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Enclosed Trailer Setup For My Gt500


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Took the step this weekend to try out my new enclosed trailer setup. After reading several threads on here about it and taking much of that advice- I thought I'd share my experience for others to use!

 

The trailer I ended up ordering a 2015 28' Haulmark Edge Pro from Phil's Trailer Sales in Waco, TX. They're close to a hallmark factory and had the best pricing I could find. I'll add that minus a few minor issues they were great to deal with. I couldn't find anyone in my area that carried the exact trailer I wanted so I grabbed one that was in production. It is not an all aluminum trailer, but I thought it was a good bang for the buck for a fully optioned out 28' trailer. I had the E-Track and side awning dealer installed. Overall the fit and finish of the trailer is much better than I expected. Bringing it home empty from Waco it towed quite easily behind my F-250.

 

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As for the low car ramp option, well I ordered it and it still wasn't sufficient to load my car.

 

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So while my custom ramps are being made I bought a set of Race Ramp trailer ramps. Note- if you do order a trailer with the low car package like I did and you have to remove the low car ramp flap be careful! The door spring is tensioned for the weight of the back door with the flap. Luckily I was standing on the door when I unscrewed the cap, but for a smaller person or someone who is standing next to the door this could be a dangerous situation! I used a few gym weights to hold the door down for the time being until I get the spring adjusted this week.

 

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For tie-downs I ordered some over the tire straps for the E-Track from Auto Hauler Supply at www.autohaulersupply.com. Excellent company to deal with and quick shipping- even from PA. Easy install and allow the straps to completely clear the front splitter without issue.

 

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I was going to use these on the rear as well but went with the axle straps criss-crossed to the d-rings at the back of the trailer. Easy to get to and a well proven trustworthy way of securing the rear. Figured I'd keep the other 2 straps for spares.

 

After playing with the tongue weight a bit utilizing a truck scale near my office I ended up with a ton of room between the front of the car and the cabinets, plus it's easy to get to the spare tire well just in case I have a blowout. I guess after looking at it with the car in the trailer- I could have gone with a 24' trailer, but for my drag car this room will come in handy for extra gear etc.

 

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So after I get back from my trip to California this week I'm going to install the winch. I went with the S5000 and will install it in the lower cabinet at the front of the trailer. Although i'm not sure about a tow-hook for the GT500, it will come in handy for everything else. Getting in and out of the window is a pain, but will do for now.

 

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Well after all that I think I'd probably buy a trailer with the door in the side. Although I still wouldn't be able to open/close my door without ramping the car up inside, it would be nice for access. Otherwise I really like the trailer and if you have a 3/4 ton truck the spread axle design pulls great. Hope this helps other team shelby members that may be considering a similar setup!

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Thanks fellas- much appreciated! Although I really want to decal the outside of it I think I'm going to keep it low key. What do you guys think? i was thinking about doing a flat black cobra on the back door- or something similar. Otherwise I'll just keep it as-is.

 

I agree with driving the car- as I usually do to events. This is great for those out of town events where I'd rather keep it inside. I'll mostly use this for my drag car and I'm hoping to have a 427 cobra sometime in the near future.

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Beautiful set up you have there. I can fully understand the desire to paint something cool on the trailer that pertains to your car. I have a 70 BOSS 302 and many times I've thought a set of black BOSS hockey stripes running down each side of my white trailer would look great. However, in the world we live in today you would probably be wise to have "Beware...Rabid Pit Bulls Inside" lettered on the trailer, and it may still get stolen... Good luck!!

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I have lots of stickers on mine, usually advertising the cars I have inside or fuel and oil companies . I think any good thief knows these kind of trailers have cars inside when on the road, so I don't think it makes a difference. But, I do lock everything up with big locks, and I put boots on the wheels when left overnight in vulnerable areas, like hotel parking lots. The bad guys can get through anything, it just takes a while if it is secured well, and they may look elsewhere. But a well lighted parking area with some security is the best overall.

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Beautiful set up you have there. I can fully understand the desire to paint something cool on the trailer that pertains to your car. I have a 70 BOSS 302 and many times I've thought a set of black BOSS hockey stripes running down each side of my white trailer would look great. However, in the world we live in today you would probably be wise to have "Beware...Rabid Pit Bulls Inside" lettered on the trailer, and it may still get stolen... Good luck!!

 

Thank you! Boss stripes are a great idea- subtle yet hobbyists will know what it is. It's tough, but I guess like mentioned below- if they want it they're gonna get in!

 

I have lots of stickers on mine, usually advertising the cars I have inside or fuel and oil companies . I think any good thief knows these kind of trailers have cars inside when on the road, so I don't think it makes a difference. But, I do lock everything up with big locks, and I put boots on the wheels when left overnight in vulnerable areas, like hotel parking lots. The bad guys can get through anything, it just takes a while if it is secured well, and they may look elsewhere. But a well lighted parking area with some security is the best overall.

 

I have the big locks, but not the boots- that is a good idea. If you don't mind me asking- where did you get them and what type do you use?

 

I go back and forth about stickers....one day I am going to put the shelby stickers on her, and the next just want to leave it alone

 

I'm with ya- right now I'm leaning towards the flat black stripes and cobra- subtle yet should look good.

