Open deck trailer advice

Discussion in 'Tow Rigs and Trailers' started by shocker998md, Oct 13, 2017.

  1. shocker998md

    shocker998md Well-Known Member

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    So I'm slowly looking for an open deck car trailer this year. I currently have a 28 foot enclosed that I'm keeping but would like an open deck for hauling trucks and taller things that I can't use my enclosed for.

    When buying my enclosed there were some learning lessons so I figured I'd ask here. I'll be towing with my 06 2500 ram and would like the trailer big enough to tow a four door diesel pickup. So what should I be looking for?
     
  2. jeepinmatt

    jeepinmatt Still Fat

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    8x20' (or 24') deckover full length hydraulic tilt with a winch on the front is about the most versatile thing I can think of. Easy for loading vehicles and equipment, running or disabled. But depending on how tall those things, are, you might be better off with a non-deckover.
     
  3. kbebs

    kbebs Well-Known Member

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    I towed all over the place with a 22' deck over tilt with 5200 axles. A 4door full size was a load on it (axles). My new trailer is also a 22' deck over but I went to 7k dexter axles. IF you are seriously planning on hauling a full size 4 door diesel on a regular basis, might want to consider a goose instead of a tag/frame mount. Especially since you will be towing with a srw truck. The two trailers:
     

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  4. shocker998md

    shocker998md Well-Known Member

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    I want the option to pull 4 door diesels incase people I know break down. So mostly project cars and the ability to tow lifted jeeps and such. My enclosed is nice but limits me.
     
  5. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    Your equipment/car trailers will generally have a deck height of 26" or so and will have 82"-ish between the fenders.

    Deckovers will be around 35" deck height and most are either 96 or 102" wide.

    Personally, I wouldn't have less than 7,000 lb axles. My next trailer will definitely have 17.5" tires/rims on it so I won't have to worry about them, heavier axles, bigger brakes, etc.

    I don't know if you've done a whole lot of looking or not, but for what most people seem to want for their 10 year old, slightly rusty trailer that needs tires and a few deck boards, I can have Kaufman build me a brand new one. So, keep that in mind.
     
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  6. shocker998md

    shocker998md Well-Known Member

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    Oh yea I played the used vs new with my enclosed so unless it's the deal of the year I'm buying new.
     
  7. XJfreakHO

    XJfreakHO Triad Trail Junkies

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    That's exactly what I did... That said, not overly happy with Kauffmans customer service. One of my tail lights fell out going down the highway. I called and got a voicemail. Few days later I get a voicemail saying "Hey man, we probably cut the hole too big, we will send you another tail light"
    And Im like... Please tell me how that is going to fix the oversized hole lol
     
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  8. VortecJeep

    VortecJeep Powered by Uranium-235

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    Tell those friends to get AAA.
     
  9. shocker998md

    shocker998md Well-Known Member

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    Shoot that's money in my pocket man
     
  10. LBarr2002

    LBarr2002 Well-Known Member

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    Must not be very good friends...
     
  11. XJfreakHO

    XJfreakHO Triad Trail Junkies

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    Truth. Something about profiting off friends has always rubbed me wrong. Cover fuel and dinner/beers lol
     
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  12. Croatan_Kid

    Croatan_Kid How's your hammer hangin'?

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    It's still trading currency for a service, just a different way.
     
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  13. CLRracer

    CLRracer Mopar Nut

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    If you get a trailer with flip up ramps, you will need at least a 20ft deck to fit a four door diesel, if not a 22ft. If you get one with slide in ramps or a tilt deck you could go shorter. My mega cab fit on my 18ft trailer but I had to strap the ramps up to the rear bumper. A bigger concern would be the axles and brakes as some have mentioned. I personally wouldn't buy a trailer big enough to haul an "in case" scenario. I'd buy a trailer that fit my needs, if it happened to be beneficial to my friends when their truck broke down so be it, if not I'll help in another way if I can.

    Duane
     
  14. Van-go

    Van-go Not an old man

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    Yep, I think my powerstroke measures around 21 feet long. I would want at least a 24 foot.
     
  15. Pennsylvaniaboy

    Pennsylvaniaboy Well-Known Member

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    deckover sucks IMO. I wish I had a lower deck.
     

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