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    Default What makes the best off road trailer

    Again in 2012 we will judge off road trailers on and off road at the Iowa All Breeds Jeep Show ( sept. 22-23 ), Im looking for some help making a list of criteria to judge trailers by.
    We will judge on features and also performance on the off road course .
    So , got any input ?

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    Off the top of my head...

    1. Weight, the lighter the better
    2. Dimensions, super big is silly in most off-road situations I would imagine?
    3. Suspension Design and articulation behind tow vehicle (tracking)
    4. Storage and access to said storage
    5. Build quality and ruggedness
    6. Support and spares accessibility
    7. Water/Dust proof
    8. Construction materials and expected longevity

    Um... probably tons more.
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    Functionality, without that all you have is an overgrown tool box


    Suspension design is overated, we've been using a simplistic leaf sprung system on Military Jeep Trailers for nearly a century with no issues. Same goes for all the money spent on recreating the hitch for articulation, simply use a pintle hook and call it good. Got to include an ARB Fridge, Power with inverter, RTT, kitchen, camode, water tanks with shower. I mean really if you are going to go to the length of hauling a trailer you might as well have all the amentities or simply pack all your gear in a backpack and through it in your backseat.
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    what is the happy medium in length and cubic storage 140" OAL ?
    what is max and min. in distance from jeep rear axel to trailer axel ?
    ground clearance vs roll center ?
    how many gallons water storage ?
    how many gallons fuel storage ?
    should there be 2 catagories *basecamp and * rock crawler ?
    tires?
    bumpers and armor?
    brakes ?
    lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregB_00XJ View Post
    Off the top of my head...

    1. Weight, the lighter the better


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    Ahhhh...not true. A 1lb trailer would not be better. This subject would be best judged by proportion to the tow vehicles HP.
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    Default hitch point

    What about the hitch pivot point in relation to spare tire ?

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    Width should not exceed tow vehicle
    Length should exceed 3/4 length of tow vehicle
    Tongue should be adjustable length
    Extended for long distance on road or flat terrain
    Short for fire roads, trails or hills
    Height should not be higher then tow vehicle
    Axel width and bolt pattern should match tow vehicle
    Wheels and tires should match tow vehicle
    Spare Mounted on tow vehicle, or forward of axel if on trailer
    Any heavy permanently mounted items should be mounted above or in front of axel
    Combined weight and volume of removable items should not exceed maximum capacity of Tow Vehicle
    Trailer should not exceed towing capacity of tow vehicle GVW or tongue weight
    Brakes if the trailer is over 1000 pounds loaded.
    Rear receiver tube or shackle tabs for recovery

    For those of you that have never towed a trailer there is a lot more to towing a trailer than matching the 2" ball to 2" coupler. Research, research, research, rent from Uhaul load your gear then drag the trailer all over town in and out of parking lots, through traffic, up and down the steepest hill you can find, on gravel roads, through a field or sand, accelerate as fast as you can, abrupt stops, off a low shoulder, when near an air source let the air out of the tire and see if your jack fits under the axel, when you are all done slide through the car wash and clean up the Uhaul best you can and take it back. Then rethink all of your ideas and see how they fit into your gained experience. I am 36 I was towing my grandfathers 26 foot travel trailer when I was 16 and had my learners permit. I was driving his tractors in the fields and woods at 12 with trailers filled with firewood and all manner of junk, I have hung them up on trees and sunk them to their axels in mud to the point that the tractor had to be winched out. I have watched my dad and grandpa over loaded them and bent axels, burn up bearings, blow out many, many tires. Just my .02 cents.

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    Camper Trailer Australia magazine www.campertraileraustralia.com.au has a very good list of criteria for judging its selection of camper trailer of the year. The five sections include; Offroad Performance, Bushability, Family Friendliness, Home Comforts/Ease of Use, and Value. There are a number of factors that then go into each of these.

    If you do a search you should find the info.
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    Went to the link but could not find article about trailer specs ?

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