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Please help me pick out a trailer.....

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stallion85, Jun 18, 2005.

  1. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    I need to buy a trailer to tow my K5 to Moab in October. What do I need, bare minimum to tow my K5? Do I need a 5th wheel type setup or can I tow from the hitch?

    I know I at least need a tandum axle trailer with brakes. I have seen a few in the paper here in Vegas.

    Here's a few ads here in Vegas:

    7x14 deck tandem axle 15" whls, ramp tailgate $1200.

    17 FT., 2004 Flat Bed Trailer, 2 axle, wood bottom steel rails, black - $1000/OBO or

    OPEN TRAILER 8x14', Rear Ramp, Tandem Axle. $1640


    Please help me out. I have very little knowledge with trailers :doah:
     
  2. FRIZZLEFRY

    FRIZZLEFRY 1/2 ton status

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    I have a 16' 7000lb tandem axle trailer with a wood deck and it fits my truck perfect.I think I paid $1600 for it.I think a 14 footer would be too short.

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  3. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    Is yours equipped with brakes?

    This is a must I am assuming?

    How wide is it?
     
  4. FRIZZLEFRY

    FRIZZLEFRY 1/2 ton status

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    Yup,its got brakes on one axle.Brakes are a must.

    I dont remember how wide it is,but my tires hang off the sides a tiny bit :D
     
  5. mudslinger99

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    Things you need to look for are as follows

    Trailer weight rating: 7000# or 10,000#

    Axles weight rating: You see alot of 3500# but you can get 5000# and 7000#

    Trailer breaks on both axles: 1 works but 2 is better....Break away kit incase you trailer becomes unhooked :yikes:

    D-rings: Or other to hook your straps too

    Tires: Make sure they are load D or E

    Construction: 3'',4'', or 5inch angle iron or tube.....Wood or metal deck...Dovetail or flat bed... Check to see how the tounge ties in to the frame... Bull dog coupler is supposed to be the strongest

    Fenders: Are they strong enough to drive over if your truck is to wide

    Ramps. Fold up or slide in.. Matter of personal prefference

    Jacks: Check to make sure it is rated to match the trailer..... If you get a bumper pull you can get jacks for the back to keep from putting strain on the ball when you drive up on the trailer.. You can use jackstands at the rear too.. This helps keep the rear of your tow rig from coming off the ground :D

    Spare tire: No need for explanation

    You need to check the lights and how they are wired: Replace if neccesary..

    Wheel bearings: My advice is to replace them even if you think they look ok.. There cheap and easy to do and you will regret it later when they leave you stranded...

    That is my run down to get you started.. If you have any more question let me know... Or you could look here in the Tow and Trailer forum.. Here is a couple links for your veiwing pleasure..

    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=129062

    http://coloradok5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=129062&highlight=trailer+buying


    http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/Towing/index.html


    http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=359978
     
  6. mudslinger99

    mudslinger99 1/2 ton status

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    Dam FRIZZLEFRY that sure is a nice set up you got there :saweet:

    There is only one major thing I see wrong with it.. :thinking:



















    It's in your driveway and not mine :thumb:
     
  7. stallion85

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    Cool, thanks for the links :grin:
     
  8. mudslinger99

    mudslinger99 1/2 ton status

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    No problem :thumb: I'm sure between the post here and the links you will be able to get a good idea of what to look for..

    I said it before but I will say it again...After you get the trailer home make sure to change the bearings and seals.. It is a Must on a a used trailer that you will be putting some miles on towing a heavy load.. Trust me it is no fun when they quit on the side of the road with 6000 lbs on the trailer.. Good luck

    If you need anything else let me know :thumb:
     
  9. sweetk30

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    mine is 10k trailer. torsion axles. rides better i think. deck is 16 feet. 10k trailer style jack. flip up ramps. wood deck. brakes on both . wish i had longer deck. 18feet or 20 feet. as when i get long wheel base on it cant flip up ramps and close them. half to take off and put in truck. also 6k ramsey winch for dead things.

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