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As the nearest track to me is over 60 miles away and god forbid something happens at the track trailering the car is the best way to insure I will get the car back home.

I tried a regular steel trailer with a heavy lift gate and it was a pain to handle, tow, load and unload.

 

The solution is the Aluma Tilt Bed super light easy to load and unload (after a bit of practice) I did install a Fulton 3rd wheel upgrade which is a must do for ease of handling, but now I can easily move the trailer single handed.

 

 if you are looking for a trailer check out the Aluma 6812 the car fits perfectly and you can tow it with a Honda Civic (I do).

 

 

 

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AAA worked for me before I had a trailer. Broke a lower control arm. AAA flat bed towed it home. I have looked at the Aluma trailers even looked into local dealers. If you line that with a Serpent Express cover you might have the perfect solution http://serpentexpress.com/

 

Graham

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Thanks for documenting this Brightonuk.  Last summer I was shopping for a tilt trailer but never pulled the trigger as I wasn't able to confirm what would work (approach angle and weight distribution).

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6 hours ago, Brightonuk said:

You can buy this one next month and I will throw in a Caterham Superlite :classic_wink:

 

My wife might see thru that ruse if I were to return with a trailer that happened to have a car on it, but as a strategy I think it is brilliant.

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An older thread but a mod that may help the new owner or someone else with this trailer. I have a 77x12 Aluma tilt and S1 1957 7. On unloading you will notice the jump when the front wheels pass a balance point. I was concerned the sump or something may take a hit. The other issue is the bed started drifing up when at rest leaving a 5" gap to the ground tilted with no car.. I suspect some gas leak. My solution was to change the gas spring from a 200# to 250#. I worked with Alegis (gas spring manuf) and the price was under $20. The stronger spring has the same 10" stroke but is about 1 inch longer. So Yyou will need to drill two new mounting holes to let the new spring close. Also order new spring mounts, still 5/6-18 threads but 1/2" dis balls vs the 3/8 on OEM. $3. Also note Alegis told me the gas spring seal goes down not up as installed by Aluma. When up the seal dries out more quickly.

 

I made other mods and will post some pictures. Hand winch (car not under power), integrated ratchet straps, rock guard, tool box, etc.

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Feynmanfan, I have been looking at the Aluma for a while, I would be very interested in your mods. 

 

Graham

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I have a 6810 Aluma, non-tilting, with ramps I bought from Tractor Supply. Car fits perfectly, rides great, and total weight is right around the 1750 tow capacity of our Rav-4 Hybrid. Ramps fold in half and travel in the vehicle. I was concerned about how the tilt was going to work, and it would have put me over my tow weight limit. I did not have to make any modifications to the trailer.

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Fastg - I will take pictures and detail the mods. Stay tuned. BlueBDA -  I may have gone your route if I "started over". The 7's nose misses, but our 911 would require ramps for skirt clearance. But that's a daily and no need to tow. Driving up the ramp in the 7 was spooky at first especially with the Tilton race clutch. 

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