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Looking for a good trailer

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by Jonny-K5, May 27, 2004.

  1. Jonny-K5

    Jonny-K5 1/2 ton status

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    im thinking about getting a trailer to tow my K5. what should i look for? how long do i need? what the price range for a new one? i need it to be a pintle hitch as well. any tips?
     
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    I am looking right now. 18' plus dovetail seems to be a good size but you can probably put a K5 on a 16'. I am only looking at 10,000#+ GVWR trailers, 7,000 lbs is not enough by the time you subtract the empty weight of the trailer.
     
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    10k at least. Brakes on both axles. AT least 18', better to be 20' IMO. If you get a pintle, make sure its adjustable on the trailer. Look for good quality lighting and wiring. I prefer a wood deck, but steel is fine too.

    Looking around ~$2500ish.

    John
     
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    You're saying that minimum for a K5 is 18 + dovetail or you're saying a 16' plus the 2' dovetail = 18' is enough?
     
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    what is a dovetail exactly? when you say it has to be an adustable pintle hitch, do you mean up and down? why is that important?
    i think i'll need at least a 10k trailer, causs we'll probly be using it for work too. we need something we can put a bobcat on. would 10k be enough for that? i'm not sure what they weigh. what about ramps, do they usually come with a trailer?
     
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    Ramps usually come with.

    Up and down is important for a pintle to help it sit level behind your rig.

    I would think 10k would be enough for a bobcat but most equipment trailers start at 12k.

    A dovetail is a little downward angled section that allows loading of smaller/lower vehicles. I am considering trailers without dovetails but if you're going to haul cars, a dovetail trailer is probably ideal.
     
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    ok thanks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    You're saying that minimum for a K5 is 18 + dovetail or you're saying a 16' plus the 2' dovetail = 18' is enough?

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    IMO I like a 20' overall trailer. I've seen people get away with a 16' overall trailer, which IMO is the bare minimum. However, the weight is not as well distributed on a shorter trailer, putting more tongue weight than needed on the tow vehicle.

    For reference, all my trailers are 18' plus 2' dovetail.
     
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    Well, too much tongue weight has rarely been a problem in my experience...or shall I say that more often, not enough tongue weight has made for some scary pulling experiences.

    I took your advice though and got a 20 footer, 18 + 2 dovetail.
     
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