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    Now that my 62 Champ is getting ready to hit the road I want to get a car trailer but am not sure what length I need so I figured on asking here since so many have one. I don't plan on hauling anything longer than a Hawk.
    59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
    60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
    61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
    62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
    62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
    62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
    63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
    63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
    64 Zip Van
    66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
    66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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    U-haul has it down to a science. The deck on their auto transports are 129" long if I remember correctly. If you are building one you can cheat that about 5" and be safe with most Studes, even trucks with the 8' bed. Steve
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    • #3
      Not the best picture. This is my '53 on my 18' trailer that has a 2' dovetail. The main deck is 16' and the last 2' are the dovetail for easier loading/unloading. This would be the same length (a bit shorter overall due to bumpers) compared to a Hawk.

      A 16' trailer would hold this car but not if it was 14' w/2' dovetail I think. The back end of the car will hang over the end on a 16'. With this 18' the '53 fits comfortably. I originally bought this trailer with the possibility I can also haul one of my 1965 ford Galaxie's and those are 17-1/2' long nose to tail (about 8" longer than the stude).



      Look at the wheelbase of the vehicle you want to haul and also the distance from the front bumper to where the rear tires are and that will give a idea of minimal deck length needed. Generally, you want to have the hauled vehicle nose to the front for weight distribution.

      Jeff in ND

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      • #4
        My car trailer is 18' long with the last three feet angled down slightly, I think they call that a dove tail. It's gross vehicle weight is 7500#

        P.S. Here is something I've been thinking about adding the my trailer, let me know what you think.
        http://www.serpentexpress.com/

        Mike
        Last edited by M15 Trucker; 10-10-2013, 02:37 PM.

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        • #5
          Get a trailer with an 18' deck. That way you are safe when you buy a longer car, like I did (1956 Continental MkII.)

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          • #6
            When I bought my 18' trailer I had them put brakes on the second axel. My Dodge diesel came with the factory tow option that included the trailer brake control. Even with the trailer loaded with my 7200 # backhoe it stops like there's no trailer at all! I also installed a 12000 # winch to haul non-running cars. I started out with a 6000 # cheapy winch, it was a waste of money.

            Brian

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            • #7
              I would recommend no less than 18' with dove tail.

              Trailer brakes should not be considered an option, they are a must have.
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              Dave Lester

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wolfie View Post
                U-haul has it down to a science. The deck on their auto transports are 129" long if I remember correctly. If you are building one you can cheat that about 5" and be safe with most Studes, even trucks with the 8' bed. Steve
                Well...
                Here's my Cruiser at the end of her second ride on one~



                and here's a thread with pics of a President Classic (same 120" w/b as a Hawk) on one~

                http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.c...nt-(many-pics)


                If it were me- I'd want an extra couple'a feet.
                StudeDave '57
                US Navy (retired)

                3rd Generation Stude owner/driver
                SDC Member since 1985

                past President
                Whatcom County Chapter SDC
                San Diego Chapter SDC

                past Vice President
                San Diego Chapter SDC
                North Florida Chapter SDC

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                • #9
                  Thanks for all the responses! It looks like the 18 footer is the way to go. Now for the dumb question-when it is quoted as an 18' does that include the tongue part too or is the deck the 18'??
                  59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
                  60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
                  61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
                  62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
                  62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
                  62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
                  63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
                  63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
                  64 Zip Van
                  66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
                  66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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                  • #10
                    Just the deck/dove tail.
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                    Dave Lester

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                    • #11
                      I'd give some thought into buying an enclosed trailer as well. After only having an open trailer myself, an enclosed one is on my list of things to get some day(maybe next summer). The reason being if you spend a lot of time detailing your car before you head out, it will all be wasted time the first storm you drive though on the way to a show. Also if you do go the direction of an open trailer I would get one with a full deck, instead of the type that looks like two ramps with dual axles. If you have a full deck, you can always use a floor jack to jack up the car if need be while the car is still on the trailer.

                      Todd

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                      • #12
                        My trailer came with brakes on one axel. I had brakes put on the second axel so that both axels had brakes. Maybe overkill but I don't think you can have too much stopping power.

                        Brian

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                        • #13
                          I added brakes to the second axle for safety since I run in the mountains at times and also because certain states now require it. Heck, the whole kit, drums, bearings, backing plates with electric brakes came to $150.00.
                          Originally posted by brian6373 View Post
                          My trailer came with brakes on one axel. I had brakes put on the second axel so that both axels had brakes. Maybe overkill but I don't think you can have too much stopping power.

                          Brian
                          Frank van Doorn
                          Omaha, Ne.
                          1962 GT Hawk 289 4 speed
                          1941 Champion streetrod, R-2 Powered, GM 200-4R trans.
                          1952 V-8 232 Commander State "Starliner" hardtop OD

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                          • #14
                            I pulled an 18' and a 21' car trailer extensively for many years. The added length and closed floor were handy on occasions when we hauled large groups of motorcycles or parts and did allow the whole car to be over the trailer on most occasions, but I stand behind my earlier comment. If I was planning to just haul cars U-Haul has it down to a science ( Penske is the same trailer here). I would add a good winch and call it done. A brake lockout would be nice. Even if you want to go with the longer trailer stop by and take a look at the U-Haul trailer and steal some features they have like the breakaway fender/step (both trailers I owned required exiting most loaded cars through the window). They have a very secure, user friendly tie down system I would use including the "well" the tire sits in. The ramp system is fairly common but again theirs are user friendly and secure. Pay attention to the redundancy in safety they build into those trailers and incorporate those ideas into a larger trailer if you go that route. Also note that those trailers balance very well with many different vehicles on them and place your axles very close to the center of the expected load, not the center of the trailer. Good Luck, Steve
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                            • #15
                              That is the one thing I did like about the one u-haul trailer that I used. The fenders tilt down so you can open the door and get out of the car. A option that should be on all trailers.

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