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Chrisw
03-15-2014, 08:54 AM
So the time has come for me to get a trailer to tow the car to the track. The changes this off season (full cage, etc) make it dangerous to drive to the track... nevermind all the stuff I take with me.

I have been looking at flatdecks, tilt decks, and encloseds (although encloseds are a little on the pricey end). What does everyone here use? How does it work? Any regrets when buying it?

I was looking at a 20' tilt deck as I found one on sale. It seems like a decent idea... I would put a winch on it so I could load the car that way. It would be nice and easy, even if I wreck the car at the track. The one issue I see is that I would want to build a tire rack at the front of the trailer which probably shouldn't happen with a tilt deck :S

I mean a tire rack like this:
http://gallery.rennlist.com/albums/albuq84/DSC08660.sized.jpg

heychris
03-15-2014, 10:42 AM
I would go enclosed for a couple of reasons...

.If your car is nice it'll stay that way (no stone chips etc)

It's easier to take tools and spares to the track.

You can lock your stuff up at the track

And lastly, they are easy to attach a canopy to and you can go inside them to escape heat/sun, weather etc

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wolfpack
03-15-2014, 10:46 AM
I have been using a tilt trailer for about a year now... I keep my car obnoxiously low and was not feeling some of these ramp setups people use to load their cars up. :facepalm: I was patient and kept my eye on all the local classifieds. Sure enough, a single-car tilt trailer with a toolbox and winch popped up on Craigslist for $2500. I rushed over, cash in hand, to make sure I got it before anyone else! It's been a LIFE SAVER. I can get up and down the trailer with no ramps, the winch has come in handy as well. :keke: I got an MX Speedloader. Easy to use, very solid, a little heavy so it pulls nice (not much bouncing around). Only downside I have seen so far is that the hydraulic jack for the trailer needs to be serviced. Don't rush into buying a trailer, it is a piece of equipment you will likely hang on to for a long time. Save up your cash, lay back, and wait for the right deal to come around. Good luck!

lewisfk
03-15-2014, 12:34 PM
I have an open car hauler 22 ft in length. It carries 5500 pounds, it weights under 2200 lbs. If I could do it over again I would by an enclosed trailer do to thieves and the extra storage space. Make sure you get a winch setup for what style trailer you decide to buy. Your winch should be able to pull 2 times the weight of your car, some say 3 times the weight. I have 5k winch for 2200 lbs car.

sleepyS14se
03-17-2014, 03:41 PM
i used an open. "dove tail" trailer.

If you have high dollar stuff i would recommend a enclosed trailer.

BossHogg
06-10-2014, 03:38 PM
old thread yea yea.

could always go with this and look baller lol.

watch?v=Ikzm_4Adz3U

Nissansota240
06-11-2014, 05:09 PM
Right now I switch between towing with a open trailer and a 26' enclosed. Love the enclosed, everything stays, dry, locked up, and out of sight. But right now am trying to find a low deck 2 car goose neck trailer to replace it with. Pulling an enclosed with a gas truck gets expensive, and would rather split fuel with my buddy cruising to events in the diesel.

pitchlock
10-12-2014, 03:20 PM
18' ranger dovetail 2 axle open deck electric brake ect. It's a great trailer when you're ballin on a budget.

lusos
08-06-2015, 08:25 AM
Me and my dad go cheap and use Uhaul behind our flatbed dually. It's only $150 a weekend and if you're doing a handful of track days per year then it's worth it. However, we plan on moving up to a 16" dovetail at the end of this year. We have been steadily racking up miles with the Uhaul and the more and more we use it, the more sense it makes to buy our own trailer.

The ultimate trailer would be a 16-18" enclosed with an air conditioner on the roof. That way you can unload the car, plug into the track hookups, and sleep on a cot in the [air conditioned] trailer instead of a tent or expensive hotel room.

DJ PoW
08-06-2015, 02:53 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v367/billedoc/10649598_10201669853228587_6177970426557698440_n_z ps4pbqp5ox.jpg

I vote for enclosed... This is my trailer set up and god is it a life saver. If you're gonna get an enclosed trailer make sure you currently have a truck that can tow and slow it down safely!

