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Old August 23rd, 2016, 11:56 AM   #1
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Been looking at enclosed trailers and I dont want to end up with a piece of crap.

What are the main points of what to look for in a quality trailer?

Is this something I should consider?

http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/bfd/5701015442.html


I'm not completely sold on the enclosed as the MPGs will drop but there are other benefits if I do.

Might go up to a 28' to take 2 rigs at a time but 24' is probably minimum.

I would like a 6'6" tall rear door to fit my LJ and need 90" wide

I also want a V-nose and plywood interior

Im open to ideas and suggestions.

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Old August 23rd, 2016, 12:34 PM   #2
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I can't say anything about the one you linked, but here are some pro's to an enclosed trailer

1) Keeps thieves from seeing what you have.

2) Provides a dry area for emergency repairs

3) Provides sleeping quarters

4) Provides dry storage for some of your 'toys'.

As far as I am concerned, the positives outweigh the MPG loss.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 12:40 PM   #3
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Go 7' tall rear door. I had to drop my soft top on my Jeep when I had my first one that was 6'6".
Unless you plan to put an atv or something wide in the side door, go with a 36" side door. It gives you more wall space and is a narrower door to swing open.
Get a standard ht side door. This will give you room to put an awning above it.
Get an RV latch on the side door so you can open it from the inside.
I don't see the advantage of a V nose but I guess it's personal choice.
If you are buying new, spend the money for the prewired lights and plugs. I had them put my plugs in places where I knew I would want them.

MPG is a non issue. One downside to an enclosed is loading a rig covered with mud and then going to the car wash. It drops shit on the floor and you have to unload to wash it.

I had a Haulin. I would not buy another one.
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Old August 23rd, 2016, 12:42 PM   #4
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Mine was a team spirit out of Indiana. Price was good. But was lower on quality end. More fit and finish. Mine was 28' and space would have been tight getting two inside. Remember not like a open Trailer. Can't have over hang. And mine was rated at 10k but the trailer itself was 5k. Mine was 12" over standard height and was worth it.

Jhnyquest still have his for sale?
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Go with a quality bulit trailer. The one you have linked is poop, tin box.

For what you want don't buy a 5 lug axle trailer as they are only 7k capacity and the trailer empty will be pushing 4k.

V nose is great very easy to pull, quick access to the front of the load with the front entry door.
Sure you lose a little nose space but that's where the winch is anyway. I've had both and will never buy a flat front again.

One thing I really like is the ease of turning radius with a very nose over a flat front.

Also I seen it recommend to get a rv style entry door. Personally I wouldn't do that again. They are super easy to get into with a flat head screwdriver and about 8 seconds of time . Lost a ton of tools from that on my last trailer. I use keyed alike master locks on mine. And if I am going to sleep in it I am where I don't need to lock it. But my theory is trailers are for hauling and holiday Inn is for sleeping when not at home.
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Also I seen it recommend to get a rv style entry door. Personally I wouldn't do that again. They are super easy to get into with a flat head screwdriver and about 8 seconds of time . Lost a ton of tools from that on my last trailer. I use keyed alike master locks on mine. And if I am going to sleep in it I am where I don't need to lock it. But my theory is trailers are for hauling and holiday Inn is for sleeping when not at home.
You missed my point on this. An RV style door still has the cam lock mechanism for locking from the outside. But, if you are sleeping in it, you can't latch it. I've seen more than one person trying to keep the rain out using a bungee cord.
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You missed my point on this. An RV style door still has the cam lock mechanism for locking from the outside. But, if you are sleeping in it, you can't latch it. I've seen more than one person trying to keep the rain out using a bungee cord.
Good point, my last trailer only had the rv style on the side door. It was a haulmark go figure. (Haulmark=cheap )
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Well, I have a pic of every angle of my old trailer except the side door.
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I like my United. They supposedly adhere to the trailer manufactures something or other association which a lot of the cheap trailers do not.

Look for isolation between anyplace steel and aluminum meet. Especially near the frame of the trailer. My United has plastic between them to cut the galvanic corrosion.

I agree with WR on the RV latch, but that said I installed the inner handle from a hardware store and I just put a small piece of pipe (from the equailizer hitch) through it to hold the door shut. I was told a latch can be added later.

Look for the glued panels, riveted seem to corrode over time and it looks like hell.

V-nose doesn't save any mileage, and is usually just wasted space IMO.

The 6'6" rear door can work, but extra height is better, but it will likely cause you to order one. I have the 6'6" and I have to remove my top to put the jeep in. For Snofari we remove my hardtop put the jeep in, then put the hard top back on in the trailer.

You want a 10k rating.

I wish mine had an awning.

The only issues I have had is a couple interior trim pieces coming un-stapled and a couple floor screws that had their heads pop off because they were over-torqued.






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Mine was made by team spirit, bought through proline trailers. I believe my sticker was $12k.

I had the rv door, with screen door. 12" over standard height, finished interior with 110 and 12 volt lighting. Break box with external plug for 110. 10k rating on weight. Cupboards/work bench/closest. Vinyl floor. 20' awning. Two side yard lights under awning. It was a 28' box. Rear door was full height.
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That's the blueprint of mine.
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