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Question CarTrailer Suggestions Anyone

Does anyone have any experience/recommendations on what open car haulers you have used to trailer your GTV?

eg. Brand (Featherlite/Load Trail etc etc) length (14-18), build material (steel/alum), trailers with best approach angle etc. Appreciate recommendations on what others have used. My tow vehicle is a Ecoboost F150 w trailer brake controller so no barriers there.

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I have owned three trailers, Trailex an open aluminum, a 20' Pace enclosed steel, and a 31' Goldrush enclosed aluminum. If I were looking for another open trailer I'd go aluminum but one constructed like a Featherlite.

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I had a single axle trailer built - just the right size for my GTV.
There's a lot to be said for this approach. Years ago I bought a "Big Tex" brand trailer - it was steel, dual axle, probably 18 or 20'. The darned thing was big enough to carry a full-sized muscle car or pickup; way too big for the Alfas I was moving. Thankfully I no longer have it.

The thing about a trailer is that you seldom use it. So it needs to be stored and will deteriorate if left out in the weather. A smaller trailer is not only easier to maneuver than a big one, but also easier to store indoors.

Once you get a trailer, plan on having all your car buddies ask to borrow it. Maybe having a smaller one will give you a polite excuse to use on your domestic car-owning friends.
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I have a 16' Big Tex trailer. As Jay notes, it is bigger than I need for trailering my MG (vintage race car) but as he also notes, there are often times one wants to trailer something bigger (so I like the size I choose). One worry with a single axle trailer is what would happen if a tire blows out. Buying quality tires with higher weight carrying capacity would be a good investment. I believe an aluminum trailer would have a significant weight saving over a steel trailer but the cost is likely also significantly greater.

One thing to consider for any trailer is the loading height/ramp angle. I added 6' aluminum ramps and still have to be careful as the MG is lower than even the fairly low stock ride height.

An interesting observation is that decent used trailers seem to sell for close to the price of a new trailer. And not-decent used trailers will probably need enough repairs to make their lower price moot.
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Two more thoughts from my experience: Make sure you can open the doors of the car while on the trailer, unless you like crawling in and out of the windows. And a wheeled jack on the nose is great for mobility and lowering the load angle.

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Really appreciate the insights! Thank you!

I am leaning to the Featherlite 14ft with removable fenders, there is one on sale locally and though it is still pricey the ease of maneuvering and storage, and the reputation they have, seems worth the extra $$.
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I really like my Featherlite trailer. A big advantage is that the removable fenders allow the car doors to be opened when it is on the trailer. I attached small door handles to the top of the fenders for ease of handling when removing.

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Really appreciate the insights! Thank you!

I am leaning to the Featherlite 14ft with removable fenders, there is one on sale locally and though it is still pricey the ease of maneuvering and storage, and the reputation they have, seems worth the extra $$.
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Couple of things to take into account; tow vehicle (covered), storage, cost, open vs closed. Seems most has been discussed. Good luck.

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Something no one has mentioned and I don't know if it is an issue south of the border, but that is safety requirements. Up here certain sizes and classes of trailers (including open trailers) require an annual safety to be road legal (eg. electric brakes). I had a 16' tandem trailer than needed an annual safety. The safety was not cheap as the trailer was not used very often and sat outside so it always needed something. I ended up selling it because it was more trouble than it was worth. Now if I need a trailer I rent one.
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I was once considering a trailer too and I was sold on a featherlight but I made the same decision to do what 5thinline did, to rent.

But I remember a very good point made durning that time about an enclosed trailer benefits of being used as storage or an additional garage when not in use.

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I have had several car haulers. Here are some " musts" that I use
1. Trailer brakes
2. Low deck...drop axle
3. Long ramps...side shooter are about a foot longer but a hassle to put away.
4. Loading winch....either manual or 12v. Don't waste time on cheap.
5. Tandem axle...easier to back ...extra safety.. I've had a tire separate on a single axle on the freeway.
6. Spare tire
7. Solid reliable hitch...both vehicles..
8. Quality tie down equipment....wheel webs and axle straps
Renting is probably cost effective if you only use a couple times a year. License plate fees usually are not factored, but can run $100-$200 every other year. Aluminum should be considered if it's to be used frequently.
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Good list. If you do buy a trailer I found, after several tire failures, that a second spare tire is really good to have. If the first tire fails, the second tire on the same side carries the load and can be damaged if you continue too long (ask me how I know). Also, I now have TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) for the trailer. This consists of little valve caps with radio contact to a screen inside of my motorhome tow vehicle where I can monitor tire pressure and temperature. Maybe overkill, but also peace of mind https://smile.amazon.com/EEZ-RV-Prod...ire+tpms&psc=1

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I have had several car haulers. Here are some " musts" that I use
1. Trailer brakes
2. Low deck...drop axle
3. Long ramps...side shooter are about a foot longer but a hassle to put away.
4. Loading winch....either manual or 12v. Don't waste time on cheap.
5. Tandem axle...easier to back ...extra safety.. I've had a tire separate on a single axle on the freeway.
6. Spare tire
7. Solid reliable hitch...both vehicles..
8. Quality tie down equipment....wheel webs and axle straps
Renting is probably cost effective if you only use a couple times a year. License plate fees usually are not factored, but can run $100-$200 every other year. Aluminum should be considered if it's to be used frequently.
Cheers, Jon
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New or used, these are amazing. Holds the 512 BB with ease. Side entrance. Low, long ramps.
This has double front doors, interior adjustable tire racks, winches and all kinds of options are available if going new.
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Lightbulb Update on what i purchased

To circle back on this thread. I went with a 14ft wood deck Wolverine Alum Car Trailer. It pulls very nicely behind my F150 Eco boost. Extremely reasonably priced for the features. Has LED, front stowed ramps, dual axle, spare, trailer brakes. Used it to extract a rusted out 71 GTV parts car. Added a portable Superwinch powered by a Northstar battery/930 CCA. Macs brand car tie downs (which are very, very nice btw).
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Congrats Scrambles.

For Aussies you canít go past Tilt-a-Trailers.........
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