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Old 04-04-2014, 11:25 PM   #477
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Old 04-08-2014, 02:34 PM   #478
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We recently traded in our old gasser for a new to us Mandalay 43C (measured length 44.5 feet) and I wanted to bring my golf cart with us when we start fulltiming in June, but being concerned for overall length pulling a trailer to carry the golf cart and our Saturn Vue I started to look into the Hydralift for the back of the MH to carry the cart and just pull the car flat as we usually do but after finding this thread I think the wife would be happy to see me save money (for once) and go ahead and get a trailer.

I am looking into a 28' 10k# trailer but the hitch on the MH calls for weight distribution for a 10k# trailer 1k# tongue weight. Since I was going to be fine hanging 1500# off the back of the MH with a Hydra lift and the golf cart seems to me I should be fine with 1000# tongue weight on the ball without a weight distribution receiver. If this is a rating for the hitch itself? can I get a heavier rated hitch or just get a weight distribution receiver and stop over thinking this.

Now that you may have had your trailers for a while is there anything you would do different if you had one built or what options did you get that were worth every penny (extended tongue, higher ceiling, escape door for getting in and out of your car easier)?

Thanks for any and all help.

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Old 04-08-2014, 09:48 PM   #479
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Be careful of trailers built in Ga. they are inexpensive for a reason, remember if it sounds to good to be true (price) it probably is.

Pace, Hallmark, Vintage, Continental Cargo, United are all good brand name (some may not be in business any more?) trailers with dealers nation wide. I currently own three trailers (Continental Cargo, United, and Vintage)

They all have different levels of finish (Continental Cargo (automaster top line) and Vintage (outlaw top line).

You need to do your research, then post your selection and if there is a problem I'm sure people will post their ideas.
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We recently traded in our old gasser for a new to us Mandalay 43C (measured length 44.5 feet) and I wanted to bring my golf cart with us when we start fulltiming in June, but being concerned for overall length pulling a trailer to carry the golf cart and our Saturn Vue I started to look into the Hydralift for the back of the MH to carry the cart and just pull the car flat as we usually do but after finding this thread I think the wife would be happy to see me save money (for once) and go ahead and get a trailer.

I am looking into a 28' 10k# trailer but the hitch on the MH calls for weight distribution for a 10k# trailer 1k# tongue weight. Since I was going to be fine hanging 1500# off the back of the MH with a Hydra lift and the golf cart seems to me I should be fine with 1000# tongue weight on the ball without a weight distribution receiver. If this is a rating for the hitch itself? can I get a heavier rated hitch or just get a weight distribution receiver and stop over thinking this.

Now that you may have had your trailers for a while is there anything you would do different if you had one built or what options did you get that were worth every penny (extended tongue, higher ceiling, escape door for getting in and out of your car easier)?

Thanks for any and all help.

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Options I would recommend would be ceiling braced and wired for a/c (very expensive to retro fit)

10,000 pound

Extended tongue

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Finished inside with cabinets

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We recently traded in our old gasser for a new to us Mandalay 43C (measured length 44.5 feet) and I wanted to bring my golf cart with us when we start fulltiming in June

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Have you considered trading the Saturn for a 1/2 ton pickup? When we were coming home from Phoenix last Nov, we maust have met 50 large high end MH's flat towing a 1/2 ton pickup with a golfcart in the bed. They were all headed to the Nascar race in Phoenix. Nearly all of them were towing new Chevy 1500's.
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That's what we are doing tow a half ton crew cab and put the golf cart in the bed
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Options I would recommend would be ceiling braced and wired for a/c (very expensive to retro fit)

10,000 pound

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Finished inside with cabinets

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One more is spread axles.
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One more is spread axles.
Good for towing stability and weight distribution, but the side effect is you scrub the tires when turning and the wear quicker.
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That is amazing. How many tires do you blow. I had a tri axle and I seem to loose a lot of tires on it compared to two (not hitting anything).

We need a picture of that both in the water doing it's thing and behind the MH.
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That is amazing. How many tires do you blow. I had a tri axle and I seem to loose a lot of tires on it compared to two (not hitting anything).

We need a picture of that both in the water doing it's thing and behind the MH.
I pulled it with this toter till it was sold and now with a GMC pickup. No pics of it on the water on this computer. 97 MPH w/34 pitch and 105 w/36's.
I carry two spares and can change in 15mins with the help of three 4x4's angle cut at each end used under the inflated tires on the problem side. Pressure Pro is a MUST!
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Options I would recommend would be ceiling braced and wired for a/c (very expensive to retro fit)

10,000 pound

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up grade tires and wheels

Finished inside with cabinets

16 inch on center everthing
I agree. I actually had the dual 7k pound axles added when I ordered our 2008 Haulmark Edge and glad I did as I am right at around 13k with the Harley, Jeep and all my tools loaded.

I also had some extra height added. I agree with having it wired for air conditioning, much cheaper when they are building it even if you don't end up putting one on for a few years.

I had the escape door (left side middle) on my last two trailers and didn't care for them like some people do. I did not get one on my new Haulmark Edge but rather installed a winch in the bottom of the front cabinet to pull a vehicle in if needed. So far with my Jeep I can squeeze out once pulled in but it is tight.

I can have my Jeep loaded and strapped down in about 10 minutes, not to bad of a deal but not as quick or convenient as flat towing.

I too would recommend getting the inside finished. My last two I finished myself and liked them much more than the plain jane plywood. This trailer I opted for the "race package" which consisted of white aluminum interior, L-shaped front cabinet/workbench and fluorescent lighting.

The extended tongue is a must with an RV as I have witnessed the ill-fated effects of a fellow RVer turning into his campsite and hitting a small dip.

The 16" centered construction is so much more stable and solid feeling than my last two which had 24" walls and 20" floor crossmembers.

I also had a couple of 500-watt halogen exterior lights added to the side for those late night wrenching duties but now that we don't race any longer I have found that they still come in handy at times.

I am not a fan of having the spare tire(s) mounted under the floor like many manufacturers have them. My last two were that way and I had to access my spare once and had to unload most of my sand toys on the side of the road to gain access. What a pain in the ass. On my current trailer I opted for no spare and once I received the trailer I fabricated a mounting bracket to place it on the front and purchased a nice looking "continental kit" for it. It looks great and doesn't detract from the trailer at all.

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One more is spread axles.
I almost went with the spread axle design in 2008 when I ordered our Edge but I was already at the high side of my budget.

I like the spreading of the load and really like the looks of them, however, I am not fond of the extra wear on the tires due to scrubbing in turns and the extra side load placed on the wheels, bearings and spindles. I am sure it is negligible but couldn't afford it anyway.

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Instead of triple axles I would recommend 2-7000-lb axles with 17.5 tires. Less tires to replace, the 17.5 is the absolute Cadillac for trailer tires and you won't end up fighting the Chinese-made 16" trailer radials.
Just an idea but that is what we have decided on for our 24' stacker.
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Noticed you put your Fiat 500 in your trailer. How long is your trailer and how do you secure it? Once you get it in the trailer do you climb out the back or through a window? We too have a Fiat 500 and are wondering the best way to bring it along. Thinking of enclosed trailer but come up with these questions! Thank you so much for any help you can give!!
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