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We are working thru numerous design options for tire/fuel racks for two open-deck car trailers.

Who has pics they'd like to post or email to help shape the debate?

TIA, we've seen some real nice rigs out there!

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I have seen some pretty awesome open trailers hauled by the circle track guys. If you have a local roundy-round it may be worth it to go take a look to see what they have done. I saw one guy with a ~18ft closed deck that made an enclosed storage box on the front with a tire rack and fuel jug rack as well. He could carry a ton of tools and equipment, as well as his late model stocker with ease. A few other guys integrated their racks with a sheet metal cowl, not sure if this would help the aero or not, but looked pretty cool.

I've been toying with the idea of getting the deck of my trailer sprayed with line-x. The tiedowns rub the paint off and it rusts so fast its hard to keep up with. Plus the line-x will give you a bit of traction and won't be so hot to the touch. Only concerns are cost and whether or not the weight of the car could lift the coating...

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Sadly I didn't take a picture of it, but the super low cost alternative method I've used is a hunk of chain and a padlock running through tires (I fit 13 side by side) on the front of the trailer. I have an 18' flat bed and my little golf doesn't use anywhere near that so the front 24" or so is for tires now.
 

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Colin B said

>I have seen some pretty awesome open trailers hauled by the
>circle track guys. If you have a local roundy-round it may
>be worth it to go take a look to see what they have done.

And that's what I did about 6 years ago - not only did I buy a twin-axle trailer fabricated for a sprint car I even had one of the nearby roundy-round bender/welder dudes fabricate some ramps, under-trailer stowage for those ramps and the tire rack you can see here -

http://www.realautosport.com/pics/Beetle/NY008.jpg

here -

http://www.realautosport.com/pics/Beetle/RIM/P0001602.jpg

and here -

http://www.realautosport.com/pics/Beetle/STPR/ST01mm07.jpg

(The wood ramps, btw, are thanks to the stupid VANimal driver neglecting to pin the original ones - so some unknown someone owns those metal ones today.)

http://www.realautosport.com/pics/Beetle/Maine/roadbug.jpg

I've towed that trailer way over 100,000 miles at speeds ranging from reverse to triple-digits with the Bug, the RallyeTruck or the SORT aboard and the only real trouble I've had in all that time could have been avoided had I not strayed into that chughole on I-40 west of Amarillo a year and a half ago.

http://www.realautosport.com/pics/Beetle/Rim2003/studbug-bent-rims.jpg

But without that FUBAR move, well ...

http://www.realautosport.com/pics/Beetle/Rim2003/SpCrJ03a_small.jpg http://www.realautosport.com/pics/Beetle/Rim2003/SpCrJ03b_small.jpg

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>I've been toying with the idea of getting the deck of my
>trailer sprayed with line-x.

I used "Hippo-Liner" spray/roll on pickup bed liner for the diamond plate portions of my trailer. Judgeing by how well its sticking to the shiny paint on the fender where I accidentally got it, I'm not all that worried about the car tires pulling it up. It was about $60 for the kit, which had a quart of hardener, and a quart of whatchamacallit. But if you have a full deck trailer like Colin's, you'd need two kits to cover it. I just tried it out on the tow up to Duryea Hillclimb in PA this weekend. The sticky tarmac tires didn't seem to damage it. yippee.


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A lockable box at the front that can hold gas cans (for going to/from events) and can hold all the hitch bits (torsion bars/ball/straps/etc...) when the trailer is parked is very useful.

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Thanks for the pics and ideas everyone...we are obviously attracted with the 8-car transporter design...tho it may be a bit difficult to modify our 16-foot trailers to hold that many cars! (Sparky our team welder is confident he can do it) The old F-250 might need some motor mods as well to haul our Scooby and 7 spare cars.....

Looking at a 2-tier setup with tire rack set low, utility basket set high, and a cargo box in front.

Will probably end up with 8-tire rack set at just over hood height (so car can nest underneath) with ample size lockable cargo box in front of that. Side aero screens to stiffen structure and protect car from road debris a little.

Ciao for now,

Dave G

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I have an 8-tire rack that I picked up for free from an ex-road racer. It mounts on the front of the bed holding the tires above the hood line of the car so it can be driven forward and tucked under the rack. It is made from 1"x2" box steel and bolts onto 4 3/4"x3/4" steel stubs welded to the bed.

It has a manual boat trailer winch and steel cable on the tongue in case the car cant be driven onto the trailer.

I plan to add a tool/gear box to the tongue triangle along with some sheetmetal deflectors going back to the tire rack to help divert some of the stuff the tow vehicle slings on it now. The winch will have to be moved to do this.
 

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Get the tire rack as low as possible. We found that we got much better gas mileage on the run to Maine with no tires in the rack compared to the run to Baie with the rack full. I'm sure a lot of the difference was drag from the tires (they are higher than the roof of the tow vehicle).

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