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Need recommendation for minimalist tandem axle trailer to haul my jeep.....12 foot or so deck.
Love to find a goid used u-haul type or maybe aluminum.
Thoughts? Brands?

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These have a good rep.

Aluminum trailers


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thanks Sactoller ill look into them

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One thought, A 12 footer might be enough length to hold a Jeep, but doubt it will offer enough room to move the Jeep forward or backward to achieve the correct tongue weight. Too much is a pain, but not enough to negative tongue wt. can be down right exciting.

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16 foot


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Also, when it comes to AL and trailers, make sure the thing is a bit overbuilt for what you are looking to do. AL can work great and is low maintenance, but if it flexes under normal conditions, it will eventually crack and/or pop welds.

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Last year I had an Al ATV ramp break in half. It was rated for 50% more than anything I'd ever put on it. The welds held but the Al tubing just broke. I wouldn't trust it for rough roads.


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rough roads i got!
good advice, thanks

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16' minimum. I have an 18' open car hauler for the shop,and some of the cars I've hauled barely fit. Had a 1948 Lincoln V-12 Coupe on there (Took it to Highlands Motoring Festival for a friend) and it was slightly longer than the trailer. smile . Always get a little bigger than you think you need..............


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Originally Posted by badger
Always get a little bigger than you think you need..............

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Applies to trailers and shops especially!

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I always just flat towed mine. Why do you need a trailer?


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I’d get an 18 footer, have a 16, many times wished I’d gotten a longer one. I bought the 16, cause I have a 20’ gooseneck. My son in law has a my old 20 footer I built years ago. He won’t sell it back.

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Originally Posted by Reba
16 foot

Minimum, hell, I have a 12' trailer for 2 dirt bikes and their gear and wish I had gone 14'. You will always use up all the space you think you could get by with so I always tell people get 2 feet more. I learned my lesson.


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I have a heavy duty, well braced 12’ x 6’ wide single axle with 10 ply tires that I tow a 1992 Jeep Wrangler YJ with. 4.0 engine, 5 spd, hard top.

Backing it on the trailer leaves enough room to close the gate and the tongue weight is about right for a 2021 F-150 4x4 with the 5.0 engine. Pulling it straight ahead on the trailer puts too much tongue weight on it.

I’ve gotta say that this just happened to work out right for what I have. I do believe that a double axle 16’ would have been a better choice with lots more latitude for weight adjustments and placement.

Mine just happened to work out right by accident.

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Originally Posted by Houston_2
I have a heavy duty, well braced 12’ x 6’ wide single axle with 10 ply tires that I tow a 1992 Jeep Wrangler YJ with. 4.0 engine, 5 spd, hard top.

Backing it on the trailer leaves enough room to close the gate and the tongue weight is about right for a 2021 F-150 4x4 with the 5.0 engine. Pulling it straight ahead on the trailer puts too much tongue weight on it.

I’ve gotta say that this just happened to work out right for what I have. I do believe that a double axle 16’ would have been a better choice with lots more latitude for weight adjustments and placement.

Mine just happened to work out right by accident.

Famous last words regarding towing:

“I’m just going right down the road
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'Just going down the road' was what this guy in Idaho said last year when his trailer started to sway.

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Originally Posted by Rock Chuck
Originally Posted by Houston_2
I have a heavy duty, well braced 12’ x 6’ wide single axle with 10 ply tires that I tow a 1992 Jeep Wrangler YJ with. 4.0 engine, 5 spd, hard top.

Backing it on the trailer leaves enough room to close the gate and the tongue weight is about right for a 2021 F-150 4x4 with the 5.0 engine. Pulling it straight ahead on the trailer puts too much tongue weight on it.

I’ve gotta say that this just happened to work out right for what I have. I do believe that a double axle 16’ would have been a better choice with lots more latitude for weight adjustments and placement.

Mine just happened to work out right by accident.

Famous last words regarding towing:

“I’m just going right down the road
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'Just going down the road' was what this guy in Idaho said last year when his trailer started to sway.

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I’ve had two car haulers built. Told the builders to design it to accommodate my 1976 454 Suburban and go anywhere. Ended up with a 18 foot trailer with 3500 lb trailer brake axles both times. Never had a problem. Brother-in-law got the first one and used it commercially for several years, thieves got the second one out of my locked fenced storage area despite being jacked off the ground and having a tongue lock. Guess they really liked it.

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Originally Posted by Houston_2
I have a heavy duty, well braced 12’ x 6’ wide single axle with 10 ply tires that I tow a 1992 Jeep Wrangler YJ with. 4.0 engine, 5 spd, hard top.

Backing it on the trailer leaves enough room to close the gate and the tongue weight is about right for a 2021 F-150 4x4 with the 5.0 engine. Pulling it straight ahead on the trailer puts too much tongue weight on it.

I’ve gotta say that this just happened to work out right for what I have. I do believe that a double axle 16’ would have been a better choice with lots more latitude for weight adjustments and placement.

Mine just happened to work out right by accident.

Famous last words regarding towing:

“I’m just going right down the road”.
If that’s not some Joo schidt.






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