Looking to buy a new car trailer from carson I need your opinion, should I get an 18' or 20'. I will be hauling a lifted TJ, I know that a 16' would be long enough but want some extra room and price difference is $100. Let me hear what you think.
Look at the other possible options - tie down points (on trailer deck or rails), location for tool chest/box (hold bottle jack, 4-way, straps, chain, wood blocks, gloves, flares, etc), spare tire and mounting location, adjustable tongue jack (swing-away or just crank), rub rails, led lights, fender lights (really necessary for night storing or seeing fenders in dark), radial trailer tires (new), axle capacity (3500 vs 5200), brakes on both or single axle(s), ball coupling type (bull dog vs ??) and size (2", 2-5/16"), hide-away ramps or stored on side, how ramps secure to trailer to load, how ramps are secured stored, dove tail, and finally wood deck vs steel.
For what's its worth, I have a 18' trailer with a 2" bull dog coupler, I added LED lights, upgraded 3500s to dual brakes 5200s, stepped up to 225 radial trailer tires, 2' dovetail, added my own tie downs (2 up front on rail/2 off center off steel dovetail), steel storage box up front on deck, added spare tire TJ carrier on side of it. It has a wood deck (cooler when laying on it in direct sun). The ramps are stored on side underneath.
For the difference in length, longer is better for the 2' difference.
97 TJ SE lifted, locked and rubbered for fun
94 YJ SE stock, 225s, Trail Tested
I have an 18 for mine and plenty of extra room BUT I'm going to add a 2' beaver tail to it for really no reason except to lower the loading on it so I can get shorter ramps and load lower cars (my trailer is kinda on the tall side)
Pic of my jeep on my 18'
03 Rubicon on 36's and LONGFIELD CV's
If you have a real short spot next to your garage where you can't get a decent sized trailer parked, it makes a lot of sense to get a short trailer. Otherwise, they don't ride as well, are more difficult to balance the rig on to get a good tongue weight, more difficult to get a good angle on the tie downs, no help for that quad that your buddy wants to bring, and are no good for hauling bigger junk.
So, you make your choice.
03 Rubicon; 99 xj with too much stuff to list; Unimog 406 (gone)
I have an 18' PJ dovetail trailer. 2" Bulldog coupler, ramps with locking side storage.
I love the dovetail (beaver tail?) because I can load the Jeep without using ramps. Plus, the dovetail and nice ramps make it very easy to haul non-lifted vehicles if need be.
I agree with all said by 'Jagular' in post #2!
I have almost identical 18' trailer, except for a 2 5/16" bulldog and a reonforced gate ramp.
Can't believe all things are equal for only $100.00 difference? So carefully study differences.
16" is ok but short. 18" allows for toolbox on front. 20" dovetail is ideal with large Jeep tires. 3", 5200 lb axles are a big plus..... and brakes on both axles are, IMO, much safer. I would only have Bulldog hitch. I too prefer wood deck and added my own tiedowns.
The difference between an 18 and 20 can be a lot of difference when considering maneuvering.
I once had a 20 foot and I usually had a lot of space left over on the deck. I went to a smaller trailer for the only reason of maneuvering. Backing in tight spots was a chore, and trying to get around in a café parking lot or motel parking lot was a PITA.
That said, between an 18 or 20, I would opt for the 18 ft.
I have used a 16 ft for years with my jeep. (photo attached) And I have a 2ft tool box as well. It all fits well and I am not crowed. The 16 foot is a lot easier to back into tight spots. By tight, I am talking about backing down a narrow ally and turning it into its spot. It gets down the road well too, I usually pull at Interstate speeds (75-80 here in Texas)
We all have to contend with the length of truck and trailer and always look for a larger parking lot and end up parking at the far end. That works for me, but sometime you don't get that choice. As well, parking lots and parking spaces are getting smaller and smaller.
I'm thinking about selling my 25' gooseneck for a 20' bumper pull. With a 20' you have just enough room to load a Razr and a crawler. Nothing wrong with an 18, but it's a little too small to double up like that (at least w/ an XP)
Not a great pic, but you can see my truck w/ the bumper pull trailer w/ a buggy and Razr loaded up on the way to Harlan. The big trailer in the pic is mine I'm thinking about downsizing.