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Old 04-13-2017, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Considering these two against each other: the 22x8 hybrid vs. the 20+5 x 8 v-nose. Both twin axle trailers with electric brakes.

Will generally haul two or three, occasionally four flatland trail sleds ... 137-144" tracks. I'll also be storing up to four sleds on it in the off season.

Want to tow with a half ton suburban with 5.3L with the HD tow package plus some goodies such as cop brakes, EBC, Load Range E tires.

Interested in the group's suggestions re: the tradeoffs of these two different approaches to four-place hauling.
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Old 04-14-2017, 09:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I bet this gets you a lot more opinions/advice

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I personally would not like backing the front sleds out of the TC228. It's going to be cheaper initially and lighter weight. I can't imagine the interior height inside that is very tall so you're going to be hunched over trying to get in and out of it.

The PR208 is going to be heavier and more expensive. I bet it holds its value better for resale. Having the ramp on the front is way better.

Both trailers will catch a lot of wind going down the road.

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Right! A picture is worth a thousand words (maybe even more on the internet)!

Anyway, I agree with sled208. Everything he said is true. Additionally, with the hybrid, I imagine it's easy enough to tie down the front sleds through the front hatch, but it will be more difficult to tie down the rear sleds. Triton makes a very high-quality trailer, but again, I agree that the PR208 will likely keep it's value longer.

Your truck will have enough power to pull either, as long as you don't want to do 80 all the time. More importantly (and this is true with either trailer) you will need to make sure you do not exceed the rear axle load rating, which includes the tongue weight of the trailer plus all the stuff you put in the truck.
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X2. But it's your money. Is the hybrid a Lot cheaper? I'm thinking $6k vs 10k?
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Personally I would go with the PR-227. (Inline)
I like the lower load height. Less wind drag. Easier to see around. Factors.

I really question IF you 5.3l 1/2 Ton is enough to pull these 4 places. Even with the upgrades you are planning or have.

I use to tow a enclosed 4 place deck over with a Suburban. Never enjoyed it. I had to use a weight distribution hitch too, just to get it weights right & level. But to be fair. That was 10 years ago.
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Your suburban will tow either one just fine. I tow a 30' inline with my Yukon XL 5.3. Have also towed a Floe Protektor many times, which is similar to the Triton side by side... that trailer actually pulls extremely easily.

My buddy has the Floe. Now that he's upgraded to new sleds in the past couple years, he has to remove the windshields to load them. Not sure if the interior height of that Triton is the same, but something for you to check before buying. The Floe allows you to drive the sleds off the front easily.
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thanks for the help and input ...

Prices are 8K vs. 11.5K by the time I get done optioning ...

Inline is not an option I'm considering... I almost never use the front ramp even on a trailer that has one, and I really can't use it on the lot at home where I park the trailer (too narrow, too many boats in the way, so it's easier to load/unload everything from the back).

The truck has towed a PR168 and does fine... Gets off the line and up hills OK, and brakes/steers capably. It doesn't come anywhere close to unduly compressing the rear suspension even loaded heavy. However I don't like the 9MPG that I get with the 168 and that will only be worse with the 20'.

I guess I'm really trying to figure out if the aero and weight advantage of the hybrid are all that significant, weighed against the advantage of being able to stand up and move around inside the 20' v-nose. Anybody got first-hand experience with the larger hybrids?
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I have the PR trailer in 20x8.5. I have the 2001 model and it looks very much the same.

There is no way I would have anything more than a 2-place in the TC. What a PITA that would be.

My guess is that the wind drag would be worse with the TC... the v-nose is going pull through the wind better. IMHO the wind drag is small compared to weight. I used to think the opposite, but I've pulled mine with 2, 3, 4 and 5 sleds in it. You can tell exactly how many are in there. 4 sleds = 9 mpg. 2 sleds = 11 mpg.

I pull mine with a 1/2 ton truck with ease - even had 5 sleds in it once for a 800+ mile trip. Pulled it several times with a Tahoe (with a 5.3) years ago. You will have no problem at all - just get some mirror extensions if it's 8.5' wide.

The Triton PR's are very stable trailers and generate almost no sway when compared to some of the other brands I've pulled.

Put the ramp door on the passenger side - you may not use it at your place, but you WILL use it at your destination. Backing off is a PITA
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Most people underestimate the amount of wind resistance on the bottom of the trailer. This is where an inline shines because it is so low to the ground. Inlines also can use adult size tires instead of training wheels, which to me is the #1 selling point of one over any deckover by far. But if you have ruled out an inline and you say you won't use a front ramp anyway, why would you even consider anything other than the hybrid? It's cheaper, lighter and fit's your criteria.

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