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Old 06-05-2014, 09:05 AM   #1
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24 ' trailer??

we are looking for a trailer to put our jeep grand Cherokee in.Do we need a v-nose and extend tongue? We have a 40' monaco 10,000 lbs .What do other people use? We want to be safe,there is electric brake on the m/h already.
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Old 06-05-2014, 09:10 AM   #2
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Nope, any old trailer will do just fine. We use a 24ft Aluma trailer to haul our Jeep, great trailer. You can save a lot of money going with a steel trailer vs an aluminum one, like half. Just make sure you get decent axle sizes, not too close to what you need. We have 2-4800 lbs axels on ours, which works out perfect.

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we are looking for a trailer to put our jeep grand Cherokee in.Do we need a v-nose and extend tongue?
You definitely want a weight-distributing (WD) hitch with excellent sway control for any trailer that will gross more than 5,000 pounds. So be certain any trailer you buy can have a Reese Strait-Line or Equal-I-Zer hitch installed on the tongue of the trailer. Some V-nose and U-nose trailers cannot have one of the good WD hitches installed because the front of the trailer body covers up the A-frame where the WD and sway control components need to be installed. Darling Daughter bought a U-nose horse trailer and was very unhappy that she couldn't install the Strait-Line hitch she had already bought for that trailer.

So if you decide on a V-nose or U-nose enclosed car hauler trailer, I would insist that the trailer retailer install the WD hitch of your choice as part of the deal to buy the trailer.

Here's my WD hitch of choice for less than $1,000. There are a couple of better WD hitches available, but they cost over $2,000.
Strait-Line Weight Distribution System w Sway Control - Trunnion Bar - max 1,200 lbs Tongue weight, RP66084

A V-nose car hauler is not required, but they do have somewhat less aerodynamic drag than a flat-nose enclosed car hauler. But the ability to install a WD hitch is a lot more important for the long haul than the aerodynamics of the trailer.
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we are looking for a trailer to put our jeep grand Cherokee in.Do we need a v-nose and extend tongue? We have a 40' monaco 10,000 lbs .What do other people use? We want to be safe,there is electric brake on the m/h already.
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V nose is not required, but does provide some additional inside storage.

Extended Tongue probably, purpose of extended tongue is for tight cornering so you don't get your coach into the trailer.

Previous responses on axles is very important, I would also make sure both axles on trailer has heavy duty brakes.

If enclosed trailer, I would make sure rear ramp door is reinforced for the weight of heaviest vehicle you will put in the trailer. I didn't reinforce my first trailer ramp door (didn't know better) and it bowed, flexed, and squealed!

My current trailer I had entire floor and ramp door reinforced. I would also verify door opening for height, my Denali would not fit through the first trailer. I added 12" of height on my 2nd trailer.

My coach is 13'2", sort of wished I would have went taller actually, but 12" is more than sufficient for any of my vehicles.

If you are purchasing new, I would really think how you might use it and accessorize it on front end and don't buy the cheapest trailer, quality really does vary on trailers.

I wished I would have insulated my trailer from the mfg, instead I did it after the fact, has made a huge difference in the integrity of trailer, especially the roof not rattling in the wind, and much cooler inside. Mine is roughed in for roof air/heat with 30 amp power, with light options etc.

I also put in 3 full length 'E' track plus 'D' rings, I put various motorcycles in mine on occasion, various vehicles, etc. Flexibility is very important for me.

I'm not qualified on the weight distributing topic, but I would make sure one fits in case you do want to use one. I have been told I don't need weight distributing because of the air bags, but I do use one. I definitely would want the sway control. I don't need either on my coach, but when I pull with my Escalade I really need it, especially the sway control.

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Get a V nose. Just, ..... yes.
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I do like the 'V' nose, it just depends on how you will use your trailer.
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