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My hubby and I have two vehicles for work commute and do not intend to purchase a truck. I have a 2005 Honda CR-V. We are doing a house remodeling and I have been able to fit quite a bit in my CR-V. But we can use a vehicle for hauling stuff to the dump or bring home sheetrock, etc.

We are thinking about a trailer hoping that it will be sufficient. I don't know much about trailers and don't know what would be the best option for a remodeling project. I suppose we'll keep the trailer after the remodel just in case we may need to haul yard materials.

I've seen (online) foldable trailers from Harbor Freight for a couple hundred bucks, but I've also seen fully enclosed trailers that run for a few thousands.

For those who have experience with trailers, what type/size of trailer would be an adequate trailer for our use? Any inputs? Thank you in advance!
 

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My hubby and I have two vehicles for work commute and do not intend to purchase a truck. I have a 2005 Honda CR-V. We are doing a house remodeling and I have been able to fit quite a bit in my CR-V. But we can use a vehicle for hauling stuff to the dump or bring home sheetrock, etc.

We are thinking about a trailer hoping that it will be sufficient. I don't know much about trailers and don't know what would be the best option for a remodeling project. I suppose we'll keep the trailer after the remodel just in case we may need to haul yard materials.

I've seen (online) foldable trailers from Harbor Freight for a couple hundred bucks, but I've also seen fully enclosed trailers that run for a few thousands.

For those who have experience with trailers, what type/size of trailer would be an adequate trailer for our use? Any inputs? Thank you in advance!
For "a" remodeling project, I'd have it delivered. Make a comprehensive list and let them bring it to you.
Look at the weight limitations of the HF units and figure how much you can carry in good weather.
If the scope of the project is going on for years that's another story, not related here.
 

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> If the scope of the project is going on for years that's another story

Hope not for years, but it will drag on for a while. We are still learning new things all the time, so I know it won't happen that we can just do a couple/few deliveries and be done with things. Plus, we do have a yard to redo after our remodel is complete.

Yeah, I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the HF foldable trailers.
 

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Search “trailers” on Craiglist in the bay area. There’s enough there to make your head spin. Those foldable trailers are junk.
 

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Can't help you much without knowing what you are planning to do and planning to haul.

Are you hauling paint cans and wallpaper or are you hauling lumber and concrete bags?:(
 

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I usually pay the 19.99 at home depot to get the truck for 90 minutes. Then I just buy all my stuff and deliver it home. Can check everything and do another trip if really needed.

Otherwise the places I like to buy lumber from; say Menards, do pretty good deliveries.

A truck would be nice; but what do I do all the days I'm not remodeling?
 

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I have a truck and a 5'X10 trailer, and it worked well for years.
I then bought a 4 wheeler, and looking for another.
My trailer is so small now.

Before you buy a trailer, find out what kind of towing capicity you CRV has.
This will limit the size of the trailer.
 

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I have a truck and a 5'X10 trailer, and it worked well for years.
I then bought a 4 wheeler, and looking for another.
My trailer is so small now.
That must be one big ass 4 wheeler.:tank:
 

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I have a 5'x8' single axle trailer with a capacility of ~2000 lbs. - large enough and quality/capable to carry a good load from home depot or to the dump, tows well, can tow a distance if need be, easy to handle, and does not take a huge amount of storage space.

The cheap trailers, folding trailers, and such are not worth the money - IMHO. Buy a decent used trailer for $500 to $1000 on craigslist. Use it for your project and sell it for about what you paid - or keep it for general usage as needed (you don't have so much money tied up, so it's easy to keep).

Something like this from Carson, and optionally you can put ~24" plywood sides on it if you want:
http://www.carsontrailer.com/subs/atv-trailers/atv-utility-trailer/utility/utility.html
 

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I have a 5'x8' single axle trailer with a capacility of ~2000 lbs. - large enough and quality/capable to carry a good load from home depot or to the dump, tows well, can tow a distance if need be, easy to handle, and does not take a huge amount of storage space.

