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Old 09-04-2012, 02:10 PM
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gooseneck trailer options?

hey guys so ive a new project/hobby i'm going to be starting soon and will be in need of a trailer and i will want a gooseneck. i am going to be getting a wrangler and building a 4wheeling rig. i don't really know much about trailers and all the options that they have. i will want room for plenty of gear or possible room for 2 vehicles and room for some gear. i talked to a buddy of mine that owns a car carrier business and told me i'll probably not want to go any smaller than a 36'. what do you guys think? what other options so i consider? i will want a winch, and a solid deck such as wood so if i need a good place to work on the rig for what ever reason. also are there any companies that any of you guys suggest that are some what close to va. i am willing to drive to get the right trailer for the right price.

let me know please and if anything that you guys know of that i need to know or consider please tell me.

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Old 09-05-2012, 02:32 PM
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so i have been doing some more research and looking around and have another question. which axle configuration would be better for my needs.
- 2 single axles
- 3 single axles
- 2 dual axles
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Ive been pricing out trailers about the same size. I agree the 36 would be a minimum for 2 vehicles. As far as that being long enough for extra gear; figure out what all you want to carry and go from there. You could also put a deck on top of the gooseneck for more storage. Also try to get a close weight to what youll be towing and that will help you make a decision on axles. Ive heard tri axle trailers are tougher to make tight turns. I normally surf ebay to get different ideas of whats out there, if youre looking for a new trailer the Gator brand appeals to me but i dont have any personal experience.
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You have to consider that with tandem duals or triple singles you will be in a weight class requiring a CDL. Not sure if you have that or not.
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well been doing more reseach and what not and found to tow 2 jeeps like i plan on i will be good with a min deck of 30' and that will allow for room for space between vehicles and enough angle for straps to secure weight properly. but depending on how much gear i may need a little bigger. i'm most likely gonna go with just a set of single axles but i mean if i come across a trailer with a set of duals for the right price i'd hate to pass it up. as far as the CDL thing, just cause the trailer is rated for a weight that is in a CDL class do i have to have a CDL even if i don't tow that weight?
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Yes. They don't go by what it weighs but rather the gross combined weight rating of vehicle and trailer.
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Yep, it's what you can carry on the trailer not what you are carrying that requires a class A. There are some exceptions for personal use, RV endorsement in CA for trailers 10001-15000lbs, non commercial class A, etc. all states seem to be a bit different. I run a triple axle gooseneck and if I am loaded heavy it can require a few extra trys to get it turned but it's vary stable even with a SRW truck and a crosswind.
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Yep, it's what you can carry on the trailer not what you are carrying that requires a class A. There are some exceptions for personal use, RV endorsement in CA for trailers 10001-15000lbs, non commercial class A, etc. all states seem to be a bit different. I run a triple axle gooseneck and if I am loaded heavy it can require a few extra trys to get it turned but it's vary stable even with a SRW truck and a crosswind.
I'm glad to hear that, I have a OBS F250 and pull a 38ft triple axle enclosed that I will be pulling 2 cars in and was a little worried about stability.
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Well I talked to a buddy of mine that carries a cdl and sounds like if I stay under 26k rating I'm fine. I found a nice 30ft deck with 7ft upper deck set of dually axles for 5k. But sucks cause I'm not ready to buy yet.
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If it has two 10k lb axles, that is 20k plus 10k(ish) of the truck is 30k. Puts you over the 26k.
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