Perfect size Cargo Trailer

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I currently have 3 trailers, a 16', 14' & a 5'x8'. The 16 I use for my band, the 14 is for work which leaves me with the 5x8 to haul motorcycles. They are all Wells Cargo trailers and I've had good luck with them but I'm looking for a slightly larger trailer to haul the bikes. I have fit 2 big bikes & a 65 in the little trailer but normally I only carry a 125 & 65 plus the gear. The 14 & 16 trailers are tandem axels and kind of a pain to pull plus I don't really want one that big to haul bikes. I'm looking for recomendations on the "perfect size" trailer for bikes and should it be a single or tandem axel? I've also heard comments from people regarding the ramp doors saying that they take up too much room by having to drop the ramp to load & unload. Share with me your experiences and recomendations for the best trailer.
 

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you don't want a toy hauler nature boy ! - what do you think of that pak rat !
 
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I have a motorhome Alan, just looking for something with easier loading than the "low ceiling" 5x8. I'm also considering a smaller truck to tow with.
 

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I would like that 5x8 of yours, I'd cut off the lid, make it a pop up with a 1 or two foot rise, and add tent/canvas siding to it - now that would be sweet, add one of those bunk beds which fold out and hang from the ceiling, and bobs your uncle ! - mini toy hauler !

you probably need something similar, only with a higher roof. I rented a 5x8 with a 5'4" foot roof from uhaul once - the Oddessey pulled it no problem, and it felt to me, like the perfect size trailer - it had one of those roll up doors which was also pretty neat.

what's the roof height on yours ?
 

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Not too sure on cutting the top off but I like the idea of a hammock to lounge on while between rides ;) I'm kind of thinking a single axle might be a little easier to yank around. If I were to go with a ramp door I'd probably slam into the front of it when I got a little overzelous when loading :scream:
Don't really know what I'm looking for yet, just thought I'd get some feedback from other small trailer owners out there.
 

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hey, there are some neat ones on that e-buy site, 5x8, 5x10, 6x10 - there is a really neat wells cargo one similar to yours with a raised 5'6" roof.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2573383508&category=41496

and a really neat one with a 6'4" roof http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=6763&item=2441459617

I especially like this one, and it's nearby http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2572811719&category=41496

http://www.stores.ebay.com/id=92827585&ssPageName=L2

I gots to git me one, how much you want for yours ?!
 
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Jeff:

My vote would be a 7x14 tandem. My, new to me, trailer carries three bikes and all the junk without having to stack things to the ceiling or fill the back of the truck (except for DW of course). The real plus for me was the tandem, as I drug (dragged) a flat from Dallas to Wichita Falls before realizing it was entirely flat. The weight we put in the trailers doesn't exceed the load limit of a single axle, so the tandem is just insurance. It is tall enough to walk in and there is a bed and storage as well.

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that company that alan posted a link to is only about 15 miles from me. jeff, if you're interested in one of those, i could check it out for you.

i use a 6x12 single axle with barn doors. it's the only one i've ever had so i don't really have anything to compare to. i have no major complaints about it. i can say that i wouldn't ever go smaller.
 

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I don't own but we have the use of a 6x10 with a 6'2" (I think) roof. On race weekends we haul 3 85's plus all the race gear for 3 racers, a large tool chest, several coolers, generator, 50 gal drum of water, 4 ez-ups and various other goodies. We have it jam packed to accomplish this. On practice days we have had 3 full size bikes in it and an 85. As for barn vs ramp this trailer has barn doors and I think I prefer that option simply due to needing less room behind the trailer in the pits and in bad weather in the spring or fall if your in the trailer you can have one or both doors partially closed with very little effort.

This year when I spring for my own trailer it will be a 6x12 as anything bigger presents towing problems for me on practice days when I'm not using the motorhome to tow. I'd love to pick up the v-nose Lemming had for sale but it's a bit of a trek for me to get it from Alabama.
 
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I got to thinking last night, about a pop up concept for a cargo trailer - just have the front of the roof on hinges, and the rear section pop up, thus giving you more headroom, and letting air and light into the trailer, a tent option would make it a very neat pop up.

Now Jeff, get to work, and start popping off them roof rivets. My only concern would be to affecting the trailers integrity and high speed stability.

I would think that if you want to have some cupboard space up front, and still have room for your two to three bikes, 10 foot would be the shortest you should go.
 

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I just sold an 8x12 enclosed, I didn't have a truck so it was quite a lot to deal with towing... but the tandem axles made it pull nice and smooth....
 
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Does anyone make an 8x12? Sounds pretty oddball to me.. I would think a 7x14 v-nose tandem would be the perfect fit for a rider, that's what I'm currently looking at.
 

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This summer I bought a 6x12 beaver tail enclosed w/ramp door. First enclosed trailer I've owned. I love it! There's been a few times when it's been a little too small, and a few times when it was too big (if I ride alone) so it must be pretty close to the correct size for me.
 

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My old trailer was an open 8x12 snowmobile type trailer.