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Track Day Trailer Recommendations?

I am looking for recommendations for a track day trailer that can haul up to 6 bikes. Mostlikely wold normally be carrying 3 or 4, but it would be nice to have the extra room for trips like RoadAtlanta or Barber.

Does anyone have or know of a trailer that fits that bill? I know that the NESBA trailer can hold up to 6... Anyhow, any thoughts on size and brand would be appreciated.

I am not in any hurry, but would like to get one by February or so.

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Brian McLaughlin has a 7x14 double-axle for sale that could accomodate 6 bikes (if you are good at loading).

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NESBA SITE has a sponsor for trailers on there. I say check them out first.

Then search in here for post for Indiana vendors, worth the trip for savings.

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Shit you dont like KRUZ trailer, you got everthing else.....hehehehehe

Dont think you could get 6 in there though?

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I have been looking at internet-trailer.com, the NESBA sponsor, and a wide variety of others for about two weeks. I have a 7.5x14 trailer that I use from a friend right now, and it can handle three bikes and all the crap... but that is a pain to load, etc...

As far as Kruz's, his is a little larger and taller, and the v-nose is great. I know he loaded 4 bikes in there once. But we will have 3-4 bikes every time, and more on longer trips if others come with us.

I was thinking something like 20-22' which is about what the NESBA trailer is. There is a HUGE dealer on 231 on the way to Putnam. They have 5 brands and over 600 trailers in stock http://www.detrotrailers.com

So, I'll probably get something from them when I have the selection made, OR I could go the way that Zeus did with at travel hauler. Back half is garage, front half is living quarter of a large trailer. I looked at 30WP Cherokee WolfPack this past weekend, way cool trailer... http://www.forestriverinc.com/nd/flo...kee/floorplans looks like it can take 5 bikes pretty easily in the back half.

Or, I could just go with a purpose built trailer like the NESBA one... just looking at options so that I can budget for it for the beginning of next season.

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Shit you dont like KRUZ trailer, you got everthing else.....hehehehehe

Dont think you could get 6 in there though?
Think Kruz's tops out at about 4 bikes. Wink, you opposed to buying used? If not, NOW is the time for shopping. Racers that are upgrading, etc are selling their trailers. Good idea to be looking now in case a deal shows up.

6 bike trailer would definately need a double axle. You need to weigh the cost difference/availability of one of those big trailers to how often you plan on using that extra capacity. Even a four bike trailer would haul all the stuff you need for almost any occasion. And you can pick one of those up a heck of a lot easier, especially used.

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No problem buying used. I have been watching WERA, CCS, NESBA and here for trailers. You are absolutely right about easy to find a 4 bike trailer used.. and so far, I have seen nothing bigger out there available.

So... I may just keep looking, or get a heck of a deal on a big trailer in the winter months when no one can sell any trailers (other than snowmobiling)...

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What are you going to be pulling the trailer with because that will make a huge difference. Putting 6 bikes in a 20' trailer means there could be a lot of extra weight on the toungue and if you truck may not handle that.

One thing to think about is that if you get a 8 or 8.5 foot wide trailer you can put the bikes in sideways which will leave more room up front.
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Excursion V-10, with additional tow package. Looking for 8 to 8.5' trailer for exactly that reason. Current one I am using is 7' wide...

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Excursion V-10, with additional tow package.

See that is why I asked.........with that set up stick with a 5x8 open trailer so the truck can handle it.




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If you want to haul that many bikes I would say around 24'. You want enough room for the bikes AND all the other stuff. You will slowly start accumulating more and more stuff to take to the track. Always buy bigger than what you think when it come to trailers.

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Gotcha, I jsut sent an email off to Chris Moon (NESBA) to see what kind of discount they have with Worthington (sponsor). Also what size trailer Garth is driving. I think it is around 22' but not sure.

The Travel Trailer that I was looking at is 30', and they said no problem pulling it with my Excursion.

Hell, a 5x8... I wouldn't even be able to see that little thing back there! LOL!

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[QUOTE=Wink]

The Travel Trailer that I was looking at is 30', and they said no problem pulling it with my Excursion.

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Yeah well they will tell you anything, seriously. An Excursion with the V10 is big enough but a travel trailer or any RV will be a lot more weight than just an enclosed trailer. A 30' RV is getting to the max for you vehicle.

I have a 24' toyhauler and it weighs around 8K pounds loaded with a bike, zuma, all the other track stuff, water tanks, propane, etc....
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heck I got two bikes in an enclosed 5*8 trailer and took it to Barber. I too am looking for a trailer.

Wink, just make sure you get one with a ramp door.

Triton make nice alu trailers, but not sure if they make that big.

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The Travel Trailer that I was looking at is 30', and they said no problem pulling it with my Excursion.

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Yeah well they will tell you anything, seriously. An Excursion with the V10 is big enough but a travel trailer or any RV will be a lot more weight than just an enclosed trailer. A 30' RV is getting to the max for you vehicle.

