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Old 06-30-2010, 08:34 AM   #15
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this might work:
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while you can't back up a dolly. the resale impact would be less than a trailer.
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Old 06-30-2010, 09:06 AM   #16
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I might flat tow around town, but there's no way I'd be comfortable doing it over 2400 miles. If I'm going to jump on something, it would be trailer rather than a dolly. I've found trailers pretty useful over the years for a wide range of projects. All a dolly can do is haul a car. Besides, the chances are that we won't settle in my home town. The trailer might be useful if we end up some place like Colorado... hauling the old Dodge a second time rather than having my wife follow me. I'm getting a few leads... and with most things, it's just a matter of time and money.
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Old 06-30-2010, 01:08 PM   #17
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Update

I have a line on two trailers. Both are around $1800. One is an '02 Premier 10k open deck trailer that's been used but looks in good shape. The other is an '08 Carry On 7k open deck that looks like it hasn't been used much at all. I don't know anything about the manufacturers, but Carry On doesn't look real high end. They sell through big boxes. Premier is out of Hagerstown, MD, a local firm. Anyone with hands on experience with either manufacturer, feel free to weigh in.
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Old 06-30-2010, 08:39 PM   #18
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If you are making a roundtrip, check on the U-Haul daily rate, then pull it both ways. Back before we had a pickup truck, we used to rent U-Haul closed trailers; and the difference in cost was significant.
This is what I just did. Saved 30% over Internet price by going to dealer and making case for roundtrip. Additional fuel was negligible due to Cummins engine and low travel speed. (Dropped 4 mpg from normal 24+ to 20 mpg. Added nearly 4,000-lbs to truck/trailer and saw 19 on return leg). Don't forget that U-Haul may not have even a decent torque wrench for lug nuts, and that tires can vary by 10-lbs and more.

Hope that "new" trailer checks out. LEDs are a cheap upgrade. Too late, I suppose to re-wire brakes with heavier wire, etc?

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Old 07-01-2010, 10:04 PM   #19
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You make sense, Nax, but in addition to scooting the youngest around from place to place on the way back, we'll be on the road for 2.5 weeks or thereabouts. It could be a roundabout round trip.

As for improvements, I'm going to need something to do while the primer/paint dries on some old truck parts.
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:12 PM   #20
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Here are some I find handy (probably posted before):

Dodge Diesel - Diesel Truck Resource Forums - View Single Post - Trailer brakes

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Towing: Independent Brake Wire Feed Upgrade

Dodge Diesel - Diesel Truck Resource Forums - View Single Post - Hooking up brake axle wires

RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Towing: Dexter Self Adjusting Brakes (long W/pics and details)
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:03 PM   #21
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Thanks, Nax. I pulled the trigger on the '08 trailer. It needs a little work here and there, but it's barely been used. Hopefully, it will make for an uneventful tow to Big Sky Country. It looks like I'll have time to sneak in a few upgrades including better lights and some reflective tape here and there.
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