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24FT FEATHERLITE GOOSENECK MODEL 4941 TRAILER QUESTION ( The goods and Bads)

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[h=2]20' Enclosed Trailer, 8' Interior Height, custom paint, 10,000 GVWR, designed for Antique Autos![/h]

Offered for sale here is my single-owner C&C Manufacturing (Hazelton PA) enclosed car trailer. 1981 model, but it has always been garaged and I think you will agree it looks brand new. This trailer was custom-built to haul a 1914 RR Silver Ghost. To the best of my recollection, the longest trip it made was from my home near Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe. I sold the RR in 2007 but kept the trailer with the thought that it might be useful… but I just don't have a need for it.

The exterior height is 10.5', exterior width is 8', exterior box length is 20'/

Interior height (and door clearance) is 8', interior width at narrowest point (fenders) is 78", and interior box length is 19.5'

There is a man door on each side of the trailer, I believe the photos will only show the drivers side, but the passenger side door mirrors it.

There are three access doors in the front wall of the trailer to assist with the front tie-downs.

Trailer is located near Disneyland in CA. Email with interest or questions…
. $5000 firm.

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Benefits of AACA Membership.

The add in the buy and sell on this forum. Looks like the trailer is in good shape. Pulls it with single wheel truck.

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I pull a gosseneck 30 ft with a 2001 Dodge dually diesel Before this one I had a 96 Dodge 3/4 ton The 96 had 300000 miles on it. 24 mpg 18 pulling trailer ,Pull about anywhere . The 2001 pulls about the same but I get about 13 mpg ,20 around town . Both trucks had the same trans and rear gears. With the24 valves the mpg is not there . I have owned many other trucks but will stay with cummins . low maintain ,The new diesels Have very high maintaince unless you modif them ALL EPA Howard

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I pull a tall enclosed tag-along trailer with a 2010 Dodge 6.7L Cummins. The truck is a single rear wheel 3500 [1 ton]. It has a crew cab, so the wheelbase is 169.5" If it were a dually, it would be almost impossible to park in any normal parking lot. I have towed with a dually truck, and really don't care for driving the wide-a** trucks. With equalizer bars, I don't feel the need for the extra 4 tire sidewalls for stability.

I would not tow with less than a 3/4 ton truck, the brakes on a 1/2 ton are too light duty, as are the suspension components.

If a truck and trailer are set up correctly, there is not much difference towing a gooseneck and a tag-along. Where the gooseneck and 5th wheel rigs shine is carrying a heavy load, like a two-car enclosed trailer. The truck load from the hitch is AHEAD of the rear axle, and is shared by both the front and rear axles of the truck. This allows for a lot more stability when you have 18,000-22,000 # behind the truck.

My trailer and car weight varies some. Some of my cars are only 3500# or so, but two are over 5000#. So I can be loaded, truck, trailer and car up to or slightly over 20,000 GVW. And the huge brakes on the Dodge 3500 are a dream.

With the long wheelbase for stability, properly set up equalizer bars and load location and balance, and the incredible power of the Cummins engine with the 6speed trans, there is no comparison to any other rig I've driven. The truck hardly knows that there are hills on the Ohio and Pennsylvania turnpikes heading to Hershey and back. The toughest thing is controlling myself and not speeding.

I'd look into an average used trailer, that's what I have and I love it. I'm not sure I'd pay for the featherlight.. Why not buy a used diesel truck, and buy a conventional trailer, ? I'm thinking you are interested in the Featherlight so it can be pulled behind your 1/2 ton for now??

There is nothing wrong at all with buying a used diesel truck, they are heavy duty rigs.. they are much less a gamble than buying a used, and possibly abused light duty 1/2 ton truck. It's hard to really abuse a 1 ton diesel truck. Either could have been neglected maintenance-wise, but for overloading the axles, the brakes the transmission or the engine, I'd trust buying a diesel over a 1/2 ton or heavy half gasser.

GLong.

Rooney: where in Michigan are you?? If you are in SE Michigan we could put your pickup in my trailer and you could take it for a run up and down I-75 and see what I mean about a properly set up trailer and good diesel truck.

GLong

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Well, I finally got a good Tow Setup, I found this 2004 Dodge 2500 SLT with a Cummins Diesel, I also found a Basic 2012 Haulmark transport 24ft for towing my 56 Chevy Pickup, I got the trailer 2 weeks a go and pulled it home over some hills in cruise control, unbelievable the power of the cummins engine, my Dodge has only 94000 miles and was taken to florida every year, so there is no rust except some slight bubbling over the rear wheel wells, a common problem in the dodge trucks, but this truck is a real keeper, I should have bought one 10 years ago, the trailer came with a 6000lb winch with remote, and sway bar setup with a 10000 lb receiver, the trailer has LED lighting, 5200lb axles, leaf springs and it was stored indoors, this setup was just what i was looking for and happened all in one weekend, sold my Chevy 1.2 ton the friday before, so for $18,000 I upgraded to a Diesel and a 3 year old trailer, thanks everyone for your feedback, LOOK OUT NEXT YEAR, heading to some shows (Auburn spring meet, St Ignace (antiques on the bay), and possibly Vintage truck show in Ohio...Should be fun and I feel safer with the Diesel 3/4 ton...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is your receiver a 2" or 2 1/2"?

It is a 2 5/16 12000 lb ball equalizer hitch setup, I have the proper tung weight and have hauled my truck in the trailer already and it tows very nice, The Diesel loves to pull it,  I just have to get a sway bar put on, I may check and see what the cost of a drivers side door would be to have installed, it was tight along side my truck to turn the steering wheel at times to guide it in the truck..

