Nitro, Our basic certification starts at 9920 pounds. Fortunately the loaded trailer/car/pickup combo comes in about 400 pounds under that and I carry a weigh slip in the truck. The trailer is 7000 GVW if loaded but my goal is to stay under that. Yes, a diesel would be much more efficient but I'd want a vintage closer to my own - without all the modern inconveniences! I like to be able to back up with the door open.
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That's a huge commitment. I went the other way with a smaller trailer for my requirements. Now that I'm retired and want my creature comforts, I'll be trailering either of my two original Minis to events. I'm in Ontario Canada and we have strict laws about trailer weight, trucks and yearly inspections. These are for commercial applications but many pleasure car haulers fall under these rules too. In order to get an enclosed trailer that's inconspicuous and secure, I went for a 16' x 7' United Trailers XLMTG motorcycle trailer. The trailer was ordered with D-rings in the four corners and with car weighing less than 1300 lbs (less than two motorbikes) it easily fits into the trailer. Towing is a breeze with the Dodge 1500 and the trailer sit's in the wind-shadow of the truck so mileage is around 15 mpg, keeping up with traffic. Great way to get to events and stay in a hotel instead. BTW, both cars and the trailer are insured with Hagerty.
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