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Old 02-21-2019, 12:03 PM
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Need to tow the c5 to some out of town events. Would like to stay under loaded 7000lbs with car.
Who loves their trailer and wouldn't trade it?? Show me your trailer set up's!!
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Old 02-21-2019, 03:00 PM
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Old 02-21-2019, 03:02 PM
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I prefer a open deck trailer. Allows you to access things under the car if needed at the track like a mini lift. I'm using a simple dual axle dual electric brake open deck steel trailer with a 4ft-5ft dovetail. I forget the trailer brand.

Custom mounted a 12000lb Harbor Freight winch on the front and welded tabs to mount the re purposed fairleads from the winch on the frame to avoid the cable from catching the frame.
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I used a 'Sloans Kwik-Load' tilt deck/rollback trailer. It has a pretty clever design, makes loading and unloading a breeze. Also known as a 'Texas Rollback', just marginally more expensive than a regular fixed deck trailer.
Some A-hole stole it... I'll probably buy another as soon as I have a better place to keep it.
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I used a 'Sloans Kwik-Load' tilt deck/rollback trailer. It has a pretty clever design, makes loading and unloading a breeze. Also known as a 'Texas Rollback', just marginally more expensive than a regular fixed deck trailer.
Some A-hole stole it... I'll probably buy another as soon as I have a better place to keep it.
My last trailer was stolen too, I want to replace it but I'm at a loss of any better ways to secure it other than finding room to fit it in my shop.
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:09 PM
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For you guys who've had trailers stolen, did you have any type of wheel lock or coupler locks on?
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Old 02-21-2019, 05:17 PM
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i always have a hitch lock on mine.
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Old 02-21-2019, 10:34 PM
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For you guys who've had trailers stolen, did you have any type of wheel lock or coupler locks on?
Just had a pin style coupler lock, neighbor had a hitch ball style lock and had theirs stolen too. I think a crew just worked through our whole neighborhood over the course of a month.
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Mine was in an industrial compound, behind a locked gate, with the wheels chained.
Probably used a cordless angle grinder with a cutoff wheel... douchebag theif's best friend.
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Mine was in an industrial compound, behind a locked gate, with the wheels chained.
Probably used a cordless angle grinder with a cutoff wheel... douchebag theif's best friend.
I was going to joke earlier that I blame cheap LiON tools, everything I look at I can see how I can get through it with an angle grinder or a sawzall in about five minutes and a couple of blades.
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If someone wants something bad enough they will get it.
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Hitch lock means NOTHING to a douchebag with a repo wrecker...cops actually caught him going down the road!! And I got the trailer back! This was many moons ago and I've since gone to an enclosed trailer - which I LOVE - but that doesn't sound like that is what you want / need.

Sounds like Nowanker / Smitty have a good solution.
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Old 02-22-2019, 12:29 PM
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If getting something stolen is a possibility in your area, then I wouldn't dump a lot of money into a trailer.

I picked up my open center steel trailer for $1000 used, put maybe $500 into it between tires and a winch and new paint. If it gets stolen I'm not out $5000+ for a all aluminum Featherlite or these high tech tilting trailers lol. Would I want one? Yes, however I don't have the money or tow enough to justify one.
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yeah i once lost the key to my hitch lock. less than 15 seconds with an angle grinder/cutoff wheel and i had it off.
neighbors didnt even raise an eyebrow.
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Originally Posted by Ahrmasos14 View Post
Need to tow the c5 to some out of town events. Would like to stay under loaded 7000lbs with car.
Who loves their trailer and wouldn't trade it?? Show me your trailer set up's!!
Staying under 7,000 lbs. you probably want to go open deck which is what I did with my 1500. Pulled my 20' and race car beautifully. It was a perfect combo for driving to tracks where I was a day there and back. But I want to take longer trips with overnight stays. Not leaving my race car that doesn't lock and starts with the flip of a switch on an open trailer in a hotel parking lot. So I went and bought a diesel truck and enclosed trailer. If I had the room I would probably keep the open deck as well, but my driveway is only so big and my wife wants to park in the driveway again, haha.
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I have a solid deck which I didnít want at first. I wanted the open deck for the aforementioned reasons. But the deck has been nice as I have just jacked up the car while on it.

I am actually selling mine if youre interesred. In Los Angeles.
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Old 02-23-2019, 08:07 AM
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If you are handy, getting an open deck can allow you to inspect/work on the car when it's on there. PLUS you could custom make some angle brackets to bolt planks of wood in the middle to act as a solid deck if you want to haul couches/ATV or whatever you can think of. Then simply unbolt the planks when you are done.

However, an enclosed will do all that too but keep things dry LOL. I don't have the money or space or REAL reason for enclosed.

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A C5 can easily fit on a 16 ft trailer. I had a 16 ft wood bed utility trailer with a 3 ft dove tail that worked great with my C5. I had the dealer add a tire rack to the front along with some fiberglass panels that were riveted to the rack uprights to act as a wind screen. I also had the dealer make up a simple two piece ramp set that gave me a 10 ft long ramp when put together all of the ramp sections stored under the trailer. With 4 tires and the car with a full tank of gas on the trailer the loaded trailer weight came to 5600 lbs and I could get by with a 650 lb tongue weight. I used that Off Brand utility trailer that was made for commercial use for 23 years with no issues other than the normal maintenance items of tire replacement, bearing service and brake replacement as needed. I only replaced that trailer because it was about 3 inches too narrow for my C7Z. The front tires of the C7Z would fit between the fenders but only cleared by about an 1/8 inch on each side while the rear tires hung off the sides of the trailer on each side. Given the wood beaver tail dropped down between the trailer side rails that meant I had to place wood blocks on the beaver tail to fill the gap that occurred when the tire rode up the edge of the steel side and had 3 inches of air under it where the beaver tail wood was located. That was drove me to a new steel bed Big Tex trailer which other than fitting my new car was a far heavier and worse riding piece of equipment which required replacing the axles and one tire after two years of usage due to not being able to support 6600 pound total weight on a 7000 lb rated trailer. Oh, the other thing that happens is the 18 ft Big Tex trailer I have requires I have the C7Z rear wheels riding about a quarter way down the beaver tail to get the tongue weight down to a point I can actually carry with my tow vehicle without over loading the rear axle even with a weight distribution hitch. That leaves several ft of trailer space in front of the car that can't be used to store anything other than foam blocks that don't weigh anything so from a carrying capacity standpoint I am no better than my old 16 ft trailer.

What is interesting is I sold the old trailer to my next door neighbor and it is still going strong hauling his toys without any troubles. I think I would have been better off paying some shop to widen it.

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