I have a 24' toyhauler and it weighs around 8K pounds loaded with a bike, zuma, all the other track stuff, water tanks, propane, etc....
It seems a whole bunch of us are thinking about trailers. Great minds think alike ???? My brother and I are investigating toy haulers and gathering ideas. I would like to be able to haul my "other car" around for it's track days too, so the garage and weight capacity is important.

Strick. Since you already have one, what things would you recomend or change on yours if you were to "do over". I could go to a gooseneck but sort of like the idea of leaving my truck bed open for other cr&*. We would be pulling with a F350 power stroke so the truck is not a issue.

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Strick. Since you already have one, what things would you recomend or change on yours if you were to "do over". I could go to a gooseneck but sort of like the idea of leaving my truck bed open for other cr&*. We would be pulling with a F350 power stroke so the truck is not a issue.

I wouldn't do much over as far as the trailer I have. A lot of friends in Atlanta have some type of toy hauler for racing, so I got a chance to "use" them. One has a 39' fifth wheel with a separate garage. The whole unit is real nice but really big and was serious overkill if you don't have kids.

The wife and I looked at a lot of them and settled on a KZ 24' toy hauler. It does not have a separate garage but the size really fits what we wanted. Since it is my only trailer it is not way over kill for just doing a one day track day. If you don't want all the "true" rv features a Camp master style would be really good.

It is all a matter of what you are going to use it for and what you really need.

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For me, thinking of the travel trailer/toy hauler idea. Need to have plenty of space though. I have 4 kids, a brother and a wife that hope to be going to track days. 4 of us will be riding... without taking any friends here or there.

So, that is why I was thinking of the 30' Cherokee. It is 8' wide, and on one side it is 13' deep and on the other side it is 16' deep. If I stack the bikes sideways, it should easily take 6 plus all the extra track/race day crap... and still have the rest of the trailer to relax in.

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Here's the hot setup https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...ad.php?t=32869

But seriously if you're looking to haul 4+ bikes on a consistent basis, mine is not the best trailer. We took 4 down to Barber and they fit pretty well even with gear, but sportchocks are key because we had to angle them into the v-nose.

If I had to do it over again and had double the budget, Id go all aluminum. It's nice to have something 7 or 8 feet wide instead of 6, but then the sides are wider than your vehicle and really cutting into your aerodynamics.

Toy haulers/campers are nice, but "camping" gets old in my opinion. I like to camp, but not while Im on a trackday weekend. Its nice to be able to sleep in a decent bed and get a nice shower.
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Toy haulers/campers are nice, but "camping" gets old in my opinion. I like to camp, but not while Im on a trackday weekend. Its nice to be able to sleep in a decent bed and get a nice shower.


First of all one of you have to change avatars.


"camping" at the track is not big deal, hell the wife and I did it for 2 years out of a 6x15 v-nose. It is nice to have a bathroom and all the "house" stuff at the track. Look at Autobahn, I don't have to wait for the bathroom.

Wink there are a couple of nice toy haulers out there that have a really big garage area that canbe used as sleeping quaters. I like KZ because they are pretty well built but not priced out of reach.
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John,

I'm with you, I don't wanna camp either. But I do like the thought of the kids or wife being able to relax a little more. Maybe I could drag them there more often... I'd still do the hotel at night most likely.

I think that 8' wide is the trick, in that manner I can load them sideways if we had to pack more bikes. Short term, wide trailer, just for toys. Long term, wide trailer with seating area inside like the travel trailers...


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If you don't plan on "camping" at the track, don't bother with a toy hauler. Trust me, it's NOT camping. The beds are comfy, it's got AC/Heat, fridge. They can come extremely decked out. Now, a toy hauler for 6 or so bikes with room for 6 would have to be a big ass one.

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They have 5 brands and over 600 trailers in stock http://www.detrotrailers.com
I bought my trailer there last year, and they were great to deal with. They had the best price around, were courteous and quick, and even threw in a few extras at no charge. Highly recommended!
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Barry - thanks, hope to buy it there then. It is right on the way to Indiana University and I go right by it whenever I visit my daughter. Glad to hear it is a good group.

Rob - Saw one of those at Autobahn last time. Hmmm.. nope, that is way too big. Also, way WAY out of my price range, LOL. But thanks for the thought.

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Barry - thanks, hope to buy it there then. It is right on the way to Indiana University and I go right by it whenever I visit my daughter. Glad to hear it is a good group.

Rob - Saw one of those at Autobahn last time. Hmmm.. nope, that is way too big. Also, way WAY out of my price range, LOL. But thanks for the thought.

Well it would be too small for what I would get one for.

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The toy hauler is a relatively new market segment. I think we will be seeing many seldom used trailers on the market in the next few years. I spotted a 03 UScargo 28' w 14' garage for $9K. That is very do able for a working fool like myself.

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