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To dovetail or not to dovetail, that is the question

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by willyswanter, Nov 15, 2003.

  1. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Ok, I basically finished my plans for my new 20 foot gooseneck trailer, well, up to the very back anyway. I can't decide if I want a dovetail or no. The two trucks that would go on it wouldn't have a problem without the dovetail. Only thing I worry about is if I do run one how low they sit. I don't want to tear up driveways at gas stations or when I have to take it off road to get to the trail head I don't want it dragging over everything.

    Anyone have one with a dovetail? Do you hit it alot or no?
     
  2. BIGJ

    BIGJ 1/2 ton status Author

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    I say dovetail it. My trailer was originally planned to have a flat deck, but at the last minute we changed it to a dovetail. I wouldn't have any problems either loading the blazer with a non-dovetaied trailer, but I didn't want to limit it's use to just hauling my junk. I have since used the trailer to haul several cars that I wouldn't have been able to haul without the dovetail. The only other option would have been to make really long ramps with the flat deck trailer and that seemed like more trouble than it was worth. With the heavy suspension you will use on the gooseneck, it should be plenty high to dovetail it a little without dragging unless you plan on using drop spindle axles.

    For reference, the deck height on my trailer is 24", and the dovetail is a 2 1/2" drop. I don't have a good side pic of my trailer, but you can see from this one that the back is not too low...

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    BIGJ
     
  3. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    The deck height on mine will be around 35" so I guess I'll be dovetailing!
     
  4. BadDog

    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    You've seen my little tag along. It drags fairly frequenly with the buggy on it and no bid deal as far as I'm concerned. yeah, go ahead and dove tail it... Makes a difference if you have to load a regular car, and makes loading the truck easy without the ramps.
     
  5. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Well, this is what I have so far:

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    I still need to draw the ramps and the jack crank handles and a few other small things but you get the idea.
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    OMG, that is SWEET! Wish I had one like that... /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
  7. BIGJ

    BIGJ 1/2 ton status Author

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    Now that's a trailer /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    No need to worry about dragging that thing on the ground. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

    BIGJ
     
  8. chvyhs

    chvyhs 1/2 ton status

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    I have to agree with BIGJ. My trailer is a lot like his. I Haul my Chevelle, and everyone elses junk. It helps a lot.
     
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    Haven't you seen mine? I've only hit a couple of times with my rig on the trailer going over a pretty severe angled driveway.





    David
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  10. laketex

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    since you're going deck over, why not incorporate fold up ramps? Hauling anything but cars on the dovetail portion of a carhauler is a PITA. Just a thought.

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    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I'm going to, just hadn't gotten a chance to draw them up yet. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  12. txbartman

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    I would definitely dovetail. I have spec'd out my new trailer and wouldn't do anything but. I have a friend that has a non-dove flatbed. It also sits about 35-36" deck height. The little ramps that connect to the back of the trailer to drive up are a little scary in a rig as big as mine. In addition, they are shorter relative to the entire length of the flip down ramps and dove. Therefore, the angle is steeper.

    My plan is to go with a little bit longer overall trailer and dove it. Mine is spec'd at 23+5.
     
  13. Hustler

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    I say dovetail it. You might not need it now, but in the future, you may need to haul something that will drag if its not dovetail. I have a 24' car hauler with a dove tail. I love it. I use it to tow Blazers, atv's and my race car that wouldn't be able to make it up without a dovetail.
     

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