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Old 10-26-2009, 06:10 PM   #1
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Car Hauler Opinions

OK guys, I know some of you have been into racing or collecting or what not and have had experiences with enclosed car hauler/trailers.
How about some opinions on what you have experienced? Good brands, bad brands, things to look for, thing to do or not to do.
I am in the market for one and others may be also. So let's hear some feedback negative or positive.
At the time I am considering an enclosed 24' box with a Vee front. An all aluminum trailer. Preferably wired for 110 with a white finished interior. Seems like staying away from any interior siding made from wood is the smart thing as i have seen where the movement and moisture cause warping or swelling.
Twin 5200# axles for sure.
Springs or torsion bars?
Exterior/interior lights?
Good or bad fabricators?
What do ya think?
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:09 PM   #2
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Watching as well. Needs to be wide enough for those big hips on the car as well. I would say at least 8 ft wide.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:38 PM   #3
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Yea, the trailer I am looking at is 8'-6" out to out and 8'-0" inside. Mirror tip to mirror tip on the Camaro is 83" or 6'-11". I am wanting a trailer with what they call an escape door, this way you can open the door to exit the car as opposed to climbing out the window!
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Old 10-27-2009, 10:36 AM   #4
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I see a lot of Featherlite trailers out and about.
http://www.fthr.com/bumper-pull_car-trailer/model4928/

See what the pro teams are pulling, it's one thing to have a trailer that's enclosed, they need one that can take the beating of a racing team working out of it and pulling it thousands of miles a year.
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:12 PM   #5
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I've had enclosed car trailers for the last 15 yrs. Featherlite is the best trailer I have seen and pulled. Pace makes a very nice trailer also. I prefer the torsen axles over the springs. The aluminum frame will save you around 400 lbs. If you use it in the winter it will rust rather quickly the paint that most trailer manufactures use is horrible. I trade off every two years. And generally loose only 1000.00. Most trailers are manufactured in Ind. & MI. I would call some manufactures and buy it direct and pick up.

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Old 10-27-2009, 03:46 PM   #6
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My Friend has a 24' Featherlite with a "V" nose and he loves it.

Be sure and get 16" wheels and tires. That is essential as it will eliminate about 90% of your tire failures.

I have a 24' Edge and it is not the best, but it was a lot cheaper than the Featherlight and I did not have the bucks at the time. 24' is a good size. I like it.

Make sure you have a good Truck to pull with. ANY of the Diesels will do a great Job. I now have a 2009 Dodge with the factory exhaust brake and I have NEVER touched my brakes yet on any grades I have been on. The Grapevine, grants pass or any of the others........
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:42 PM   #7
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Great info everyone, I appreciate all the cooperation! I am going to check out Featherlite.
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Old 10-27-2009, 06:54 PM   #8
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Check out Gebhardts trailer sales my brother races and has been very happy with there trailers. They are located in Jacksonville Illinois.
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Old 10-27-2009, 09:33 PM   #9
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Check out Gebhardts trailer sales my brother races and has been very happy with there trailers. They are located in Jacksonville Illinois.
Thanks for the tip. FYI tried there site and it shows almost everything as sold! None of the secondary pages load either.
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Old 10-28-2009, 12:34 PM   #10
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Yea, the trailer I am looking at is 8'-6" out to out and 8'-0" inside. Mirror tip to mirror tip on the Camaro is 83" or 6'-11". I am wanting a trailer with what they call an escape door, this way you can open the door to exit the car as opposed to climbing out the window!
Escape door is cool, but you'll have fenderwells inside the trailer. Usually on a 24 footer, when you open the car door it will tap the fenderwell before it hits the side, so you'll probably still be climbing out the window.
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Old 10-28-2009, 01:09 PM   #11
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Great prices is enclosedtrailersforless.com speak with Tim woods. He quoted me '24x8.5 with 5200 lb axles for $4595.00. Our cars weighing in about 4000 lb plus the trailer will need a payload of at least 7500 lb. So I would suggest the 5200 lb axles instead of the normal 3500 lb. In Douglas, GA I would say 80% of the enclosed trailers are made. There are about 100 different resalers in the area as well.
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Old 10-28-2009, 02:29 PM   #12
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"All Aluminum Constuction" - brands to consider as well

ATC out of Indiana and

the Cadillac of "All Aluminum Constructed Trailers" = GOLDRUSH out of PA

Go big on your axles / springs and brakes (I'd get 6 lug wheels min. (prefer 8 lug wheels)

IMO - I'd rather be a bit too stout and not need it, than to overload it and end up braking something!!

