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Offline jwvand02

Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« on: March 02, 2020, 02:24:21 PM »
My FC has really hit the point of being a miserable experience to drive on the street other than in perfect weather. I'm trying to figure out what the most sensible thing to do is, and it seems like an aluminum 7x14 trailer would fit my FC (albeit tight) and be light enough that my Pathfinder should pull it pretty comfortably. I'm only looking at track days within about a ~2hr drive for now and the car should be fine to stand up to the elements.

It just seems to me that most people go with bigger trailers, so I'm mostly wondering if I'm missing something here about why I might need some extra space.

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Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2020, 03:12:30 PM »
I have a 16 and would never go smaller.  No room for a winch, tough angles for tying the car down if you prefer to cross straps, no wiggle room for positioning the load/tongue weight where you want it, sharper load angles.

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Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2020, 05:45:11 PM »
It will physically fit on a 14 but Id go 16 at a minimum. Mine is 16. Also you will want a drop fender, you wont be able to open the door when the car is on the trailer. 16 gives you a little breathing room. Mine has a tire rack and a winch on it.

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Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2020, 09:20:44 AM »
I have an 18' wood bed for my FD and I don't think i would want any smaller than that.
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Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2020, 09:40:54 AM »
Longer trailer will tow better as you have more room to adjust for proper weight distribution.

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Offline Esser

Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2020, 09:47:44 AM »
I have an 18ft. It's perfect for all cars. i actually sometimes wish i had a 20

Offline gnx7

Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2020, 11:26:43 AM »
18ft tilt if you can afford it gets the job done for lowered cars when you combine it with RACE RAMPS
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Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2020, 05:11:51 PM »
I think I've settled on *trying* an 18ft steel trailer with brakes and a weight distribution hitch on my pathfinder. If it's not friendly I'll ditch the pathfinder for a big truck... still ends up being way more economical than trying to get an aluminum trailer of sufficient size.

I really wanted to use a 7.3 E350 van as a tow vehicle until witnessing what an utter nightmare they are to work on without a lift and ceilings high enough to remove the body.

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Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2020, 08:38:20 AM »
i tow with a 2000 ford Excursion v10 4x4.  Cost me $3500 runs and drives good.  Super easy to work on and pulls an 18' trailer with the rx7 no problem.   Excursions a dirt cheep these days.
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Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2020, 01:27:30 PM »
i tow with a 2000 ford Excursion v10 4x4.  Cost me $3500 runs and drives good.  Super easy to work on and pulls an 18' trailer with the rx7 no problem.   Excursions a dirt cheep these days.
Yeah those have been on my radar, but if I'm gonna buy a tow vehicle I'd really prefer there's enough space to make a viable mini-RV too so that's why I've been looking at work vans.

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Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2020, 02:13:03 PM »
with the 3rd row out and the back seats folded down there is a lot of room in an excursion.  Definitely wouldn't be great as a full on camper but you could do a weekend camping in it, instead of using a tent. 
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Re: Is a 7x14 trailer big enough?
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2020, 08:08:45 PM »
with the 3rd row out and the back seats folded down there is a lot of room in an excursion.  Definitely wouldn't be great as a full on camper but you could do a weekend camping in it, instead of using a tent.
Yeah what I'm kinda dreaming of is being able to actually take them up on the motorsportsreg emails that say "yo this track day is within a 4 hour drive and not full, here's $200 off if you can drop whatever the hell you're doing this weekend"  :D

Not having to find accommodations (or pay for them) would make that a lot easier. I don't think I have permission to add a fourth vehicle to our driveway though, especially not something as large as a 1-ton chassis, so I'm not sure how realistic it really is.