Hi...grab a couple of beers..this is long!
I have researched- researched and yes researched but...before I pull the trigger...a smart man asks before shelling out $5k-$6k.
Moving Xcountry from Cali to Florida:
Have a 2008 TRD Dbl cab 4.0 non 4x4 (w/ tow package)
Adding Bilstein 5100 in a week or two. (+ .85" as I want a lil rake)
Had the TSB for leaf springs done years ago.
Adding Brake controller. (undecided on brand)
WILL add air bags if needed after buying trailer...we shall see.
I am and will be a painting contractor so I will use trailer when I arrive in FLA.
I will be towing back n forth to Connecticut 2x a year to work on Mom's house. (its what men do right?)
After looking for last 2 months at 'previously owned trailers' here in s cal and az I have figured this. I may save $1000 on a trailer but odds are after tires, seals etc I am really saving $300-400 max so...buy new and with a warranty.
tandem axles with brakes on both axles
QUALITY (3/4" floor, under coating, 1/2" walls, rv hitch length etc)
Thinking 16" tires so I can get LT "E" rated tires and better tracking
Some misc interior things like welded tie downs etc.
Soooo long ass post even longer...
I am finding that I would get better value having a trailer built...
The Ranger series would have everything I mentioned above and run $4900 plus tax/reg (and gas to drive there and back to pick up)
(see attachment brochure)
I prefer the slant nose over the V-nose for better tracking. (its not a flat face)
It would weigh 1,880 with a 7,000 lb limit.
Add 2nd axle brakes +$180
The color choices are white, white or I think the last choice is white!
Welded Tie down rails (1' high and 4' high on sides and front) $80
1/2" walls and 3/4" floor ( I believe 24" on center but...)
16" wheels, spare and LT "E" rated tires +$375
and a 5, yes FIVE year warranty.
$1000 deposit and 2 months to build
My belongings with equipment and furniture etc etc MAYBE at 2,400 lbs max but hell lets call it 2,600 lbs. (always measure over right?)
My dog is 70 lbs and
I am 210 lbs.
My target is/was trailer loaded at or under 5,000 lbs for this trip. The Tacoma will take that in a heartbeat (in my personal experience)
what am I forgetting here? What am I over looking?
I also want to say that this website and the people here are fantastic and have saved me hours, money and from making mistakes! Thank you ! !