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Old 09-29-2008, 11:00 AM   #1
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This is the third iteration of my original autoX trailer, purchased and bolted together over 15 years ago. Last was similar though less engineered- wood palette with a sheet of plywood on top. Did manage to haul three 1.6 dressed long blocks with it though... yes with the Miata.

Current version was renovated with a new metal frame courtesy of free bed frame steel and $60 worth of decking lumber and rabbit fence posts. Got the new tires and wheels on an eBay auction for $38 delivered.
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i want 1 minute of my life back.
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reminds me i need to get rid of mine....been sitting for over 2 years unused.
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i want 1 minute of my life back.
You have bigger problems if that whole deal took you a minute to read.

I need one of these bad, I just attempted to move with just a miata. Needless to say a hilarious 6 hour trip with stuff hanging out the window and bike rack with 2 bikes on the back.

I need a new DD.
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You have bigger problems if that whole deal took you a minute to read.

And wtf are you doing in the BS section if you don't have time to waste?

Craigslist is another great place to find trailers. I've seen 4x8s going for <$200 in good condition. If mine wasn't so small (parks between the shed and garage by hand) it would have already been sold. That trailer went to Sebring and back for a track event with 12 tires and wheels on board. A set for me, a set for another tracker and a set I sold to a guy in FL. I'm glad I kept it though after selling the truck.
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Nice lexus, I'd love to drive it around in the winter
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Trailers are a pain in the ***. Everyone want to A. use it or worse B. make you use it for them.

When you go a long time without using it you always think "damn I gotta sell that thing". As soon as you sell it you need it again and can't find another one as nice or as cheap as the one you just got rid of. If you don't have one you want one. If you do you wonder why.

Utility trailers should be something owned by society at large. You drive around till you see one along side the road. When you are done you just leave it on the side of the road for the next guy that needs one. Someone that attempts to use the public trailer exclusively as his own gets a monkey chained to him for 6 months.
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It's fwd only - but in this case it's the best to have because it came with the tow package and that included a trans cooler. See, when lexus built this portly mini suv, they failed to beef up the camry-sourced transmission and then proceeded to recommend 100k mile transmission servicing. After a couple of years they went to 60k. Add to that 4wd and you've got a driveline destined to fail. Ours happens to be trouble free- I keep it clean/serviced with amsoil and limit towing with it. But I'd avoid anything but the fwd with tow package that's never been used to tow. Besides that it's a nice car.
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do you drive your car to the track or have a trailer for that too. i am gonna buy a daily driver car in the next few months and am wondering whats the smallest car that can tow a miata on a flatbed.
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I drove my Miata to track events and autocrosses pulling that trailer for three years. When I started road racing I used a trailer (18ft dubl axle steel open) and tow vehicle (Ford F150 straight 6 and tow package). Later that went to a 26 ft. closed steel double axle and F350 dually crew cab. The latter was a dream, but the F150 wasn't out of it's league either- both trailers had brakes too.

That RX300 will tow a Miata on an 15ft open steel single axle trailer (no brakes) fine. But stopping requires extra attention- it's all about preparation. I have also pulled an 18ft open steel double axle trailer (no brakes) with a Jeep Grand Cherokee and it's the same scenario. IMO the smaller the tow vehicle wheelbase/track, the more work for the driver when towing- especially if the trailer doesn't have brakes.
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i love the looks i get towing the trailer with tires to the track lol
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