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The clearance you need depends on several factors to consider:

 

Actual measured highest point on the tallest vehicle you anticipate transporting

 

Type of suspension of vehicles you anticipate transporting

 

How you plan on securing vehicle inside of trailer

 

Type of trailer suspension and condition

 

Type of roads you anticipate traveling on

 

Average towing speed

 

 

Jim

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OK --

Highest point on car -- 80 inches

Ceiling height of trailer -- 84 inches.

Height of entry door -- 83 inches.

Suspension of car -- 3/4 elliptic leaf springs at rear, 1/2 elliptic at front.

Trailer -- New Featherlite, rubber torsion axles.

Tiedowns -- Cloth axle straps, front and rear, not crossed, ratchets. Nothing to sprung portion of chassis unless you tell me otherwise.

Weight of car -- 5,400 pounds. One car has hydraulic shocks, other has no shocks.

Roads -- Standard Interstates, some great, some aging.

Average towing speed -- posted speed limits.    

 

I'm interested in feedback.

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Unless you drive like Mario Andretti you're fine. I like chock blocks up from for both tires. Unless your car has some rediculous amount of body roll, you're very safe. Nice trailer........ wish I had one. I only use tripple axles on a spread. 

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4 hours ago, jrbartlett said:

OK --

Highest point on car -- 80 inches

Ceiling height of trailer -- 84 inches.

Height of entry door -- 83 inches.

Suspension of car -- 3/4 elliptic leaf springs at rear, 1/2 elliptic at front.

Trailer -- New Featherlite, rubber torsion axles.

Tiedowns -- Cloth axle straps, front and rear, not crossed, ratchets. Nothing to sprung portion of chassis unless you tell me otherwise.

Weight of car -- 5,400 pounds. One car has hydraulic shocks, other has no shocks.

Roads -- Standard Interstates, some great, some aging.

Average towing speed -- posted speed limits.    

 

I'm interested in feedback.


i have been on the road over 300 days a year since 2006 - I post from experience.

 

You should be OK with 4 inches as Ed 

mentioned …

 

Regarding tie downs - most vehicles heavier than a Model T or a Model A

get a 6 point tie down by me.

 

I just dropped off this Race Car in

Modesto California earlier toady.

 

The front has a 2 point tie down 

to the frame straight to the front

with ratcheting cable straps.

 

The rear has a 4 point tie down to 

the frame - two ratcheting cable straps

pulled towards the rear and two crossed

to prevent the vehicle from shifting to

the curb side during transport.

 

The guy I picked the vehicle up from

transports all of his race cars the same way

having evolved over time as he learned

a better way to secure his high dollar

cars.

 

He also uses rear cargo doors and 

commercial aluminum ramps like I do.

 

Jim

 

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