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Old February 24th, 2013, 09:43 PM   #1
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1/2 ton pull an 18' enclosed trailer?

I am starting to look for trailers as I want to buy one this summer maybe. I want an 18' but really would like an enclosed. I could get away with a 16', but the extra 2' would be nice.

Basically I would want to pull this with a 1/2 ton truck. Any opinions from the BTDT crowd?

The trailer would be used for my flatty, our Model A, and my YJ if I can get it through the door.
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Old February 24th, 2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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I pull a 24 ft enclosed trailer with my 04 1/2 ton with the 5.3 also use it to pull a 28 ft 5th wheel and a 16 ft boat behind it. I don't know why people think they did 3/4 ton trucks to tow with.
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Old February 24th, 2013, 11:18 PM   #3
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we have pulled 21 ft enclosed trailers from MI to MT, WY many times through the mountains no problem at all with f150s.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 05:52 AM   #4
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I pulled a 20' with 1' extra height with no problem. But I would not do it without an equalizer weight distributing hitch.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 06:21 AM   #5
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should do fine. i pulled a 24Ft out to vegas and back with my 1500 hemi. use equalizer hitch set up right and hit the road. v-nose or not will make a bigger difference than 16 or 18ft. i would go with a v-nose that has 20ft full width + the V. that v-nose i pulled to vegas pulled way better than my old school 16ft camper.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 12:52 PM   #6
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I pull a 24 ft enclosed trailer with my 04 1/2 ton with the 5.3 also use it to pull a 28 ft 5th wheel and a 16 ft boat behind it. I don't know why people think they did 3/4 ton trucks to tow with.
I know that I don't need a 3/4 for an 18' trailer, my concern was with the added crap of the enclosed trailer mostly. I won't be towing it often.

18' probably will be at the max of my budget, and is far more than I need anyway, I don't really want a 24' as I don't have a place to store it.

I knew equalizer hitch was a must have as well.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 12:57 PM   #7
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Helper air bags on the truck help out alot too
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Old February 25th, 2013, 01:04 PM   #8
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You didn't specify what half ton.

The older half tons (say 90's) were both power and suspension limited when it came to towing (IMO).

The newest half tons are suspension limited more so than power IMO.

I don't think any will have that big of an issue with it, but a newer truck with some air bags and a weight distributing hitch will be plenty fine.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:09 PM   #9
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I pull a 16' enclosed v-nose (7' width) with a 2008 half-ton Dodge Hemi.

Trailer has tandem axles with (new) brakes on both.

No weight-distributing hitch, but I do have a factory tow package and helper air bags (for leveling purposes).

No problems towing around MI - mileage sucks pulling a big square thing. I'd want something more if I routinely drove through mountains.
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Old February 25th, 2013, 02:27 PM   #10
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I currently have a 2011 quad cab Ram with the hemi, that could change in a year though.

White Rhino, was the added height worth the added cost? I think I can get away with the lower roof if I leave the jeeps top down. It will just barely fit through a 7' door with the top up.
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I currently have a 2011 quad cab Ram with the hemi, that could change in a year though.

White Rhino, was the added height worth the added cost? I think I can get away with the lower roof if I leave the jeeps top down. It will just barely fit through a 7' door with the top up.
IMO any newer (2005+ half ton should not have much of a problem, the newer trucks are pretty slick)
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Old February 25th, 2013, 03:42 PM   #12
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I currently have a 2011 quad cab Ram with the hemi, that could change in a year though.

White Rhino, was the added height worth the added cost? I think I can get away with the lower roof if I leave the jeeps top down. It will just barely fit through a 7' door with the top up.
My first enclosed was a 24' with an extra 6" and I had to drop the soft top to get in and out. That is simply a pain in the ass!!!! If you are doing the enclosed for the convenience, make it convenient.

I ordered that trailer just the way I wanted it and it was worth every penny. The extra costs of the extra height, insulation, extra lights etc were worth the extra $1500 or so. Oh, and if you are going to pull behind an RV............. ever......... buy the extended tongue.
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Old March 4th, 2013, 12:51 PM   #13
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I currently have a 2011 quad cab Ram with the hemi, that could change in a year though.
I wouldn't even worry about it , the hitch you use , and the brakes on the trailer are the biggest things and you sound like you already know all that
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