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#4693205 - 03/13/18 08:56 AM Utility trailer vs. car hauler
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Registered: 04/10/16
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Loc: Campbellsville, KY
I'll be in the market for a car trailer in the near future and am just wanting some outside information about trailers.

My dad's trailer, that he's hauled many $100K+ classic Corvettes on, is going on 30 years old and is what seems to be classified as a utility trailer. 16 ft., 2x 3,500 lb. 5-lug axles, angle iron construction except for the tongue only. It's been towed tens of thousands of miles and loaded pretty darn heavy (over 9K) at times and doesn't show signs of excessive fatigue. It's also balanced such that it tows extremely well.

(Dad's trailer behind now-my '67 Suburban in Helper, UT, on a trip to Rogue River, OR in about 1998. I was approx. 7.)

I've towed a number of "car hauler" type trailers with my '85 GMC and they always seem to exert a lot of drag on the truck and, when empty, beat on the back of the truck pretty badly. One was a U-Haul car hauler (not that big but built like a tank), one a Big Tex 18' 7K, and the other a Big Tex (I think) 20 ft., 14K w/dovetail and attached ramps.

My criteria is at least 18' long, at least 5,500 lb. payload capacity, with a dovetail if possible (haul small sedans somewhat often) but non-attached ramps, and at least 6.5' wide so it can be used to haul the 80's Econoline vans a friend of mine is always dealing in. The industry (as well as my mechanical engineer father-in-law) says the double-stack frame and other beefy areas of a car hauler is warranted, but based on dad's trailer and others I don't buy it. I don't put my equipment through ridiculous abuse so I don't expect it to fall off the Empire State building and come out unscathed. I may wind up using pieces of an old boat trailer I have (lots of 4" C-channel in it) to go into a trailer of my own design so I can achieve the dimensions I want, but I don't possess the knowledge to calculate section modulus? of the different type frames. Input?



Edited by Alex_V (03/13/18 08:57 AM)
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#4693241 - 03/13/18 09:39 AM Re: Utility trailer vs. car hauler [Re: Alex_V]
Win Offline


Registered: 02/05/03
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I had a Take3 3 car hauler for a while.

If you are going to haul cars and trucks, I would use a trailer made for that purpose.

I don't think they make the 3 car gooseneck trailer presently, but it looks like they have 1 and 2 car trailers. ( edit: they do, just changed the model names .... )

http://www.take3trailers.com/index.html


Edited by Win (03/13/18 09:43 AM)
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#4693245 - 03/13/18 09:45 AM Re: Utility trailer vs. car hauler [Re: Alex_V]
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Registered: 11/18/17
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I also want to build my own car hauler, but just one car at a time. Everything that I see for sale is so junky and/or overpriced. I want to completely overbuild it, and use some good wuality trailer brakes. I built a 4x8 Harbor Freight trailer kit before, it was kind of scary once it had 1000lbs on it

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#4693252 - 03/13/18 09:52 AM Re: Utility trailer vs. car hauler [Re: Alex_V]
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I think user DoubleWasp has a setup useful also for boats.
Maybe he will chime in...
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#4693360 - 03/13/18 11:48 AM Re: Utility trailer vs. car hauler [Re: Alex_V]
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Registered: 08/20/03
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Not enclosed,
wood or metal deck?


looks like 3600-4000 for a decent one.
something like this?
example trailer.
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#4693377 - 03/13/18 12:01 PM Re: Utility trailer vs. car hauler [Re: Alex_V]
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total thread hijack, but does anyone else find that picture awesome? Nice, classic Jeep and Suburban, and two locomotives in a great setting...
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#4693393 - 03/13/18 12:20 PM Re: Utility trailer vs. car hauler [Re: wings&wheels]
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Originally Posted By: wings&wheels
total thread hijack, but does anyone else find that picture awesome? Nice, classic Jeep and Suburban, and two locomotives in a great setting...


Yeah. I used to have a model of that train.
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#4693407 - 03/13/18 12:33 PM Re: Utility trailer vs. car hauler [Re: Alex_V]
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The Take 3 Ultimate 1-car looks really nice, depending on what it weighs. I'm trying to keep empty weight to no more than 1,800 just for the truck's benefit - anything over 8K is a pretty hard pull for the 230HP 454 and I intend to keep the truck. Rand's example is more than beefy enough but it weighs over 2,500 lb.

Probably wood deck just because ot seems to be the cheaper option, and no heavier than steel.

Ha - I expected the pic to draw some attention. wink I believe those are SD45 tunnel motors - 20 cylinder 645-series 2-stroke diesels putting out 3,600 horsepower, with a rearranged radiator design to allow them to cool while running through the snow sheds in the mountains.
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