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Old 02-05-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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enclosed trailer

does any one tow a small enclosed trailer? say 5x8 give or take . Im thinking of getting one to haul may motorcycle, or our scooters maybe quad etc. Im thinking enclosed would be better for long trips, but maybe more of pain in a camp ground, also how well do they tow, just want to get your pros and cons iv had reg utility trailers but never a enclosed one, or used one, they look like it would be a pain to load, but nice to get the weather out and peeking eyes.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:28 PM   #2
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I have an enclosed trailer for my Scout troop. Double axle and tows like a dream.

An enclosed trailer allows you to take smaller stuff (tool box, etc.) that you would not put on a open trailer. Also you can lock up the enclosed trailer so all your stuff is safe.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:33 PM   #3
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gbstewart, My best friend and I share the towing of an enclosed trailer. It is a 8 x 12 ft with a ramp door on the rear to load our motorcycles. The trailer has dual axles and tows like a dream. In my opinion enclosed is the only way to go. If your in a campground and want to go someplace for dinner you can feel safe that the bikes are locked up and out of any weather. We are in the process of selling our scooters, so I need to sell the trailer now. If your interested PM me and maybe we can swing a deal. I live in California near Disneyland.

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Hi gbstewart,
I did have 21' v nose box trailer that I loaded with a Harley Ultra Classic and a Screaming Eagle Roadking trike and it pulled Like it wasn't even there.I believe the v-nose is the best choice because of the wind resistance.JMO.Good Luck And Many Safe and Happy Travels
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Here's what we tow our motorcycles in. Click on the picture for a larger view.



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Old 02-10-2013, 05:53 PM   #6
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Trailers with a motorcycle inside are easy towing! Get one with a ramp door though to make loading and unloading easier.
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:47 PM   #7
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Two full size motorcycles in 6x12 enclosed stagger them two chocks 8 straps wife and I load in just a few minutes. Still room for spare tire and large tool box in front. We went with barn doors still can use trailer for other hauling. Pallets etc. have ramp slide put on fold and instant ramp. Plan it all put tie downs chocks in correct place we use ratchet tie downs in front n back. Never a problem.
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I pull a 24' enclosed trailer with side ramp door in front in order to load Harley Road Glide up front and leaves room for one of my vehicles in the rear ramp door. I use a Condor wheel chock for the Harley.

I would only do a 102" width trailer if you think you will ever put a vehicle in it. It can be difficult to secure the vehicle with minumum width allowances, but if only a bike, I would at least do 8' width so you can put bikes in next to one another or stagger. Primarily to allow most flexibility for tongue weight issues. I have to load some items backwards depending on combination to keep weight off the nose. Side ramp door comes in real handy for this also versus attempting to push a bike backward up hill.

You didn't state what you are using to pull it with, but I would buy as much trailer as you can pull, the reason I say it my first trailer wasn't tall enough for my Escalade, so I re-ordered with additional foot clearance on the rear door. I still am not as tall as my Motorhome, so you don't even know it is back there.

Campgrounds have not been a problem for me, but it does make parking lots a little tricky sometimes, but the trade off for having vehicles, especially the bike inside out of elements, the safety of the items inside with all locks keyed alike for ease of ingress and egress. The other issue is storage, I keep both in a underground humidity controlled limestone cave, so they charge me for the 2nd item. But my vehicles are never exposed to elements unless I am using them.

I love that I have both 12v lights and 110 lights for loading ect, 3 E track in floor for flexibility of various vehicles or multiple bikes, hidden in floor storage for spare, and prewired for roof ac/heat. I have used the trailer as extra area for 3 queen size air mattress for NASCAR race weekend for extra beds.

I also did torsion axles and can't believe how well it tows. Nothing is bouncing around inside the trailer, but you MUST be careful not to put one of the axles up on a curb.

Biggest con I have is when I need to take coach for service I miss having a vehicle I can tow 4 down with tow bar, I used to have the flexibility for both but I don't currently which I will remedy at some point. But I didn't want to double tow and towing 4 down didn't allow me to take my bike also. I am leaving Wednesday for Austin, TX taking the Road Glide and vehicle to do some Hill Country riding.

I would carefully look at weight, as you want to make sure your axles on the trailer are sufficient for whatever possibility you may want to do, heavy duty breaks on the trailer (both axles), and GCVW for your motorhome. I also purchased a trailer tongue scale to check the trailer tongue weight.

Good luck, but keep in mind everything is about trade offs and compromises.
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I can't figure out how to edit my comments above, I meant to say "brakes" not breaks in my post. Didn't want to sound like I didn't know the proper word. I thought we could go back and edit our posts, apparently that has changed.
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I tow a 5x8 with a V Nose and a ramp door. Only holds one motorcycle, but that's enough for me.

Had an open trailer for a while, but the bike got filthy back there and there was always the issue of tampering etc with the bike out in the open.

Also, here is an advantage you may not have thought of. We're All The Gear All the Time riders, so two pair of padded riding pants, two jackets, two helmets, two pair of padded gloves and two pair of boots take up a lot of room in the coach. With the trailer, we hang everything on the wall in the trailer, saving a ton of room in the coach. There's room for other stuff too, and sometimes we carry our tandem racing bicycle back there too.

My motorhome is a small A (16,000) pounds but the addition of the trailer doesn't affect it much. In fact, if it's not too hilly, it actually gets better gas mileage with the trailer. Probably due to the trailer smoothing out the turbulent air flow off the back of the coach. Kamm Effect for the engineers out there.

Backing, however, is a nightmare. Long tow vehicle, short trailer makes it really tough. Pull thru sites are almost a necessity.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:53 AM   #12
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I tow a 5x8 with a V Nose and a ramp door. Only holds one motorcycle, but that's enough for me.

Had an open trailer for a while, but the bike got filthy back there and there was always the issue of tampering etc with the bike out in the open.

Also, here is an advantage you may not have thought of. We're All The Gear All the Time riders, so two pair of padded riding pants, two jackets, two helmets, two pair of padded gloves and two pair of boots take up a lot of room in the coach. With the trailer, we hang everything on the wall in the trailer, saving a ton of room in the coach. There's room for other stuff too, and sometimes we carry our tandem racing bicycle back there too.

My motorhome is a small A (16,000) pounds but the addition of the trailer doesn't affect it much. In fact, if it's not too hilly, it actually gets better gas mileage with the trailer. Probably due to the trailer smoothing out the turbulent air flow off the back of the coach. Kamm Effect for the engineers out there.

Backing, however, is a nightmare. Long tow vehicle, short trailer makes it really tough. Pull thru sites are almost a necessity.
thank you for the info(and everone else) thats about the size Im looking at, 5x10,or8, not sure if i want the v-nose I would like the extra room of the flat nose, the ramp door would be great, but how well does it hold up with all the wear and tear? I was thinking of the double barn door type and useing a ramp. we have 5x10 at work single door and its all twisted doesnt close well, just like to hear your opinion ,

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Towed mine w ramp door 10000 miles to Alaska and back. No problems, still square. No doubt there are poorly built units out there though that wouldn't do that well.
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Towed mine w ramp door 10000 miles to Alaska and back. No problems, still square. No doubt there are poorly built units out there though that wouldn't do that well.
may I ask what brand you have? and is it a v-nose?
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