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Best Utility trailer for MS?

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  1. AndreyATC

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    #1 AndreyATC, Feb 6, 2016
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    I need help choosing a trailer for personal use
    It will be used to transport some small motorized equipment (e.g. Golf cart, lawn mower etc)
    So ramp is a plus
    Will be used to bring some drywall, lumber and firewood
    anything house owner normally uses
    5x10 is the minimum size with 3000lb GW
    looking to spend about 2k
     
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    Apologies if I have misunderstood your question but I have been told that the Model-S does not support a tow hitch. I was told this by my Tesla dealer.
     
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    Years ago I bought a Snowbear 5x10 tilt-bed utility trailer from Home Depot for $600. Its worked out great.
     
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    I installed Torklift Ecohitch just like many members
    its class ll rated 2000lb
    I will also use the hitch for bikes
     
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    #6 AndreyATC, Feb 7, 2016
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    Aluma looks great
    I've seen some mission trailers
    Aluminum Landscape & Utility Trailers by Mission Trailers - MU5x8WR
    they look very similar and priced about the same
    Many of them have ramps which is good but they don't fold flat when transported empty?
    I wonder if that's going to create an affect like I'm driving with parachute in the back

    better yet, what is the worse for range, pulling more weight or less weight with more drag?
     
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    Thanks for this. It is clearly news to me and I am somewhat perturbed that Tesla gave me a straight "No" when I asked if I could fit a tow hitch!! Now I just have two questions: Does using this tow hitch invalidate any Tesla warranties? Can I get this hitch in the UK?

    Thanks.
     
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    Put 1,500 lbs on that ATC and you're at the very max for the hitch. You'll get to that weight surprisingly quick, and that's assuming the trailer has a brake. But it doesn't so forget it.
     
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    In all honesty, I personally like the harbor freight trailers. I have used them in many instances, not with a Model S yet, but have worked great with my Subaru and Sprinter Van.
    Heavy Duty Utility Trailer - 870 Lb. Capacity
     
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    5x10 is the minimum size with 3000lb GW. The harbor freight trailer is 40 x 48 inches and 870 lbs or 1/3 of the OP's specification. Also it's steel vs Aluminum which will be heavy and will rust without a nice garage or cover.
     
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    #14 Xenoilphobe, Feb 8, 2016
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    I would try and get one that doesn't have that high tailgate, but one that will pivot down at the axle - this will help reduce drag and increase the range of the vehicle....http://www.alumaklm.com/item/95-6810t-utility-trailer.html

    ALUMA has a five year warranty and ATC only has a 3 year warranty.
     
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    Finally made the decision
    what do you all think?
     

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    Thats sweet~ which one is it? How much? specs?
     
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    ATC 5x10 all aluminum
    15 inch wheels
    Removable ramp, which also folds flat on the bed
    dry weight is 470 pounds
    Got 320whm usage while towing empty at 60-65mph
    It's rated at 3000 pounds
    Meaning effective load is 2500
    So while my hitch is rated at 2000 I can still put 1500 of the load

    This is a bit pricey at $2100
     
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    Yes the non-folding gate will have a big impact. I used to have a Chevrolet Cobalt Supercharged. I got on the highway pulling an empty 5x12 utility trailer. Normally the car was in vacuum about -5 but with the gate up it was boosting 7 psi. I was literally watching the gas gauge drop as I drove and it didnt help that I burned a mix of premium and E85 for performance but it also dropped economy about 15%. I pulled over after 5 miles on the highway and removed the gate to lay flat on trailer.
     
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    #19 Xenoilphobe, Feb 21, 2016
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    Looks great to me. I would pay that much for it if they removed the cheesy website sticker.. :wink:
     
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    Do your parking sensors detect/alert for the trailer or load?
     

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