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Re: Towing a Wide Trailer with a Jeep Patriot

Postby S. Heisley » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:21 pm

Abaker50 wrote:Wow - thanks for all the info.

We have decided to spend a little extra $ to get an all aluminum trailer. I've found some in the area within our parameters with weights listed as low as 450#.

My preference would be to just build the shell & put one or both beds on the deck. DH wants to do something with a collapsible dinette and bunks that convert to a couch like the Campster 12. I'm not convinced we can do that within our weight limits, but we'll see, I guess. I'm kind of a minimalist, but I have to share it with the fam, so there will be some give & take :roll: It would also be sort of cool to have a bunk for a 4th person so we could take one of DS's friends with us sometimes, but we'll have to see how that goes.

Lots to think about - so many options. It's kind of overwhelming & I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge and experience. :thinking:

-Andrea


:shock: 450 pounds seems high for an aluminum trailer chassis. My 5x8' steel chassis was only 343 pounds. Even if your chassis is bigger, being aluminum, it should weigh less than that, unless that includes the wooden deck.

Aligator built a 6x11' foamie with a beautiful wood interior; but the end weight was 1640 pounds. If that happens, you'll have to buy a different tow vehicle. (Does your dear husband secretly want a truck?) :lol:
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Re: Towing a Wide Trailer with a Jeep Patriot

Postby Abaker50 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:24 pm

S. Heisley wrote: :shock: 450 pounds seems high for an aluminum trailer chassis. My 5x8' steel chassis was only 343 pounds. Even if your chassis is bigger, being aluminum, it should weigh less than that, unless that includes the wooden deck.

Aligator built a 6x11' foamie with a beautiful wood interior; but the end weight was 1640 pounds. If that happens, you'll have to buy a different tow vehicle. (Does your dear husband secretly want a truck?) :lol:


Well, I am a newbie. :oops:

Mostly looking at things that seem to be in stock locally - no they aren't THAT big. Looking at 6x8 or 10 mostly. A couple of them are snowmobile or raft trailers that, for some reason, are really good deals, but mostly all aluminum cargo trailers. They do tend to have decks or ramps, which would up the weight some. Anyway, just trying to find my way around, at this point. We're looking at getting the hitch & chassis after the 1st of the year, then going from there.

The Jeep was DH's idea - he wanted a vehicle with a back seat when our old truck died a horrible death. We'll be paying that off for a while, so another vehicle is not in the near future. :roll:

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Re: Towing a Wide Trailer with a Jeep Patriot

Postby S. Heisley » Wed Nov 26, 2014 11:56 pm

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Abaker50 wrote:
S. Heisley wrote: :shock: 450 pounds seems high for an aluminum trailer chassis. My 5x8' steel chassis was only 343 pounds. Even if your chassis is bigger, being aluminum, it should weigh less than that, unless that includes the wooden deck.

Aligator built a 6x11' foamie with a beautiful wood interior; but the end weight was 1640 pounds. If that happens, you'll have to buy a different tow vehicle. (Does your dear husband secretly want a truck?) :lol:


Well, I am a newbie. :oops:

Mostly looking at things that seem to be in stock locally - no they aren't THAT big. Looking at 6x8 or 10 mostly. A couple of them are snowmobile or raft trailers that, for some reason, are really good deals, but mostly all aluminum cargo trailers. They do tend to have decks or ramps, which would up the weight some. Anyway, just trying to find my way around, at this point. We're looking at getting the hitch & chassis after the 1st of the year, then going from there.

The Jeep was DH's idea - he wanted a vehicle with a back seat when our old truck died a horrible death. We'll be paying that off for a while, so another vehicle is not in the near future. :roll:

-Andrea


Yes, if they already have a deck on them, that's not bad; and, if they have a ramp, that would probably get removed, trimming down the weight. If you decide to build that Rapido (Is that the name?), you might have to have your chassis specially built. That's not a bad thing. Good luck on your endeavors.
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