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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:08 PM   #1
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Looking at a new trailer to haul my JK jeep on.But not sure on which one to get the 16 ft. or should I get the 18 ft ? any advice sure would be helpful.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:28 PM   #2
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either trailer will be plenty for towing your jeep. personally i would get an 18ft. but i also end up towing all sorts of stuff and vehicles. including a 1968 Buick lesabre that is a long boat of a car.

there are a lot of things to consider though.
.do you have other things to haul around or to put on the trailer for wheeling trips? dirt bike, BBQ, quad, camping gear, project car, or bigger truck? will you have them in the future?
.cost? is the extra money going to put you over budget? an 18ft trailer may hold its value better and be more marketable if you decide to sell later.
.storage space? chances are if you have room for a 16ft deck trailer, an extra 2ft shouldn't be a big deal. but sometimes people store trailers in ridiculously small areas and cant afford another 2ft.
.tow rig? if you are already close to your weight limit, every pound is an issue. and there is nothing worse than an unsafe rig.
.tool box? a lot of people put a tool box on the front of their trailer, if you have an extra 2ft there you can put a truck tool box on the deck for tie down straps, jacks, gloves, extra tools, etc.

hope this at least gets the wheels turning. good luck.

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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:32 PM   #3
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If you are only going to haul a jeep and nothing else, I would go with the 16. It's cheaper, easier to move and there is still room up front for a tool box.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:35 PM   #4
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More important to me than length is weight capacity. Two 3500 pound axles with a 1500 pound trailer leaves you only 5500 pounds of carrying capacity. An over built ZJ, tools, and camping gear will easily exceed 5500 pounds. My old ZJ scaled close to 5k with the bumpers, winch, skids, etc... Get something that will carry the weight.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 02:48 PM   #5
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More important to me than length is weight capacity. Two 3500 pound axles with a 1500 pound trailer leaves you only 5500 pounds of carrying capacity. An over built ZJ, tools, and camping gear will easily exceed 5500 pounds. My old ZJ scaled close to 5k with the bumpers, winch, skids, etc... Get something that will carry the weight.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 03:10 PM   #6
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More important to me than length is weight capacity. Two 3500 pound axles with a 1500 pound trailer leaves you only 5500 pounds of carrying capacity. An over built ZJ, tools, and camping gear will easily exceed 5500 pounds. My old ZJ scaled close to 5k with the bumpers, winch, skids, etc... Get something that will carry the weight.
I agree with you. For a point of reference, my YJ trail ready with tools, spare tire, chain saw, etc tops out at 4600#. Too stiff of springs carrying a light load just makes your trailer bounce down the road.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 03:11 PM   #7
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I would go 18ft, it seems like I am always hauling stuff other than the jeep, the extra room is never a bad thing.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 04:19 PM   #8
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18' you'll kick yourself down the rd for not getting the extra 2'
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Old October 19th, 2010, 04:28 PM   #9
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I love my 16' but there is room only for the CJ and a toolbox
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Old October 19th, 2010, 04:46 PM   #10
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If your going to buy a new trailer call these guys. www.vankams.com 231-744-2658. Im pretty sure the extra 2' isnt even that much more money. I would go with the extra just to have it. Maybe down the road you wanna stretch ur jeep.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 07:13 PM   #11
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If your going to buy a new trailer call these guys. www.vankams.com 231-744-2658. Im pretty sure the extra 2' isnt even that much more money. I would go with the extra just to have it. Maybe down the road you wanna stretch ur jeep.
You really think he might need 18 ft?
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Old October 19th, 2010, 07:23 PM   #12
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You really think he might need 18 ft?
Yes, if he gets a scrambler. It's 15' stock and a 16' trailer is kind of small for it.

I would get an 18'.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 07:28 PM   #13
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18' you'll kick yourself down the rd for not getting the extra 2'
Agreed. And I can carry my atv along with my cj on my 18'.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 07:30 PM   #14
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Yes, if he gets a scrambler. It's 15' stock and a 16' trailer is kind of small for it.

I would get an 18'.
He stated he's hauling a JK.

FWIW, I had an 18' and my son in law had a 16'. Neither of us ever had a problem but mine always took up more room and it takes more to maneuver it. My point is that bigger isn't necessarily better.
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Old October 19th, 2010, 07:49 PM   #15
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well the only comment i have to say is you never know what you might want to use it for once you have it. I have a 20ft trailer and sometimes that is not big enough. I have to steal our 25ft trailer from work lol
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Old October 19th, 2010, 07:57 PM   #16
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2 dr jk 16ft is fine, 4 dr jk 18ft ... my .02
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Old October 20th, 2010, 04:57 AM   #17
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This is one of the better ones I found when I was looking. If you need more load cap go with the med duty http://www.mac-lander.com/frame_stan...ed_trailer.asp
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Old November 4th, 2010, 10:40 PM   #18
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all this advice must have scared him off. if all your hauling is a jeep 16' would be great but if you end up with a different rig someday you might wish you had gone with the 18'.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 06:28 AM   #19
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I just replaced my 16 ft trailer for a 20ft trailer.

16 ft'er was nice but the axles we a little small and the trailer wasn't built for a heavy rig (my jeep trail ready is 4800#'s) . It was tight for spacing with my wrangler and I could not add a tool box. (mainly because I had to have the jeep far forward.)

Now the reason for me getting a 20 ft'er with 5200 lb axles, is to haul my dad's 6200# '52 powerwagon.
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Old November 12th, 2010, 03:58 PM   #20
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i have a 16ft open deck, have put a 72 chrysler wagon overall length 19'2" on it. Also had an 89 ram reg cab on it...

that being said, i have 34ft enclosed triaxle for the big stuff.
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