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Message posted by victoria1 on 12/4/2012 at 10:55pm
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I didn't want to post this in the 'equipment section' as this is really only relevant to the tenters. I have arranged to view a box trailer tomorrow after lunch, a small 4X3 one with a lid and electrics. It's advertised as a dog trailer. The panels are tongue and groove, with a welded frame. It's not factory made, but appears to be well made by whoever the creator was.

First question for tenters who now have a trailer. How big a benefit is it to have a trailer? Do you wonder how did you ever do without it?

Second question is, since there is no suspension in a trailer, do things like chairs and stoves survive the journey?

Third question, is it feasible to pretty much keep it packed with camping equipment in anticipation of camping on a whim? This thing has wooden sides, would covering it with a tarp keep everything dry?

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We had a 5x3 trailer when we were tent camping and it was a great benefit. The problem is, you tend to fill it up!

Ours had suspension and I must admit, I thought they all did. I'd be very wary about buying one without. We had no problems with transporting chairs, stoves, gas bottles, toilet etc.

We used to keep it packed with everything except the tent and bedding (it was in a lockup garage away from the house). I also used to take the gas bottle out.

We sold the trailer from the free ads on here when we got the TT. It went in 4 hours.

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Hi Victoria 

I bought my trailer after my first camping trip couldn't do without it, its essential

Never had any problems with any of the equipment transported its all tightly packed !

All our stuff stays in the trailer in the garage during the summer ready to go at any time.Whatever size trailer you buy you will fill it, and wish you had a bigger one

You can always get a solid wood top fitted to it but a tarp would be fine

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We bought galvanised one 5x4 with waterproof cover and its great. It has suspension which OH insisted on, and everything is transported without any trouble or breakages. Wonder how we got everything in the car before (and the 2 grandchildren)

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Many thanks fir the quick replies folks! It might have suspension on it, so far I'm only going by a photo. It has a lid on italready so it might be weathertight. I don't have a garage unfortunately :(. It's alot of money for me so I just want to make sure I'd get the use out of it, as I've been packing my estate car with success but partly by reducing the amount of stuff I take.

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We love ours - it makes packing to go away so much quicker as it stays packed in the garage, all we need to do is load the car with the other stuff we need, hitch and go

Likewise when we get home we don't have to unload every single thing, just the car to empty

Ours doesn't have suspension, we've never had a problem

I don't know how we'd wage without it now! Although we'll have to when we go to France...

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I want to get a trailer, just to make packing and travel a little simpler. Ok, ok, maybe its so I can get more gear!

Message posted by jelboy53 on 13/4/2012 at 9:53am
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I've got two trailers one with suspension the other without..
The 1st one 5x4ft(with suspension) was a grotty old thing bought very cheap as a "Project" which has failed to happen as the old spring type suspension fell apart during intital renovation work...And I gave up after failing to source similar springs(though everything else for the renovation is still lying at the back of my lock up??)

2nd one 4x3ft(without suspension) has been used a few times and I found it quite stable with no see sawing as long as you keep your speed reasonable...It would sit in my lockup partially packed when I was using it, a
mice issue meant only non perishables were kept in it.. Sat in the lock up with the cover on everything was dry and ready to go when I needed it and I found it a great space saver for longer trips when using more gear than normal..Would still be using it if I had transport...But it can sit there till I'm in a position to run a car again...

Over all I'd say a trailer would be a bonus to a regular camper like yourself...My only suggestion would be that you use an extra cover over it if storing it in the back garden...

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I've just ordered my towbar from ebay (more expensive than I first thought...regretting getting the sports model of our car now lol) so we are one step closer to getting a trailer.
I'm already dreaming about all the new kit I could fit into it lol.

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More than likely your trailer will be fitted with these suspension units although you'll find 4x3 will be way too small.


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I'll have to agree with Safeway,a 4x3 trailer is tiny.I have one about that size which I tow with my motorbike but I am limited to size and weight.

There would be no difference,towing wise,between a 4x3 and a 6x4.You could get loads more stuff in the bigger one.And I would be wary about having a trailer with no suspension,I would expect it to bounce alot.

When you have a look at a trailer you need to make sure there is movement in the suspension.The rubber torsion units like in the picture above have a tendancy for the rubber to go hard if the trailers been left standing for some time,I would suggest hooking the trailer up to your car and getting inisde the trailer and jumping up and down.If there is movement in the suspension you're good to go.If no movement(apart from the flex in the tyres) you will be looking at another 60 to 100  for replacements.

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Thanks guys, that's really informative. I will definately be better informed when looking at this trailer.

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I love the idea of getting a trailer but am utterly useless at reversing with them at work, i unhook them usually. What are the rules regards motorways/speeds etc with them?

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Just used my new (via ebay!) trailer and got to say it is worth it's weight in gold. Packing and unpacking was so much easier with room to spare (woohoo more gear!). I was politely reminded by my son who has just passed his test that there is a speed restriction of 60mph when towing and I'm the first to admit I struggle to reverse it.

I keep my trailer outside (no garage) with loads of security, no wheels and a tarp over the top.


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Do you leave your trailer at the site when you pop off for visits, if so is it usually secured somehow?

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Quote: Originally posted by fatsweaty on 13/4/2012
Do you leave your trailer at the site when you pop off for visits, if so is it usually secured somehow?

Just used a cheap hitch lock on mine and, with a soft cover, the contents were easily 'nickable' but then so were the contents of the tent.

Never worried about it or had a problem.


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