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01-21-2013 06:16 PM  4 years agoPost 1
Ace Dude

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I've been thinking about getting a small (4x6, 4x8, 5x8, or 5x10) enclosed trailer for transporting my heli stuff to the field for some time now.

I have a mid-size SUV and really don't need a trailer, but like the idea of keeping the field gear (including a Honda generator) on the trailer so I don't have to load and unload all my stuff in the car every time I go to the field. The field is about 22 miles from home and about a 30 minute drive.

Just wondering whether I'm creating more work by having to hitch & un-hitch the trailer every time I go to the field or whether it's really much easier to keep most stuff on the trailer and use it every trip to the field.

Would appreciate hearing from those who use a trailer every time they go to the field.

For traveling to events, no doubt, the trailer is worth it.

  

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01-21-2013 06:31 PM  4 years agoPost 2
wrongler

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01-21-2013 06:49 PM  4 years agoPost 3
Glenn Goodlett

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I don't have a trailer for this purpose but have used various trailers for simular things. Trailers are a pain in the ass to pull, park, maintain, hitch, and unhitch. If you don't really need it, don't do it. Just my opinion.

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01-21-2013 07:28 PM  4 years agoPost 4
BeltFedBrowning

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Can you store it where it won't get broken into?

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01-21-2013 07:31 PM  4 years agoPost 5
Ace Dude

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Thanks, Glenn. That's exactly the kind of information I was looking for. I don't want solve one problem and only be creating another one. Still thinking about the ability to keep the EZ-Up, generator, flight box, chargers, and folding chairs on the trailer.

  

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01-21-2013 07:34 PM  4 years agoPost 6
Ace Dude

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Can you store it where it won't get broken into?
I would need to keep it in the driveway, but it's a safe neighborhood. I wouldn't worry about it getting broken into in the driveway.

  

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01-21-2013 07:34 PM  4 years agoPost 7
jbjones

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How far do you have to drive to get to the field? How many helis are you taking?

For just daily/weekend flying, there's no way I'd fool around with a trailer. I have an Xterra, and that's plenty for a 50 and 2 90s. Even traveling for events (granted it is tight when I put my awning, table and cases of fuel in there).

I dunno, I just don't really see the need to tote your workshop every time you hit the field. Events are a different story, though. Maybe your situation is different and warrants it. I fly in a hay field 1 mile from my house. I just take whatever heli(s), my radio case, a starter and fuel.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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01-21-2013 07:37 PM  4 years agoPost 8
Jeff polisena

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I had one with AC and everything needed ,I worked on everything in trailer even at home . It makes it nice to have a place out of the weather to relax and work on toys . If you can keep in yard and have easy access then it works great but if you have to empty and reload to store then really think about it . I moved and couldn't keep close so down sized back to SUV

I stole it ,flew it and gave it back ;)

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01-21-2013 09:23 PM  4 years agoPost 9
Rudy

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I have also been thinking about getting a small enclosed trailer.

I tired of driving a SUV 7 day a week that gets 17mpg, when I only need that much room maybe a couple times a month. I thinking of getting a car that gets 30mpg and when I need more room pulling a small enclosed trailer.

A mid size car with fold down seats would still carry a couple of 700's and flight gear for daily flying. Then for events I take the trailer. I figure 4 or 5 feet wide inside by 6 feet long and about 4 feet high to keep the wind drag down.

Rudy Ackerman Houston TX/Bend OR

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01-21-2013 10:08 PM  4 years agoPost 10
Ace Dude

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How far do you have to drive to get to the field? How many helis are you taking?
I'm about 22 miles from the field. I only typically bring 1-2 helis with me when I go flying, but would like to bring 2-3 going forward. I do have a few planks I could bring if I had the room for them, but they take a much lower priority than the helis.

The field has zero shade and I have a big old heavy, but super duty EZ-Up. It would be nice to not have to constantly load and unload the EZ-Up in my SUV.

  

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01-21-2013 10:16 PM  4 years agoPost 11
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I tired of driving a SUV 7 day a week that gets 17mpg, when I only need that much room maybe a couple times a month. I thinking of getting a car that gets 30mpg and when I need more room pulling a small enclosed trailer.

A mid size car with fold down seats would still carry a couple of 700's and flight gear for daily flying. Then for events I take the trailer. I figure 4 or 5 feet wide inside by 6 feet long and about 4 feet high to keep the wind drag down.
Another option I've seen used successfully is to buy an old pop-up trailer, gut it, and then use the shell as an R/C trailer.

