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Trail Rigs - How do you transport it?

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by tx_shooter, May 22, 2011.

  1. May 22, 2011 at 8:32 AM
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    tx_shooter

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    I have just bought a 2nd truck to use as a trail rig ('87 4Runner). It will be street legal - just not setup for an hour or two drive at highway speeds. It probably won't have the AC or radio working this summer so I would raither not drive it to off road parks in the Texas summer.

    So - I plan on using my Tacoma to pull the rig. My question to everyone here is how do you transport your trail rigs? Do you drive them to the trail head? Trailer them to the trail head or use a tow bar attached to the rig to pull the 2nd vehicle straight from the first? Pros and Cons please - I'm about to drop some more money and I want to make sure I do it the right way.
     
  2. May 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM
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    You can do what we did with the pull bar on it.
     
  3. May 22, 2011 at 10:28 AM
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    Ive never seen anyone use a tow bar for a trail rig

    My vote is for a trailer but check the weight first
     
  4. May 22, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    I'm leaning that direction because it will be cheaper up front and less weight for the truck to pull.


    The weight thing is one of the aspects I'm weighing in on when trailering.
     
  5. May 22, 2011 at 10:38 AM
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    I would trailer it. You can break on the trail and still get it home. If you break the suspension or axle you probably won't be able to flat tow it back.
     
  6. May 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM
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    Agreed. I tow my Samurai whenever I take it out far. If you flat tow it, you'll have to be more cautious with your rig so you don't break something.
     
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    Agreed. I trailer my Samurai whenever I take it out far. If you flat tow it, you'll have to be more cautious with your rig so you don't break something.
     
  8. May 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM
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    Any other benefits to a trailer? Special setups for their trailers and rigs?
     
  9. May 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM
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    I have seen a few custom trailers to keep them as light as possible. Other have extra storage for tires and parts.
     
  10. May 22, 2011 at 1:34 PM
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    They did a whole show on this on Extreme 4X4 on spike t.v., the basics were trailer being able to hold the weight, brakes on trailer, truck that can actually pull the trailer/trail rig, DOT tie downs on trailer...the list can go on and on, but if you hurt the trail rig then a trailer will get it home. But the trailer will cost you some $$ also if you have trailer brakes then you need a brake controlling system
     
  11. May 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM
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    Quickly "do the math"....will your Tacoma be able to pull the "Runna" and a trailer SAFELY ???? Upgrading your brakes ,even just a controller will ad co$t....

    Local group up here has seen the "rigs" grow from "driven" to tow-bar,then upgrade to Tow-dolly BUT they also upgrade their Tow-Rigs.... Then the final upgrade is a trailer with a Heavy-duty tow rig....$$$$$$$...

    Not sure how Texas troopers are BUT in NH, that tow-rig better be legal or your "$itting" until one does arrive....they are tough on small trucks just like us Class 8's....

    Do your homework before spending any coin,then make your decisions wisely....Good luck !!!! and have FUN with that RUNNA ;)
     
  12. May 22, 2011 at 2:51 PM
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    Trailering is nothing new to me - I grew up on a farm. Trailers are an old hand for me. I didn't move alot of other vehicles that could move themself though. I was just wondering if I was going overboard for most people do if I am looking at it a pretty normal way.
     
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