for a tow trailer. My dad just bought an RV and I was thinking of using it and wanting to trailer my Subarus.
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Old 05-12-2004, 01:30 PM   #2
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Enclosed or open? There are many companies down south that sell trailers. I think someone in your local forum might be of more help.
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Old 05-12-2004, 01:35 PM   #3
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i'm assuming open are far cheaper... I don't think there's any reason for an enclosed trailer.
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Old 05-12-2004, 02:03 PM   #4
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i'm assuming open are far cheaper... I don't think there's any reason for an enclosed trailer.
With a camper, no. I was going to post shelter from rain and sun... but smacked my forhead and deleted it.

Seriously, there are ppl in your local region that could probably help out better.

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Old 05-12-2004, 02:18 PM   #5
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I posted over there after you suggested it. thanks though...
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Old 05-12-2004, 03:06 PM   #6
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You could always steal one from UHaul...


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Old 05-12-2004, 03:55 PM   #7
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trailers - get dual axle with brakes on both of them, even if not required by your state laws. Also, get electric brakes and not inertia brakes. If your cars are lowered at all a beavertail makes loading a bit easier. Around here a dual axle 18' flatbed beavertail with a 7k gross weight will run about $2k (washington).
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Old 05-12-2004, 04:02 PM   #8
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wow my dad paid that much for a20' goose neck trailer that can tow a tractor.

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P.S. make sure the load is on the wheels and not your vechile doing the pulling .

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Old 05-12-2004, 04:22 PM   #9
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Yeah well you do what you can.

And personally I like to load the trailer front-heavy. I didn't have any trailer sway that wasn't caused by ruts. It takes a couple thousand pounds in the bed to make my truck sag though. A 1/2 ton you'd be better off loading the trailer evenly.
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Old 05-12-2004, 04:54 PM   #10
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Cool trailer life

open deck, dual axle, w/brakes on both Xles, elec brakes (surge brakes suck, you can't back uphill with them!), and make sure you got good lights on trailer unless you WANT to get rear-ended intraffic.

RV delaers sell light kits that plug into a towed car's light system, and let the tow vehicle control brake lites and directionals..very bling bling

half ton PU, get helper springs on the back, they are cheap at any auto parts place.

make sure to have good wide-angle mirrors on both sides, so you can watch the trailer wheel path at tool booths and maneuvering in tight parking lots

learn to back up with trailer and all!

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Old 05-12-2004, 05:25 PM   #11
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dual axle + electric brakes was already planned. The RV's already wired for the trailer. thanks for the info.

the RV's plenty big... so don't worry about a pickup or what not for pulling... I'm sure the 860ft/lbs of torque will be plenty.
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Wink electric brake controller twiddling

experiment carefully with the brake controller. if yours is adjustable, try dialing it back for a light load (empty) so all 4 trailer wheels won't lock up and scare you silly (or wreck your new traier tires!) Try carefully dialing it up for a full load, so trailer will cooperate at slowing down the Big Rig.

Braking times with a full load are so much farther than with a street car...beware in traffic, leave yourelf plenty of room!

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But not too much room, or you get constantly cut off by idiot californian drivers who like to go in front of you, slam on the brakes, then jet over a lane or two and exit.
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Yeah well you do what you can.

And personally I like to load the trailer front-heavy. I didn't have any trailer sway that wasn't caused by ruts. It takes a couple thousand pounds in the bed to make my truck sag though. A 1/2 ton you'd be better off loading the trailer evenly.

Everybody has their own traits. I think maybe he does it because the tools dont bounce everywhere on the single axle box trailer we own. Then again its may be because the flat bed in certain situations, bumpy roads for instance. It causes the truck to bounce ever so slightly and he hates that. .

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