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Old 09-30-2002, 05:55 PM
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I will be purchasing a trailer to tow my Rubicon around, but want a trailer large enough to hold two full size utility quads. I have searched around this forum ragarding trailers, and have decided on a utility trailer (probably a Big Tex style, as they have a dealership nearby) because I will be using it for other things as well. I've been debating between 6.5'x10' or 5'x14'. Some people are saying that a 6.5' wide trailer is a pain to haul around, whereas others are saying that 14' long trailers are a pain. Any ideas out there? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 09-30-2002, 06:00 PM
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I have a 6.5x12 foot trailer, and it's easy to tow around. It holds three sport quads with no problems. I have a 2001 F-150 4x4 5.4L Auto....
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Old 09-30-2002, 07:19 PM
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I used to have a 6.5 X12 and pulled it with many trucks and cars. Get the extra width for help[ing to turn the quads sideways if needed. If going to go end to end measure them and get a trailer that length. It is easier to go end to end. But you can not haul that many, unless you go 8 ft wide.
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Old 09-30-2002, 09:39 PM
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a 10ft trailor will not hold 2 utes end to end. 6.5 wide will would be a good choice if you want to load them sideways.
Longer trailors are easier to manuver in reverse.

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Old 09-30-2002, 10:25 PM
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I have had a 8x12 trailer for several years. I agree that some of the shorter trailers are hard to back up, but anything can be done with patience and experience. Make sure you look the lot over good I was able to get my trailer cheaper because it was one that they were having trouble selling.
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Old 09-30-2002, 11:47 PM
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Hey guys, depending on your budget Triton makes an 7 x 12 alumnum with a sturdy gate thats great for two atv's and some extra room. A friend of mine just bought one for around 2000.00 , you get what you pay for, My self I just have custom built an 7'8 x 12 just for four atv's,but that's only if you have access to an fabricating shop and are able to weld good and have some DOT blueprints. Big Tex is an good trailor manufacture and they have some good designs. Shop around real good before you buy one ,and good luck!!!! later
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Old 10-01-2002, 11:59 AM
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if I had it to do over again, I'd have a 7 x 12 trailer, side load up front, gate in the rear, then you could load 2 utes easily..i have a 6'4" x 12' trailer that was made by a local welder, 15" tires, 3000 lb axle, drop gate on the rear, with a spare tire it was 735 bux..get the widest trailer you can, some states have a limit on how wide a trailer can be..also as far as insurance, the break over point is 12'..a 14' trailer is more $$$ to insure..the width of my trailer is about 3-4" short of being able to put the prarie in sideways, a beartracker fits ok sideways, & the prarie behind it..
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Old 10-01-2002, 01:15 PM
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Im running a 14x7 Pace American Enclosed. I am thinking of selling it. It is an awesome trailer length wise. We have already fit 2 sport quads and a Ute in their. 2 Sports sideways in the nose and the Ute drove on straight. We still had room for a generator, Air tank, tents, coolers, and tons of gear. It is definitly the way to go.

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Old 10-02-2002, 03:44 AM
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I have a 102 inch wide by 14 ft snowmobile trailer. I mounted a truck box on the front to hold gear and it holds 4 quads perfect no matter what they are. They have a ramp that slides under the back to pull out for loading. I use this trailer year round. Probably not a whole lot of snowmobile trailers down south though.[img]i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif[/img]
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Old 10-02-2002, 04:57 AM
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Ive got a 6x12 enclosed, and couldnt be happier. Holds a Scrambler and a Raptor, along with all the tools and a compressor. Side door opens into a 2'x5' closet w/shelves for a bunch of storage, and still plenty of storage on the racks above the quads.
The nicest thing,,, just roll em in and close the door,,,no tieing down.
I figure i could stand 3 quads on end if needed.

whatever you get,,,go large on the tire size,,,electric brakes never hurt,,,,and if its a flatbed, go with the wire mesh floor and drop gate (so easy to rinse mud thru).
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