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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-09-2001, 08:50 PM
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Best trailor to haul Jeep

Its finally time to carry my CJ7 from TX to CA. I have to buy a trailor to haul it -actually I will probably haul it everwhere on a trailor - What size/type etc. should I get? What is the perfect setup? Buy once and get it right!

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I'm using a MONGOOSE 16' and it works just fine. I'm in Texas and don't know if its a local brand or not.

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Be sure to get brakes on at least one axle and two if going into the mountains. Also get the 7000# axles.

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Get something bigger then you will ever need. Once you have it you can put some stake sides on it and haul anything with it. You will be surprised what you will move with it besides the jeep.

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The coolest one I've seen was a custom build.
Two steel U channels served as both frame and tire troughs.
These were wide enough for the CJ's BIG tires.
Near the front in these rails was a triangle bump stop that served as wheel chock behind the front wheels. Straps were brought from under these chocks, pulled over the front tires and cinched to a reciever at the front of the tire.
Two axel straps at the rear held it down.
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Now that I think about it - I would have had many a case of brew from LOTS of friends if I had a nice trailor. What about putting on a gang box and carring spares and tools etc?

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Mine is A PJ brand Made in OK. It is 16 foot tandem and it will hold 7000lb. I have had my 68 ford truck with a load of gravel on it (Damn ford can't even run long enough to go to the quary and back) I bought it used but the orignal owner got it from the factory and showed me the bill. He only paid 750 for it new....

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i run a 16ft with a dove tail and ramps on the back. my trailer is one of the best things i have ever bought because i use it for lots of stuff. just make sure and get one that is rated to carry the weight. i see people pulling jeeps on trailers that are not built for it. as someone else stated get brakes on it and if it doesn't come with them go and buy a good set of 6 or 8 ply trailer tires. car radials don't cut it.

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i have a 18' Gator-Tuff. it is 16' with a 2' dovetail. ramps slide in underneath. i bolted a PLASTIC tool box for a full-size truck bed to the front for straps and chains. the reason for the plastic is it gets run into all the time! aluminum would be destroyed. its an excellent trailer, pulls great, well-built (i have run over the fenders numerous times). i have a buddy with a Haul-Mark and he loves it too. it is worth spending the extra $$ and getting something thats well built and pulls well. just my $0.02. you can email me if you have any ?? also, i have a Drawtite Activator II brake controller and absolutely love it! i can't stand to pull with anything else now. hope this helps! matt

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<font color=purple>I have a 16' Nike that pulls real nice. Looking back, here's what I did right when I bought it:

Electric brakes on both axles
Wrap-around tongue
Extra stake pockets
81" width between wheelwells

Here's what I should have done in addition:
treated or metal floor (original untreated floor bit the dust in 3 years)
2' dovetail (when loading cars, they scrape when you first hit the ramps)
ramps that slide & stow underneath
At least "c" range tires (they're on there now)
Possibly heavier axles (mine are 3500# each)
heavier tongue (mine's rated for 5k)
fold-up jack - or a fixed one that tucks up REAL tight (within the first month of my owning this trailer, I had banged the original jack enough times to render it inoperable).


When evaluating a trailer, keep an eye out for obvious flaws. One of the most flagrant I see all the time is that when building the trailer, they just lay the wiring over the crossmembers & then plop the floor on top. When you tow the trailer home, the lights work fine. First time you put a load on it, the wires short out & you have to rewire the whole thing. If you see any trailers like this where you plan to buy, go elsewhere. More than likely, there's a lot more wrong with it than just that.</font color=purple>

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