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steve
26-05-2017, 06:49 PM
Hi Everyone,
I'm in the market for a Car Transporter/Trailer to lug the PPC Nova around.
Looking to buy rather than hire.
Any thoughts of what to go for? Size/Features/Model price range?
I'd welcome any advice...
Steve

islandman
27-05-2017, 12:17 AM
Steve, I use to previously hire trailers, but soon realized that the cost would soon mount up, especially at the rebuild phase when it wasn’t drivable. Plus all the hassle of pick up and drop off each time meant it was a real pain in the butt.

After a fair bit of research I decided Brian James trailers were the ones to go for. I was toying with 2 model, both twin axles. One with the wheels under the trailer bed so its narrower, and another wheels outboard and sits lower. In the end I opted for lower wide one for stability, but had to widen the garage doors to fit it inside.

It comes with a nice set of features including integrated ramps that simply pull out rather than having to be detached. The model was the Brian James A-Max 4.8m x 1.96m 2000Kg Gross weight. I went for options like the centre decking, manual winch, car straps, wheel clamp. All in it cost me 3K from a company called GT Towing. If I ever sell it I could recoup a large portion of that, but its been so useful it probably won’t be sold. Its also handy to work on the cars whilst they are on it as they are raised higher so less bending ;)

http://www.brianjames.co.uk/range/range_details.aspx?id=&rid=4

Peter
27-05-2017, 07:06 AM
Having your own trailer is great and I made mine from a caravan chassis, just wide enough for the front wheels to pass and extensions behind the wheels for the wider rears BUT,,, I would have, should have made it twin axle as so much weight to the rear makes it really rear end heavy so when I dragged the SS down here I had to load all I could, such as my tool chest, in the front. I also went for the open floor design so I could get under the car so it has been a 'ramp' as well as home for the car for the last 17 years.
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Manual winch, mudguards long since gone as I sit on the tyres.

madscientist
27-05-2017, 07:52 AM
Hi Steve,

I've just obtained a trailer from a caravan to use for moving around my Nova (I was given this by a friend but have seen these for sale for a few hundred pounds). It is only a single axle job, but is nice and long, low, and has a sturdy, galvanized chassis and decent breaks.

Peter makes a good point re: distribution of weight, although (after great advice from members of this forum), the last time I towed my Nova (on a hired 2-axle trailer), it was placed on the trailer rear -end first -
necessary as the front of the Nova is too low and could the ramp if attempting to load front-end- (which, although less important for a twin-axle trailer, may improve matters when using a single axle- at least I am hoping so!

Cheers,

Colin

islandman
27-05-2017, 11:39 PM
Rear loading is the way to go, not that it made much of a weight difference here

http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww131/islandmanhere/Trailer_zpsw93blzf8.jpg (http://s713.photobucket.com/user/islandmanhere/media/Trailer_zpsw93blzf8.jpg.html)

And to give a perspective on the trailer length I went for with a Nova on it with a chassis


http://i713.photobucket.com/albums/ww131/islandmanhere/trailer1_zps9jf6pscf.jpg (http://s713.photobucket.com/user/islandmanhere/media/trailer1_zps9jf6pscf.jpg.html)

Peter
28-05-2017, 05:28 PM
Rear end first is indeed the best BUT,,,, you need a wide bed between the wheels to allow the rear wheels to pass. I also found that with a single axle a fully loaded car pushed the load limit of the heavy duty van tyres that were recommended to the limit and in fact one blew out not long back just standing there in my workshop.

Ideally a twin axle with small wheels to allow the car to pass over the wheels with a rear end first load is best.

MartinB
29-05-2017, 06:12 PM
Probably a bit rear end heavy with a type4 engine as well then! `)

Peter
29-05-2017, 09:15 PM
Probably a bit rear end heavy with a type4 engine as well then! `)

Bad enough with an all alloy 1600. :whistling: