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    So I have a Yamaha Rhino and no way to get it around. I've been looking and lurking for a Aluminum 8X10 trailer to tow the Rhino behind my RV and truck. I started ramping up my research and what I want and so forth in hopes one of the local guys would have a sale going this weekend during the Sportsmans show. I hadn't done too much "WHat would you do" because it goes on similar to the "Which caliber" threads and everyone is right in their own opinion.
    So I called Aurora trailer to see what they were plannin, if anything, and got a bit of a wake up call. Simply stated, if the Alumnium is a tilt I will get sway in the back becasue of height and weight distribution. He recommended what is being call the "landscape trailer" which sits lower to the ground, maintains the 15" tires, and has a rear ramp as opposed to tilting.
    After all that here is the question: Does anyone else have a Rhino or equivilent that they tow? WHay type of trailer do you use? Steel v Aluminum? Just looking for a little more insight before I pull the trigger on a mistake.
    Oh and yes I used the Search but didn't find a specific answer I was looking for.....
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    A buddy of mine just called me yesterday saying he was going to sell his 8x10 Karavan tilt trailer (steel). He's looking to get $900 out of it if you are interested.

    FWIW...I tow my 6-wheeler (~900#) and a mid sized 4-wheeler on my 2 place Karavan 8x8 and have never had a problem with sway. You just have to make sure you have some tongue weight. If it is neutral (balanced) or too low, the trailer will wander on you. Simply move the weight a bit further forward and she smooths right out.
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    Yeah, I'd like to talk to him Rob!!! Have him call me on my cell 907-350-5281. The only thing I am towing would be the sideXside @ #1300 and maybe some misc stuff. So, since the the wheels are center balanced I'd need to add weght to the front to keep 60% of the weight up near the tounge. Thanks for the help!
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    So I backed up and hit her again, ya know sometimes I really do miss her!!

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    I'm almost in the same situation. I'm getting a 6x6 Ranger this summer and I'll be pulling a 6' Pac Rat behind it. I want to be able to load the Ranger and trailer on mostly loaded and hitched up, get to the trail head, unload and pretty much take off. I need a 22 - 24' trailer to do that. I've been shopping around for over a month now looking for a "landscape" type trailer. The all aluminum ones are out there and I'll admit they are nice rigs. They also have a "nice" price for ones in the length I'm looking for so I'm seriously looking at the ones that Aurora makes. Yeah the steel weighs more but that will also help keep it on the road a little better and for me it's only half the price. I've pulled both an 18' steel landscape trailer and an 8x10 tilt sledbed hauling a four wheeler and meat wagon. I'm ready to go back to the landscape style especially pulling something that long with that much weight on it.

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    I had a small 4X8 SNowbear trailer that I loved!! Lightweight, tilt, it was just too small and the rating was too light for the sideXsde. I did like that style. I was looking aluminum because if I am not towing with the RV, I have small Ford truck which I worry about weight. THe Aurora ones are prtty nice and your right, the price is pretty good as well. I will probably look (and probably buy) the one AKMud mentioned above based upon size and it being steel dosn't bother me for repairs..because it is hard to weld aluminum!
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    Drive to Glennallen the last day of Arctic Man and see what is left behind. There were 9 trailers on the side of the road last year. There is also a fairly new aluminum trailer at Wolverine Lodge with a broken tongue. All it was hauling was 2 snowmachines. I had a SledBed and I will just say that I won't pay good money for an aluminum trailer or one of the ones that use donut tires again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtofak View Post
    Drive to Glennallen the last day of Arctic Man and see what is left behind. There were 9 trailers on the side of the road last year. There is also a fairly new aluminum trailer at Wolverine Lodge with a broken tongue. All it was hauling was 2 snowmachines. I had a SledBed and I will just say that I won't pay good money for an aluminum trailer or one of the ones that use donut tires again.
    There is a shop in Glennallen that has replacement axles for those little aluminum trailers because it is so common for them to burn up bearings and ruin the axle on that road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spanman View Post
    if the Alumnium is a tilt I will get sway in the back becasue of height and weight distribution. He recommended what is being call the "landscape trailer" which sits lower to the ground, maintains the 15" tires, and has a rear ramp as opposed to tilting.
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    For clarification those tilting trailers will pull just fine with snowmachines on them because of the weight of the snowmachine being all the way up front, they also are not to bad with standard ATV's since they are short enough that you can pull them them up towards the front to get the weight infront of the trailer axle, the problem will often times arise with the longer machines like the Rangers or Rhinos when you can't get the weight far enough forward.
    I don't know how much a new rhino cost but the last time I bought an ATV it was just over $6000.00 and for me it's not worth skimping when I have that much money riding behind me.
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    When I bought my MuddOx and PacRat trailer I looked at different trailers and just decided to get a car hauler. Pulls like a dream, has electric brakes and can be used to recover your vehicle if the need ever arises. Low to the ground and easy to load. Alaska's roads are rough and they will beat the life out of an overloaded trailer quick, then you and thousands of dollars worth of gear are stuck on the side of the road. JMHO and YMMV.

