Well I just bought a Cargo Mate by Forest river
Cargo Mate Cargo Trailers by Forest River
It is 20 feet long and 7 feet wide with a "V" nose. I shopped for quite a while and test drove a few. The dealer I bought it from was nice enough to let me try all of the combinations on the road. Why the 20 foot? simple we have 3 ATV's and they will load nicely up the middle. I worked it out with all of our camping gear, ATV's the trailer will come in around 5000 lbs. wet, which is what the manufacturer says the FJ will do.
Now we are going from a motorhome to this and we are losing some ammenities. Like no more shower or hot water tank, no more fridge, no air conditioning and no furniture you would find in a house.
We will be using inflatable beds and cots, camping furniture, rubbermaid bins for storage, water jugs, camp stove and bar-b-q to cook outside, (Costco pop up canopy for cover) the creek to wash in. We are installing a portable toilette (some things the wife will NOT do without), we are using coolers with dry ice ( yes I figured out a way to keep it cool and not frozen for about 5 days), 1 small 12 volt RV battery, a portable generator, a portable pressure washer (for the ATV's) to use in the river, a box of tools and parts, jugs of gasoline, and a small portable compressor 120 volt.
I am insulating the trailer myself and running in some extra wire and plug ins. I will have the trailer an approximately 10 weeks then I can Mod it and go camping. Face it we all have gone away from true camping with our motorhomes and trailers. This one is still a trailer (no luxury ammenities) but we sleep off the ground and not in a tent and I can pull everything out and it becomes an empty van I can use to haul anything in.
During the road tests I found that the 8"6" trailers need the FJ to get extension mirrors (not such a great idea). The "V" nosed ones were better than the flat front ones but still pushed a LOT of air (I was originally looking at an 8'6" X16'). The dealer I bought from would not sell me an 8'6" trailer stating it would pull poorly and really kill my milage (he had about 10 of them in stock), he strongly recommended the 7' on for the FJ. Road testing it was very nice, it pulled great, side visibilty was good (no mirror extensions) and on test day it was very windy (gusts up to 55 mph) (steady winds of 25 mph), the FJ performed great and fuel milage was a negligible drop (about 3 mpg)
The one I ordered (yes he had what I wanted in stock...sort of) is yellow with a white roof, has a screen door option on the man door, has 3 windows that open, has roof racks for my canoe (yellow white and black), has a propane and battery storage compartmant, 2 in floor storage compartments 2X3500 lb. axles and a black and white checkered floor comming in at 2900 lbs with 315 lbs hitch weight.
Total price with options and shipping?................$10500.00 cdn.
My trailer will be here tomorrow...I can hardly wait....but I can't pick it up till Thursday....something about PDI and getting into the busy season......but Thursday it will be here....pulled some of the trailers from work...Fairly heavy equipment trailers....no problem...won't be able to race a Vette of the line but who wants to? I will post pics when I get it.
No pics yet...pulled the trailer around a bit...Definately need a load leveling hitch...have one coming on Monday
Lost 2.5 miles per gallon...went from 16.5 to 14.0....I can live with that...My Volant cold Air Kit is on order as is my chip....
and no it is NOT the unichip....heard others a having some problems with it so am getting some new one....my buddy owns
North American Diesel Performance ( Intro Page
) and has the line on other chips and is looking at bringing them in as he is getting into the gas performance business as well. Check out his site he has done some cool stuff.
gas performance business now