Originally Posted by NoCo
id start looking for an old boat trailer. If you keep your eyes open on CL you will find one for practically nothing. use its axle, lights, and most importantly VIN number (trust me its just easier in Colorado). build your trailer on top of it. I don't know how good of a fabricator you are but its not too hard. might include a roller for your self. I didn't put one on mine but it seem other people like them.
Originally Posted by Andy H.
Since you may want to trade in your 24-year old Bronco on something more fuel efficient one of these days, I suggest getting an aluminum trailer so you're not lugging around an extra 300-500 lbs of steel. I've done well for the past 16 years with a converted Sled Bed snowmobile trailer and had no trouble hauling a fully loaded raft and car full of people through the mountains, first with a 2.2L Subaru Legacy and then my 2.5L Outback.
2 ways you can go with a trailer and both are valid:
If you go heavy steel, consider a lightweight car hauler trailer. You're not going to notice an extra 500# of steel if you're already at 1,500#. You can then haul other things (cars, firewood, landscape materials, help Aunt Betty move, etc). 2 axles is better redundancy.
Or like Andy H said, if you want to make a long trip, it's not worth driving the old gas guzzler that far...and nice to be able to tow it with your own car or a trip mate's car. In that case, lightweight snowmobile trailers are the cat's ass.
Boat trailers as NoCo suggested are also fairly minimalist, and you can keep the weight down enough on them with a lightweight deck that you can also tow them with a moderate sized car.