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Old 08-11-2013, 05:20 PM   #1
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Buying a Trailer

Would like to know some reputable sources to help me find an "enclosed trailer" that can pull my Yukon XL.
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You are traveling down a tough road Curt. I went orginally looking for an enclosed trailer, but my Jeep was too tall for everyone I inquired about. Its the door height that is the problem, not the overall height. Suspect you will have the same problem. That is where you need to start, measure your vehicle height, then hit the internet. Think you will be surprised how expensive an enclose trailer will be to accomodate you vehicle.

Now maybe your vehicle is not that tall, in that case it will be very easy.

Think the standard door height is around 72" +/- an inch or two.

Good luck!
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You are traveling down a tough road Curt. I went orginally looking for an enclosed trailer, but my Jeep was too tall for everyone I inquired about. Its the door height that is the problem, not the overall height. Suspect you will have the same problem. That is where you need to start, measure your vehicle height, then hit the internet. Think you will be surprised how expensive an enclose trailer will be to accomodate you vehicle.

Now maybe your vehicle is not that tall, in that case it will be very easy.

Think the standard door height is around 72" +/- an inch or two.

Good luck!
Called Husky Cargo (just purchased Hurricane) -- they can build one to the specs i need for about 6K

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I would think a Yukon XL would be a tight fit in a enclosed trailer. Just make sure the trailer is rated for that much weight. I would guess the Yukon weighs about 6200 lbs (if it's a 2wd 1500 series) so you need at least a 10,000 lbs capacity trailer.

Most new trailer axles come with poor wheel bearings (On my current trailer those OEM bearings went bad in a couple thousand miles). I would start by replacing them with some good Timken bearings.
Make sure the tires are larger than the minimum required for the weight and that you are comfortable with the brand. Many trailer manufactures get really cheap tires that no one ever heard of. (Like the Freeway brand that were on mine that lasted about as long as the wheel bearings).
Get EZ Lube axles or some other easy way to grease the wheel bearings so you don't have to disassemble them so much.
At least one spare tire, two is better, mounted where you can get to them easily.
A tool box that will hold everything you need for replacing a tire with the trailer loaded and all the tie down equipment needed.
Brakes on both axles, can't have too much brake capacity.

Why an enclosed trailer? For half that price you can get an open trailer and it will be lighter and easier to deal with.
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I would think a Yukon XL would be a tight fit in a enclosed trailer. Just make sure the trailer is rated for that much weight. I would guess the Yukon weighs about 6200 lbs (if it's a 2wd 1500 series) so you need at least a 10,000 lbs capacity trailer.

Most new trailer axles come with poor wheel bearings (On my current trailer those OEM bearings went bad in a couple thousand miles). I would start by replacing them with some good Timken bearings.
Make sure the tires are larger than the minimum required for the weight and that you are comfortable with the brand. Many trailer manufactures get really cheap tires that no one ever heard of. (Like the Freeway brand that were on mine that lasted about as long as the wheel bearings).
Get EZ Lube axles or some other easy way to grease the wheel bearings so you don't have to disassemble them so much.
At least one spare tire, two is better, mounted where you can get to them easily.
A tool box that will hold everything you need for replacing a tire with the trailer loaded and all the tie down equipment needed.
Brakes on both axles, can't have too much brake capacity.

Why an enclosed trailer? For half that price you can get an open trailer and it will be lighter and easier to deal with.
Where would you suggest I could find a decent open air trailer manufacture for my 6800 lbs. vehicle under 6K dollars ?
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I can't tell you where to buy, but when I had mine built, I had them add beams length-wise to match the wheelbases of the two vehicles I intended to tow. I would also recommend not looking for the cheapest trailer. Look for something with a good structure. The company I dealt with will build to any length and height. For me, I wanted the trailer to haul my Jeep/rockcrawler and two motorcycles. I laid out the floor pan for that scenario and was able to fit it within a 22 foot floor. We also built it with 5200 pound axles with brakes on both. I had quite a few tie-down shackles installed for a variety of scenarios. For those in the So Cal area, I had my trailer built by Sport Trailers in San Bernardino. They are not cheap, but very well constructed.
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