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Old 09-02-2015, 08:13 AM   #1
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We have a Triumph Spitfire we would like to take it with us on trips with the motorhome. I have been looking at car haulers, but most of what I have found are huge car trailers that would be overkill. This car only weighs about 1600lbs and has a very narrow wheel track, so a lot of the car haulers won't work because the car won't fit on them without some major reconfiguration to the trailer. Also, ground clearance is about 4", which means longer ramps are needed or the trailer needs to be configured in some way to prevent the car from hanging up when loading and unloading.
I found a place that sells trailers for Smart Cars, looks like they might work, but the website is sketchy and does not have a lot of information, regarding price, options, dealers, etc.

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I'm wondering what others use and where they bought from, etc. Any information is appreciated!
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:48 AM   #2
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Trailers look pretty ordinary & you are right could not find a price.

I've been searching for a trailer to haul a small tractor.

Craigslist seems to be a good place using key words like car hauler, car trailer, utility trailer, with ramps, dovetail etc.

Most smaller single axle trailers will have axles up 3500 lbs, which should handle what you have (car + trailer weight). Also look for ones with brakes and if you want brake away system.

The other option is an enclosed trailer, your car is small enough to easily fit and it would keep the car clean while in transit.
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I also have a Spitfire (early 79). I think they can be towed 4 down. Have you looked into that possibility? I've towed mine a very short distance, but not behind the MH.
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I also have a Spitfire (early 79). I think they can be towed 4 down. Have you looked into that possibility? I've towed mine a very short distance, but not behind the MH.
Thanks for the reply. Ours is '73, first year of the 1500 engine. I think the Spitfire could be towed short distances, but no way would I want to try towing it 4 down at highway speeds for any length of time. Having rebuilt the axles twice and the differential I just don't think the car is robust enough for that. Also not sure how my overdrive would react. And it would require a custom bracket and a very deep hitch drop to work properly.
I also have a TR7, so buying a trailer to haul one or the other seems to make the most sense.
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A Spit and a TR7! They must keep you busy! Is the TR7 a convertible?
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Alum Trailer

When we owned the '05 Adventurer, we used an Aluma 7712H aluminum tilt bed trailer for our Smart. This trailer can easily handle your load. The tilt bed feature is great to have since it eliminates the need for ramps and heavy tail gates.

Do a search for Aluma and you will find their dealers. We used a dealer in North Texas.
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A Spit and a TR7! They must keep you busy! Is the TR7 a convertible?
Yes, it's a 1980, Spider edition. I enjoy working on them, although I have to admit it's a labor of love sometimes.
It would be nice to be able to take one or the other with us since so often when we travel we always end up in areas where it would fun to have the Spitfire. Usually lots of rural hilly roads or scenic drives.
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When we owned the '05 Adventurer, we used an Aluma 7712H aluminum tilt bed trailer for our Smart. This trailer can easily handle your load. The tilt bed feature is great to have since it eliminates the need for ramps and heavy tail gates.

Do a search for Aluma and you will find their dealers. We used a dealer in North Texas.
Yes, that's what I'm looking for! Thanks!
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Really as long as you look at tilt bed trailers the common car hauler would probably work. I''ve rented one a few times to bring home my catch of the day. They really make loading easy with the least amount of work.
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Yes, it's a 1980, Spider edition. I enjoy working on them, although I have to admit it's a labor of love sometimes.
It would be nice to be able to take one or the other with us since so often when we travel we always end up in areas where it would fun to have the Spitfire. Usually lots of rural hilly roads or scenic drives.
That Spitfire is "very Nice" a guy that owns one of those has got to be a pretty good mechanic/tech. The ones I was around , of those years, were "hands on", not for trouble free use.
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A place to look Aluma Trailers For Sale

Featherlite also makes some very nice trailers. http://www.featherlitespecialty.com/
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We have a Triumph Spitfire we would like to take it with us on trips with the motorhome. I have been looking at car haulers, but most of what I have found are huge car trailers that would be overkill. This car only weighs about 1600lbs and has a very narrow wheel track, so a lot of the car haulers won't work because the car won't fit on them without some major reconfiguration to the trailer. Also, ground clearance is about 4", which means longer ramps are needed or the trailer needs to be configured in some way to prevent the car from hanging up when loading and unloading.
I found a place that sells trailers for Smart Cars, looks like they might work, but the website is sketchy and does not have a lot of information, regarding price, options, dealers, etc.

SMART CAR TRAILERS, SMALL CAR TRAILER, AND UTILITY TRAILERS

I'm wondering what others use and where they bought from, etc. Any information is appreciated!
I own a Caterham super 7 and had the same American dilemma. "Go big or go home" I found a great builder on Vancouver Island, BC. The company is called Express Custom Mfg. They custom built me an all aluminum trailer. It is a twin axle one as well and tows so nice because of that. It weighs around 650-700 Lbs. And best of all. With the CAD exchange rate the trailer only cost me $2,600 and the cost of the trip to Parksville, BC. It meets US DOT specs and has the papers to show this. No import duties either.
Here is a link to my flickr page so you can see what a nice trailer it is. https://www.flickr.com/photos/130801546@N06/
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Nice trailer, and some great photography!
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I own a Caterham super 7 and had the same American dilemma. "Go big or go home" I found a great builder on Vancouver Island, BC. The company is called Express Custom Mfg. They custom built me an all aluminum trailer. It is a twin axle one as well and tows so nice because of that. It weighs around 650-700 Lbs. And best of all. With the CAD exchange rate the trailer only cost me $2,600 and the cost of the trip to Parksville, BC. It meets US DOT specs and has the papers to show this. No import duties either.
Here is a link to my flickr page so you can see what a nice trailer it is. https://www.flickr.com/photos/130801546@N06/
Very nice! Unfortunately the cost to drive to BC from Chicago would probably eat up any savings. However, my sister lives in Seattle, might be able to work something out where she buys and stores it until I get there next summer on our vacation that we have planned.
Beautiful cars and photography! I envy you guys in PNW.
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