Originally Posted by MoparToYou
Does that fold up ramp cause enough wind resistence to effect fuel mileage on your tow vehicle?
It does add enough wind resistance that towing the bike and trailer back from NM (1500 miles) I only got about 25mpg, verses around 35 mpg going down to NM empty (no trailer). I bought the trailer in New Mexico, so I have no idea what the mileage would have been with the trailer empty.
The gate can be folded down flat against the bed (resting on the bed). The ramp, for my intended usage, is basically pointless - i don't need it, but the trailer came with it.
I would have liked to have hauled the bike home with the rear tire resting on the ramp laid flat, but I pretty much knew the weight of the bike would have tweaked the ramp. The ramp doesn't actually totally rest on the bed... it's about 3/4" above the deck, and then there's some rubber spacers bolted to the ramp.
Originally Posted by MoparToYou
So what have you done to outfit your trailer? What tie down points have you done, what gas can mounts, spare tire mounts, etc., have you added?
The spare tire is mounted to the tongue, but is removed in the photo above to make way for the wheel chock for the bike. Wheel chock on the tongue was just a temporary setup to get the bike home. I'm using a Pingel removable chock, which was bolted to a 2x12, and the 2x12 was attached to the tongue using the u-bolt that was holding the spare tire in place.
This by no means is meant to be an "expedition" class trailer, but will serve the purpose of being a multipurpose trailer for the Jeep and the car shown above. I really didn't need a trailer with an 8' bed because I have a 6x10 Wells Cargo trailer that serves as a lumber hauler when hauling things such as plywood and other long stuff.
No gas can mounts - I actually had thought about adding gas can mounting spots, but could should the need arise.
Tie Down details coming further along in the write up, but I used L track from www.rbcomponents.com
L track is what is seen in the photo above.
I waffled for about a month trying to decide which trailer to get.
The three choices were:
1. cheap bolt together from HF (Harbor freight) with 12" tires and wheels
2. 4x6 Carry On trailer with expanded steel mesh flooring from Lowe's or Tractor Supply. The version TS sold didn't have the tail gate/ramp and reduced the price some, but the nearest TS was about 3 hours or so away from my stopping point in Albuquerque, NM, so getting one would have burned up about 2/3 of the day.
3. The Aluminum one by Aluma KLM.
Things that I considered during the decision process:
Expanded steel floor - not much good for hauling things like grass clippings, and a pain to keep rust free here in the Pacific North Wet region (where it rains 7 months of the year). Actually it would be a maintenance chore keeping the entire trailer looking decent, not just the floor. (but the side rails won't really contain many grass clippings either, so a tarp will be used to contain them)
Steel trailer - heavy. most of my towing will likely be behind the Aveo, which can't tow much, but the way I looked at it, 1 passenger, some gear, a trailer and bike wouldn't be much different that toting around a driver and 4 passengers when you consider the weight involved... obviously the weight is in a different place and considerations about that have to be made when driving.
HF bolt together, well not really maintenance free considering it's bolted together, and they only make em in 4x8. and you have to buy a sheet of plywood to make a floor for it which adds more weight and cost.... and then what happens to plywood in the PNW rain?
the above were both leaf spring suspension - bouncy when empty, BUT they have more ground clearance because they sit higher.
I HATE RUST!
The Aluma trailer looked very nice, butit was expensive. I liked the way the ramp was angled out when stowed on the Aluma, and that you can lay the ramp down on the deck. The Carry On trailer's ramp stowed vertical and would have to be removed to haul a bike because the bike hangs out beyond the end of the trailer, which would mean the bike would prevent the ramp from being stowed, that's why i considered the non ramp version from TS.
The Aluma has rubber torsion suspension (softer ride <good>, lower ride height <bad> ).
The Aluma eventually won out over the others because of being non rusting, the nice ramp that stows at an angle and a solid floor.