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#321047 - 11/01/07 01:30 AM what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes?
spidennis Offline
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I'm about to get a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a 4 liter inline 6 cyl and I want to mate it with a trailer that will tow well for long distances so I can get to different enduro events and other adventures.
The jeep can comfortably carry four riders, so I want to carry four bikes. I'm thinking about a 6ish high 7x14 v nose, dual axel, all aluminum (no steel) with 15" Al wheels (same as the jeep), and dual barn doors (not the ramp door). Also the side door I'd like larger, not the narrow type. I'm not sure if I want the box inside the wheels or have the wheel wheel part of the box ......

Do you think the jeep can handle this?

I (still) have a 5x8 with (rusted to pieces) steel frame and aluminum box, and I live at the beach, so that's the reason for an all aluminum trailer this time, steel just doesn't hold up here ........

I'm not ready to buy yet, got property taxes to take care of first, but I want to know what get (and where) when the time happens.

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#321048 - 11/07/07 12:41 AM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: spidennis]
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the featherlight looks nice ......



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#321049 - 11/07/07 12:45 AM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: spidennis]
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79" wide is just about the width of the jeep .....


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#321050 - 11/07/07 09:05 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: spidennis]
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slap a roof mount A/C on it with a generator tucked inside ... set for pretty much anything

that is a nice looking trailer but I bet it's not cheap!!!
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#321051 - 11/07/07 09:25 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: pmkkdx]
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The jeep can handle it but it will be working pretty good. If you are patient and can drive 60MPH you won't have any issues. We had a little larger trailer I hooked to a cherokee (I think 18' box 2 axles enclosed) etc.. jeep pulled it suprisingly well.

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#321052 - 11/08/07 01:36 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: pmkkdx]
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Cheap? not cheap? don't know yet. I tried to go thru their website and send them an email but they just brushed me off with their reply ......... wow, that's realy had to believe .... anyway it appears to be what I want? and as for options, don't know as they didn't want to answer my questions ..... thought I'd like a wider side door ........

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#321053 - 11/08/07 01:59 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: ktmlance]
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The jeep can handle it but it will be working pretty good. If you are patient and can drive 60MPH you won't have any issues. We had a little larger trailer I hooked to a cherokee (I think 18' box 2 axles enclosed) etc.. jeep pulled it suprisingly well.




60 huh? there's a model parked down the road from me, don't know who owns it yet ......, but maybe I can go and give it a test pull out to the freeway ? I'd be using my present cherokee, not the grand cherokee .... but I do know that the GC does pull a boat thru the mts, just never for more than an hour-ish at any of the few times it did. I wonder if there's much of a difference between the 6'7" width and the 8' width? .... and 14 vs 16ish length ...... I'd hate to think that I could have has a 8x16 instead of a 7x14 ...... for not much more effort on the jeep's part .....


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#321054 - 11/08/07 02:14 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: spidennis]
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I went looking for a report or comparion on v nose vs flat nose and didn't really find anything. You know how those 5th wheel rigs use an air deflector on the pull vehicle? I wonder if such a thing would be usefull for pulling a flat nose trailer, as those trailer types are much cheaper and more plentiful ...... but I haven't seen this idea ever used ...... and what about that rear fairing on the spaceshuttle when it's piggybacked on the 747 for transport. NASA must believe that's necessary, right? ok, maybe I'm going a bit "out there" (but not into space), but with fuel costs the way they are ........


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#321055 - 11/08/07 02:39 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: spidennis]
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#321056 - 11/08/07 02:41 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: spidennis]
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another idea for the rear side


and more:
http://www.kenworth.com/6100_pre_mor.asp?file=1228
this is the spaceshuttle rear faring on a kenworth .......


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#321057 - 11/08/07 09:41 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: spidennis]
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some light reading for you

http://www.wind-tunnel-designs.com/deflectors.htm

I know that a friend of mine had a enclosed ~7x14 that we used to tow years ago all over the place, it was like pulling a parachute when there was a head wind or a 45 degree head wind ... he added one of the fiberglass/plastic??? bubbles (similar to the silver one shown here) and it broke the wind perfectly behind a pickup truck to the point you could barely tell it was back there and our mileage went way back up (several mpg).... I know if you buy a square nosed trailer, I would highly recommend buying (or making) something similar to help with towing.

here's another option Triton trailers that might get infomation to you via the net.


Edited by pmkkdx (11/08/07 09:45 PM)
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#321058 - 11/09/07 02:07 AM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: pmkkdx]
spidennis Offline
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Those triton trailers look pretty nice too!
CT-147s looks about what I'm looking for .....
I emailed the distributor in houston for pricing.

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#321059 - 12/06/07 11:42 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: spidennis]
pmkkdx Offline
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any reply back yet from any of the dealers?
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#321060 - 12/30/07 07:29 AM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: pmkkdx]
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any reply back yet from any of the dealers?




x2 those look pretty sharp and aerodynamic...
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#321061 - 04/16/08 06:33 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: spidennis]
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Hey we just bought a Forest river 18' Work and Play model and it doubles as a camper when we are out for the week or weekend, Air, Shower, Stove, Awning, You get the idea.

Its tight but we get three ATV's in it.

a 500 a 300 and a 200.

Happy Hunting

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#321062 - 04/23/08 07:37 PM Re: what size enclosed trailer for 4 dirt bikes? [Re: spidennis]
GradyK Offline
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I bought a 6x12 from Northern tool. Flat front. I rigged it for camping too, with batteries, lights, etc. It can not hold 4 full size bikes side-by-side. It holds 3 comfortably. The front of mine has about 3 feet reserved for tupperware, tool chest, generator, etc. You could use that space for the bikes and have room for a 4th bike facing backwards. It pulls very well behind a 5.3L suburban. I would not go any smaller. I added electric brakes, a must-have item. If I had to do it all over again I would get the dual axle 7x12 or 14, but you could make it work.

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