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One of my old sponsors new karters saw my trailer pics and made me an offer I might not be able to refuse....here is my delemna (sp?)

 

The trailer I have will fit my car, but leave almost NO room for the generator, tools, spares, etc. It is 16'. I really dont have much more room in my driveway for a longer trailer... I could maybe go to a 20', but I doubt I could fit a 22 or 24.....

 

I really like haveing the enclosed with Air at the track, I spend a ton of time in it when I am wrenching.....good stereo, DVD, bed, etc......

 

What do you guys think is the best setup.........

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There are lots of varied opinions on this topic. I look forward to the rest of the thread. For myself I just bought a 20 ft enclosed trailer and my decision was made primarily because of my tow vehicle. I have an Expedition and I was afraid its wheel base was too short to pull a longer trailer and I don't want to own a bigger truck.

 

I have no clue where I'm going to store it .

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Considering many of us carry EVERYTHING we have inside the car, perhaps you could store so larger, quick in and out items inside the race car when towing? It really does hold a lot of stuff, wheels, coolers, spare bins, tool boxes etc. etc. If room is the issue, consider the "inside" of the 944 as more storage room?

 

P.Dilly.

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Except that the great advantage of having a trailer is that you don't have to unload all of the junk from the car. Just roll it out and you're ready to go.

 

I guess you're not considering a new/dedicated tow vehicle like a van or old ambulance that could double as storage space?

 

We've used this for the past 2 years since we had three cars:

 

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But we're going to sell it since we're down to one car and another occasional car. It is just overkill for a single compact car, but the stepvan has all the amenities like air compressor, generator, dual AC, stereo and enough floor space to sleep 3.

 

For a single car, personally I think the ideal setup would be an Econoline van and a single car trailer. The van can securely house all of your stuff and you'll save a bunch over an enclosed trailer.

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It actually isn't so bad. It is about $175 in gas on a round trip to Buttonwillow, so with three cars gas is less than $60 each, which is pretty close to what most people single towing spend anyway. It seems to get the same mileage whether there's one or all three cars on the trailer. Although we have sometimes used just the tow dolly to drag one car and that is better mileage.

 

I think the low mileage is based on its terrible aerodynamics, not weight. After all it was made for city deliveries, not freeway cruising.

 

I've taken her to Sears before with three cars and filling the 60 gallon tank on the way out was a fair chunk of change. But two tankfuls got me home, so most of the time is just driving.

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I thought about an open trailer but I would have to store that too. So I opted for the enclosed trailer that will act as a mobile garage for my car, tires, etc. It gets all my race stuff out of my garage which makes my wife happy, and we all know how important it is to keep the women happy.

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I am actually thinking of selling my 24ft enclosed Wells Cargo trailer....if anyone is interested let me know.

 

Many of you have seen it in person and I will be at the Buttonwillow race on the 13th and 14th.

 

I love having an enclosed trailer, but I am bouncing around some other options.

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This is my set-up

 

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I use a open utility trailer I converted to race trailer.

 

The tire rack is great load 8 tires.

 

The truck is 99 dodge 2500 8.0L V10. Quad cab short bed.

 

It tows like champ (can't tell car is even there) and gets 10 mpg in town towing and about 9.5 on the highway 70-80 mph (WTF... with the 55 cali towing limit )

 

Anyway the contractor shell is really nice since it has a tool box the left side and full bed width door on the right side allowing easy access. Plus it is very secure.

 

My wife and I just did a show for her business in Denver this weekend. We took that truck with all of her show materials and product. Got 11 MPG all the way averaging 80 MPH all the way. It was quite comfortable for 12 hr drive. Man yesterday. Got up a 5am. Hit the road in Denver at 5:30 am. Got home to anthem at 6pm. Long haul.

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... on the highway 70-80 mph (WTF... with the 55 cali towing limit )

 

... averaging 80 MPH all the way.

 

I'm starting to see a theme, is this why you are so fast on the track?

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Hey Speed limit is 75 on the rural hwy's in arizona. So going 70-80 is just fine and legal.

 

Now that I have moved I touch 80 mph each day in my 944 daily driver on the way to and from work!

 

I do slow to 70 once I hit town.

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Joe,

 

That is a great set-up!!

 

Now, can you call my wife and tell her I need to put all my tools, etc in the back of her new Navigator??? (my tow vehicle??)

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