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steelhunter

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Posted: 09/15/19 02:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Do you tow a cargo trailer?

I was thinking about getting one for an atv and misc things. Might be nice for extra water, a nice barbecue, fishing and hunting gear, and tools.

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steelhunter wrote:

Do you tow a cargo trailer?

I was thinking about getting one for an atv and misc things. Might be nice for extra water, a nice barbecue, fishing and hunting gear, and tools.


watch your weights. in general, the maximum amount of weight you can safely tow will be the lesser of the following:

- the GCWR (gross combination weight rating) of the MH minus the actual weight of the MH (defined as the sum of the actual weights on each axle) as it is loaded for travel (includes fuel, fresh water, food, clothing, people, pets, supplies, etc.)

- the weight rating of your tow bar

- the weight rating of your hitch

this is why it's vital to know what your MH weighs as it is loaded and configure for travel before choosing a toad. Your MH will not collapse if it is overloaded but you will experience handling issues as well as longer braking distances and accelerated wear on suspension, brakes, steering, etc.


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Posted: 09/15/19 04:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes. Behind a truck n camper. It’s the garage.

Suggest a tandem axle even a light one they ride smoother than single wheelers.

Suggest one with brakes even if not required by law.

Suggest RV type walk-in door latch and an interior light.

A vent fan is nice.

You cannot spin a tandem around by person power in a tight spot or to point the door where you want it.

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Posted: 09/15/19 06:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, for multiple purposes over the years.
Just for personal use:
Tool Van
Mobile garage/shop
Moving household
Sno machines, bikes, atvs.
Camping trips for extra gear.
“Camper” for hunting trips.

Have had several from Single axle 6x14 and 8x12 v nose, basic 7x18-20’ tandem axle to 8x32’ v nose currently. Looking to downsize now because I only haul 3 sno machines.
Along with a few utility/flat bed trailers over the years.

Different trailers for different needs. They retain their value extremely well, so theyre easy to change out if a different need arises....and very handy.


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Posted: 09/15/19 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 7x16 I put my golfcart and four wheeler in. My friend pulls a 8.5x24 that he puts his small suv, and his atv in. He also carrys his small fishing boat and motor inside. He also mounted 600 watts of solar on the roof, with batteries inside. He hooks it to the rv for extra boondocking capability. Depending on what you want to bring, I definetly would recommend a tandem axle. More tires, but safer if a tire ever blows. Two 3500 lb axles are a good start. If you are going to go big time like my friend, I would suggest two 5000 lb axles. Cheers

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Tandems for the above reason(s) mentioned. Single axle if getting into tight areas or easy ability to turn around is important.
For camping if you are doing dispersed camping and getting up into the back country or tight or rugged areas with it, I think single axle deck over axle (snowmobile trailer basically) is the best for that application. High ground clearance and ease of turning around or moving it by hand if not loaded too heavy.

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Posted: 09/15/19 08:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

20' Haulmark car hauler. 8.5' wide
Nice to have the extra room with a 4 seat rzr
Overkill for the bike though lol
I put jacks under the ramp and use it for the bbq or just sitting back

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Posted: 09/15/19 09:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, we tow a 22'x 8.5 enclosed trailer when using the 40' rv in our signature. We haul a small suv, sidexside utv, and a 150cc scooter in the trailer. One suggestion I have is if you choose a double axle trailer large enough for a suv, it is a good idea to have a hitch on the suv so that the trailer can be moved around at a campsite if necessary. A smaller single axle trailer could be moved around with a utv.


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Posted: 09/16/19 06:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Here is a shot I took yesterday morning before leaving Angel Fire NM of our 10' {14' overall} cargo trailer behind my new Honda Ridgeline. Inside is my Polaris RZR although I also use it often to haul my Indian Springfield. Just got the Honda but have been using our 24' Nexus Class C for 5+ years to pull a couple of different motorcycle trailers and now my ultimate trailer... the cargo.

Both vehicles are rated to tow 5,000# and do so easily. Loaded with the RZR the trailer weighs 2,540# - with the Indian 2,220#. Having 7' of headrooms is a very nice feature that makes loading {with the rear drop down gate} very simple and easy. I use E Track and ratcheting tie downs to secure the load.

I'll never go back to an open trailer as it is so nice to have your own portable, private garage that follows you everywhere keeping the nice toys out of not only the weather but the prying eyes of the bad guys. It also provides secure storage for the RZR {parked behind my motorhome at the secure storage yard} when my garage gets full and my snowbird neighbors have returned. [emoticon]





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Posted: 09/16/19 09:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have an open single axle utility trailer. Don't use it much with the RV, but have a bit. I personally like the single axle because it is easy to move around by hand. Even with a good load on it, I can pivot it in the driveway.


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