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Old 02-20-2013, 10:35 PM   #1
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Car trailer: which brand

Not sure if this is the right place for this thread, but here goes. I have decided to take the plunge and purchase an enclosed car trailer. I am trying to decide between a 20' Haulmark Transport trailer and a 20' Wells Cargo Road Force Trailer. Both are extremely similar, both are the mid level trailer for their brand and are within $800 of each other, the Wells Cargo being the more expensive unit. One significant difference is the Wells Cargo is a 7000lbs trailer while the Haulmark is a 10000lbs trailer. I can't imagine towing anything that heavy as my car only weighs about 3000lbs.

Anybody have anything good or bad to say about them? Which one is better? That's the question I am really trying to find an answer to.
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Keep in mind about the 7000 and 10,000 pound ratings you must include the weight of the trailer in that. If the trailer weighs 2000-2500 pounds that leaves 4500-5000 left for cargo. I read your car weighs approx. 3000 but what if you upgrade car later and then maybe carry tools or such. Not that you will overload the lighter trailer but you will be close to the max. Just giving you something to think about.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:38 AM   #3
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An enclosed trailer is a great upgrade over an open trailer; security for the car and your stuff, and the car stays clean. I have never met anyone who would go back to an open trailer after using an enclosed version (unfortunately, I only have room in my driveway for an open trailer).

Both companies make good products. Unless you can really predict a need for the higher carrying capacity, I would choose the lighter trailer. This is still a popular size, and could easily be sold if the need arises. I know that lots of people believe "Bigger is better", but I'm not sure this is not always appropriate...

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Not sure if this is the right place for this thread, but here goes. I have decided to take the plunge and purchase an enclosed car trailer. I am trying to decide between a 20' Haulmark Transport trailer and a 20' Wells Cargo Road Force Trailer. Both are extremely similar, both are the mid level trailer for their brand and are within $800 of each other, the Wells Cargo being the more expensive unit. One significant difference is the Wells Cargo is a 7000lbs trailer while the Haulmark is a 10000lbs trailer. I can't imagine towing anything that heavy as my car only weighs about 3000lbs.

Anybody have anything good or bad to say about them? Which one is better? That's the question I am really trying to find an answer to.
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I found out today that haulmark owns wells cargo. The two trailers are the same except for GVW.
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:03 AM   #5
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What onechaddude said. 7000 GVWR will barely be enough for the car plus trailer weight. I would pay the bit extra to get the 10,000 pound GVWR. Brand doesn't matter. But get at least the mid-priced line. My CarMate 14' enclosed cargo trailer (motorcycle hauler) is top of the line with TorFlex axle/suspension, LED lights, and 7,000 pounds GVWR with ST225/75R15D tires (I replaced the tires with ST225/75R15E). Tows great with a Reese Strait-Line dual-cam WD hitch.

7,000 pounds GVWR requires only 205/75R14C tires, and that means you can count on tire trouble with a loaded trailer towed at highway speeds. Check the tire size that is on the trailer. Do not buy a cargo trailer with 14" tires/wheels.

Also look into Pace American enclosed car hauler or "race" trailer. With the mid-level Pursuit model, you have to go to 23'7" inside length to get GVWR of 9,500 pounds. With 19'7" inside length, you get 7,000 GVWR. But you'll probably enjoy that extra 4' of elbow room anyway.
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I hear you about the tires. I looked at a flat deck with 4 ply bias ply tires. Really made the tires crappy and the trailer cheap
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Toad: Flat deck car trailer hauling a 1932 ford tudor sedan
So instead of the famous Deuce Coupe, you invested in a tudor? What were you thinking?

Also look into CM trailers. In Texas and Oklahoma and probably elsewhere, that's an excellent product with lots of owners.

"AL AUTO EXPRESS BP
Aluminum exterior with steel frame bumper pull auto trailer

Available Sizes
Bumper pull, 20' x 8' width, w/2-5200# axle, 6-hole 15" tires and wheels "

One distributor of CM trailers is
http://bigtextrailers.com/#
(scroll down to the bottom and click on "cargo trailers"
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So instead of the famous Deuce Coupe, you invested in a tudor? What were you thinking?
Haha. Well the Tudor was less expensive and still a good investment. Plus I have two children....tough to bring them in a 3 or 5 window coupe. Yes I could have a rumble seat but then I'm limited to good weather.
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Brand doesn't really matter so much as how it is built. Nearly all of the good ones use Dexter axles or equivalent. Walls on 16 inch centers, triple channel tongue, 3/4 inch plywood floors, etc, etc. Just do some homework.

If you plan on having a car inside most of the time you tow it an escape side door is real handy if you have a wide car or may go to a wide car in the future.

If you are interested in one that is a couple of years old, my brother has a 20 footer for sale. Send me a PM and I can put you in touch with him.

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I believe it's just not the tires that are different but it's also the axles. The 10K trailer should come with six lug wheels while the the other may have five. Bigger brakes too on the 10K. Take it from someone who broke an axle last year on a lighter trailer, for a few bucks more go with the 10K,
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