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post #1 of 6 Old 05-07-2011, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Trailer for the TJ

I'm on my way to buy an 18' trailer but I can't decide on a flat bed or dove tail. Does either make a difference when towing or loading?

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-07-2011, 09:22 AM
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the dove tail makes it alot easier to load other vehicles. its not needed for jeeps usually.

the dove tail drops kinda low and can drag when backing up a steep driveway, or when pulled over rough terrain.

i kinda like non dovetail, but either can work fine. if you plan on loading cars the dovetail is very helpful.

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-07-2011, 12:42 PM
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Also with a dove tail you probably will never have to use ramps with the Jeep.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-07-2011, 12:48 PM
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Go with the full flat bed. You get more usable area when hauling
other things. plus easier to store stuff when towing your Jeep.
like removable storage box,etc.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-20-2012, 11:12 AM
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I looked at some trailers today myself. I started with 16' and I'm leaning toward an 18' now. Kind of like the extra room to add a toolbox to the front and still have room for tie downs or to center the load. I liked the 2 individual ramps verses the extending tail.

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post #6 of 6 Old 02-20-2012, 04:38 PM
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When I bought my last trailer i got an 18' non dove because some of the places I go I would drag the tail. My last trailer wasn't a dove but was as low as one and I had drug the back on it before. If I want to pull a car on it that sits low I have an extra set of longer ramps to load it up with.

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