Originally Posted by GlennLever
Options I would recommend would be ceiling braced and wired for a/c (very expensive to retro fit)
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.
Originally Posted by bullheaded
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.