I have an elderly and shabby-looking Pace American 20-foot. This is a good idea. A beautiful trailer is too attractive in hotel parking lots and the like. The extra space in the trailer is nice for tires, tools and general bric a brac. To trim the balance, the Elise sits forward of where other cars go: My Stag sits at the back so the exhaust barely clears the tailgate. The Elise sits forward enough that I can stack up and tie down my Race Ramps (yes, you want Race Ramps to load an Elise!) behind the car.
Tying down cars in my trailer is easy because I installed E-Track on the floor and have two different types of straps: Straight straps with integral E-Track connectors on strap ends and idler work fine on the wide tires of the Elise. The Stag prefers strap-baskets that cradle the narrow tires, especially since the car's track is narrower than the E-track. Worked for the TR4 and the Super Seven. In any case, I never hook to the chassis or put a strap through a wheel. Tires don't get scratched like wheels or paint.
I keep the Elise hardtop on all the time. The Elise doors swoop up a lot, as you have noticed. They therefore easily clear the fender space inside the trailer. Something my TR4 and Miata didn't do. To pick up just a bit more door space, I cut a big rectangular hole in the plywood inner trailer wall. I drape a clean soft towel over the car door and open the door out to the outer aluminum trailer skin. It's a squeeze, but I can get in and out. It helps to take off my shoes. Really!
Mark the center of the trailer clearly. Lean your head to the center of the car and sight down the foredeck rib.
Another way would be to use a winch on the tow ring and not get in the car at all. You would want a power winch with a cabled remote so you could walk with one hand on the remote and one on the steering wheel.
Towing hint: I tapped a hole in the hitch receiver. Putting a big bolt in as a setscrew to clamp your hitch is noticeable in tracking improvement, ride improvement, and noise reduction.
Since I have found the truck of my dreams to tow my car to the track I need to know a couple of things.
I was initially thinking about a Touareg or 4Runner but I got a pretty good deal for a 2004 Ram (Rumble Bee edition). Since that thing will pull everything and its mother, I'm planing on buying an enclosed trailer. At the beginning, I was leaning towards a open trailer, aluminum for lightness but that's now a moot point and an heavier, enclosed trailer seems to be better.
I have found something that goes along those lines:
16ft long (just the cargo area)
2700lbs & 7000 GW whatever
I had found a 20ft trailer for $4600 but it's just seems too darn long for my 13ft long car. So, I decided to get a 16ft trailer.
Now, the question is: How will I put the car inside?
Can I drive the car inside and then hope that I can get out somehow? and how will that work to take the car out of the trailer?
I haven't looked at how much space I would have to open the door, but I'm guessing something between 'not a whole lot' and 'very little'...
How do you guys do this?