View Full Version : Does size matter?

Mad About Que
08-02-2013, 10:05 PM
perves..... of course i'm talking about Comp Trailers... Whats too big of a trailer? old mans got a 24' enclosed trailer that i'm about to swipe from him. what are most folks building out? if 24' is too long...keep in mind it's free.. before I start building...

Big Darb
08-02-2013, 10:11 PM
Keep in mind that the base comp spaces are usually 20x20 or 20x30 with larger spaces at extra cost... But for a free trailer, I'd go for it.

08-02-2013, 10:24 PM
Besides the site costs, take a look at the trailer weight and your tow vehicle. You may need a brake controller depending on the weight and your state's regulations.

The other factor besides the length is the width. We had a 6' wide trailer and it was sometimes tough for two people to move around inside.

08-02-2013, 10:30 PM
It's free. Take it. Then once you have it, think about it, and if you decide it is too big, trade it to someone who wants a larger trailer.

08-03-2013, 10:01 AM
24' is a big trailer, be sure you can legally tow it. Tow weight is based on the RATING of the trailer, not what you have IN it. You need a pretty beefy truck for that.

Mad About Que
08-03-2013, 09:25 PM
I've got a f150. We tow a 6200# camper plus junk pretty easily. I was thinking about seeing what CL had to offer. I was think 18-20 max. But free trumps a few bucks now and then for larger site fee

08-04-2013, 11:16 AM
a free trailer might cost you a $30,000 truck.. I agree with Ron L... check all the factors, or the trailer isn't very free or useful to you.

Kave Dweller
08-05-2013, 09:19 AM
we have 24' we take to some comps where we know we have enough room, they are LONG to get in and out of most comps around here, so we pull a 18'.

08-05-2013, 10:57 AM
One thing to keep in mind for length is whether or not you can fit it and whatever else you need in to a typical standard spot. Around here, most standard spots are 20x30'. Many charge extra for a larger spot and those extra cost can add up over time.

That being said, our trailer is 20' with 3' of v-nose on the front. It works perfect for our needs, but everyone is different.

early mornin' smokin'
08-05-2013, 07:47 PM
that's a big trailer, and getting it into spots at a contest will be a pain. 24 box is probably 28 overall, if the comps in a tight area, and you're late, it's going to suck. we used a 20x8 dual axle, and i wouldn't trailer it with less than a 2500 truck. Add in cookers, coolers, ice, meat, everything you're going to put in it, adds up quick. Check the empty weight of the trailer

Smoke'n Ice
08-05-2013, 08:16 PM
One of the hidden cost of a trailer is the storage fee if it won't fit in your driveway. I have an 18 foot toyhauler and it does fit but is a pain in the a$$ to get in because of tight quarters so I store it in a lot as I can't park it on the street due to city codes. Have not had an issue with it at comps. Tow it with a Tundra with no issues.

Mad About Que
08-05-2013, 09:31 PM
well, I've got a place to stash it, a brake controller, and a descent truck. empty trailer with the factory .001 inch paneling is 3400 lbs. smokers are just over 500 each.. looking at 1 side with cabinets/sink/shelves. the other will just be counter and fridge. figure that's another 1000-1200lb. add in some framing and paneling, make that 2000-2200 lbs total. i'm still under 6k, before bedding. i'm good with our truck with the tow package up to 7500ish.

but still thinking about trying to find a 18-20 footer on CL to swap for. we'll see.. hell, if I can tow my 30 foot camper with all it's junk with our truck, the bbq trailer shouldn't be any worse.. thanks all..