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Unread 12-12-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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Looking on craigs list for used trailers, I have a 96 CC, couple of qustions.

I have found a 5 x 8 tilt, seller said if you drive it on in reverse it will not slam down too hard. Anyone using a tilt? $400

Also found a 4 x 8 will the cart fit? Mine is in the shop and I can't measure it.
$250

Finally I will be hauling it to the beach at 65mph, what size tires are the minimum?

I would like to go ahead and buy one to avoid the delv charge back from the shop.
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Unread 12-12-2009, 03:37 PM   #2
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Finally I will be hauling it to the beach at 65mph, what size tires are the minimum?

How far and often?
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Unread 12-12-2009, 03:48 PM   #3
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IMHO I would not go smaller than 5x8. I have a tilt, yes backing it on does work, the rigitity suffers some at speed. As far as tires, golf carts are relatively light so 12-13" are ok, but bigger is better! Ideally, one with the gate/ ramp are the ticket but $400 if the the trailer is decent is a pretty good deal. I'm thinking of welding some braces on the front of mine to eliminate the tilt and adding the gate.
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Finally I will be hauling it to the beach at 65mph, what size tires are the minimum?

How far and often?
4 or 5 times a year 250 miles, actually if safe I like to cruise at 70 to 75 not
sure any trailer would be safe at those speeds
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Unread 12-12-2009, 04:09 PM   #5
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That speed is fine, but I would look for a little larger trailer with automotive size (14-15") tires.....I would not expect a 5X8 TILT trailer with smaller tires to handle that. On the flip side, I've hauled jet skis on 12" tire trailers across the country at 70 mph.....
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IMHO I would not go smaller than 5x8. I have a tilt, yes backing it on does work, the rigitity suffers some at speed. As far as tires, golf carts are relatively light so 12-13" are ok, but bigger is better! Ideally, one with the gate/ ramp are the ticket but $400 if the the trailer is decent is a pretty good deal. I'm thinking of welding some braces on the front of mine to eliminate the tilt and adding the gate.
Yea I wouldn't want to be banging around on a 4 hour drive. Could you add some bolts to hold it for long trips?
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Unread 12-12-2009, 04:12 PM   #7
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Trailer safety is learned, so take your time. If you have never pulled a trailer you need to go slow..... Isn't 55 the national trailer speed limit? You must stay in the slow lane or lanes on state hyways. Since you won't have any trailer brakes you must be sure your tow vehicle is rated for the both the tongue weight and the braking weight....... braking distance will be extended with the extra weight...... Use caution. One accident and the delivery fee will look like a bargain!
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Yea I wouldn't want to be banging around on a 4 hour drive. Could you add some bolts to hold it for long trips?
I have thought about that, but bolts would only add a little rigitity to the toungue, nothing to stabilize the side-to-side sway. It might be enough if the load is well balanced.....I hauled the UMax from Dallas to Austin (200 miles) on a 5x8 tilt. Once I got the weight centered properly it was fine at 70. before that I coulnd't go 45....
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I want you to think about that trailer and cart for what it amounts to. It is 3/4 of the back of a pick up truck, what is the smallest tire you would put on.
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Unread 12-12-2009, 04:28 PM   #10
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Every once in awhile you see people zoomin down the freeway pulling a Harbor Freight trailer with 8 inch wheels going 70mph......
You gotta wonder what's gonna happen when the tire or bearing gives it up?
My cart trailers have 15 and 16 inch rims with full size trailer rated tires on them.... You just can't have too good a trailer tire
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