Kind of bittersweet morning for me ....
Retired my custom 34 ft. enclosed car hauler trailer.
It has served me well over the past (3) years but it was time
for a new trailer - my new 30 foot custom enclosed car hauler sits next to it - it is waiting for a Nosecone to be installed.
How fitting that the last car hauled in it was this remarkable
largely original 1914 Model T that I picked up yesterday in Florida ...
How about some more pictures of the 1914 T.
May I see a close up of the hitch?
Also,what was the thoughts behind going shorter? It would seem to me that would limit the size or amount of cars you could carry.
A 30 footer would still enable Jim to carry 2 Model Ts. The only limitations I can see is itíll carry only 4 cycle cars instead of the longer trailerís 5. How many multiples of cycle cars have you transported Jim?
The 1914 Model T will be in Richmond for the National Tour & Homecoming.
My initial impression is that it is a largely original car.
The tongue is extended to 5 feet - this allows for placement of a modified steel mesh cargo carrier & tool box installed in a manner that does not interfere with the tow vehicle turning radius.
Both can be found at most Walmart Supercenters for around $100 total.
At 34 feet - my last trailer was simply too long.
30 feet allows me to transport a Model T or similar smaller
vehicle along with a full size vehicle.
I designed a loft for storage & sleeping that now has cross ventilation with the slider windows I added on the new trailer.
Looks like the new one is waiting for decals to be installed on the rear door, too.
I'm assuming that you are getting the new trailer because you are running out of space for more decals?
Note the Coca Cola relief in the brick building:
I have been saving up for the new trailer.
Canít find another ď Stay Back 50 Feet ď - that was for emergency vehicles - it really lit up at night when the headlights hit it.
FJ - That "loft for storage and/or sleeping" up front is a great idea Jim. One feature of almost all vehicles is that the first five or six feet of most cars is only as high as the hood or top of radiator cap. That means that most vehicles can be loaded all the way to the nose of the trailer with front of vehicle tucked under the loft.
Also, one other note,....you mentioned the nose cone:
I did considerable "research" before I bought my enclosed trailer, and altho' I finally decided on a vee-nose, I have been led to believe that the bulb shape nose cone is just as aerodynamically efficient as the vee-nose, if not even better! When you look at how most modern semi-tractor trailer rigs as well as RV trailers are now being built, that seems to verify the efficiency of the bulb shaped nose cone,.......harold
Someone led you down the wrong path.
The only thing v nose design saves is raw material in building a trailer.
In exchange you sacrifice usable floor space.
A nose cone will actually save you 1 to 3 mpg.
Jim, When you're taking a rest from the steering wheel, google Keep Back 50 Feet stickers. You'll find an assortment to choose from. I didn't see one exactly like you had, but decals with the same wording. You'll, also, find stickers for 100 feet, 200 feet, and even 500 feet.
Thank you for that advice.
I went to this site & just ordered some safety decals for the back of my new trailer:
Can you get one that says:
DANGER. STAY AWAY!
THE DRIVER DOES WEIRD THINGS WITHOUT THINKING.
If you can get two.
I need one!
Ok,that settles my question on the tongue and hitch.The other 1 had a failure awhile back and you had to have it welded.This 1 is solid and uncut.
I want to look into a "nose" for my flat bed to protect what I am hauling from flying stuff.
Fred...lately with all the morons invading the highways, I think a LOT of cars need this on their bumper!!
Some new bumper stickers .....
I like that FBI one FJ. Reminds me of the license plate on the 31 SW Model A that my Aunt bought for a parts car. Only FBI had a slightly different meaning. - Mat
Jim, My Dad used to have a sign in his office that said: "I Consider The Day Lost, If I Don't Catch HELL About Something".
I hope that you enjoy many safe and rewarding miles with your new trailer. Bill
This is rather large for a sticker, but the concept is fun:
It's amazing how many original unrestored 1914's are still around!
I So wish I could find a sticker like that!!
Jim, Now all you need is some Vortex Generators for the back sides and top of your trailer and you'll have to stop and drain out some of that extra gas!
Do Goggle the little generators though. I have them on my trailer!
I didn't know what those were called ....
I did do a search & am thinking of buying these:
$208 for a pack of (80) works out to be $2.60 each.
My first full day of towing the nosecone trailer was yesterday - I saw an increase of 1.5 to 2.0 mpg in fuel savings along with a notable increase in towing speed of about 5 mph.
I am a believer .....
FJ, That's exactly what I have. I got mine from a long haul trucker locally here on Craigslist.
If you use a nose cone and a bunch of vortex generators will you have to stop more often to empty the gas tank?
Those are also known as Air Tabs. We used them on our semi trailers. Really won't do anything for fuel mileage, but will stabilize the trailer. Kind of like tying a tail on a kite, especially in cross winds. It will also throw the air and water in rainy weather further back, and actually giving you better visibility in rainy/wet conditions. You will see a lot of owner operators with them, but fleets don't see any improvement in the bottom line, so they don't buy them. Owner operators like it because of the stability it adds, and the visibility.
Self adhesive, easy to install and can be painted to match the vehicle.
Terry, I never thought about the saying on your dad's sign quite that way before and I've lived it. :-) I like it!
I'm gonna steal it at some point... ;-)
Nice trailer FJ! :-)