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post #1 of 15 Old 11-01-2008, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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How big of trailer to hual 2 jeeps

Ok...me and my dad are looking for a trailer....I have a XJ, he has a cj5

Mine is about 14.5 foot long(from winch to trailer hitch) and i have no idea what his is....

If WE get it them i guessing i would be buying it so i would like to be able to hual my xj and a TJ too or maybe even 2 xjs.

So how big of trailer do we need...Or better yet...what is the shortest one we can get away with? Even if the back end is hanging over some its not really going to matter as long as we can get the tires on the trailer right?

Also, is there anything we need to keep a eye out for when looking at used ones...Of course tires, then make sure everything works ok but what else?
i thing all goosenecks have breaks on both axles right?

Oh and if anyone has pics of a goosneck setup post them up!!!

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post #2 of 15 Old 11-01-2008, 07:23 AM
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30-32ft should work 34' would probably be ideal (better to have too much then not enough). Whats the tow rig?

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You would be surprised what you can fit. Your XJ is a little longer than my TJ, but you have way more overhang in the rear that could hang off the back.

Here's how we roll, and only behind a Cummins.... (btw, the red trailer is a 19+4, and the black is 20+5)


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Sorry...should've answered your other questions too... On trailers, look for loose suspension bushings, bad wheel bearings (both of which can be found by trying to rock or pull the trailer side-to-side). If you have a chance to "test-tow" it, pay close attention to the brake controller - how much voltage is necessary to "feel" the trailer brakes. Can you lock them up by manually actuating the brake controller? All indicative of the trailer brake condition.

As far as goosenecks and special things to look for, just check the goose iteself for any signs of cracking in the 90deg bends and where the goose attaches to the deck. I would think a 25+5 14k lb tandem would be ideal for you which retails about 4800 new. Don't expect to get a big price cut for used (cheapest you'll find is about 3000 unless it's homemade). Good luck!

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30-32ft should work 34' would probably be ideal (better to have too much then not enough). Whats the tow rig?

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You would be surprised what you can fit. Your XJ is a little longer than my TJ, but you have way more overhang in the rear that could hang off the back.

Here's how we roll, and only behind a Cummins.... (btw, the red trailer is a 19+4, and the black is 20+5)

So...we could fit a CJ5 and my xj on a 24 footer....But probally not a xj and a xj/tj
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Sorry...should've answered your other questions too... On trailers, look for loose suspension bushings, bad wheel bearings (both of which can be found by trying to rock or pull the trailer side-to-side). If you have a chance to "test-tow" it, pay close attention to the brake controller - how much voltage is necessary to "feel" the trailer brakes. Can you lock them up by manually actuating the brake controller? All indicative of the trailer brake condition.

As far as goosenecks and special things to look for, just check the goose iteself for any signs of cracking in the 90deg bends and where the goose attaches to the deck. I would think a 25+5 14k lb tandem would be ideal for you which retails about 4800 new. Don't expect to get a big price cut for used (cheapest you'll find is about 3000 unless it's homemade). Good luck!
well, the ones we have been looking at are low ones...like you drive between the fenders....I dont know if those are more or less $$ then the ones like you have....i think i would rather have one like yours....My xj is pretty wide...Like 83 or so...and it is TIGHT on most trailers going between the fenders....

We looked at one the other day that would about a 24-46 +2 It was a low style one and they wanted 6 for it. Then my dad seen one down south of town for 3 but he didnt know if it was long enough...(i havent seen this one yet)

Where are you finding them for 4800 NEW!?!?!
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Oh and i dont really know if i want one with a big dovetail....I think i would rather have one that sits up higher that wouldnt drag as much...

basicaly my ideal trailer is the black one in your pics..
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Ok....Well something funny just happend.....

My phone rings...its my dad
He says "is your jeep running" i said "maybe" hes like, "can you come pull me out of the swamp again" I said, Nope, you can sit there if your stupid enough to go in there again (just joking around and giving him a hard time) This is what happend when i had to pull him out of it last weekend




So he says come up to his house (he lives like 3-4 mins from me) So i go up there and there is a trailer in the drive!!

I forgot to grab the camera but i will get some pics later

Is a 2004 25' Load max
Its like 19.5 then the tail, i think he said it was like a 15k load, double axle, brakes on both axles, its pretty sweet. So we load the jeeps up and they BARELY fit. Mainly because it has ramps that fold up. So we are going to take them off and make us up some removable ones.

So i guess i dont need this thread anymore because he went out and bought one without me! (which is just fine)

But if anyone ha any tips for towing this beast or how to figure out the load or anything that woudl be great....We didnt have any straps so we could take it for a drive with them loaded but we will!

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Oh and i dont really know if i want one with a big dovetail....I think i would rather have one that sits up higher that wouldnt drag as much...

basicaly my ideal trailer is the black one in your pics..
The black one in the picture is a PJ with pop-up dovetail. As far as prices, Appalacian is the cheapest out there (3500 new for 25' 10k gvw or 4500 for 25' 14k gvw), but a lot of guys run them for occasional use with no problems:
http://www.appalachiantrailers.com/h...k-trailers.php

I run a Load Max, but PJ, CornPro, Moritz are all quality brands that hold up well, just a little pricier than the Appalacian.

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haha. that was fast. you won't be disappointed with the Load Trail (same thing as my Load Max). Just keep 'er between the lines!

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You can't really put an xj an a CJ on a 25 foot trailer. I have a 32 foot deck on my dovetail flatbed and I use all but two feet for an xj and a TJ. And, you gotta get in between the vehicles to tighten up straps and stuff. And you don't really want the vehicles touching each other. And, it is no more difficult to tow a 32 than a 25. And, the cost difference won't be much. So why even consider a 25. Just get the longer trailer and call it a day.



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post #14 of 15 Old 11-05-2008, 09:07 PM
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In my opinion a 34 footer would be a little heavy for a 3/4 ton. I have a 34 foot load max that I pull with an 01 dodge 3500 cummins HO with a six speed. With a cj7 and a tj on shes a little heavier than you would think. I can try to get pics if you like. From what i've heard Load max and PJ are made by brothers with shops across the street from each other. If you look close even the pin stripes are the same.
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34 would be too long for just those 2. Look at 26-30. I run a 38 and can carry 3 TJ, YJ, CJ's at once.


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