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post #16 of 25 Old 04-20-2019, 10:29 AM
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I would just keep checking Craigslist until you find what you want. People buy trailers and sell them all the time realizing they didn't need them that much.

I have an old motorcycle trailer that pulls really easy; weighs about 600 lb. I like that it's narrow I can take it through a drive-thru at a restaurant.

I found it on Craigslist and traded a Ruger 10/22 and $200 for it.
I agree with Country1966 and Ariens93; If unsure, borrow one or get a used trailer to try out and learn your preferences for short distances. Check your tractor weight and dimensions again, I have a craftsman garden tractor that is about 780 loaded with snowplow, or other accessories. That's the heaviest item I pull.
I prefer to get my mulch, wood, crushed stone delivered due to quantities. Then use my tractor and cart to distribute. Otherwise too easy to overload or make a mesh with your trailer and Subaru. I agree position of the load on trailer is critical.
Testing worked for me and later I bought a new Big Tex 30ES 5x10 Single-Axle Trailer for bigger loads, longer runs, and less maintenance. I wanted full-size 15" tires. However, I also pull with a 4runner with 2" ball hitch. But this doubles as a boat trailer for 4+ kayaks, or jon-boat and gear.
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Because of the very limited tongue weight on your vehicle you want to try to find a trailer with the axle towards the center of it.

That way you can keep the weight over the axle distributing the load properly; you keep a lot of the weight off the tongue.

you probably already know, but it's worth stating, that you have to keep at least 50 to 100 lb on the tongue in order for it not to fishtail.

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Re: Basic utility trailer

Hi everyone - thanks to all the above for the advice and input. Always very helpful to hear the opinions!

Here's what I ended up doing: Purchased a TSC 5x8 utility trailer with rear gate. Chose option with wood floor installed. I plan to build out sides and install couple lock boxes, plus a strut to prop up 8-12ft lumber that I buy. Needed to pull the trigger on a purchase and none of the used options quite fit the bill.

It's 550lbs unladen, and the most I expect to load it up with is 700lbs of tractor - and even then it'd be for 15-20miles only for servicing on occasion. Rest of towing would be lighter loads over short distances, sub 50miles. I understand now I have to manage the weight distribution etc. every time - but the Subaru can handle it and when we get a pickup the trailer can help tow a lot more at that time.

Thanks again for the inputs!

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Good luck JW. I bought a light weight utility trailer in the middle 80's when I owned a Subaru wagon. The trailer has been with me ever since. It is a 54" x 98" tilt bed. I have used it to transport my tractor, my ATV, move my kids from home to college to apartment multiple times. I bolted motorcycle wheel chocks into it to haul two dual sports around PA with my son. I've overloaded it with river stone, I've hauled trees, brush, shingles, building supplies, firewood. And every spring I haul mulch. My preference is to drive to a local mulch supply, get a yard or two (no question 2 yard is over loaded) drive home, then because my particular trailer is perfectly balanced, I can switch from truck hitch to garden tractor hitch with which I can distribute the mulch around the lawn. I've found the lower bed height of the trailer makes things like moving a chest freezer or refridgerator or washing machine, or whatever much easier than attempting to lift the same appliance into the back of a truck.

I now have a Tacoma, and have no problem with my trailer loads, but my son drives his Outback, and has borrowed my trailer often. Primarily for moving himself and friends, for hauling Dual Sport, or a small flotila of kayaks on a camping trip. You should be very happy, and in a couple years you will find yourself wondering how you managed home ownership without one.
Jere, What's the big tall structure behind the trees next door to you in picture #6? Looks like above ground water tank ?

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That is a half million gallon water tank made out of pre-cast concrete walls on a 32" thick concrete base. I live on the top of the highest hill in the township. Township took the 5 acres by eminent domain and built the tank to service the other half of the residents that live on the other side of the ridgeline I live on. In an ironic twist, the tank is not as tall as it looks (about 15') and not tall enough to service my home without aux pumping. But, as it stands, my well is fine, my neighbor is silent, all's right in my world.

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They took 5 acres from you by eminent domain. Did they pay you or just take it.

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They paid for it, at a price they determined to be fair. And, it probably was fair if I had wanted it sold - but I didn't.

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Late to the party, but it sounds like you made a good choice, given the limits of your towing ability.

When I bought my utility trailer originally, it was just to move my tractor around, mainly to help my parents with leaf season. I can't tell you how much else it's done, just unbelievable.

When I bought it (around 2003), I was looking at box store trailers. The price for those was around $900, and a friend bought one. They had mesh floors, and didn't look very sturdy. I ended up buying an Anderson trailer for something like $1100, and it was built night and day better (heavier steel, bigger wheels and tires, 2x6 deck).
But, I have a truck to pull it, and it weighs a ton (figuratively), just empty. I got a 6x10, as this was about the most I could afford at the time.

I'm currently thinking about getting a bigger one (6x12 or 6x14) for when it's needed, and augmenting with a smaller one that I can pull around the yard with a tractor (mulch, yard cleanups). If I'd bought the 6x12 originally, I'd be happy as a clam and just buy a small one.

Anyway, just pointing out that there are lots of things to consider, and your needs may change. As others have noted, they sell fast if you ever decide to upsize.

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I want to make a comment on tongue weight. It is extremely important to have enough tongue weight as too little will cause the trailer to sway. I speak from experience, damned near wiped out at highway speeds due to improper loading of the trailer. Jere39, you must be hauling some short distances at low speeds if you can lift a 1500 pound trailer off the hitch ball because you should have about 150 lbs tongue weight with that load.

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Rule of thumb I've always heard is 10% of loaded weight should be on the tongue.

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