Small inclosed trailer

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  1. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    Unfortunately Albuquerque is in the unenviable position of being the car theft capital of the U.S., so it's inhabitants are being extra-diligent these days. Even down here in Hooterville I keep my truck and trailer locked up in the shop, behind a locked gate, guarded by a dog and an armed unsympathetic Redneck that drinks.

    Back to your original question, while I do enjoy my 6x10 enclosed trailer it will affect MPG on the tow vehicle due to it's brick-like aerodynamics. It does on my Cummins Dodge, as much as pulling a 25ft. gooseneck does. Food for thought.
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  2. thegraydog

    thegraydog 2 wheels X 6 ways

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    Those newmessicans have a problem.
    I have pulled a 5x10 trailer one axle behind a Safari van for a decade. Things get crowded: two DS bikes or three trials bikes and gear stuffed in around. Brewtus is right; mileage drops to 14mpg, about what the big trucks gets with the big trailer. But it works better than the bike in the van, with more than one of me on board. Options...
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  3. North ride

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    Ya I hear you on the towing resistance That's why I'm going with a regular hight 5 wide and even with just light bikes I know it will pull harder then a open unit. If I was only using it locally I'd get a tall one. I like the lifting top trailer posted. But a goggle search seems too indicate it's a Aussie and euro thing so for me it would have too be a custom. I did find in the past pulling race cars that a full sized van pulled inclosed better with less effect on mileage then a pick up both with chev 350,s somthing too do with how the air came off the top of the van I guess.
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    Donner was known for other things than theft.
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  7. Brewtus

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    Not really a normal set up for me, but we had a 2 day with rain Friday and Sat. so I borrowed a 6 x 12...was nice to pull in Friday night and set up the cot and sleep in the dry. Tenting in the rain is no fun.
    My plan is to get a 7 x 12, bike across the back with bulk head to separate and to a simple build in the frt to sleep and shower

    I don't mind the drop in mileage with a trailer if it makes the trips more enjoyable. Besides the fact this is all small scale to me after desert racing (cars) and having a 38' motor home with 24' enclosed, full with race car, 2- 500cc dirt bikes to prerun and 20 spare tires/parts etc. Makes me love the simplicity of loading my bike and a few parts.....
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    Works for me.
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  10. Iffykid

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    Depends on how many bike(s) and where I am headed.

    Ford Transit Connect one or two inside short haul for the day or
    One on a hitch rack if traveling further and wanting to sleep in the back while enroute chained to the trailer hitch I am a rather light sleeper.
    Aluma 5X10X5 vnose will handle 3 bikes, Two forward riding normal and one facing backwards between the other two towards the back.
    I tried pulling a empty 6X12X6 Aluma and my little 4cyl would hardly pull it, The 5X10X5 drops my mileage from 28mpg down to about 20-23mpg running around 65mph.

    Presently looking at a Dodge ProMaster 136" low top which should allow me enough room inside for 2-3 bike and enough room sleep while loaded.
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  11. North ride

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    Cool any pics of the Transit-connect and trailer rig ? When down sizing out of the pick up I wanted a small trades van like the connect or promaster city. But the wife killed it for stupid practical reasons like it only having 2 seats and she was nervous about having too drive the panel van with just mirrors.
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    Tall trailer adds a lot more wind resistance, Look at 10K's above pic that trailer looks good behind the hightop conversion but can you imagine how much it would stick up above a mini.
    Some claim a enclosed trailer possibly being more efficient than a open trailer due to turbulence around the load.
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    I was looking for pics but could not find any< I have one of those practical wives as well and ended up with the Transit Connect Wagon removed rear seats and fold down the center seats when hauling trials bikes. This time I am buying the van that I want.:clap

    In a different thread "what do use to transport to events" or such somebody posted a Ford which was inbetween size of the
    Transit and Transit Connect 50mpg diesel don't know about Canada wish it was available in the U.S. may have been Euro only:dunno
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    I think we get the mid sized Ford here. Mercedes has a nice mid sized van too. I'm certainly looking forward too the van trailer combo for my mega road trip too BC and Alberta this summer. Emailed the trailer guys for quotes on 5x8 v nose barn rear door with side man door. In both steel and aluminum. The pick up had hardly any dry storage and couldn't sleep in it (single cab )
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    My Aluma all aluminum trailer was more expensive but the floor should not rot out like my wooden floor trailer CDX or whatever fancy name they have for the particle board floors, If I track mud and slop in the trailer I don't worry about taking the pressure washer to the floor.
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    There are also others that claim that with a enclosed trailer the frontal shape does not make any difference whether flat, round or vnosed and its all marketing hype:dunno:scratch
    I like my 5X10 vnose as it adds additional interior space but at the cost of losing exterior tongue space for mounting spare wheel, propane tank etc ect.
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  18. Norman Foley

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    Canada gets the the Transit Connect and Transit vans, not the midsize Transit Custom available in the EU.....
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    I recently spoke to a guy that got frustrated with the MPG loss with his flat-nosed enclosed trailer and sold it in favor of a V-nose. He noticed not one whit of difference in MPG, using the same tow vehicle (a 2500 4x4 Cummins Dodge). That changed my mind real quick about adding an aero bubble to the front of mine or selling in favor of a V-nose. If I do sell, it will be to upgrade to a 7x14 dual axle for more HEADROOM (I've bashed my head so many times... :bluduh).
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  20. North ride

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    Ya I'm not really up on Ford
    Product must just be the new connects are bigger then the old ones.
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