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Is your receiver a 2" or 2 1/2"?

He didn't respond to that one but with the 2500 I suspect it's a class IV 2 inch receiver rather than a V 2 1/2 inch but all should be well with that 10,000 haulmark unless putting a heavy vehicle in as the chassis weight of that trailer is high.

Robert

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He didn't respond to that one but with the 2500 I suspect it's a class IV 2 inch receiver rather than a V 2 1/2 inch but all should be well with that 10,000 haulmark unless putting a heavy vehicle in as the chassis weight of that trailer is high.

Robert

I have a 2 inch reciever,  I'm pulling around 8000lbs (truck in the Trailer),

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Just curious what is the GVWR on the hallmark sticker. 9,800 lbs?

Robert

Hi Robert, I checked the sticker and it say's 10000lbs for the GVWR

 

I understand more now with the difference in Class IV receivers and Class V recievers, I did check all the welds on my reciever and there is no evidence of cracking, the fellow that had the truck before me used a 5th wheel setup, so the receiver on my truck has seen little use, the rating from the manufacture puts it at 12000lbs and 1200 tongue weight with an equalizer hitch setup, otherwise it's recommended for 5000lbs and 500lb tongue weight with out a equalizer hitch, going by what the trailer from the manufacture weighs and what my 56 weighs from the manufacture, I should be between 7500lbs & 8000lbs, I went with a 760 lb tongue weight and it towed nicely,  I'm going to try and get the whole unit weighed before I put the trailer up..

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Yes weigh it as there is always surprises as the manufacturers weights don't include stuff like spare trailer tires, bottle jacks, tools etc. my experience is that the steel Haulmarks are heavy ones. But I agree you will be ok with it no matter what.

Just as a reference I am at 9,400 lbs with my 61 Impala convertible in my 10,000 aluminum ATC including the above "stuff". I am 200 pounds lighter if I have the 62 Impala coupe in the trailer. Been stopped several times here in MD but never weighed just given heck as they think I should have DOT lettering.

Robert

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Rooney3100,

 

Congrats on the new rig. The Dodge and trailer with an equalizer hitch sounds like the right combination for you. Looking forward to meeting you - hopefully at Auburn and some other AACA Meets.

 

Marty

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Yes weigh it as there is always surprises as the manufacturers weights don't include stuff like spare trailer tires, bottle jacks, tools etc. my experience is that the steel Haulmarks are heavy ones. But I agree you will be ok with it no matter what.

Just as a reference I am at 9,400 lbs with my 61 Impala convertible in my 10,000 aluminum ATC including the above "stuff". I am 200 pounds lighter if I have the 62 Impala coupe in the trailer. Been stopped several times here in MD but never weighed just given heck as they think I should have DOT lettering.

Robert

Robert, I'm going to load up my truck in the trailer tommorrow and get it weighed monday morning just to know for sure, I will let you know next week what she weighs out....STEVE

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Rooney3100,

 

Congrats on the new rig. The Dodge and trailer with an equalizer hitch sounds like the right combination for you. Looking forward to meeting you - hopefully at Auburn and some other AACA Meets.

 

Marty

Thanks Marty, I'm shooting for the Auburn show next May, hope to meet you also...STEVE

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Well, I went and had my truck in the trailer weighed yesterday at the Scales and it came to 7400 ilbs, a total of 15020 lbs with the dodge truck, It's good to have a piece of mind knowing what the weight is just in case I do get pulled over in some other state, I'm at a good weight limit for the tow rig I have, the truck GVWR is 20000lbs and the trailer rating is 10000lbs, the class IV hitch I have is rated ro 12000lbs and 1200lb tongue weight with an equalizer hitch, I have the tongue weight set at 760lbs with the 56 chevy inside, it tows very nice behind the dodge, I do want to put a sway bar on before I head to Auburn next year.....:)  

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are you sure about that truck number? If so you are well over 26K and into CDL? I'll have to look that combination up. If stopped in Maryland you will need a CDL medical card due to the trailer but from out of state I don't think you will have any problems. Oh, make sure your chains and brake safety pull cable are on correct and that the tires are capacity correct as I have been pulled and checked for that previously.

Robert

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Robert, I need to re phrase the GVWR on my truck, it is 9000lbs according to the door sticker, what I meant to say is it is rated to pull 20000lbs ...

 

 

mine has the HO diesel Auto 4 speed, 4x4 4 door short box, here are the specs  

 

 

http://dodgeram.info/2004/load-tow/2500.html

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Great news as you are under 26K so no CDL or DOT registration unless truck or trailer is tagged in a business name! Drive but make sure your equipment is hooked up correctly and tire capacities are over the trailer sticker.

Robert

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Great news as you are under 26K so no CDL or DOT registration unless truck or trailer is tagged in a business name! Drive but make sure your equipment is hooked up correctly and tire capacities are over the trailer sticker.

Robert

Thanks Robert for the info, I have hooked up the trailer twice and put the truck in twice, since I got the trailer in august, I have hooked up everything properly with some advise from a fellow TOWER, I purshased straps from MACS and they work perfect, I use axle straps with a protective sheeve,  these have the hooks that are next to the handle for easy ratcheting down by the floor, I also cross my straps in the rear, the truck doesn't even budge, the winch works well, but I still wish I had a side door.....not much room along side my truck to get to the steering wheel...I will have to see what the cost of putting a side door would be..I also inflate the tires to there COLD MAX pressure when towing, I feel comfortable with the setup I have for towing, I just have to watch the other guy and I will have to walk in to Mcdonald's for my Senior Coffee from now on........ :)

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