Open / enclosed trailer dilemma

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  1. Bill81

    Bill81 Veteran Member

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    I know it's been quite awhile since I have been here, but I can't think of any other place to get some opinions.

    My open car trailer got hit last week and now I need to get another one. I can replace mine with a brand new one and no cost out of pocket. My wife is pushing me to get an enclosed trailer. To get an enclosed it will be about $2000 more.

    Specs on each: 18' with a 2' dove tail diamond plate 3500 axles
    8.5 x 20 3500 axles

    I need some honest opinions on which one to get. Even some examples would help. My biggest issue with the enclosed is that everyone would want to borrow to move or whatever.
     
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    1st, just say no to drugs and leeches trying to borrow your new trailer.
    Buy your own damn trailer!!!!!!!! I do!!!!!!!!!!!


    2nd, why a 20 footer??
    Our cars are 16-17' plus depending on chute & wheelie bars.
    That is really really tight, with zero room for tow vehicle.

    3rd, my best advice once you are set on size, find a way to afford upgrading the axles and tires.
    The better axles and 16" Load E or better tire is tremendously more reliable, safer and stable!!!!!
    You car is probably 3000 plus, the trailer about the same or more, and then all the equipment you carry,
    you are already over the 7000!!!!
    To be honest, they only use those axles because some people don't realize.
    The 5000-6000 can't be that more expensive???
    I have triple 6000 and it's worth every penny!!!!!!

    Plus, don't tow with an undersized vehicle.
    An enclosed trailer is a big ass box, and needs the proper vehicle to be safe!!!!

    Good luck, if you pull the trigger, an enclosed trailer is frigging awesome.
    I'm on my 5th trailer, it just doesn't get any better then your car not getting beat up on the road, not stuck in the sun,
    storm, and not having some POS scumbag walking off with anything!!!!!!


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    Your Wife wants you to get a enclosed trailer. She is a keeper. I would get a 24' enclosed, torsion axles, electric brakes and a winch with wireless remote. The thing with enclosed is you can store stuff in it. You can even store a car in it.
     
  4. Bill81

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    I don't have to worry about any chutes or wheelie bars, or even a tow vehicle. I don't drag race any more, just a street car. I could afford the bigger axles and or trailer, just don't think I will need them. I think the 20' would be just fine for me. I have a 2015 Silverado 1/2 ton. I am sure I would love the enclosed, just trying to get pros and cons for both open and closed.
     
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    My 1/2 ton has always keep me from getting an enclosed
     
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    351maverick full time Ebay seller/hustler/car killer

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    the open trailer is FREE

    seems like an easy decision
     
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    The 1/2 ton is probably a little weak.
    If you keep the trailer empty, it will still be pretty damn close to 7000 lbs with a full weight street car.

    I know some of these 1/2 tons are very strong compared to older models,
    but are they rated to handle a brick weighing 7000-8000 lbs???
    Plus some safety margin for wind, semi's, hills etc??

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    I like open trailers best, but I'm not hauling a $100,000 race or show car. I'm hauling junk, scrap, project cars, and every now and then a street/strip car.
    Also IMO, stake pockets are a must have. For me that gives one more option. If I need to move, I can just screw together some 2x4's and trow a trap over the top and I have a very good 'moving' trailer.

    The open is free for you, so that would big a very big pro in my opinion.

    Next, what will you be doing with the trailer? That is an important part of the puzzle.
     
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    The 1/2 ton is right at its limit with an enclosed. If you have a V-8, extra transmission cooler, pulling gears and a long wheel base, you might get by. I had a Vee nose enclosed when I still raced and you wouldn't believe how that helped on the highway. Much more stable and fuel efficient. It'll still suck fuel, just not as much.

    Your wife wants an enclosed? Does she have a sister?
     
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    You'll be happy and love an enclosed trailer. You won't be happy with that truck pulling it.
    Tell the wifey it's a package deal and see if she bites!:happy:
     

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