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Old 10-28-2009, 08:51 PM   #13
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"All Aluminum Constuction" - brands to consider as well

ATC out of Indiana and

the Cadillac of "All Aluminum Constructed Trailers" = GOLDRUSH out of PA

Go big on your axles / springs and brakes (I'd get 6 lug wheels min. (prefer 8 lug wheels)

IMO - I'd rather be a bit too stout and not need it, than to overload it and end up braking something!!

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Thanks SS and yea I am only going with an all aluminum trailer. No sense hauling around an extra 700 to 1000 pounds for nothing.
ATC is actually one of the 3 companies I am considering. Also Featherlite and R & R Trailer. ATC are Cadillac like, but there cost is is pretty high too. I have to weigh quality and uses per year. Having a hard time justifying 20K for 6 or 8 uses a year.
I don't understand some of the manufacturers putting out a 4400# curb weight trailer with dual 3500# axles. That just seems stupid!
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Old 10-29-2009, 05:41 PM   #14
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check out Trailer listings at www.RacingJunk.com

I know there are some really good buys out there right now, and you are lucky to be so close to the manufactures and many dealers nearby in IN - IL - OH & PA

Good Luck!!

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Old 10-29-2009, 08:25 PM   #15
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I pulled the trigger today on a trailer order. I went with R&R Trailer out of Three Rivers Michigan.
http://www.rnrtrailers.com/default.htm
They have the most bang for the buck. I'm dealing with the factory direct. I first heard of them at the Motorcycle show here local in Chicago last winter. I was thoroughly impressed with their products.
All aluminum and the quality is top notch.
Here is an example of the color scheme I am going with although this picture is of a smaller motorcycle trailer.

I looked quite a bit and compared carefully. Any one who may be more interested in exactly what I found, PM me for more info.
I should have the trailer in 3 or 4 weeks and will post pics & review.
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:11 AM   #16
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Hi Windy, Glad you found your trailer.

I am sure you will want to customize the items you want in it. I added side vents, roof vent from the factory in mine. You need to vent when towing anything with gasoline in it.

I added in the floor D rings up front and in the back for car tie downs. Other option is using adjustable track in the floor. I prefer the D rings, but they aren't as flexible.

I tiled the floor with white and black tiles - Not recommended.. It looked good, until I added the car. The weight of the car makes the tiles move.

I added a winch as well. This is the best thing I added to the trailer. The winch is a 3500 lb. Warn - strong enough to lift the vehicle in the air. Seperate car battery to run the winch. This makes it so I don't need to be in the vehicle when loading. There is a handheld controller for the winch controls. I can stand at the rear door and load the car in. All I need to do load is have the car in neutral, connect the V strap to the front tow points, and steer by adjusting the front tires as needed from outside the car.

Pit Pal products make all kinds of wall mounts for tools, water and fuel jugs, helmets, tires, etc.
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Old 11-13-2009, 08:59 PM   #17
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My brother uses a TPD trailer and they look Incredibly well made.
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:47 PM   #18
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I'm a little late but ATC is a very good brand and well constructed. Little things like a spare time, in floor winch, cabinents all come in handy. And if your changing tires, a tire rack is good along with lighting inside and out. A basic trailer can do the job to get the car there and more important, home if something breaks. Then you start wanting other stuff inside. Another thing to consider is the vehicle your going to pull it with. A 24' steel trailer with a car and some tools can weigh about 9000lbs. That's on the upper end of what most 1/2 tons are rated to tow (GM 1/2 tons are rated to 8400lbs?).
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