    Comes in handy for hauling all kinds of stuff, used it to haul building supplies last summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    Alaska's roads are rough and they will beat the life out of an overloaded trailer quick, then you and thousands of dollars worth of gear are stuck on the side of the road. JMHO and YMMV.

    Comes in handy for hauling all kinds of stuff, used it to haul building supplies last summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lowe & Slow View Post
    ,the problem will often times arise with the longer machines like the Rangers or Rhinos when you can't get the weight far enough forward.
    I don't know how much a new rhino cost but the last time I bought an ATV it was just over $6000.00 and for me it's not worth skimping when I have that much money riding behind me.
    Hence the reason for the thread....I don't want my Rhino fishtailing down E.R. hill because I had wrong information. It seems that the Dealer was on to something (verified thru some of you folks) that weight distribution may be a problem with the Rhinos and Tilt trailers. So an 8X10 that didn't tilt would require a ramp but I would have the tires 60-40 instead of a 50-50 as seen on a tilt.
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    Aluminum trailers are nice but there are drawbacks to them, some previously stated here. Typically they are built for snowmachines not only in the sense of how they are set up for tongue weight but also thier load capacity. I have seen 2 place aluminum trailers overloaded to the point the tires were rubbing on the bottom of the deck and caused premature tire failure. While an aluminum trailer might have the capacity to haul a side by side it probably is pretty close to the max weight rating. Then you pile in gear which adds up fast with a utv on a hunting trip and its likely to wreak havoc on your trailer. Get lazy and load up with a moose in the back thinking it will ride home just fine and forget about the poor trailer hauling it and it won't be a fun ride. Just my .02 on aluminum.

    I recently bought a ranger 6x6 and ended up having to buy a new trailer as it won't fit on an 8'x10'. I went with a 23' v nose open trailer like you might see people haul hay on. Put a 6x and 2 wheelers on and the deck is full.

    On a side note aluminum might save a tad on gas hauling it but these days the added expense for aluminum might not make it worth it.

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    I use a 5.5 X10 snowbear utility trailer I bought at Homedepot like 4 years ago, dragged it all over the state with no problem. Has around 2200lbs capacity, Tailgate acts as ramp, all sides can be taken off and the tongue adjusts to different lengths for different hauling situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKKCChief View Post
    I use a 5.5 X10 snowbear utility trailer I bought at Homedepot like 4 years ago, dragged it all over the state with no problem. Has around 2200lbs capacity, Tailgate acts as ramp, all sides can be taken off and the tongue adjusts to different lengths for different hauling situations.
    For hauling a Rhino? Or jus ATV's? I am a fan of those even tho I heard some nightmares about the bearings...but anyway...what were you hauling?
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    I haul around a Rhino in the trailer and an atv in the back of my truck; it's the extra wide trailer, not the standard 4 ft width, which leaves plenty of room. I stumbled upon it in a Home Depot parking lot Summer of 2007. I assume they still make 'em, you might do a web search to find out. Maybe HomeDepot can order you one, I don't know who else might deal in Snowbear.

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    Those alum. trailers with donut tires have a bed way up high, above the tires.

    Try a much lower trailer that has fenders that rise above the bed, and a ramp on the back. I got my ATV trailer with the ATV off CL (99% new); the guy I bought it from bought both ATV and trailer from Yamaha in ANC. The trailer tows like a dream; never know its there hardly. I saved about 30% off retail because its first owner put about 200 (easy, yet dusty) miles on it.

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    Iíve been using my 16 foot utility trailer we purchased for our move up from the lower 48. We didnít have the Ranger when we bought it, but itís worked out great. Drive up ramp makes loading and off loading quick. The trailer rails make it a little tight to get in and out when loading/offloading, but no issues.
    Iíll need to upgrade to a longer trailer one of these days so I can add a pack rat or maybe another ATV. Not sure what your budget is, but Iím leaning towards an enclosed trailer for hauling and storage to make room in my garage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outaMT View Post
    Ranger TR.jpg
    Iíve been using my 16 foot utility trailer we purchased for our move up from the lower 48. We didnít have the Ranger when we bought it, but itís worked out great. Drive up ramp makes loading and off loading quick. The trailer rails make it a little tight to get in and out when loading/offloading, but no issues.
    Iíll need to upgrade to a longer trailer one of these days so I can add a pack rat or maybe another ATV. Not sure what your budget is, but Iím leaning towards an enclosed trailer for hauling and storage to make room in my garage.
    The enclosed trailers are great if they fit in your budget but with the rhinos with the roll cage make sure you get one with extended height rear door or you won't fit, it sure is nice though to have everything put away already when you get home from riding for the weekend.
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    Don't you hate it when you get an idea in your head and can't sleep because of it. Well after hours of research on boards (Rhino, hunting) and trailer supply companies looks like the Minimum..and best suited is a 6X10 utility trailer. Most problem there is finding the right axle for hauling, most come with a lighter axle for utilitarian use. Well the search will continues. Thanks all for the help!!
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    I personally like my flatbed car hauler. Has double axle's with full size tires and electric brakes, sits low to the ground. Sometimes I just drive my prowler right off the trailer and go. Sometimes you can find them on CL fairly cheap. Besides most trailers will fishtail if not loaded correctly.

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