I have a 12 X 6 trailer I would like to use to haul my T on the only problem is it is a single axle.Does anyone use a trailer this size? Mine is rated for more than the car weighs but the single axle is what I have questions about. Thanks for any input. Sam
I take it this is an open trailer. providing the weight of the trailer and speedster is less than 80% of the rated weight of the axle you should be fine
Sam, there was a good discussion on single vs double axle trailers in this thread from the beginning of the month. Hope this helps
I use a single axle trailer. it pulls just fine. I am careful with it and keep the speed down. It will ride a little rougher than a tandem. Make sure you have a spare tire or another person with you on the trips.
I use a single axle trailer to haul all my T's, Speedster included. Never a problem. It's a fairly light trailer, made only to haul T's. It swayed a bit when I first got it, but after I rearranged a few items and got the tongue weight corrected, it's been just fine.
I restored this T Trailer built for my Speedster in the '50's. The thing is heavy iron. If it is a later trailer go dual, if older and "built like they used to" then single axle is fine.
Thanks to all, I feel much better now.
Jerry, My gray trailer above has no springs. Looks like it was made that way. an overgrown tow dolly IMO.
Your trailer is typical of what was built and used in the antique car hobby in the 1950s and 1960s.
My dad owned one that was built in the 1950s that was similar in design but substantially huskier/heavier than yours. I wish he still had it because it would be handy for my purposes (he sold it around 1980).
There are still a lot of them in use.
When those types of trailers were built, folks weren't going 75 mph down freeways four lane divided highways like people drive now.
Trailer works great. I added extra rails in the drop gate as the mesh tended to sag a bit.
Gary, what are the dimensions of your trailer? 6X12 perhaps? Thanks, Dana
6' x 12' trailer is perfect fit for a T.
I have hauled my model t and model A Fords and racing sports cars all over Ca. The last 50 years with single axle trailers.
I keep good tires on my trailers with 36 lbs. air pressure and 150 lbs. tung w https://www.google.tung eight.
Dana, Will have to check tomorrow. I've had it a couple years and don't remember exact dims. I'll also get the mfgr name and load capacity.
For what its worth I recently purchased an enclosed 6X12 trailer in Phoenix. I trailered empty to the bay area via phoenix-vegas-death valley-bakersfield(ok the trailer got heavier there), Yosemite, and out to the bay area where it was loaded up with at least the weaight of a t speedster. Now I've trailered back thru CA, NV, AZ, and TX on my way to FL with no problems.
End story is that with some minor modification this will take a speedster perfectly. Im driving an '04 lincoln aviator aka explorer. It tows wonderfully easy
When I was racing my sand rail I had a spring-less singel axel trailer. It was low and light and worked wonderfully. We ran 70 mph all the time. Some of the guys had what you call a T trailer (not for model T's) that the front of the buggy just set on the long tongue and the rear wheels set into pockets. The only problem with spring-less type of trailers, is towing them with nothing on them, they will destroy them selves on real bumpy roads. When you tie down on all trailers, It is best not to limit the suspension of the hauled vehicle . Tie it down with the axles and or tires.
I pulled a sign axle trailer to the drag races for 10 years every weekend back in the 80s. Never a issue. Just keep the speed low,Good tires and well greased bearings. I have thought of building another even though I have a enclosed and a dove tail trailer now. If your not going far they are just easy to deal with and pull. Tim
Dana, Trailer is 6'4" X 12' inside the side rails. Mfgr is Gold Star Enterprises, Inc. Sikeston, MO.
I pull my 1911 openrunabout behind my fifth wheel trailer all the time long distance. Good bearings and 10 ply tires only. Highway speeds.