Open vs. Enclosed

Discussion in 'The Choo-Choo shop' started by upstaged, Dec 16, 2008.

  1. upstaged

    upstaged Well-Known Member

    Regarding trailers, open vs. enclosed? Haulmarks look to be popular but so do the Featherlites. Cost is an issue, as always. Dual axle with some extra room. Most likely a 28 footer for support materials. Do any come with a driver's side access door? I live close to Elkhart Indiana which used to be the RV / trailer capital of the Western hemisphere. From the local news on the RV business and other suppliers, the industry is getting beat up pretty bad. Thanks, Upstaged in snowy / cold Michigan.
  2. carmantx

    carmantx Never Surrender

    I have had several trailers, and now have my first enclosed. 24' haulmark. I will never intend to go back to open unless I can't afford any other way. We haul a 4 wheeler for the pits, and have toolbox, fuel tank, compressor, generator, and other stuff. Plenty of room. Not enough room for a golf cart though.
  3. batcar

    batcar Well-Known Member

    If you are looking for used, PM me and I will get you info, one of our members in NE Ohio has one for sale.
  4. Keith Seymore

    Keith Seymore Well-Known Member

    Definitely enclosed, if there is any way possible.

    The car stays clean, you can keep all your stuff in there (so you are not loading/unloading tools, etc for every trip) AND it gives you one more car storage spot.

    I kept the open trailer for little trips around town and misc usage but enclosed is the only way to fly for long trips.

  5. Joe65SkylarkGS

    Joe65SkylarkGS 462 ina 65 Lark / GN

    I have been looking myself. No luck yet unless I buy new. And I can't afford that.
  6. Joe65SkylarkGS

    Joe65SkylarkGS 462 ina 65 Lark / GN

    Keep me in mind if he passes. I'd like to get the stats. Thanks Joe.:TU:
  7. upstaged

    upstaged Well-Known Member

    As far as hitches go, bumper or goose neck? A good friend says that a gooseneck will prevent friends from "borrowing" it most of the time. Are goosenecks that more stable when hauling a big trailer? WB has a car hauler listed that I am planning to go look at later this week, weather permitting. I know that a hauler leaves everything out in the open.
  8. monkeyy337

    monkeyy337 monkeyy337

    You said everything I was going to say as I also have both (enclosed/open) and use both of mine like you. The only other thing I would add is if you puchase an enclosed trailer try to find one with the extra left door (by vehicle drivers door) as it makes entry into the car inside much easier.
  9. the loon

    the loon Well-Known Member

    A fellow in the Carolina's chapter of the GSCA has a 24' enclosed trailer with 3 doors (drivers side included), 4 years old, the first year of which was spent on the trailer dealer's lot. He says it has less than 6000 miles on it. I don't know what brand it is. Hitch and sway bar included, $5600.00. He can be reached at 704 534-2017 or Please don't ask me any questions about it. I have only seen it once but didn't pay that much attention to it. It was parked on the circle track last year at BG with a silver 71 or 72 GS in it. It is in Charlotte, NC.
  10. SS-TRUCK

    SS-TRUCK Stage 1 X

    I have pulled trailers for 40 years and the one I have now is a goose neck . I will never have another trailer that is not goose neck . I really like it and as far as stability , fantastic . Also difficult for some one to borrow unless you let them borrow your truck too. My trailer is very stable on the highway around semis and even if I drop it off the edge of the road , not a lot of wild swinging . Just have to be alert whe making a tight turn because it turns tighter than a tag trailer .
  11. upstaged

    upstaged Well-Known Member

    I need some education here !!! What is the difference between a gooseneck vs. a fifth wheel ???? Anything? Does anyone own a wedgeback hauler (Hodges) ? Once the snow / ice either melts or gets driveable, I will go look @ WB's hauler listed here on the board. Thanks and Merry Christmas! Upstaged in snowy Michigan.
  12. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    A gooseneck had a 2 5/16" ball in the bed of the truck. A fifth wheel has a setup a lot like a semi tractor with a plate in the bed and a pin and plate (I don't know the technical terms) on the trailer side. A fifth wheel is much more stable than a gooseneck.
  13. SS-TRUCK

    SS-TRUCK Stage 1 X

    Brad when you say a fifth wheel trailer is more stable than a goose neck is that because of the swivel plate being a bigger bearing surface on the fifth wheel ? I have a 26' goose neck and have had no trouble with it , but I can see where a problem could arise with a bigger trailer .
  14. Topcat

    Topcat Got TORQUE?

    The only bad thing about trailers is......if you lose lose your car with it........such was the fate of a 1 of 2 65 Wildcat 4-speed 4-door sedan.

    Been a car hauler man every since......

    Peace WildBill
  15. Brad Conley

    Brad Conley Super Moderator Staff Member

    Exactly correct.
  16. upstaged

    upstaged Well-Known Member

    Well, It is going to be a gooseneck trailer. Double axle with alot of room, probably a 28 footer. Best brands or dealers? I will get over to Elkhart Indiana and see what is available. Regards, Upstaged in Michigan.
  17. SmallHurst

    SmallHurst The Polyglas Pimp!

    I have heard that is one of the best ways to buy a trailer, go to Elkhart and see what they have on the lot and compare apples to apples. Good luck!!:TU:
  18. 70sLark

    70sLark Well-Known Member

    Enclosed just make sure and paint that sucker in ways it can not be mistaken from the million other trailers just like it on a road.

    A thief will take an enclosed trailer over and open.

    Open trailers are easier to spot when ya say there is bright orange corvette on it or so on.....

    Enclosed trailers aren't so easy to spot when ya say a big white or black typical enclosed trailer that they will find 100s of ones just like it all over town and the stolen ones slip right through real easy. Daily someone steals a plain jane white box contractor trailer around here and they are never found. They blend right in and slip away with regular traffic to be sold in aother town.

    Make sure no one could mistake your trailer from a mile away.
  19. Guy Parquette

    Guy Parquette Platinum Level Contributor

    True, but I don't think i ever saw a (pickup style tower) race trailer or car hauler made with a fifth wheel. Only until you get to the bigger stackers and stuff. The fifth wheels are mainly used with camper style trailers...I think it has something to do with keeping the trailer more level during cornering, ect.

    I've hauled a lot of different enclosed trailers from a typical 24' steel, my current 26' all aluminum, to a 48' gooseneck Fetherlite and others.
    The 24' tag sucked, the 48' gooseneck towed awesome, and my 26' tag aluminum is also awesome...but not like the gooseneck. these were all pulled with a 250 SD srw.
    With the tags a lot of the towing characteristics has to do with the design of the trailer and how it is loaded...or where the weight is loaded. As for the gooseneck it just doesn't matter.
    Imho, the current Fetherlite car haulers are overrated.
  20. upstaged

    upstaged Well-Known Member

    Gooseneck it is ! What about reputable brands like, Haulmark, Wells Cargo or Featherlite? 28 footer with dual axles and a driver's side access door for sure. Regards, Upstaged in Michigan.

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