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Old 12-03-2015, 07:37 AM   #1
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We need to take a car with us for our outing this weekend. I figure I will just strap the DW's Audi to my equipment trailer and drag it behind the truck. However,this has really gotten our wheels turning on a car hauler or stacker trailer.

When we did our first test drive in this truck it had an enormous 31' stacker attached. You could not tell it was there, until the salesman started negotiating intersections. I think that a 31 footer is too big for us.

What are your thoughts on length, maneuverability, over length towing, and last, but not leastÖhow do you exit a midsize SUV once it is loaded? It seems the door would hit the wall. Thanks
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Old 12-03-2015, 12:28 PM   #2
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Petrel,

I have looked into all these ideas and a stacker is going to be more trouble than it is worth if you ask me. Now I tow a Jeep Liberty behind my tc and it a sweet deal!!! I have pulled trailers for most of my driving life and towing with a blue ox tow bar is the way to go. But I want to take more! I want my jeep, the harley and a small fishing boat to florida this winter. The only way I know to do that and spend thousands is to tow my tag along behind the jeep behind the tc.....Will that work, I believe so, how big a pain I don't know. I have tried to think about how it would work and I would have to stay on interstates, truck stops and rest areas. But with a range of over 800 miles and all interstates till I am close to the camp grounds sounds doable.
My tag a long is 8' and I am planning on building a rack above it for the boat. The harley will be on the deck under the boat rack. The liberty is around 13' throw in the tow bar, tongue length etc I am pushing 60'. 10' less that a stacker with my tc.
I am open for opinions and ideas

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Sam,
Here is an idea for you. Saw a guy with this couple months ago. He pulls behind is MH drives his car up under the boat.
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petrel,
I pull my Ford F150 behind me with a Blue OX tow bar. Follows very nice, easy to hook and unhook. Best of all I can also take along my golf cart when I want.
The down side is you cannot back up towing four down. In five years I only had to unhook twice because I messed up.

Thought about both a trailer and or stacker trailer also. For me for now I rather pull the Ford. No place for me to park a trailer at home anyways.
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Blue Ox doesn't offer a baseplate for my pickup. They offered to fabricate a custom baseplate, but the cost and their requirement that I leave the rig with them for a week made that unrealistic at this point. Plus going to that trouble to drag a nearly 20year old truck down the road might be impractical. A truck upgrade in the future will definitely get me going four down. In the meantime, I am still interested in learning the ins and outs of stackers or enclosed car haulers.
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that great set up, my boat is a alum. Flat bottom,lol. i have seen on line great stacking open trailer like the picture. it was hyd. And really kool set upbut was not in my price range.there are so many ways of doing this, all you need is time and an idea. I also have a tandum axle trailer that is 16' the jeep will fit but not the jeep and the harley together. I have thought about adding a drop tail tomake itlong enough for both on the trailer deck.
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I have done both flat-towing and using a std open car trailer. Flat is better since once you get where you are get to where you are going you do not have the trailer to deal with. Second the slight PITA for not being able to really back up with tow bar, a trailer can be backed up. I have backed up with tow bar a short distance (10 ft or less) when near straight, absolutely forget it when turned.

The trailer is good for my hot rods that are not set up for flat-towing, but it takes more time to hook up trailer, load car on trailer, tie down car; and then repeat once you are at destination. Open trailer much easier than enclosed.

As to getting out, your option is climb out window or back hatch/doors. *Some* enclosed trailers have the mid-door so you can get out easier. Most racers with enclosed use a winch to pull the car up into position. You could do similar although a bit harder to kick the front tires to adjust position on your SUV.

To me a dolly is useless. Only good if vehicle is fwd and can't back them up either. All of my cars have rwd, so either car trailer or flat-tow for me.
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no fan of dolly's or even (open) trailer towing if were camping or traveling for vacation etc
dolly's and trailers are just one more thing to service and worry w/ and you can't dolly tow a jeep wrangler (not that you'd want to).

i can't tow my electronic shift on the fly (ESOF) 4x4 ford (f350) because theres no way to disengage the transfer case....GMC has a button (pushing) sequence that allows you to disengage the transfer case so you can flat to their 3/4 & 1 ton pick up trucks.

theres a couple different MFG's of those stacker trailers now -

sport trailers inc and BUILT RITE was another one but i can't find their web page anymore....heres a picture of a Built Rite one that we saw several years ago.



just do what John (on this forum) does....double tow...



or i guess you could do this....

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we'll stick to this....



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I pull a 24' enclosed. Love it. Total length of trailer from ball to back is 31'. We have a winch to pull the race car in which makes it much easier than climbing out the door or window. But often I just drive my regular car in and squeeze out. I'd love a bail-out side door. Don't know if it's worth adding to my trailer. Ours has a v-nose which is great for more space for junk. I'm 68' total. Never had a problem.

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