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01-22-2013 07:06 PM  4 years agoPost 41
Tyler

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I acquired the trailer from the original owner with the intent on finding a way to meet my r/c needs. It took three years of head scratching to come up with this dream come true solution.

More to come as I finish up the project. Sometimes the smallest aspects take the most effort, research, planning, and fabrication.

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01-22-2013 11:44 PM  4 years agoPost 42
Rick1257

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Ihave a 7x12 trailer that houses all my helis and tools plus airplanes. I work on them in the trailer it's great hook up and go when you get home unhook and go in the house. I put a breaker box in and wired have two 4 plug outlets and can hook up to the house or generator from the outside have two 4 foot lights. I put a work bench in the front and a tool box.

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01-22-2013 11:44 PM  4 years agoPost 43
Ace Dude

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Well after a lot more searching for small trailer options I found this and it looks like it has some serious potential. The bed size is 48" x 72" x 21"
 and it only weights 340lbs. It's not cheap, I've seen prices of $2000-2500 new, but it's all aluminum, has a torsion axle, and is super high quality. I think I could easily roll this to put it my back yard or garage which I couldn't do with a larger trailer. My garage door is 6" shorter than a standard size opening so standard height trailer will not fit in there.

  

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01-23-2013 01:51 AM  4 years agoPost 44
Tyler

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Ace Dude,

Have you already purchased that trailer?

I fear that the photos don't appear to support the dimension listed. Of course the fact that it is not a squared off box could really present some illusionary deceptions.

One of the surprising issues I had with finding a low profile trailer that would work for my helis is the overall height of a 600-700 class helicopter. There is always the option of securing them on their sides, but canopy damage seems to be much more common.

My original plan was to keep all my models inside the trailer. These pesky helicopters are longer and taller than we expect.

Tyler

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01-23-2013 02:04 AM  4 years agoPost 45
Ace Dude

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Have you already purchased that trailer?
I just found it searching the web today. I haven't seen one in person yet. I wish it were a little bigger, but so far it's one of the few things I've found that's not too big.

Searching RR, I did find someone using this trailer with helis in it. Would definitely need to confirm whether a 700 would fit in there. I posted a link to a 4x8 I found earlier in this thread. That may be my second best option if this one turns out to be too small.

  

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01-23-2013 02:22 AM  4 years agoPost 46
Tyler

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That appears to be a JR Voyager Gasoline helicopter in the trailer. If so, this seems to be a perfect solution for helicopter only pilots.

Many great features:

low profile
torsion axle
additional carrying capacity on lid
large tires
outboard tires/fenders
all aluminum

Expect it to be a real pain to back up because you cannot see it in the side mirrors, rear mirror, and there is a relatively short tongue/wheelbase.

Heck, even the price is very attractive at $2500.

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01-23-2013 02:24 AM  4 years agoPost 47
Girard Ibanez

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has a torsion axle
I would wonder how stiff of a ride it would be if it is NOT loaded down with useful weight. The thing about torsion is it's expensive to change the weight capacity.


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01-23-2013 02:30 AM  4 years agoPost 48
Ace Dude

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Expect it to be a real pain to back up because you cannot see it in the side mirrors, rear mirror, and there is a relatively short tongue/wheelbase.
Good point, never thought of that, would be my first trailer and have only driven a small landscape trailer once and never had to back it up.

I'll see if I can find one in stock locally so I can see it in person.

  

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01-23-2013 02:32 AM  4 years agoPost 49
Tyler

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Having new custom made leaf springs rated at my requested capacity, new hangers, new bushings and hardware, etc. only cost $300 installed. Torsion can be more expensive but more readily available. The stock 50 year old springs I had could not be sourced "off the shelf". I looked for two years.

