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Unread 05-08-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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I am beginning to look into some enclosed trailer for competitions and was hoping to get some input on what to get from everyone's experience. I am looking into a 6x12 or 7x14. Should I consider single or dual axle? I know to get the extra height on the inside for standing. I am wanting to do all prep work in the trailer so I am not sure if the 6ft wide will be wide enough with a table on the inside. Any input would be great. Thanks
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Unread 05-08-2013, 07:52 AM   #2
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i just started using a 6x12 with a fold down counter top.it is a little tight on room.wish i would have went 7x14.with 2 people it is hard to move around without getting in each others way
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We went with 7x14 with V front, extra 6" height. Perfect. Single axle since we don't carry heavy smokers.
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If the cost difference isn't too much most definately go with double axle. If you blow a tire at least with a double axle you can get to a place to stop easier. I don't have a trailer so I can't help with the room but an extra foot will seem like a lot when you are working inside.
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I seem to be able to back the dual axle better than I could the single axle.
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We have a double axle 7 x 14. We put a set of steel wire shelves at the front for our bins, and transport the cookers/tents/tables/coolers in the middle/back. Once the stuff is out, we set up camp cots for sleeping. All prep is done outside under the EZ Ups.

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i just started using a 6x12 with a fold down counter top.it is a little tight on room.wish i would have went 7x14.with 2 people it is hard to move around without getting in each others way
Where did you find your fold down counter top? We've been trying to find one online, but haven't come across one yet.
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We had a 7x12 V-nose single axle w/7' high ceiling, Rear ramp door, two shelves up front in the nose, 2-4' SS tables and a 2'x3' 4 shelf wire rack, everything else in bins, did all of our prep inside and slept out side on cots under an EZUP.
If I were to do it over again, I would get 8.5'x16' dual axle w/extra ceiling height. The extra room would be worth it especially in bad weather.
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i made the counter top out of wood then wrapped in stainless steel
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We've got a 6 X 10 v-nose, and installed a countertop/cabinets on one side.

It's small, but workable.

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We worked out of a 6x12 V-nose for a couple of years. It's doable but tight. I would say get the biggest trailer that you can afford and can safely pull with you vehicle.

Also, I had mine built with 6" extra height, and after adding in fluorescent lights I barely cleard the lights. (I'm 6'2"). You may want to consider adding 12" extra height.
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I've also been researching this exact thing........do a search on here for comp trailer, trailer, ect........there are several great posts with pics. Good luck!
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Ron makes a great point get the biggest trailer you can afford and can pull. I went from a 6x12 to an 8.5x20 that has an 10' porch. It is very convenient to leave your cookers on the porch and not have to cook from under an ezup.

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We worked out of a 6x12 V-nose for a couple of years. It's doable but tight. I would say get the biggest trailer that you can afford and can safely pull with you vehicle.

Also, I had mine built with 6" extra height, and after adding in fluorescent lights I barely cleard the lights. (I'm 6'2"). You may want to consider adding 12" extra height.
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Ron makes a great point get the biggest trailer you can afford and can pull. I went from a 6x12 to an 8.5x20 that has an 10' porch. It is very convenient to leave your cookers on the porch and not have to cook from under an ezup.
Good point! If I were buying a cooking trailer (not a toy hauler) I would look at a trailer with a porch. Yeah, they are more expensive, but you can almost park the trailer and be ready to go.
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Unread 05-08-2013, 11:42 AM   #14
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Thanks everyone. Is there a particular brand or model anyone would recommend?
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I bought an 8.5 x 18 with a 4ft Vnose. I built a wall separating the V-Nose from the rest so I can store all my junk in the V w/o it interfering with the kitchen area. Installed some cabinets and a full size fridge. Now I can't imagine being w/o it at a comp. The reason I didn't go with a porch trailer is I didn't like the idea of my smokers staying on the trailer. When i'm at home, I like keeping mine in the shop out of the rain and away from thieves. My trailer has an awning so I can roll them out under it or on the ramp either way.

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