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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2016, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer recommendation needed

I'm thinking about buying a trailer so I can easily haul stuff now that I no longer have a truck. That made me think perhaps I should buy a slightly larger one so that I can tow the Giulia whenever I need to for whatever reason. Don't want a very big trailer though, and would prefer something with sides if possible, maybe removable. What size works well in your experience?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-16-2016, 06:26 PM
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Buy a truck. Then, rent a trailer whenever you need one. The very thought of a Texan without a truck is heresy. Just sayin' . . .

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rent a trailer whenever you need one.
I can see some logic in 180OUT's thinking. I might re-phrase it as: "rent a car hauler whenever you need one".

In your initial post, you wrote: "so I can easily haul stuff". What kind of stuff are you thinking? A trailer large enough to hold a Giulia Super is going to be pretty big. Unless you plan to regularly haul 10 yards of debris to the dump, I'd get a small utility trailer (about the size of a pickup truck bed) for the stuff, and rent a car hauler when you need to move the Giulia Super.

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Hey Peter

So what are you going to tow this trailer with, now that you don't have a truck ? The whole truck & trailer business is really a nightmarish can of worms. The trailer and the trailer towing vehicle need to be well matched to each other.

Any trailer long enough and sturdy enough to carry a car (even a small car) is a pretty substantial trailer requiring an equally substantial tow vehicle. You also need to think where you are going to store your trailer when it's not in use, which is most of the time.

Really it's better to rent both a truck and a trailer when you need them, than own them yourself.

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Any trailer long enough and sturdy enough to carry a car (even a small car) is a pretty substantial trailer requiring an equally substantial tow vehicle. You also need to think where you are going to store your trailer when it's not in use, which is most of the time.
Those are both good points.

- The dynamics of trailer + tow vehicle can get pretty complicated. In general, you want the tow vehicle to be heavier than the trailer + load. A heavy trailer will push the tow vehicle from side-to-side, and it's tongue weight will un-load the tow vehicle's front wheels. In summary, a light tow vehicle with a short wheelbase won't pull a car trailer safely.

- Storing a car trailer can be a headache. I owned a wood-decked trailer years ago. After storing it outdoors for a few seasons, the wood deck just rotted away. Also, the wheel bearings and light housings always seemed need maintenance after the trailer had sat out in the rain for several months since its last use.

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Well I'd recommend against any Trailex. It's lightweight thanks to this aluminum deck. But the steel axles and uprights on mine were rusting the day I took delivery .. and continued to rust pretty badly. These are what support the weight of the trailer and car. It's not something you want structurally degrading.
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I had a 14' double axle steel and wood deck open trailer that I towed with my old early '90's Toyota 4Runner (3.4L, 180 hp). I hauled a Spec Miata first, then my Duetto race car. Both fit on there, and towed well. Stored it on my property, uncovered in the soggy Pacific Northwest, and never had any issues with trailer maintenance, except replacing its battery. I also used it to haul mountains of yard waste to the dump, and brought home all kinds of biggish things like a vintage IR air compressor, and several motorcycles. I stepped up to a fancy enclosed trailer for my race car, which I have to store off-site, and tow with a diesel truck. Sometimes I miss my old trailer.

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