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01-23-2013 02:33 AM  4 years agoPost 50
Ace Dude

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Here are the specs from the manufacturer's web site:

• 1-1200# Rubber torsion axle - No brakes - Easy lube hubs
• ST175/80R13 LRC Carlisle rad trail (1360# cap/tire)
• Phantom aluminum wheels, 5-4.5 BHP
• Aluminum fenders
• 48" x 72" x 21" Storage box
• Lockable lid with over-lapping lip for waterproof protection
• Luggage rack on lid, 3" high
• Rubber mounted rear lights
• Gas-cylinder assisted lid
• 38.85 Cubic feet of storage
• Overall width = 64"
• Overall length = 120"

Looks like the axle is lighter weight to match the size of the trailer.

The only available options are:
Part # Description
60017 Tongue handle
51122 13" Aluminum tire & wheel
44726 14" Alum tire & wheel upgrade
51119 14" Aluminum Spare Tire & Wheel

  

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01-23-2013 02:35 AM  4 years agoPost 51
racemwyatt

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Trailer is a must!

I told my parents I wanted to be a pilot when I grew up, they said I can't do both!

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01-23-2013 02:39 AM  4 years agoPost 52
Girard Ibanez

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My 4'x6' trailer took a bit of getting used to due to the short wheel base when backing up.

No wonder my tires were worn out prematurely.....


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01-23-2013 11:27 AM  4 years agoPost 53
Rick1257

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Chesterfield, Va U.S.

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A trailer really is nice you won't regret it. Just make sure you get what you want the first time.After having mine I can't imagine loading everything up each time I go.

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01-23-2013 01:38 PM  4 years agoPost 54
Ace Dude

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What size trailer are you using?

  

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01-23-2013 01:46 PM  4 years agoPost 55
jgunpilot

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To assist with backing up low profile trailers, keep a 4 foot one-hand bar clamp in the trailer and clip it on in the upright position so you can see it from the driver's side mirror.

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01-23-2013 02:33 PM  4 years agoPost 56
Rick1257

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Mine is 7 X 12, 6ft inside

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01-23-2013 06:08 PM  4 years agoPost 57
meowguy

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There was a guy at the jet rally in Sanford, ME last year who had a semi-tractor with 53 foot trailer that he used as living quarters, workshop and storage for seven 1/4 scale turbine jet model aircraft. All painted beautiful gleaming black with gold trim. Pull out bays and awnings. Now that's how to travel to a fun fly in style. If you've got it why not flaunt it?

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01-24-2013 01:05 AM  4 years agoPost 58
Bouchah

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Trailer is a must! Trailer is a must!

This trailer looks sweet, The trailer looks to be the same as the one I picked up recently, 6 x 12 V nose all aluminum. Mine is not finished on the inside yet, still coming up with a plan. About your trailer, I like the way it looks, very nice, however I think about how I want to set mine up I have some different Ideas. First, where are the electrical outlets? Second, I like your work bench with the drawers but I was going to extend it down the wall about half way down the trailer with cabinets or storage compartments beneath. Somewhere to store things like my generator and what not. When your trailer is loaded how do you keep stuff from bouncing around going down the road? Third, Where are you storing the birds? usually there is some sort of rack on the wall to hang them, im not sure what im going to do about that yet.
Do you have a rooftop ac unit? Which one if so?

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01-24-2013 02:46 AM  4 years agoPost 59
Tyler

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I saw a "jet" guy pull up with a diesel pusher hauling a big aluminum trailer behind it. He then dropped the rear ramp on the trailer and backed out his HUGE Full sized luxury SUV. Then he disconnected the RV from the trailer and hitched up the SUV so he could pull the hobby trailer to a local event every day while leaving his wife in the "luxury bus" for a week. After the SUV was removed from the trailer, work benches, shelves and racks pivoted into its space to form a full workshop complete with bench top power tools, sink, you name it.

However, he started his sentence with... "When we sold our house to live in the RV..."

I plan to keep my house AND my trailer.

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01-24-2013 03:11 AM  4 years agoPost 60
jelkins

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my "man cave"


www.collectiverc.com
www.HOBBIESandRC.com

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