The cheap trailers, folding trailers, and such are not worth the money - IMHO. Buy a decent used trailer for $500 to $1000 on craigslist. Use it for your project and sell it for about what you paid - or keep it for general usage as needed (you don't have so much money tied up, so it's easy to keep).

Something like this from Carson, and optionally you can put ~24" plywood sides on it if you want:
http://www.carsontrailer.com/subs/atv-trailers/atv-utility-trailer/utility/utility.html

I agree with all the commenter's here. I used a 5 x 8 single axle trailer for years. It took many trips, but we moved the contents of our house about 40 miles on it. For me, HF trailer or even the Tractor Supply one would be too flimsy for practicable use.
 

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I had one of those harbor freight types of folding trailers. They work pretty well, so long as you don't expect to carry a lot of weight. (Having said that, I once carried a small piano on one.) They work even better if you are willing to forget the folding capability and install a single, 4x8 sheet plywood floor. If your need is for carrying sheet goods, lumber, cabinets, and later for a bit of mulch or nursery stock, I suspect this trailer will work for you. If you need to take a bunch of stone, concrete, or heavy construction debris to the dump, you should look at other options.

Your CRV is also pretty limited to how much weight it can tow. I am thinking about 1500lbs. That limit would limit the type of trailer you should use to all but the lightest variety.
 

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I have one of those folding Harbor Freight trailers that I use on my wife's '04 CR-V. The Honda's towing capacity is only 1500lb so there is no need to get a more capable trailer unless you plan to use it every week. I've hauled many 2-yard loads of mulch on it as well as sheets of ply, drywall, doors, lumber and firewood. The folding feature is very important to me as I need to keep it in the garage when not in use. I use mine a couple times a year and it's holding up just fine... well worth the money, IMHO.
 

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As a few people have mentioned, the standard/max towing of a CRV is 1,500 pounds. So, if you are going to use the trailer for a few bulky items that would be ok, but you're not going to be able to safely pile on tons of bricks and concrete and pull them home. However, it still may come in handy.

Before I bought my truck in 2010, I considered a Harbor Freight folding trailer to pull behind my wife's Santa Fe (2000 pounds towing). It would be cheaper than a truck, but you can rent the Home Depot or Menards truck a few times for the price of a trailer - and not have to store it. But, the trailer would let you keep the materials on it until needed (like bulk mulch) and not rush to unload the truck and return it to the store.
 

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I don't think shopping for the trailer should be your major concern until you determine what your vehicle suspensions and drive trains, current or enhanced, can stand.

Working on urban projects really got me in the habit of paying a bit to have material delivered. Even when working outside the City I found the practice stuck and sure saved wear and tear on vehicles and the operator. And as long as I could be flexible with delivery times and plan ahead, the charges came out to be minimal or often got waived.
 

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The towing capacity of your Honda CRV is likely around 1500 lbs. This includes the weight of the trailer. I would look for a light weight trailer. One that you can safely tow with your vehicle. I have one that is a 5x8, metal with 12" wheels. It works well for most things, light hauling, motorbikes, lawn tractors, etc.

But, there are big disadvantages to them.
First, the capacity is not that great. So you may have to watch the weight you load onto it.

Second, the wheels and tires are very cheap and wear out quickly. The good news is that you can get a wheel and tire for around $20.

Last, the hubs must be kept greased. I have had a hub failure even with proper greasing as these are also somewhat cheap. However, you can buy a kit called a "Bearing Buddy" and that will allow you to keep them well greased without too much effort.
 

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Wow, it took me a while to digest the helpful information. I showed the thread to my husband too. Thanks to all of you for taking your time to share your thoughts!

Unfortunately, we live in an area that's not really urban (not far, but over a hill), so sometimes I find it hard to arrange pickup/delivery. But I think the trailer that we purchase will be used mainly for large sized yet fairly light weight construction/yard materials. And after having read some discussions, I think we should leave drywall hanging and taping to the professionals. It'll probably take us a while to shop for one. This thread is definitely educational for our trailer hunting. Thanks again!
 
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