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Unread 06-02-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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Jeep on Featherlite trailer?

I'm looking for a trailer for my jeep and though they are $$$ I'm considering a Featherlite 17.5' trailer because I like the low weight, ability to load low-clearance vehicles, construction and corrosion resistance.

I'm told that the clearance between the fenders is 79"... with my 12.5" tires on 3.6" backspaced wheels my width is about 75" or 76".

What say you? Is that cutting it too close? The trailer has a low toe-rail around the edge that I'm hoping will help keep the jeep centered.

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Unread 06-02-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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I like it, don't know squat about trailers, but if I were to get one, that's the route I'd go.
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I had one of the Featherlites for a few years. The guy I bought it from hauled a big tricked out JK on it and had boards for both sides to raise the tires above the aluminum rim they put around the edge of the trailer. I have normal width axles on my Tj with 33" and never had a problem with width without the boards. They are really nice trailers, but they are also pricey...
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Shouldn't be a problem at all. I have to be pretty accurate getting my ZJ (33s, 4" backspacing) on the hauler I use. It's about 3 inches wider than my rear width from tire to tire. 1.5" on each side.
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Damn, that's a nice trailer. I would love to have an aluminum trailer.

I have an 18' PJ dovetail trailer. Wood deck, steel frame.
I am sure it has about the same measurements in between the fender wells, 35x12.5x15 tires on 15x8 wheels with 3.75 backspacing. If I'm lucky enough to get it dead center on the trailer, I think have about 4 inches to spare on each side. No side rail lip either.

Don't let your friends know you have a car hauler. I have also hauled a buddies old '73 Dodge Charger, and his daughters dead Buick with it.

Best pic I got. I think you will be fine.

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Damn, that's a nice trailer. I would love to have an aluminum trailer.

I have an 18' PJ dovetail trailer. Wood deck, steel frame.
I am sure it has about the same measurements in between the fender wells, 35x12.5x15 tires on 15x8 wheels with 3.75 backspacing. If I'm lucky enough to get it dead center on the trailer, I think have about 4 inches to spare on each side. No side rail lip either.

Don't let your friends know you have a car hauler. I have also hauled a buddies old '73 Dodge Charger, and his daughters dead Buick with it.

Best pic I got. I think you will be fine.
That's a nice trailer... and I do think it's a bit wider as I see most PJs, Big Tex, Iron Eagle, etc. advertised as 84". BTW do you use a WD hitch setup with that camper? I am planning to set up to to the trailer with a hitch extension and my slide-in.

Hey TJDaveX... just noticed how similar our jeeps are!
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That's a nice trailer... and I do think it's a bit wider as I see most PJs, Big Tex, Iron Eagle, etc. advertised as 84". BTW do you use a WD hitch setup with that camper? I am planning to set up to to the trailer with a hitch extension and my slide-in.

Hey TJDaveX... just noticed how similar our jeeps are!
A couple buddies have long slide in campers and they use those super hitch extensions with the double 2" receivers. One even added two chains and tensioners from the hitch end to the back corners of the pickup for side to side stability.

I don't use a WD hitch. Just a regular hitch for both the motorhome and my old '94 F250. It tows great. Sure beats when I used to flat tow just for the piece of mind that if I break something, I can get it home. Plus the trailer comes in handy for other stuff too. Right now it's loaded with a bunch a lumber I picked up today for a deck project.

Good luck with your purchase.
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Waste of money, IMO. A couple of hundred pounds for thousand plus dollars. And if you really have to put a sedan up on it, a few 2x10's is all you need for any trailer.

PS: That 2" rail around the edge is not your friend.I can't count the reasons I would not want a trailer with a 2" by 1/4" rim around the perimeter.
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Waste of money, IMO. A couple of hundred pounds for thousand plus dollars. And if you really have to put a sedan up on it, a few 2x10's is all you need for any trailer.

PS: That 2" rail around the edge is not your friend.I can't count the reasons I would not want a trailer with a 2" by 1/4" rim around the perimeter.
I hear ya. The price certainly gives me pause too... easily 2x the cost of a steel trailer. They do seem to hold their value very well.

If you don't mind, can you list some of the reasons that you wouldn't want the rim? I have not owned a flatbed trailer.
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I hear ya. The price certainly gives me pause too... easily 2x the cost of a steel trailer. They do seem to hold their value very well.

If you don't mind, can you list some of the reasons that you wouldn't want the rim? I have not owned a flatbed trailer.
I like to sit on the edge of my trailer. Slide things off. Wrap straps and ropes over the sides. I trip on things. I like to hose the deck off and have the gravel and mud just blow off the sides.

I'm not saying that is not a beautiful trailer and if I had to park a trailer on grass in the eastern US for months on end, aluminum would be the cat's ***. (although you would still have to replace the rusty axles and brakes and stuff.

But, a steel trailer with a wood deck is what I have preferred. I did have a steel deck trailer but never an aluminum.
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That's a nice trailer... and I do think it's a bit wider as I see most PJs, Big Tex, Iron Eagle, etc. advertised as 84".
OCD kicks in and I had to go out back and measure my PJ trailer.

You are correct, my PJ measures 83" in between the fender wells. The same width as the entire deck. It is a bit wider than the Featherlite aluminum trailer.
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Unread 06-03-2012, 12:57 PM   #12
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Hmmm... those are good points and all things considered maybe I'm rethinking this.
Tough decision. As much as the quality of the Featherlite appeals to me perhaps it's back to the Iron Angle ..err... Iron Eagle.
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