DJ PoW
08-06-2015, 02:54 PM
Me and my dad go cheap and use Uhaul behind our flatbed dually. It's only $150 a weekend and if you're doing a handful of track days per year then it's worth it. However, we plan on moving up to a 16" dovetail at the end of this year. We have been steadily racking up miles with the Uhaul and the more and more we use it, the more sense it makes to buy our own trailer.

The ultimate trailer would be a 16-18" enclosed with an air conditioner on the roof. That way you can unload the car, plug into the track hookups, and sleep on a cot in the [air conditioned] trailer instead of a tent or expensive hotel room.

No way a 16-18" enclosed is enough! I have a 24" and it's way to small. Trust me when I say this.. :D

Hatemy7
08-06-2015, 02:58 PM
UHAUL my ninja

lusos
08-07-2015, 07:01 AM
No way a 16-18" enclosed is enough! I have a 24" and it's way to small. Trust me when I say this.. :D

Haha for sure.


As far as end-to-end length for the Nissan, what kind of room do you have? I've considered a 16' but I don't know if that's going to be too short for pulling the S13. I've got a flatbed dually so I can stack the rest of my gear in there, so extra storage isn't an issue.

Nissansota240
08-07-2015, 11:56 AM
http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc362/Nissansota/Final%20Bout%202014/IMG_20140829_074152_628_zpsbb8c9a05.jpg (http://s1208.photobucket.com/user/Nissansota/media/Final%20Bout%202014/IMG_20140829_074152_628_zpsbb8c9a05.jpg.html)

WhyWontitStart
08-15-2015, 01:42 AM
I've got a cheap ass 16 foot open trailer I picked up on craigslist while going to pick up a car. Made my money back 16 times over!

Sleepy_Steve
09-15-2015, 09:31 AM
+1 for the cheap ass 16 foot open trailer. I got mine for $800, replaced an axle, have to replace lights now and then, and rent it out to drift friends for $80 / weekend which basically covers my maintenance cost on lights, wiring, and hubs / bearings wearing out.

Pics'

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Hardrvin
10-11-2015, 12:44 AM
I vote for enclosed... This is my trailer set up and god is it a life saver. If you're gonna get an enclosed trailer make sure you currently have a truck that can tow and slow it down safely!

This guy is right. Enclosed is great for having spares, storing the car, staying out of the rain and more. But yes, requires a ton more truck. It's not the weight but the wind drag is terrible. I had a gas 460 pulling mine originally and it couldn't do over 65moh and got 5.5 mpg. Switched to Cummins diesel and never looked back. Too much truck is never a bad thing when towing.

giaouary
01-02-2016, 03:58 AM
Switched to Cummins diesel and never looked back. Too much truck is never a bad thing when towing.http://bit.ly/1XE6jnX

C-unit
01-03-2016, 10:14 PM
U haul...we usually rent it for the trackday but probably looking for an enclosed. Just parking is expensive living in Vancouver.

And if I have to do it again, I would not lift my truck and put 37s...

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sharpe_corners
01-08-2016, 08:04 PM
3500 6L Gas 06' Savana , Converted into semi cargo, redid everything. Take it everywhere. Trailer is custom, painted to match the truck, which matches the car.

I went with a gas vehicle due to repair costs and the reasonable fuel mileage I get towing, about 13-15mpg.
A duramax savana, passenger van is $$$$$$$$$ and I picked this up , wrecked for a deal and restored the mechanicals and painted it up. Figured ill fleece myself at the gas pumps and fix it for nothing, then save a little, and spend a fortune when it breaks, typically in the middle of nowhere where id have to pay some bozo to fix it.

The trailer I bought second hand, it was built about 15 yrs ago, using chrysler hubs. Has hydraulic surge brakes, which I would like to not have, but it was cheap. It was made specifically for small storage space, that HAD to move a S13 (guy raced on dirt).

I changed it up, LEDs, underglow , nice wheels, etc ...because I am a ricer like that.

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Mr.Carnage
01-09-2016, 12:01 AM
8x18 Foot trailer. Skyline fits and then I have enough room for my race ramps to sit in the front of the trailer.

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