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Unread 04-25-2014, 04:24 PM   #1
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Shortest trailer to haul two jeeps?

I am looking at picking up a trailer to haul both a '94 YJ and '85 CJ-7. The YJ has a 3.5" lift with 33-12.50s, whereas the CJ-7 is stock with 31" tires. I know my YJ weighs right around 3300lbs, and the CJ-7 should be about the same, so weight won't be an issue. I just need to know the shortest trailer I can pick up that will still easily fit both. I know 28' will work, but how about a 25-26' trailer? Thanks!

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Unread 04-25-2014, 07:08 PM   #2
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The shorter you go the harder it is to tie them down properly. A nice angle for the tie downs is better than straight up and down. So be sure you really need the extra two feet or whatnot.
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Unread 04-25-2014, 07:40 PM   #3
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I'm well aware of the issues with securing the two Jeeps, that's not the question. I just simply want to know the shortest trailer I can get by with, and still have room for both. As long as they will fit, securing them won't be a problem.
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Unread 04-25-2014, 09:00 PM   #4
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Measure the two Jeeps. Add those numbers together. Get a trailer with a deck greater than or equal to the sum of the length of both Jeeps.
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Unread 04-25-2014, 11:56 PM   #5
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Yah, line them up one behind the other. Measure the distance from the most front tires to the most rear tires. That's the length of deck you need. Now, you may have an issue with overhang off that deck length with certain states. Don't forget to layout your rigging to secure them to the deck.

After configuring the deck, you'll have to figure out if you want a bumper pull or a 5th wheel, cause its all about tongue weight and balance to figure out where the axles need to be. Then the size tires and axles to carry that kind of weight plus the trailer itself, etc. etc. etc.
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Unread 04-26-2014, 12:37 AM   #6
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After configuring the deck, you'll have to figure out if you want a bumper pull or a 5th wheel, cause its all about tongue weight and balance to figure out where the axles need to be. Then the size tires and axles to carry that kind of weight plus the trailer itself, etc. etc. etc.
It will be a bumper pull/tag trailer. Even though I know 28' would be perfect, I'm still trying to keep the trailer as short as possible. I'm pretty sure 26' will be adequate, but wanted to see what others were using to haul two Jeeps at once. Even though dual 6-lug (5k pound) axles would be sufficient, I'd rather go with dual 8-lug axles for the extra capacity. The trailer will also be used to occasionally pull a Kubota tractor with FEL, and the extra length will allow enough room to haul both a bush hog and disc plow with the tractor.
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I'm well aware of the issues with securing the two Jeeps, that's not the question. I just simply want to know the shortest trailer I can get by with, and still have room for both. As long as they will fit, securing them won't be a problem.
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Measure the two Jeeps. Add those numbers together. Get a trailer with a deck greater than or equal to the sum of the length of both Jeeps.
I can't think of anything to add to this.
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Around 30ft-32ft is ideal for towing two Jeeps. You can get away with around 24ft~ though but its not optimal. Not only is tying them down important, but balancing the trailer so you don't exceed your tongue weight and balance everything out.

Having a 5th wheel or gooseneck would probably be best for this application, but I've seen it done on a bumper pull.

So yes, 26ft will work, but its not perfect.
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You know weigh stations are pretty easy to find online. They'll charge you about $10 to weigh your cars. In case you want to know the actual weight of your vehicles.
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Unread 08-06-2014, 12:33 PM   #10
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The local Love's truck stop charges $12 for the initial weigh and $1 for a re-weigh if it's the same day.
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Unread 08-09-2014, 03:58 AM   #11
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Maybe they can measure how long the Jeeps are too. The OP was unable to do that on his own. Do you think they have a tape measure at the weigh station?
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