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That's pretty sweet. Didn't know you could buy those. I might have to invest in a couple.

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This is such a great post and a great example of why this forum is so good. We can all learn from these experiences. Your trailer is awesome, your experience with purchasing the trailer and tips are great too. Thank you!!

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Very, very nice trailer! Really makes the one I just bought look, well, CHEAP! Thanks a lot! :lol:

 

I ventured up into Georgia and purchased a Diamond Cargo 18-footer, (plus 2-feet of v-nose), from the factory. Just a plain, white box exterior, but with some nice aluminum diamond plate trim - I did spring for scissor-jacks, extra crossmembers, 5200 lb axles, and larger wheels with radial tires, but still pretty simple. It only came with 4 d-rings, so I'm installing some e-track and a winch to give me more hauling options.

 

Looks like this one: http://www.usacargotrailersales.com/virtuemart/8-8-5-wide/our-popular-85-x-18-trailer-quality-construction-wholesale-price-3675-detail.html

 

I think I will dress up the exterior. Anything to make it stand out and not be so "plain Jane" - that might make thieves think twice if it draws attention. Hmmm, maybe a giant Devil Bunny?

 

Sam

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I think some and " Racing Team" stickers would look great on it !attachicon.gif20150725_120333_resized.jpgWith ! In big bold letters on the rear door so it can be seen by those following !attachicon.gif20150725_135325_resized.jpg

 

looks an awful lot like FOSSA! Hope they wouldn't confuse it with that Madagascar character! :hysterical:http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Fossas_(Madagascar)

 

Sam

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Very, very nice trailer! Really makes the one I just bought look, well, CHEAP! Thanks a lot! :lol:

 

I ventured up into Georgia and purchased a Diamond Cargo 18-footer, (plus 2-feet of v-nose), from the factory. Just a plain, white box exterior, but with some nice aluminum diamond plate trim - I did spring for scissor-jacks, extra crossmembers, 5200 lb axles, and larger wheels with radial tires, but still pretty simple. It only came with 4 d-rings, so I'm installing some e-track and a winch to give me more hauling options.

 

Looks like this one: http://www.usacargotrailersales.com/virtuemart/8-8-5-wide/our-popular-85-x-18-trailer-quality-construction-wholesale-price-3675-detail.html

 

I think I will dress up the exterior. Anything to make it stand out and not be so "plain Jane" - that might make thieves think twice if it draws attention. Hmmm, maybe a giant Devil Bunny?

 

Sam

 

Sam, you have seen my trailer..plain Jane....

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Awesome- thank you! Just ordered one of those and will keep it handy for those overnight road trips.

This is such a great post and a great example of why this forum is so good. We can all learn from these experiences. Your trailer is awesome, your experience with purchasing the trailer and tips are great too. Thank you!!

 

I appreciate the kind words! I've benefited greatly from this site over the years and contribute when I have the chance!

 

Very, very nice trailer! Really makes the one I just bought look, well, CHEAP! Thanks a lot! :lol:

 

I ventured up into Georgia and purchased a Diamond Cargo 18-footer, (plus 2-feet of v-nose), from the factory. Just a plain, white box exterior, but with some nice aluminum diamond plate trim - I did spring for scissor-jacks, extra crossmembers, 5200 lb axles, and larger wheels with radial tires, but still pretty simple. It only came with 4 d-rings, so I'm installing some e-track and a winch to give me more hauling options.

 

Looks like this one: http://www.usacargotrailersales.com/virtuemart/8-8-5-wide/our-popular-85-x-18-trailer-quality-construction-wholesale-price-3675-detail.html

 

I think I will dress up the exterior. Anything to make it stand out and not be so "plain Jane" - that might make thieves think twice if it draws attention. Hmmm, maybe a giant Devil Bunny?

 

Sam

 

Well at the end of the day your trailer gets it done and that's what matters! That's a good looking trailer for sure. One thing about trailers- add on's and the "cosmetic" items are relatively inexpensive for the most part. When you really sit and look at what a trailer is and what it's made of it's hard to understand how some of these manufacturers justify the huge $'s, but then again you get what you pay for.

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Well currently out in California and took the trailer loaded with the Shelby on its first road trip- Phoenix to LA. Towed fantastic with no issues and actually feels much more stable at speed loaded than it did empty.

 

I did install a bulldog electric trailer jack before I left- much easier to use especially when the car is loaded. About as easy as it gets on the install- if you have a battery on the tongue then the power wire that comes with the jack is long enough- otherwise you have to splice in an extension like I did. Seems silly the thing doesn't come with the $.50 battery connector fitting but you'll need to purchase that too.

 

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Well currently out in California and took the trailer loaded with the Shelby on its first road trip- Phoenix to LA. Towed fantastic with no issues and actually feels much more stable at speed loaded than it did empty.

 

I did install a bulldog electric trailer jack before I left- much easier to use especially when the car is loaded. About as easy as it gets on the install- if you have a battery on the tongue then the power wire that comes with the jack is long enough- otherwise you have to splice in an extension like I did. Seems silly the thing doesn't come with the $.50 battery connector fitting but you'll need to purchase that too.

 

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Nice !
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