I’m starting a new project; this will be a quick/ easy one. Here’s the plan:
- I sold my Rabbit pickup; I need something for Home Depot and Craigslist treasure runs.
- I no longer have use of my father’s Chevy 1500/ dual axle trailer to haul the White car and spares to the track. For track days, I’ll need some way to get tires and tools there.
- The Rabbit Pickups had a nice, usable, size bed but couldn’t haul much weight. I could haul stuff like engines, but I couldn’t (shouldn’t) tow a car with it. (I did actually). This limitation is fine with me.
- A used pickup truck will require fuel, registration, insurance, and maintenance. It’d be nice to tow the Miata to the track, but… budgets, man. Budgets.
- The trailer needs to be registered every 5 years for $27 here in CA. No insurance. Axle bearing & tire maintenance will be needed.
- There are a lot of folks using a small trailer behind a Miata to bring tires to an autocross, etc. This is where I’m going.
OK, so I’ve decided to get a little utility trailer.
- I’ll get a Harbor Freight trailer: cheap, complete and cheap. It’s cheap, too.
- I want the 4′ vs the 8′ bed because of storage space when not in use. It will be stored more than it will be used.
- I want the smaller tires (8″ vs 12″) again because of storage space.
- HF has a 4×8′ with 12″ wheels that folds: I did own this trailer years ago with my kart. It was great, but still, too big. even when folded up. Think small.
- I have a Curt Hitch on the Mazda5, I’ll look into options for the Miata. Maybe something removable?
- Will I simply bolt on a piece of wood for a flat deck? This is probably the most versatile solution.
- Maybe a pair of plastic toolboxes? This could be used as lockable storage and the top could be used as a platform to tie stuff to.
- A wooden ‘box’ to do the same as above? Will that be too heavy empty?
- Should I extend the tongue an extra foot or 2 for maneuverability?
- Hitch receiver on the back of the trailer for a bike rack? I have a 2 bike rack for the Mazda5 that would work great.
- Will I store this thing inside or outside? It’s not big, but yeah, it takes up a bunch of precious garage space.
Lastly, I don’t want to spend much money on this thing that will sit around most of the time… so let’s say there’s a $500 cap on this project. Stay tuned.