I'd go that route or a 4x6/4x8, but now I'm thinking a 5x8 or 5x10 would be better as I could use it for non-heli items as well.

This place has a nice little 4x8 trailer on their facebook page:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/North...303500806380378

  

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01-21-2013 10:27 PM  4 years agoPost 12
Kiba

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Can you store it where it won't get broken into?
This is a very important question.

A friend had a nice 15' trailer he used to haul all his giant scale planks around in. He had a little workbench inside, it had a 3K generator mounted on the tongue in a diamondplate enclosure, and it had a little roof AC unit. He had it about a year until it was stolen from his driveway in the middle of the day (his house is in a "safe" neighborhood) and the $35k+ in giant scale planks, field equipment, and trailer were never to be seen again.

If you have to leave the trailer in an unsecured area or in front of your house I would not leave it loaded-- and that makes the idea of a trailer much less convenient. However, it would still save you money in the long run by allowing you to downsize to a smaller and more efficient tow vehicle.

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01-21-2013 10:35 PM  4 years agoPost 13
RyanW

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I have been on both extremes... had an enclosed trailer with work bench, etc. It was a pain to always haul the field. I also bought a MINI Cooper S for driving around when I didn't need the SUV. I have attended events in that little thing with the Synergy E7 and Logo 500. I didn't need anything because I planned on setting up at a friends table and EZ Up at the event. Now I will say that his massive air conditioned trailer (think NHRA dragster trailer) was very cool to hang out in.

Now I am back to where I started. The trailer and MINI are gone and I am using my SUV all of the time. I have a special 'box' that I built to hold the helicopters on top, a folding table under that in a slot and room for fuel, parts, tx boxes, etc under that. It holds a folding chair on one side and subwoofer box on the other. It slides out so we can fill it with strollers and play pins when we take the babies to see grandparents.

-Ryan
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01-21-2013 10:38 PM  4 years agoPost 14
fla heli boy

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build a garage addition to house the trailer.....

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01-21-2013 11:07 PM  4 years agoPost 15
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build a garage addition to house the trailer.....
That's part of my long term plans, but will not be happening in 2013.

  

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01-21-2013 11:10 PM  4 years agoPost 16
Ace Dude

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A friend had a nice 15' trailer he used to haul all his giant scale planks around in. He had a little workbench inside, it had a 3K generator mounted on the tongue in a diamondplate enclosure, and it had a little roof AC unit. He had it about a year until it was stolen from his driveway in the middle of the day (his house is in a "safe" neighborhood) and the $35k+ in giant scale planks, field equipment, and trailer were never to be seen again.
Was the trailer secured? I've never owned a trailer before and am no expert on trailer security, but I thought there are locks you can buy to prevent someone from connecting to the hitch. Was wondering if he was using some sort of theft deterrent?

  

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01-21-2013 11:22 PM  4 years agoPost 17
fla heli boy

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those things rock. But I had a friend that had one on a trailer loaded with MX bikes and somebody wanted it bad enough to saw off the tongue and weld on a replacement and drive it away. Nothing is theft-proof. There are scumbags everywhere.

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01-22-2013 12:12 AM  4 years agoPost 18
JasonJ

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What's funny is I carry everything in my Chrysler Intrepid with no problems. Sometimes I use the Grand Cherokee that we have because it's a little simpler to load. I have considered a small trailer but can't justify it. I could put a hitch on the car and it would be cake but I would have to unloads it and reload it every time so I havn't bothered. We do have club members with trailers they keep loaded and in their garages or shops and they just hook up and roll and it works awesome for them. One thing, if it's hot, I am not convinced leaving all that stuff in a trailer to roast is a good thing unless it's under shade or in a garage. That is something to consider.

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01-22-2013 02:40 AM  4 years agoPost 19
Ace Dude

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One thing, if it's hot, I am not convinced leaving all that stuff in a trailer to roast is a good thing unless it's under shade or in a garage. That is something to consider.
Heat is definitely a concern. I see some folks with beautiful black trailers, but I think white is the only color I'd consider. Some trailers also have vents and some have insulated roofs/sides to reduce heat penetration. You definitely don't want to leave any batteries in the heat.

I'm my case I don't have room to keep a trailer in my garage.

  

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01-22-2013 02:44 AM  4 years agoPost 20
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But I had a friend that had one on a trailer loaded with MX bikes and somebody wanted it bad enough to saw off the tongue and weld on a replacement and drive it away. Nothing is theft-proof. There are scumbags everywhere.
Wow, that's crazy!

  

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