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Unread 05-03-2012, 11:43 AM   #1
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18ft or 20ft trailer

I am about to purchase a trailer to haul my crawler on. I will be towing with a 2010 Suburban with 5.3 liter, heavy duty towing pkg, 3.42 gear ratio, rear diff locker. My question is whether to purchase a 18ft or 20ft carhauler. There is only a 50lb difference in trailer weight. My Suburban is about 18ft in length. "?"

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Unread 05-03-2012, 11:45 AM   #2
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at that point im inclined to say it doesnt really matter, i personally would go with the 20 just for the extra 2 feet of toolbox room
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Unread 05-03-2012, 11:47 AM   #3
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Thinking the same thing^
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Unread 05-03-2012, 11:48 AM   #4
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i have an 18 footer right now that we're working on selling for a longer trailer, its just not quite big enough
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Unread 05-03-2012, 12:25 PM   #5
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Unread 05-03-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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20' is a nice size. As mentioned, you have extra room for a toolbox or maybe even an ATV on the front.
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Unread 05-03-2012, 01:42 PM   #7
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What's the price diff? I went with an 18' because the 20' was $400 more. I am going to mount a large cargo box on the front of the trailer in front of the deck.
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Unread 05-03-2012, 02:34 PM   #8
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20ft is only about $150 more, so i think i will go that route. I can always mount a tool box on the front or carry a four wheeler.
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Unread 05-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #9
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I'd go 20' if I were you.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 05:16 PM   #10
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I just bought an 18' suretrac to tow my ZJ, it fits with plenty of room to spare. I'm towing it behind my Yukon XL which tows it great but turning the thing around requires about an acre, I can see where the extra room for tools and stuff would be nice, but seriously how much more room do you need with a suburban and 18' of trailer?
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Unread 05-16-2012, 11:59 AM   #11
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One thing to keep in mind is gross weight. Typical car haulers in 16,18, or 20', are sitting on a pair of 3500 pound axles which totals up to a gross weight rating of 7000 pounds (this rating is for the combined weight of the trailer and cargo). If you estimate trailer weight around 2000lbs that leaves you 5000lbs for cargo. My jeep TJ weighs in around 4500lbs with all the armor lift tires etc leaving me 500lbs. I let a friend use my trailer to pull his LJ and he was over weight by about 200lbs. I haul mine on a 16' and have no need for anything bigger. But if you need a 18-20' make sure you get one with a higher weight rating other wise there's no way you can put a jeep and atv on and be legal. I know some will say they do it all the time and have never had a problem but to me that still doesn't make it safe. Also the heavier rated trailers have not only stronger axles and springs but they also run a higher load range tire.
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Unread 05-16-2012, 12:53 PM   #12
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^ I agree completely, its fine to run heavier than rated out to the dump or across town every once in a while, but if you arent careful then your stuck in Gallup NM getting a welding shop to charge you a lot of money to reattach your spring shackle lol.
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Unread 06-02-2012, 08:24 PM   #13
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My new toy hauler!

Performance 20ft x 83in wide w/ dovetail, dual 5200lb axles w/ electric brakes on one axle, 6 inch steel frame, 2 5/16 bulldog coulper and 16 inch wheels. Trailer tows well behind the Chevy Sub.


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Unread 06-03-2012, 08:10 AM   #14
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Very nice.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 10:54 AM   #15
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very nice looking trailer. 10,000+ capacity ought to do it!
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