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    So, I just put a deposit on a relatively low-mileage '99 GMC Yukon with a tow rating of about 10K. This makes enclosed trailers feasible.

    What can you guys tell me about single-car enclosed trailers? What's a good brand that I can buy locally (new or used)? What should I look for?

    I'll be trailering a 2200 lb car with the usual spares. So, probably 2500 lbs total.

    Thanks in advance!
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    1/2 Ton Yukon or 3/4 Ton ?

    2500 lbs total sounds pretty optimistic. How many wheels and tires? Jack? Fuel? Tools? Generator? A WD hitch alone will add 50-75 lbs. Get rid of the SUV tires and put some light truck tires on it. A 24' trailer might be pushing it but a 20' enclosed would probably be a safe length and weight for a 1/2 ton. I have to admit I towed my old 24' trailer with my Excursion back in the day. It did it but it was a busy ride and the grapevine was not nice to the transmission. An extended tongue is your friend. I'm sure others will pipe up and disagree so ultimately you need to be the one to decide what is safe or not. If you've got the 3/4 ton you are fine with a 24' or even longer.

    New trailers are expensive so you might look for a used trailer. Good deals can be had on craigslist or racing junk. Think outside of the box and check out racedezert and the other off road forums also. I found a good stacker on that site.

    Don't believe the spec sheets when it comes to trailer weight. Take the rig across the scales to be sure you know what you have. My last trailer was spec'd at almost 1000 lbs less than the weight indicated at the local certified truck scales.

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    Size matters. Once you subtract 14' for the car and 2' for the gap behind it, there's a big difference between a 20' trailer and a 22'. 20 is too small. 22 is big enough. 24 is gravy.

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    Buy one with a V-nose front. My flat nosed single car trailer pulled as hard as my loaded 2 car trailer that weighs 10,000 due to wind resistance.

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    Good info, guys. Thanks.

    This is the 3/4 ton version (GMC Yukon/Suburban 2500) with the 7.4L engine.

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    24' min. Anything under that is cramped. 28' + if you want to sleep in it with your toys. V nose gets you more room and makes it so you're not towing a wall.
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    I thought we decided the vnose did not help mileage that much (drafting the SUV)... It's the flat back that is killing your mileage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeindirt View Post
    I thought we decided the vnose did not help mileage that much (drafting the SUV)... It's the flat back that is killing your mileage?
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    I use a 20 x 8 that I bought off Craigslist. More trailer would be nice, but it's plenty for me. I do have a pickup with a camper shell, though, to carry tools and tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeindirt View Post
    I thought we decided the vnose did not help mileage that much (drafting the SUV)... It's the flat back that is killing your mileage?

    BID
    I haven't heard anyone getting any better Mileage with a V nose. You CAN feel the difference in the wind. But biggest selling point of the V nose is more room inside.
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    I purchased my 20' x 8.5' Pace Outback new for ~$6,000. It is a very basic trailer but it does everything I need. If I were going to do it again I would have spent a little more to get a finished interior. As far as shape goes I would go with a flat front that has a radious between the front and the roof. That seems like it would be about the best aerodynamic shape with a Suburban type tow vehicle. I added a NoseCone to the front of mine hoping it would help the aerodynamics.... Don't bother.

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    I just sold my 20' Look Vision car hauler. I special ordered it with a bunch of options like torsion axels, rubber coin mat floor, electricity, AC, fold down bed/sofa, awning and some other things. It's easy to make a base $6k trailer cost twice as much. I bought it through Garretts and drove to the factory in west Phoenix to pick it up.
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    Aargh! The truck I was supposed to buy didn't pass smog after all. The seller misled me on that. Deal is off.

    Now I'm back in the hunt for a suitable tow vehicle.

    BTW, for the folks here in Cali, don't you smog a vehicle before putting it up for sale? I always did and used that as a selling point.

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    Well, generally speaking, since you can't sell it without a recent smog... seems pointless not to have done it beforehand. But maybe people don't know you have like 90 days of validity.

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    Mike,

    The shop next to me has a Yukon 2500 for sale for 6k ish. White, looks great. Thats all I know right now. Call me later if you are interested and I'll get you more details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeColangelo View Post
    Aargh! The truck I was supposed to buy didn't pass smog after all. The seller misled me on that. Deal is off.

    Now I'm back in the hunt for a suitable tow vehicle.

    BTW, for the folks here in Cali, don't you smog a vehicle before putting it up for sale? I always did and used that as a selling point.
    My prices are so high I don't smog until after I have a buyer. That said, I wouldn't put up an ad if I wasn't 95% sure it would pass.

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    It is a 2004 Yukon XL 2500. 190k miles. It looks very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markn View Post
    It is a 2004 Yukon XL 2500. 190k miles. It looks very nice.

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    Yes, but it had considerably fewer than 190,000 miles on it. Were the decision mine to make, I'd spend more money to get a truck with fewer miles.

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    A Carson Racer 20 enclosed was big enough with a pick up bed too.
    The wood floor got oil soaked, aluminum floor would be nice.
    A weight transfer sway control hitch helpful on a 3/4 ton.

    A racer in Poway had a few used 24 or less enclosed trailers for sale.
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