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We used the trailer with our 04 Subaru Forester. Drive in, open the door and get out. Car has transport chain hard points, used those with normal race car ratchet straps.
Replacement cost on this trailer would be north of 20 grand, it was built when Pace was at the top of their game. Never in salt one year old tires, get it before I put it on flea bay.
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I've owned lots of enclosed trailers and have learned that the cheap trailers don't last. IMO the trailer to buy is a Featherlite, and I don't just say this because mine is for sale. These trailers are extremely well built, they are pricey though. Mine is 26' long, 7' 6" inside height with 2x 5200lb, 6 lug axles, trailer carries 2 Harley's side by side and a car or jeep behind it. As far as length goes I have never been bothered.
I agree that a quality used trailer is much better than a so-so new trailer. That's why Mike's trailer is a good buy. I moved myself when I retired. Numerous trips between Virginia and Dover, TN over the course of the year (2010-2011) the family was already in the retirement house. My choice was either one of the new trailers out of Georgia, or a mid-90's 26ft Featherlite for the same money. I bought the Featherlite and have been happy with it ever since. I don't generally pull it behind the bus because of length and what to do with it at campground issues, but it still gets a lot of work behind my Excursion. Pulls like a dream, and the aluminum construction is lighter than the steel trailers allowing more payload. And I know that made a difference, cause I had it over 9,000 lbs gross on each moving trip and got the weight slips to prove it.
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How close does it have to be? Idaho close enough?
Sorry Mike, I probably should not have commented.
Due to family issues I am stuck in California for the foreseeable future. Trailer looks nice and well worth the money to me.
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I agree that a quality used trailer is much better than a so-so new trailer. That's why Mike's trailer is a good buy. I moved myself when I retired. Numerous trips between Virginia and Dover, TN over the course of the year (2010-2011) the family was already in the retirement house. My choice was either one of the new trailers out of Georgia, or a mid-90's 26ft Featherlite for the same money. I bought the Featherlite and have been happy with it ever since. I don't generally pull it behind the bus because of length and what to do with it at campground issues, but it still gets a lot of work behind my Excursion. Pulls like a dream, and the aluminum construction is lighter than the steel trailers allowing more payload. And I know that made a difference, cause I had it over 9,000 lbs gross on each moving trip and got the weight slips to prove it.
There is no substitute for purchasing quality, even if it is a few years old. Does that remind us of anything else that we have a passion for?
Hmmmm
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Check the Featherlite dealers across the country...their inventories change very fast.

Another idea: I use my dually tires and wheels (16 inch, 8 lug) on my big trailer (2680 Lbs capacity mounted single on two 7,000 lb axles). As my truck tires get about half life, I move them to the trailer and get a new set on my truck. Two spares that fit anywhere on truck or trailer. I also carry a spare hub and drum assembly (with bearings, lug nuts and grease) as a spare tire mount under the trailer.

I am building a utility truck body as a tool/welder trailer with a single dual wheel axle with the same setup. The last one I built sold before I finished it.

The only time I used 3500 lb axles and 15 inch wheels and tires was a special smoker/cooker/grill for a SEAL team BBQ. Low mileage and fairly light.

My wife says "Over engineering is a character disorder".
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