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Old March 21st, 2010, 05:12 PM   #1
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How much more of a pain is it to tow an enclosed trailer than an open.

Enclosed Trailer = No more tent
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Old March 21st, 2010, 06:32 PM   #2
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I don't think that POS tow vehicle you bought would tow it. It's significantly more to tow.
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I drove Whiterhino's setup a few years ago when he had a 2500HD 6.0L and a 24' enclosed. Compared to my open deck it was a big change. I dont doubt my real truck could pull it but seeing around it and the amount it pushed on the tow rig was more than I preferred. I agree with Jim though, I'm not sure your truck will be able to pull an enclosed trailer. There's a LOT of wind drag compared to an open trailer.

I have a tent that goes in the bed of my truck that I've used a few times. Good enough for what it is. Some day I may get an enclosed trailer but I'll still keep my open deck.
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I think that is my plan.

Open trailer and a topper.

I was just wondering if the wind drag was that much more noticeable.
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Open deck. Once I sell my open & enclosed trailer Ill be buying a 30ft. gooseneck. Best advice with a car trailer is get a basic 18ft. with a wood deck. If you buy one like that you will never loose any money on it.
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I pull both enclosed and open deck with my 2007 F-150 with the 5.4 engine.
My enclosed trailer is a 27' V-nose and it's 8' tall inside.
Besides the occasional slow down on steep inclines, it pulls it just fine loaded.
12 mpg to boot! I know the V-nose helps tremendously.
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Open deck. Once I sell my open & enclosed trailer Ill be buying a 30ft. gooseneck. Best advice with a car trailer is get a basic 18ft. with a wood deck. If you buy one like that you will never loose any money on it.
What if i get a 16' trailer. or do you think the extra 5' won't enough
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What if i get a 16' trailer. or do you think the extra 5' won't enough
If you ever want to sell for something else an 18' will be worth more money down the road. That extra 2' makes all the world sometimes.
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I pull both enclosed and open deck with my 2007 F-150 with the 5.4 engine.
My enclosed trailer is a 27' V-nose and it's 8' tall inside.
Besides the occasional slow down on steep inclines, it pulls it just fine loaded.
12 mpg to boot! I know the V-nose helps tremendously.
what did that bad boy cost, what brand, and what is the door opening height?
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I pull both enclosed and open deck with my 2007 F-150 with the 5.4 engine.
My enclosed trailer is a 27' V-nose and it's 8' tall inside.
Besides the occasional slow down on steep inclines, it pulls it just fine loaded.
12 mpg to boot! I know the V-nose helps tremendously.

not sure of the construction on yours but i borrowed an all aluminum enclosed similar to that and i was amazed how nice it pulled. all we had in it was 4 sleds and gear but i set the cruise at 70 and ran the whole way up north getting about 12mpg with my hemi dodge. in comparison i have a small toy hauler camper that would be about the same weight but not v-nose and that thing feels like pulling a brick wall as soon as you get above 60 and i get 8mpg going over 65. I would say an aluminum v-nose would be the way to go but you need the check book to back it up....... which i sure don't.
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If you ever want to sell for something else an 18' will be worth more money down the road. That extra 2' makes all the world sometimes.
i don't know about you, but i don't typically buy things just to sell them.
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