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MattB
09-17-2007, 11:04 AM
Any good places to look for a car trailer? Open trailer, nothing fancy.

ianacole
09-17-2007, 11:24 AM
Here's an open one for sale - looks nice:

http://www.rmcb5.com/forums/index.php/topic,6290.0.html

Snymo
09-17-2007, 11:51 AM
Lots of trailers here: http://www.nasaforums.com/viewforum.php?f=33

Rick

BADVENM
09-17-2007, 12:00 PM
MHISSTC may know of one, I ask him.

MattB
09-17-2007, 12:16 PM
Here's an open one for sale - looks nice:

http://www.rmcb5.com/forums/index.php/topic,6290.0.html

Yep, saw that one and its under consideration. Just want to see whats out there and what would be a good fit.

MHISSTC
09-17-2007, 06:01 PM
I didn't buy anything from them, but Trailer Source, Inc. (http://www.trailersourceinc.com/index.html) in Wheat Ridge and Erie provided me with some good information and might be a good place to start looking. When I was gazing around the paddock at the NASA events, it seems a lot of the Colorado NASA folks have made purchases from them.

A 16 foot open trailer would work well with your Corvette, but no matter what you get you will probably have to make some custom wooden ramp extensions to avoid contact between the underside of the bumper cover and the factory trailer ramps.

CMC#35
09-17-2007, 06:36 PM
If you have a car with low clearance, you will probably find that "standard" ramps are not long enough: they will be too steep when connected to the trailer. Hence the comments about needing "custom wood extensions", etc.

When I bought my (open) trailer, the guy provided 10' ramps, because he had a money-back guarantee on his trailers, and he figured 7' ramps would not work.

Caveat: I will most likely be selling my open trailer after this season, so I guess this could be seen as a commercial, but that is not my intent.

Rather, I watch all the people who either (a) raise the rear end of their tow vehicle, or (b) use some kind of ramp extender/etc, and I worry. I've seen truck rear ends fall of 'risers', and wood blocks not really work. If you're going to spend money on a trailer for your track/race car, then for heaven's sake, add a few $$ if necessary to get the correct ramps.

Thanks for listening.

-chris

MHISSTC
09-17-2007, 07:01 PM
Exactamundo.

Extra long ramps, if that's the setup you choose to go with, sounds like a better alternative to homemade extensions.

Matt probably had other things on his mind at MAM, but if you remember, there was a Corvette guy there who had, shall I say, a "less than ideal", ramp and homemade extensions setup. When he hit the ramps the whole ramp...trailer...extensions...truck conglomerate bounced, causing his ramps to become detached from the trailer as his car was mid-way up the ramps. A corvette high centered over the rear edge of a trailer is not a pretty sight. Luckily there was no damage done and he was able to get things back in order with a little assistance.

...I watch all the people who either (a) raise the rear end of their tow vehicle, or (b) use some kind of ramp extender/etc, and I worry. I've seen truck rear ends fall of 'risers', and wood blocks not really work. If you're going to spend money on a trailer for your track/race car, then for heaven's sake, add a few $$ if necessary to get the correct ramps.

BADVENM
09-17-2007, 08:10 PM
I bought mine from a trailer place in Castle Rock. I dont think they sell the H&H Speedloader MX brand I have anymore. The fenders had enough clearance for the doors on my Viper to open with no problem. I use/used a 2x10 piece of wood one each side when loading the Viper and SRT Ram so the chin wouldnt rub on the bottom of the trailer. I think I have an 18 foot open trailer.

MattB
09-18-2007, 09:58 AM
Exactamundo.

Extra long ramps, if that's the setup you choose to go with, sounds like a better alternative to homemade extensions.

Matt probably had other things on his mind at MAM, but if you remember, there was a Corvette guy there who had, shall I say, a "less than ideal", ramp and homemade extensions setup. When he hit the ramps the whole ramp...trailer...extensions...truck conglomerate bounced, causing his ramps to become detached from the trailer as his car was mid-way up the ramps. A corvette high centered over the rear edge of a trailer is not a pretty sight. Luckily there was no damage done and he was able to get things back in order with a little assistance.

Yep, saw that. He said it wasn't the first time it happened. :eek:

When we pushed mine up on Lee's trailer it did not have any clearance issues, he has a dove tail, but then I had to climb out the window LOL...

Any opinions on a open pit vs. a full deck trailer?

Snymo
09-18-2007, 10:17 AM
Matt,

Here's the trailer I have:
http://www.bri-mar.com/trailerdetail.php?modelsid=15&categorysid=4

The reason we got this one is that with the open pit it's a little lighter and if you need to work on the car you can just drive/pull it up and get under it. This one is 18' which means we could get the car on and we built a tire rack on the front. The other nice thing about this one is the fenders are removalbe. There are two screw nobs at the rear of the fenders and when they are removed it will pivot forward and out of the way, so you can load a car and open the door. We've had this one for almost 7 years and it's been around the country a couple of times.

Rick

MattB
09-18-2007, 11:01 AM
Rick thanks for the reply, I was thinking the exact same thing. The open pit could be very handy. Do you think 16ft is too small? There is one at NHT in Strasburg...
But, its not like I need one today LOL, I could see if they could get the 18ft one...

From this link, 16ft looks a little small...
http://www.hhtrailer.com/viewtrailer.asp?id=311

Snymo
09-18-2007, 11:27 AM
Matt,

Well, 16ft is going to be a tight, but it depends on what you want. A 2000 Corvette was 179.7" long which is just under 15'. That means you will have a small overhang in the front and back. If you have a pickup/SUV to put all your stuff (parts, jack, wheels/tires, driving gear) then you might be fine with the 16' model. However, the 18' will give you a little extra room that you might need sometime, especially if you have a smaller tow vehicle. When we got our trailer it wasn't much more for the 18' model and it was worth the extra $$$.

Rick

postman
09-20-2007, 10:29 AM
got mine @ trailer source. they were good to deal with.

removable fenders are a nice option. they make it more likely that you'll be able to open your doors while on the trailer.

for ramp extensions, i used these (4.5' x 8"):
http://www.raceramps.com/store/shopexd.asp?id=73
they work great.