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I've never towed anything in my life before and have no idea what's best for towing the TJ to the trails.

Should I get something with a single axle, dual axles ?

What kinda price should I be looking at and where's a good place to pick one up without donating a kidney <IMG SRC="smilies/wink.gif" border="0">

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hey colin, get a tandem axle trailer, a.k.a. dual axles, with electric brakes. I wish i knew exactly what you tell you but i dont. there should be plenty of people on the board that can help you out, but you wont have to donate a kidney...

oh yeah by the way, email me the number of your friend at the exaust shop, ive been reminding marc lately about calling the guy for the top and doors. i believe he still has his number but let me get it just in case

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it shouldnt be hard to find a tandem axle trailer at any trailer sales place for like under 2000$ and youd be set!
 

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BTW you need a dual axled electir brake rig like the other dude said you should be able to find a decent on in the paper for around a grand.just check the tires and wheel bearings(jack it up and see if you can shake the wheels)brakes are the only other real wear out item on a trailer.
 

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Hey Colin,

I'd search for an 18' dual axle traier. You definately don't want a single axle trailer. I used to have an 18' BigTex carhauler that had full metal decking, it was very nice. Just goto a trailer place and start looking.

Here is a picture of my old setup:
Old Trailer

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Columbia River Trading Co.

Look at the Diamond C trailers. 16 ft, 6k GVW, dual axle, electric brakes on all 4 corners (to be legal for WA state), 2x6 wood deck, pull out ramps, goes for $1595 plus tax & license. It looks like the Pacesetter without the rail around the top. (the Charger goes for about $2700 and the driver's side fender is removable)

If you are looking at a used trailer, brakes go for about $50 for a loaded backing plate (new magnet, shoes, plate, hardware). Seals run around 4 bucks a pop. Bearings about 20 bucks a set. If you need to replace the deck you can use 2x6 from the lumberyard. And wiring isn't really that hard. You could probably talk the guy down a full $100-200 if some of the lights don't work.

[ 09-17-2001: Message edited by: Scott *FYRMAN* ]
 

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Definitely tandem axles with brakes at all 4 corners. Pull-out ramps are just about a must (I don't have 'em & it's a pain). Get a "wrap around tongue" for durability. If a wood deck, make sure it's treated lumber or it'll be shot in a couple of years. Get extra stake pockets added everywhere you can fit 'em.

And keep in mind, once you have a trailer, you'll quickly discover its 1,001 other uses. Among those is hauling cars with lousy approach/departure angles. Increasing from 16' to 18' and having a little dovetail on the back can REALLY make life easier for hauling cars.


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FWIW,
Towing with your Grand is gonna be HANDFUL on twisty roads. Make sure you get brakes on whatever trailer you buy... And please drive slowly. <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">
 

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"Towing with your Grand is gonna be HANDFUL on twisty roads"
Yeah, I realize it's not the 'ideal' towing vehicle, but I had to weigh up how many trips a year I'm be towing to how much I drive to work etc. I could have got a Chevy Silverado HD2500 but I don't think it would be much fun as a daily driver.

I figure if I put a stiffer rear swaybar on the WJ and add some air bags it should be fine. I don't care about driving fast while towing it, so it's not an issue. As long as it's safer than driving 3.5 hours with imminent death wobble I'll be happy <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0">

Thanks for the info guys

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I figure if I put a stiffer rear swaybar on the WJ and add some air bags it should be fine. I don't care about driving fast while towing it, so it's not an issue.
I'd be more worried about *STOPPING*. That's a heavy load...

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I second what Randii said. Towing on the flats if fine, but what happens when you need to make a sudden stop? You better have the brakes and the weight of the tow rig to handle that heavy load behind you or the trailer may end up pushing you somewhere you don't want to be.
 
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