Older Than My 1980 Malibus
- Jul 19, 2009
Looks good - works for a living. Has a version of the tie-downs I described.
A Monte Carlo weighs in at about 3600 lbs. The wood floor option will be lighter, but paint the boards top and bottom to protect them from sun and wet. Since you will use a light-duty pickup to pull it, do get the weight-distributing hitch to keep the truck level and safe. Get four-wheel brakes and 15" D-range tires. Automotive tires are rated for far less weight. If the trailer stays parked, get covers for the tires from Amazon or an RV supply house.I appreciate all your insights and sharing of knowledge. The pics posted are very helpful.(plus we get to see your cars and projects)
Because my truck is only 1.2T and comes with a class III receiver will that limit trailer length and cargo weight? Is 500 LBS tongue weight a safe possibility with the above described equipment? Is a weight distribution hitch needed? I like the idea of an aluminum trailer...but the cost?
Question on suspensions: The choices are leaf springs or torsion arm. Would torsion arm suspensions allow for a lower deck height?
What is the wet weight of a stock Monte SS? ….3500?? What is the front to rear percentage of weight distribution?
We're the axles positioned towards the rear or middle of the trailer? That's been mentioned in this thread.I owned an 18' open trailer for quite a few years. I bought it new in 2003. It was a Big Tex steel deck. Great trailer, very well made. 3500lb axles. I bought it after looking at quite a few other brands. I loved the trailer. I was using a 2500 crew cab 4x4 to tow it. 6.0 with 4:10s. You couldnt tell the trailer was behind you at 65MPH.I wouldnt tow with a 1500 again but thats just me.
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