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Enclosed Trailer

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Ok. Looking for an enclosed trailer. Sure seems like alot of companies out there making them. The local guy carrys Carmate, but they seem like they are higher priced than some of the others. Looking for something to use mainly for taking stuff to camp. I want something at least 6x12 inside so that means I probably need a 7x14. This way I can take Kayaks and the JD Gator. Thinking about going with a #7000 GVWR. Any thoughts or recommendations?
 

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I have had a couple Interstate brand trailers. They have been pretty nice. 7x14 is what I currently have. For my use it is good size. If I were hauling a Gator or similar, I would not try to skimp on height. 7000# would likely be adequate for your described needs. My buddy hauls 3 quads in his 8x16. When they get quads, coolers, tools, gear, etc loaded, he says it is maxxed out. He wishes he went 10000#.

I still would like to switch over to enclosed trailers for our mowing crew. I am going with Stealth 20' using 10000# axle if I do. Undecided on 7' or 8'. 7' doesn't leave much room inside moving around a 60" mower deck. That could be an issue with a 7' width on your UTV.

They sell a ton out of FL and southern states. One of my subcontractors used these one season and sold them. They did not hold up to daily use for mowers. Ramps were tweaked. Rivets popped loose. Lights were hit or miss. He said it was not worth the savings. He wished he spent the extra grand or so the first time.
 

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Also- these things hold their value like crazy. You don't see many used ones. Those which are used are either clapped out or close to price of new. If you spend a little more on a solid brand name, this is good peace of mind. You won't (likely) lose a ton of money if you change your mind later and sell it or updgrade to a larger one.
 

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This is on my wishlist someday! Talk about a handy piece of equipment! Good luck in your search.

You don't roll through Athens on your way down, but it wouldn't be a bad trip if you wanted to go look at some trailers. These guys are growing like crazy and have a ton of trailers in their inventory. http://www.lancestrailersales.com/
 
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Also- these things hold their value like crazy. You don't see many used ones. Those which are used are either clapped out or close to price of new. If you spend a little more on a solid brand name, this is good peace of mind. You won't (likely) lose a ton of money if you change your mind later and sell it or updgrade to a larger one.

I have been looking for used and that is what I am finding out. I am not spending $2,500 on a trailer that is 15 years old and needs tires. If I don't run across a deal then I will probably buy local. The local place is a good dealership that will take care of you, so that is worth something as well. The Carmate trailers are better made then some of the others.
 
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This is on my wishlist someday! Talk about a handy piece of equipment! Good luck in your search.

You don't roll through Athens on your way down, but it wouldn't be a bad trip if you wanted to go look at some trailers. These guys are growing like crazy and have a ton of trailers in their inventory. http://www.lancestrailersales.com/
Thanks. Yes I think that it should be real handy especially with traveling to camp. Can also leave some stuff in it when we are down there as well.
 

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I use them. My 7x14 has an extra 2' in height which is handy. Get a V-nose if traveling much with it.

Hill Equipment by me is the cheapest in the State and he moves a huge volume of trailers. Easy to work with.

If I weren't buying my mobile kitchen I'd sell you mine cheap and upgrade to the contractor model.
 
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Also, Haulmarks are the industry standard. I also have used Pace, Journey and SDG. All good. They are pretty simple really. Dual 3500 axles are plenty for most. The upgrade to 5000 is pretty cheap considering.
 
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I have also owned a few, hands down my Wells Cargo was the best built. Like Bean said, v-nose is the way to go. Trailer brakes are also really nice. Watch the location of the axles on the trailer. I personally hate the light tongue, step in the back and the trailer tilts up...load something heavy and you have to load it in the middle or front. Not very convenient for heavy objects.
 
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Check with the dealer on what the rating is for the door for loading. I have barn doors because the weight rating was non-existent or way to low for anything big. I was going to use one to load smokers in but the ramp doors can't handle the weight. Most enclosed trailers have a 1,000# rated ramp doors.
 
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