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BLKTRD6SP 08-06-2011 11:46 AM

Enclosed cargo trailer question
I'm looking at purchasing an enclosed cargo trailer probably 7x14 or 7x16. Does anyone know how much of a difference between a V nose unit and a flat front is? Fuel wise and ease of towing.
Either one will be an aluminum frame trailer, tandem axle, weighing between 1500-1700 lbs empty. I will most likely only have 1000-1500 lbs cargo at any given time.
Thanks in advance.

fvtalon 08-06-2011 02:14 PM

I tow a 6x14 V-nose. It pulls pretty easy. Our last trailer was a 6x10 flat nose but it was smaller, lighter and single axle vs tandem so I can't really compare that way. One thing with the V-nose is a 14' V is the same overall length as a 12' flat front will be. The V nose can be a hassle with loading sometimes, especially boxes, but then the flat nose we had had a curve to the front too so it's not like it was really any better either.

A couple other things is with the V nose I can open my tailgate and canopy on the Tacoma but with the Navigator hooked up you can only open the glass. To try an open the whole hatch it hits the trailer.

BLKTRD6SP 08-06-2011 02:37 PM

Thanks for the reply.
I can purchase a used 7x16 flat nose for a bout $1500 less than a new 7x16'+2'V. Pretty much just wondering if I am going to regret not getting a V nose, most of my trips are going to be 800-1000 miles return about 6 times a year. Do the V's get a lot better fuel economy than towing a square block?
As for loading cargo I am not as concerned about the shape inside as I will build shelving in the V anyways.

F-125Racer 08-06-2011 08:27 PM

I have a 12' Featherlight V-nose and it does pull easier than the WellsCargo with a NoseCone that I had previously. Mileage is not much different, just easier to pull. Check out the "6 Cylinder Towing Review" thread in Towing for more info.

trdtaco1 09-22-2011 03:06 PM

cant comment on the difference from a v nose or a flat nose but i have a 6x12 v nose haulmark that is 1500lbs and just did a trip with my cbr1000rr and my wifes triumph daytona 675 in the trailer. total weight was about 2500lbs out back with no brake controller. i did drive some decent hills and highway speeds were 70-75mph. i got 13mpg and stopping was not really any different with the trailer there.

BLKTRD6SP 09-23-2011 07:04 PM

I ended up with the 7X16 flat front all aluminum trailer. It's pretty light and when loaded up for a race with bike, gear and Queen bed probably weighs less than 2500 lbs.
Pulls nicely, barely notice it around town BUT when you get on the freeway it feels like your towing an anchor! Mileage was worse than I had guessed at 9.08 MPG (not taking into account the 265/70/17 tires) so a little better than that. My truck has never seen 20 mpg by itself even with stock tires so I knew it was really going to suck with the trailer.

S.B. 09-23-2011 10:04 PM

Also looking to get an enclosed, but 6'x12' V-Nose with only about 1500 to 2000 in it also tandom axels (will be getting more stuff to throw in it once we get the money) with brakes on both axels.

jhaines 05-28-2013 12:06 PM

vnose trailer
have pulled both v nose and flat front trailers some distance; have noticed if you pull with pickup and no shell the flat front is like a parachute; with a camper shell there is little difference as the wind is extended over the shell

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