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Old 03-15-2013, 10:14 PM   #1
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Why don't more DP's use enclosed trailers?

I am trying to make a decision on setting up a nice enclosed trailer painted to match my Discovery DP and I have to wonder why more people use the toad method rather than an enclosed trailer?
I have motorcycles we haul now in a smaller trailer and I was thinking of selling it and buying a larger trailer to haul our Explorer in the trailer when we don't take the bikes with us.
Can you guys tell me why I should not do this?
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:22 PM   #2
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In my case, it's about the weight. The toad is 500 pounds below the maximum hitch limit, so there is no way I can add the weight of a full trailer. Even if I could pull a trailer, I would then have to deal with a place to store it at home and on the road.
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:28 PM   #3
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With a trailer you now need to find room for the MH, the trailer and the car. Could be a PITA if the MH and trailer fit the site where does the car go?
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:39 PM   #4
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It's so simple to connect the tow car and go. Who wants to hook up a trailer, let the ramp down, drive in and strap/chain the car down, put up the ramp and go...? Not to mention, what do you do with the trailer when you're in a campground that doesn't have 70' pull-thru sites?
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Visualize it. You'll get the picture. 4-down is the way until they invent the flix capacitor.
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:53 PM   #6
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We always tow an enclosed trailer.

Usually filled with race car, scooter and tons of spares/tires/tools. Takes just a minute or two to hook up, and most importantly everything is out of sight and out of the weather. We never really go to commercial "Kampgrounds", but to race tracks and the desert. Both have plenty of room for us.

On our Winn. Journey, I had the hitch reinforced to handle 10,000 lb, and I'll do the same on our new coach.
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Visualize it. You'll get the picture. 4-down is the way until they invent the flix capacitor.
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I pull a 24ft enclosed trailer and haul my 1923 T bucket, so when we get where we want to go we can unload the Bucket and the people just can not help but look at what we are driving...........I pull with my 05 V10 HR, I have not had any trouble finding a pull through or Walmart parking lot so far...........In Alpine Tx. today for a 100 mile cruise in the Bucket.....Have Fun no mater what you drive or pull.............

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I tow an' ATC (great trailer BTW). We use an electric car to get around and it works great. At about 52' feet overall, length is no problem. The trailer also comes in handy for DW to store her treasures 'tll we get home...........mmmmmmmmmmm.
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Where I usually camp there would be no place to put a large trailer, seems like most people would be over the weight limit adding 3k pounds or more to the toad. I'll stick to four down.
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the term "needs and wants" sums it up for me
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To the OP. While you will look great going down the road. when it comes time to sell the trailer expect to take a huge hit because of the custom paint, BTDT. Expect to add 15 to 18% of the trailer weight to the hitch if the trailer is loaded right.
I pulled a 24' Featherlite with a 40' Marathon/Prevost for about seven years all over the lower 48. Only got hasseled one time in California for being over length. Since there was nothing I could do about it he just gave me warning. Weight was never an issue.
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There are a limited number of cars you can tow 4 down, so if you don't have one of these a dolly, flat bed or trailer is needed. Going that route you may as well enclose the trailer and throw in all the toys. I am currently at a park where the 3 vehicles close to me have enclosed trailers, although they have motorcycles and not cars in them. My wife has vetoed my getting one as we don't have anywhere to keep it at home.
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I have an enclosed trailer and a flatbed trailer. It depends on what we are doing as to which I use. I also have two of my vehicles setup to flat tow. If we are going out to play, I use the enclosed to haul whatever toys suit the trip. I seldom use the flatbed any more behind the motorhome, but do behind my truck for day trips. If we are going to travel, I flat tow. I don't want to deal with a trailer.
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