enclosed trailer stuff, please enlighten me...

Discussion in 'The Choo-Choo shop' started by evil16v, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. evil16v

    evil16v Midwest Buick Mafia

    I have been looking to go to an enclosed trailer for a while now. A freind of mine has spotted a a 24' Pace(he thinks) that needs plywood replacement because of a roof leak. Don't know width yet. mechanics special if you will. both axles have brakes. He said it has 6 lug wheels...5200lb axkes i asssume? it is a bit bigger than what i would like to pull, but i will eventually upgrade the tow vehicle.

    What quality of quality is a pace? I have heard the cross beam spacing is a little sparce. that may actually be ideal for weight issues actually. the floor needs replaced completely. Would diamond plate(the steel kind) be a lighter option?

    what is the curb wieght on one of these? about 3300? I am assuming there is no cabinetry or other accesories. wieght will be an issue as i will be maxed out with a gs and a couple hundred pouds of tools, etc.

    Anything else i need to look for if I eventually go look at this?
     
  2. evil16v

    evil16v Midwest Buick Mafia

    I will have to correct that... the floor is not in bad shape from what i heard last night. just the ceiling... posibly some warpage of the floor


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  3. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    Rob,
    All the trailers are kind of cheaply made. Think of a very low cost mobile home and you'll get the idea. The floor will probably have to be replaced somewhere down the line since the plywood is seperating and is probably quite soft is some places. You really want 16" on center spacing of the joists especially for the floor. Any less just won't do. Another thing is to make sure you have a 10,000 GVW trailer. The 7000 GVW trailer is not well enough made to haul one of our cars, you'll be overweight with a GS inside. I went to Pace's website ( http://www.paceamerican.com/trailers/cargosport/tag/#specInfo )and they list the base weight of a 24' 10000 GVW trailer at 3400lbs.
     
  4. evil16v

    evil16v Midwest Buick Mafia

    Thanks brad... always a wealth of information! :TU:

    That's kinda what i was fishing for. a guy at work told me that. Didn't know if he was on ball on that one or not. i will be sure to check on that. I'm new to the enclosed world and am looking to read up before I went to even look at this one.
    I'm maxxed on weights, that's why i am fretting about it. Going to be running air bags, sways, and equilizers as it is. Current flatbed tows very nicely without any of that and a new prodigy controller(very smooth controller BTW). a freind who is a trailer dealer checked me out and thought i'd be allright in the 22' range with the above equipment.
    I looked from every angle about buying a duramax this year. I can do it , but i think i would be better off waiting a couple of years. :ball:
     
  5. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    Rob, Your gross trailer weight is 6500 pounds with your truck. Looked it up at http://www.internetautoguide.com/car-specifications/09-int/1998/chevrolet/k1500/ . I really don't think you should be towing a 3500 lb trailer with a 4000 lb car in it with that truck. I know a lot of people do it with a 1/2 ton, but you really need a 3/4 ton vehicle to tow that load safely. Not to mention the proper towing mirrors, etc. that would come with a vehicle set up to tow the trailer in question properly. JMHO.
     
  6. evil16v

    evil16v Midwest Buick Mafia

    still havn't goten to play eith the pace site much yet... but looks 3400# like you say. I may put the whole thing off.

    Thanks Brad.
     
  7. Eric Schmelzer

    Eric Schmelzer Well-Known Member

    When I was looking at trailers I thought about going enclosed but went with an open for saftey as I would have been pulling with my Dakota. Really didn't like the thought of the trailer pushing my truck around.
     
  8. evil16v

    evil16v Midwest Buick Mafia

    was your dakota one of the over rated 7000lb ones(over rated according to me) or was it earlier than those? i laughed when i saw the bill board for that.
     
  9. Eric Schmelzer

    Eric Schmelzer Well-Known Member

    I'm not to sure what its rated at. Is a 99 with 5.2 V8, auto, and 3.91 gears.
    It towed my 2000# all steel flatbed and my Century fairly decent. I was more concerned with brakes, windload, sidewinds pushing me around etc.... I always tow with an EQ type hitch, even with my brothers dually.
     
  10. evil16v

    evil16v Midwest Buick Mafia


    That's what i need...your brothers dually! with the 49X" something motor!
     

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