07-08-2013 08:10 AM
(also posted in Lighting Forum)
My 6x12 was stolen and I need to replace it. The only good thing to come from this is that my 6x12 was really too small for all my sound and light gear and I was always having to load/unload depending on gig. I'm considering an 8x20. My vehicle can handle towing it.
I now have a very secure place to store the trailer and am less worried about theft.
07-08-2013 08:36 AM - edited 07-08-2013 08:38 AM
07-08-2013 08:44 AM
8 x 20' trailer is going to be one hell of a pig to tow and park. At that length, it pretty much has to be a gooseneck. Also, is that the inside width or the outside, and if inside then are the wheel wells inside the overall width. I ask because there are folks selling trailers that are of illegal width and if you get caught, that could be a bigger problem than you have now. Check your state for reqts.
I tow a large trailer and it takes some finesse and paying attention.
07-08-2013 01:37 PM
If the places you setup have the room and you have enough vehicle I say go as big as you can. I went with a 22' a while back and have zero regrets but I also have a '09 F350 diesel 4x4 to pull it. I wanted something that I could dual purpose so I bought a trailer that will hold the Shelby (+ slicks + tools) when I want to go to the track as well. IMO it is important not to buy until you really look around; just like gear there is a lot out there that advertises it is something that it is not. It is worth the money to get something with quality axles/brakes/construction that uses common parts & standard lighting; nothing is worse than needing something small to fix a problem and not being able to find it as it is oddball crap. I also look for how solid the frame is and is there a spot I can chain the axle up if need be etc. I would stay away from tridem unless you get a hell of a deal, tandems are tough enough to move around in tighter spaces.
The other benefit of the car hauler style trailer is the ramp back door; if you prefer barn doors you can still go hauler style with pull out ramps. Not sure how tight they regulate where you live but up here you need to have the right GCVW on your pull vehicle to get into the mountains/BC; worth checking so you don't end up with a combo you can't legally pull in some places you go.
07-08-2013 02:14 PM
Wow, all good things to consider. Finding a place at some corporate gigs park my 6x12 was an occasional pain, but usually worked out okay.
The specific trailer I'm looking at is very similar to this: http://www.countrysidetrailers.com/2013_HAULMARK%2
The next size down is an 18.
The problem is that I have some humongous lighting cases (three coffin sized cases, at least), along with sound equipment, etc.. and due to my living arrangments I need to have a 'warehouse and workshop' on wheels want to keep the trailer loaded almost all the time. With my 6x12 I was constantly loading and unloading for each different gig. Not a healthy thing for me to be doing. Everything is either on a Rock'n Roller cart or in a road case. I will get appropriate e-track, of course.
My trailer storage is guarded 24/7, well lit, and covered from the elements. But I'm still going to lock, chain, wheel lock, and put a GPS/Motion sensor inside that will notify my phone when/if somebody trys to move or break in.
Thanks for all the input so far. Pease keep it coming. I really want to get the right thing.
07-08-2013 03:05 PM
Where are you located, and how far are you willing to travel to pick it up? I have an 8 1/2w x 16l x 8 1/2 h that I'm interested in moving. It has tandem 7500# axles, electric brakes and a ramp door. I had it custom built for me by United Transporters a few years ago, but I'm no longer in the same business as I was then, hence no need for it anymore. Oh yeah, it has a great big honkin' air conditioner as well. Might come in handy for the "workshop" portion of the program. Or you could store meat in the trailer. It's that cold. PM if you're interested and I can take some pics.