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Old 04-03-2020, 11:01 AM   #15
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I would love a Leroy trailer. The issues are twofold: 1) they are spendy, even though I'm sure the quality justifies the price; and 2) storage space for the trailer. Neither money nor space are in big supply right now. But we'll see.
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Old 04-04-2020, 06:26 PM   #16
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The Leroy trailers are amazing-looking (but expensive), and you can build a trailer that's just as useful (or better, if you have custom requirements) for under $500 using a red trailer kit from Northern Tool or Harbor Freight and bolting on a full-width, waterproof, ABS pickup truck box. Four tires will also fit, stacked two-by-two and sitting side-by-side. I used one of these for years, towing it all over the country behind my Miata for autocrosses, and the only maintenance was repacking the wheel bearings once a year. When I got home, I just stood it up against the wall in front of my car until the next event. Google "autocross trailer" and you'll find a bunch of examples like this one: http://www.wizco.net/MX5/Mods/autocross_trailer.htm.
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:01 PM   #17
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The Leroy trailers are amazing-looking (but expensive), and you can build a trailer that's just as useful (or better, if you have custom requirements) for under $500 using a red trailer kit from Northern Tool or Harbor Freight and bolting on a full-width, waterproof, ABS pickup truck box. Four tires will also fit, stacked two-by-two and sitting side-by-side. I used one of these for years, towing it all over the country behind my Miata for autocrosses, and the only maintenance was repacking the wheel bearings once a year. When I got home, I just stood it up against the wall in front of my car until the next event. Google "autocross trailer" and you'll find a bunch of examples like this one: http://www.wizco.net/MX5/Mods/autocross_trailer.htm.
One could go this route as I contemplated the same thing before I eventually bought my LE trailer. I just couldn't trust a HF trailer to travel at highway speeds (70mph) or the distance I have to travel (500 miles per event) and survive. My experience with Dallas traffic has proven that. The LE trailers have welded tubular steel frames, hidden wiring with excellent weather proof plugs, and LED lights. The paddock also has a shock/leaf spring suspension which makes the trailer very easy to tow. I was able to replace the plastic bin that comes with it with an aluminum truck box giving me more room for stuff. These can be stored up against a wall as well. My buddy has the exact trailer pictured earlier in this thread and he stores his this way. Mine is in the backyard Of course the wallet with determines everything.
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Old 04-05-2020, 09:15 AM   #18
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After looking at the cost of rear seat delete kits I made my own low cost rear seat delete. I just wanted a trunk opening cover. Can put three 19-305s in the back and 1 in the trunk. I use the seat hooks to secure the wheels
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Old 04-05-2020, 10:55 AM   #19
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I like the Leroy Trailer but if you want to save some money and like doing projects like me. This could be an option for you. A few modifications on this and paint then you have your own custom trailer.

I have tools, jacks and other creature comfort stuff to load so just jamming them in the car just does work for me. It’s either an extra chase car or a trailer like this. If Leroy was close to me I would consider it.
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Old 04-06-2020, 01:04 PM   #20
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One could go this route as I contemplated the same thing before I eventually bought my LE trailer. I just couldn't trust a HF trailer to travel at highway speeds (70mph) or the distance I have to travel (500 miles per event) and survive. My experience with Dallas traffic has proven that. The LE trailers have welded tubular steel frames, hidden wiring with excellent weather proof plugs, and LED lights. The paddock also has a shock/leaf spring suspension which makes the trailer very easy to tow. I was able to replace the plastic bin that comes with it with an aluminum truck box giving me more room for stuff. These can be stored up against a wall as well. My buddy has the exact trailer pictured earlier in this thread and he stores his this way. Mine is in the backyard Of course the wallet with determines everything.
Youíre right about the expense angle; the difference for me was that a trailer kit instead of a manufactured trailer paid for a set of autocross tires. Just for the record, the bolt-together trailer kit I built had leaf-spring suspension and towed perfectly fully-loaded - no bearing overheating, bouncing, wandering or tail-wagging whatsoever - at speeds up to 85 mph. The reason for using an ABS (not cheap plastic) contractor-style pickup box was that it was the full width of the trailer for extra capacity and lightweight (but just as durable) as a metal unit - with no worries about denting or rusting (depending on whether itís aluminum, galvanized or painted steel, of course).

Four tips for anyone building a trailer kit: First, make sure you repack the wheel bearings when you first assemble the trailer with real wheel-bearing grease; the original grease thatís squirted onto the bearings at the factory is more suitable for a babyís butt. Second, load the trailer so you have the manufacturer-specified weight on the hitch, or the trailer wonít track correctly and will bounce and move around at speed. Third, buy an extra wheel and tire for a spare; trying to find a new small trailer tire on Friday night on the way to an event is pretty tough. Fourth (and being a little paranoid until I saw it happen), buy locks for the box, hitch, autocross tires and both road wheels to secure your trailer; otherwise, everything is very easy to steal - especially overnight in a motel parking lot.
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Old 04-09-2020, 09:25 PM   #21
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For the record, I purchased my Leroy trailer un-assembled and without wheels, tires and fenders. Even with the exchange rate I feel I got an excellent deal and the trailer followed me like a shadow from Vancouver Island to Camarofest to Talladega to Tombstone and back last summer with zero issues. I had to keep checking my side mirrors to make sure it was still there!
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