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wnjj

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Posted: 05/04/20 09:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

With a single axle trailer I have both a pad and a wheel for use under the jack. If I ever need to get out of a tight spot I put the wheel on and spin the trailer around where it sits. If it's every too hard to move by hand I can use a rope from the truck to help drag it around. I've only used the wheel a couple times when intentionally pulling into a relatively tight primitive camp spot. Spinning the trailer before reconnecting was easier than backing out.

As others mentioned, the tongue works OK to step on plus the camper door is not in the center so the Little Jumbo ladder we normally use works right along side the tongue.

With our family of 5 including chairs, bikes, firewood, etc. a trailer is a must. We put anything and everything bulky or heavy in the trailer that would otherwise have to be handled by the poor truck.

Leaving it behind would mean getting permission from wherever you plan to leave it and locking the tongue. If it's not too sketchy of a place I wouldn't worry too much.

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I ran with one. in fact I have a 7x14 dual axle and a 5x8 single axle.
I used to carry a motorcycle in it.
The dual axle is easier to backup.
the 7x14 is taller and I don't bang my head inside it.
the 7/14 has a ramp tailgate.
we can use the 7/14 as a covered patio on rainy days.
it is nice to have the space for moving stuff enclosed in the trailer.
I also ran 2 backup cameras, one on roof of Truck camper, one on roof of trailer.


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I have an arctic fox camper with the fox landing. Works perfect with my 20 ft cargo trailer. Easy access to the trailer and I don't even need to disconnect at the camp site if its a pull through. Tows nice, but as with any towing situation, planning at the fuel stops is necessary work. I have a diesel, so I just go for the truck lanes most of the time.


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I have a side entrance so the trailer doesn't affect getting in and out. I intentionally sought out a side entrance for this reason. That said, I pull a 24' enclosed. Not to campgrounds, but to the race track. I have yet to have an issue getting fuel, finding a place to park, etc. Probably helps I've been doing this for years before I had the camper, but it's simply a non-issue for me as this combo has been my long term goal all along.


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Just like every RV setup, each unique setup is a compromise.
IMO, towing, parking, access to the camper, backing, camping with a utility trailer is relatively easy IF you have a need for the extra stuff/toys.
The most difficult issue is where to leave the trailer when you need or want to run bobtail. I've only rarely left trailers somewhere "on the road" but have made one off arrangements ahead of time. I'd consider having to haul it with you the vast majority of the time.


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Thanks for all the replies everyone. Ok so it seems like most people can get to campgrounds in NPS just fine and have the option of disconnecting it.

What if you want to go to an off-roading campground? Where can you leave a trailer?

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If you want to off road leave the trailer at home. If you are on an extended journey leave it at a self storage with good security. Some parks have areas for trailer storage. Hitch lock is a no brainer. I carry telescopes/atv/generator/ prospecting gear, etc. It caters to our whims. I am currently moving up from a 5X8 to a 6X12 and want all aluminum with torsion suspension. The truck handles the trailer/camper combo well, it even drives with a bit more stability with it. We have a Fox Landing and use an 18 inch extension. Still under my GCVW!


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I tow a 16’ Enclosed Cargo Trailer to haul our Polaris General UTV. UTV centered over the dual axles to keep as much weight off the tongue. No issues at all backing this Cargo Trailer and it tows very well.

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I don't tow a cargo trailer but I do tow my ATV trailer.
My 34" hitch extension is what limits my off-road-ability.
I can still get back in far enough that I'm away from other people.
With my ATV, extra FW, propane, gasoline and firewood my trailer only weighs about 1500 lbs.

The only issue is parking in a city and that's really not a problem. And I don't do NPs.

Trailers are a convenience not an inconvenience. [emoticon]


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