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Old 07-28-2014, 10:57 AM   #1
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Utility Trailer

Looking to purchase a small utility trailer to tow down the beach in OBX. I really like the Manley trailers, but they are $$$. Any suggestions on a small utility trailer that will run full size wheels and the tires stay in line with the Jeep?

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Old 07-28-2014, 11:58 AM   #2
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Check Craigslist. I moved from MI to CO and needed something to haul my motorcycle and canoe. Bought a brand new trailer from Johns Trailer Sales in Toledo OH for around $1200. I found them on Craigslist. The trailer was made in Ohio. Not top quality like a Manly but fine for light duty like my needs. You can see it in my garage in this photo...

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Old 07-28-2014, 12:10 PM   #3
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Check Craigslist. I moved from MI to CO and needed something to haul my motorcycle and canoe. Bought a brand new trailer from Johns Trailer Sales in Toledo OH for around $1200. I found them on Craigslist. The trailer was made in Ohio. Not top quality like a Manly but fine for light duty like my needs. You can see it in my garage in this photo...

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The original poster is looking for one that is the same track width as the jeep to stay in the same tire tracks (ruts). The one you posted will have a wider track width and you will be fighting it all the way down the beach. Plus those narrow tires will not help the floatation required for the sand.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:51 PM   #4
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Check Craigslist. I moved from MI to CO and needed something to haul my motorcycle and canoe. Bought a brand new trailer from Johns Trailer Sales in Toledo OH for around $1200. I found them on Craigslist. The trailer was made in Ohio. Not top quality like a Manly but fine for light duty like my needs. You can see it in my garage in this photo...
I purchased a heavy duty 4'x8' 1195 lb. Capacity folding trailer from Harbor Freight for around $260 aft4er 20% off coupon. I spent another $300 on plywood and other materials for rails, spare tire, etc. I've taken two trips to the beach w/the trailer packed with gear and my Jeep packed w/three adults and two kids.

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Trailer pulls great. HF trailers w/ 12" wheels don't get stellar reviews, but if you have the time to assemble and repack bearings, and space is at a minimum in your garage, HF is worth a look.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:59 PM   #5
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OMG does this bring back memories, bought a trailer to pull behind my Jeep because my Wife (1st one) wouldn't/couldn't pack or should I say she could pack EVERYTHING.
Went to Home Depot and got it, (just sold it) had it for 20 years. Sold for what I paid, used trailers are like Jeeps.
Home Depot, Tractor Supply, etc ALL will have decent trailers for what you need.
If you try towing up the beach (my house was like 8 miles up) DEFINATELY go Low Tide AND air both the trailer and the Jeep tires down.
I think I got a 4'x8' and built some sides for it. Remember you'll have to register it and get a plate etc. I tried to do everything the day before I left and it was "stressful".

Oh and grab a spare too for it.
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Old 07-28-2014, 01:04 PM   #6
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The original poster is looking for one that is the same track width as the jeep to stay in the same tire tracks (ruts). The one you posted will have a wider track width and you will be fighting it all the way down the beach. Plus those narrow tires will not help the floatation required for the sand.
ON the beach....got it now. Definitely a tricky feat to pull off w/my trailer.

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