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Author Topic: Enclosed Trailer Advice  (Read 681 times)

Offline HURCO550

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Enclosed Trailer Advice
« on: Jun 12, 2017, 12:59:59 »
I have been having some thoughts on buying an enclosed trailer to haul and store bikes in. If I were just using it to haul bikes id just stick with an open trailer, since nothing I have is nice enough to be a trailer queen, but the prospect of dry storage for 3 or so bikes is a nice thought, since my garage is a single car attached and at the moment I have 5 bikes in there, a lathe, a lift work benches ect... anyhow

What im looking at right now is this one or something similar

http://www.wowcargotrailers.com/products.php?id=32

6x12 slant v nose.

tow vehicle will be 2001 chevy Silverado with the 4.8 liter v8

I have been advised to go with a tandem axle setup to make it pull nicer, but the price really starts to jump when you do that.

any advice welcome. Tandem a must? Trailer brakes a must?

planning on hauling 2 bikes and gear most of the time or possibly 3 dirtbikes shoehorned.

Thanks!
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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #1 on: Jun 12, 2017, 13:19:32 »
Tandem and brakes are not a necessity, but a plus.

I'd hop on Craigslist. They're everywhere, and cheap.

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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #2 on: Jun 12, 2017, 13:44:01 »
Tandem and brakes are not a necessity, but a plus.

I'd hop on Craigslist. They're everywhere, and cheap.

been cruising CL all morning. That place with the link I posted is cheaper than most of what im seeing used
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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #3 on: Jun 12, 2017, 17:12:58 »
We pull a two wheeler with three bikes a hell of a lot but not enclosed, I think if enclosed you need to be able to stand up in it period end of story


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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #4 on: Jun 12, 2017, 17:21:32 »
I'd put a shipping container in my yard for bike storage and stick with the open trailer.
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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #6 on: Jun 12, 2017, 19:47:25 »
I guess that Harbor Freight jawn already shredded?

I'd put a shipping container in my yard for bike storage and stick with the open trailer.
Harbor freight jawn is holding strong, but it's full lol and Tim, shipping container is a no go. I live in a rental

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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #7 on: Jun 12, 2017, 19:59:29 »
I'v used my 6X12 V front for quite a few years as racebike transport and storage. Single torsion axle no brakes ,I've pulled it with my '84 1/2 ton with no problems I just never get in a huge hurry.
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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #8 on: Jun 12, 2017, 20:03:51 »
In my experience, EVERY enclosed trailer that started being used for storage became more or less unusable as a trailer.   The contents ended up being stored rather than stowed, so you had to take most everything out and repack it to make it ready to travel.  That and stuff getting packed around/against it renders it more of a building than a trailer.  If you can keep it in trailer mode even when storing your bikes than this obviously won't be an issue - just reporting my experiences.  You likely can get a little pre-fab storage building twice that size for less money which would be far better than the trailer for storage.  An open trailer stays ready to use, is easier to put bikes on and you still have the whole bed of the pickup to use for gear.  Put a topper on it if you need dry storage.  Plus, an open trailer is so much lighter and easier to pull.  The main benefit of the enclosed trailer for me is security, but if you can work around that as a requirement I suggest going light.  I tow trailers quite often - including my 13,000 lb boat - lighter is better!
« Last Edit: Jun 12, 2017, 20:09:33 by jpmobius »
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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #9 on: Jun 12, 2017, 20:07:16 »
I'v used my 6X12 V front for quite a few years as racebike transport and storage. Single torsion axle no brakes ,I've pulled it with my '84 1/2 ton fuckin Box Chevy with no problems I just never get in a huge hurry.

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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #10 on: Jun 12, 2017, 22:54:30 »
I think that Irk likes the Chevy part. Lol
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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #11 on: Jun 13, 2017, 17:53:56 »
The main perk to dual axles (if you don't need them due to load weight) is that over bumps, a dual axle will go "blump blump", but a single axle will go "boing". More axles make the ride smoother for the cargo. As long as you're aware of this and drive accordingly, you'll be ok. (the downside to dual axles is, you will go through tires quicker, as you're always dragging tires in tight turns)
Same with the brakes. They get necessary when the load weight goes up, but as long as you're aware and drive accordingly, you'll be ok.

For reference, I've pulled an open 16' steel tube frame, single axle trailer, sans brakes, with three bikes (CB750, CB550, and an RD350) from NOLA to Birmingham, with a 2003 4.8l Yukon. No problems and no worries whatsoever.
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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #12 on: Jun 13, 2017, 17:58:55 »
I pull trailers every day and I say brakes are a must. I hugely prefer not to pull one without.
Tandem is great as well but not necessary.
Get the highest weight capacity you can, because while bikes weight almost nothing, a trailer full of furniture and everything else you own when moving gets heavy.
Overkill FTW.

Check out searchtempest.com and find one on CL.

My enclosed is a 18x7 tandem with brakes on all 4 and I wouldn't want it any other way. I've pulled it without the brakes, and even with not much in it it's not fun or safe.
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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #13 on: Jun 13, 2017, 18:09:20 »
I've warped some rotors having to stop to avoid some numb nuts in front of me.  Trailer brakes would've been nice.

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Re: Enclosed Trailer Advice
« Reply #14 on: Jun 13, 2017, 18:13:13 »
The used trailers I have seen retain their value to the point where it's better to buy new. They seem to only drop 30% in value over 10 years. That's crazy. You should just get a new one like you are planning. 10 years is a long time for stuff to wear out.