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Good deal from Adrenaline Gallery in San Diego...Trailex 7541. Perfect for the Lotus or my wife's 997 in a pinch...

Its advertised as 19'-6" but is actually about 18'-6" tip to tip, so it does fit in my (tight) garage. Only 845lbs so can tow with the soccer-mom mobile too. Good stuff.
 

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Very cool trailer. I need one of those. Or at least to rent one for a weekend...
Well, if you need one in the LA area send me a PM...I'm open to renting it out on days I don't plan to use it. :) It will be set up with balance and tie-downs, etc, specifically for an Elise/Exige in a couple of weeks.
 

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I'm in the Milwaukee/Chicago area - but thanks for the offer. I would think that someone would take you up on it. I haven't been able to find a lightweight car trailer for rent anywhere. Just the big 2,500lb steel trailers.
 

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Hey there....

I plan to get a trailer soon. Debating between open with a front air dam and Montrosse (they are built on solid alum base and they make a tilt up cover like a snow mobile).

For those who trailer, I wonder about an open with front air dam on how dirty/clean cars stay (not in rain). Any feedback? Is there enough aero dynamics to get dust and debris off the car...or is a magent?

Thanks.

Jeff
 

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I currently have an aluminum open trailer that has worked well as a starter. I am preparing to switch over to a enclosed trailer later this year. My main reason is that I often do 3 day events and want a secure place to keep my tools and car over night along with the ability to put the car into the trailer during bad weather. An enclosed trailer also provides personal shelter from the sun and rain. As far as the car getting dirty when towing, I have not had any issues unless it rained.
 

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I have a heavy old Pace enclosed trailer and a monster Suburban to tow it. I fear no hail.
 

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Nice. I've seen some remarkably well accessorized Trailex. Looks like a lot more custom, very usable features than my Featherlight.
 

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Trailex

I have used their trailers for years. Great stuff.
A very hot tip-----if you speak nicely to Ken at trailex,he will make up a pair of 8" wide fenders,the stock ones are about 12". Probably the best thing I ever did for the thing,it now is effectively 8" narrower,to fit in almost any garage!:up::up::up:
I also use race ramps flat stoppers,to raise the car 3" in front only to make it easier to tie down.
Learn from my mistakes------------:eek:
 

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I have used their trailers for years. Great stuff.
A very hot tip-----if you speak nicely to Ken at trailex,he will make up a pair of 8" wide fenders,the stock ones are about 12". Probably the best thing I ever did for the thing,it now is effectively 8" narrower,to fit in almost any garage!:up::up::up:
I also use race ramps flat stoppers,to raise the car 3" in front only to make it easier to tie down.
Learn from my mistakes------------:eek:
Thanks for the tips! The front tie-down is a challenge, particularly with a splitter. I am using axle straps around the front A arms to match the tie-down points. But its a b*tch to get up under there.

Ken will just swap out the 12" fenders for the 8" ones? Definitely worth doing that also.

Good stuff.
 

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trailex trailers more stuff

It is not a straight out swap----------you gotta pay.
for the tie down problem,check out the "lashing winch" on the MAC trailer tie downs site. It is possible to tie down the front of a Lotus w/o stressing the splitter(using the race ramps flat spot item) or getting down and dirty using the MAC stuff.(lashing winch,rail,idler[the real secret] tie down loop, wheel net,etc.)
I am sure that other companies supply these things,I just wanted to point out I have no vested interest in any of these things,but they have worked for me in the past.
This setup has been written about in the trailer mods section of LT ----check out the pics of my set up----------
 

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Thanks for the tips! The front tie-down is a challenge, particularly with a splitter. I am using axle straps around the front A arms to match the tie-down points. But its a b*tch to get up under there.
I never touch the suspension. Straps around outsides of the tires. Idler pulley allows the ratchet to be at a remove from the car.
 

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Nice trailer ... cost? Only downside to that type of trailer are the ramps for those of us running low with big splitters.

And in a pinch, the trailer could be used for repairing the Lotus chassis ;)

Rob.
 

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Nice trailer ... cost? Only downside to that type of trailer are the ramps for those of us running low with big splitters.
Race Ramps.
 

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Nice trailer for sure! I've been looking at time for some time myself. Curious - can you open the doors on the car once it's on the trailer - or do you have to clime in over the door? With my current trailer, the non-removable fenders are too high to open the doors - and there's no way I'm getting my prodigious girth through the window with the hard top on.
 

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The doors open no problem over the fenders. I have lowered ride height by 2.5 cm and still plenty of clearance over the fenders. My car has been on a Featherlight trailer in the past and it was necessary to remove the fenders to open the doors on that trailer. Different deck heights, I guess.

I have 4" TR-4 race ramp extenders to help clear the splitter, by the way.

Very happy with the purchase.
 

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The doors open no problem over the fenders. I have lowered ride height by 2.5 cm and still plenty of clearance over the fenders. My car has been on a Featherlight trailer in the past and it was necessary to remove the fenders to open the doors on that trailer. Different deck heights, I guess.

I have 4" TR-4 race ramp extenders to help clear the splitter, by the way.

Very happy with the purchase.
Thanks,I forgot to mention the Race ramp trailer ramp extenders. Splitter savers for sure!

And of course as you mentioned, there is never a problem opening the doors over the fenders. With anything I have loaded,and I have trailed cars lower than the Elise/Exige.
It is a really well thought out lightweight open trailer. In addition,it is eerily silent to tow,no rattles,etc.
You just have to get past the initial purchase price.
Kinda like all things in life!
 

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Price found about $6000 new. Interesting ... used ones seem to sell at about the same price as new ones. It is a nice trailer.
 

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Guys so I picked up my Trailex from Randy, and I'm ecstatic! Here are my quick thoughts:
1. Trailer is around 850 lbs. And is "light as a feather". I'm pulling with a MB GL450.
2. Using MAC tie downs, I have no issues tying wheels to the D rings in front, and my Elise is quite low with a double front splitter (I'll take pics tomorrow)
3. With fenders low on trailer, easy to open door and get in and out of car.
4. I recommend the tire rack and storage box.
5. Everything is very easily adjustable, e.g. Tire rack placement on trailer
6. Ramps are long enough that I didn't need race ramps, although my splitter "gently scraped" as I was driving up (again my car is quite low with 2 splitters)
7. MOST IMPORTANT!!! If you are in the great state of CA, Always drive in the right hand lane. I was on the 15N which is 3 lanes, and I was driving in the middle lane, and got cited by a hard up CHP spitting sunflower seeds.
 
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