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Old 07-15-2019, 02:24 PM   #1
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Default Mini Go 4x6 trailer v. Rollaway 2

After taking a few two-week trips in my Travato, we have learned to pack all we need in the van, however, were contemplating going on a lot longer journey next spring for several months and we will have to bring along our two pet cats. With their gear and other items we need to bring for longer trips, we are trying to decide if we should get a small trailer, and deal with pulling it and all that entails but getting a lot more storage then we will probably need or getting a Stowaway 2 hitch mounted box and keeping our rig small and more nimble. I was also considering a roof top mounted Thule but roof mounting will interfere with at least one of our solar panels.

I've really wanted to add a spare tire and bring bikes, however, if we go with the Stowaway option I won't have a good way to mount a spare (I'm considering a hitch mounted swing away type tire holder). If I get the trailer, I can put a spare tire, bikes and items that my pets will require freeing up space in the van itself.

I know the adage, if it doesn't fit in the van it doesn't go, and I agree with that but it would be nice to have more storage for a longer trek.

Any helpful words of advice from your experiences?
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Old 07-15-2019, 03:02 PM   #2
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I tow a Smart Car behind my 24' MH and installed a folding tongue jack with wheel to the tow bar. It may look funny but when I disconnect I can move the car with the tow bar attached. You should not notice any difference in MPG and can take all your toys plus more. Just make sure you have high sides on the trailer so items do not fall out.
You can consider renting a small trailer from U-Haul for the trip.

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Old 07-15-2019, 06:28 PM   #3
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We had a small trailer pulled by VW Westfalia in eighties, 2 large aluminum truck boxes on the campers, stowaway-2 hitch container and now a rear ladder.

- Trailer was good for carrying camping cargo and bicycles but not good for parking. It was great to have all camping gear packed in one place ready to be attached. Hooking was easier than attaching a hitch cargo box.

- Aluminum boxes on the truck campers were good, similar arrangement could be done with rear van doors with smaller boxes. All pluses, donít recall any negatives. See the picture.

- Stowaway, good for storing and parking but opening rear doors required the box to be out the way, fortunately swinging was reasonably simple. Attaching the box required it to be empty. In a garage it takes almost as much room as a small clam trailer but emptying was necessary for attaching. Attaching was more cumbersome than hooking a loaded trailer. We sold it recently.

- On our previous RVs we had good experience with ladders so we recently decided to go this route. Its primarily use is for carrying chairs, barbeque, small miscellanies items in the box. Easy removal or attaching of our small Magma barbeque. It can be use for grilling while attached. It takes seconds to attach chairs. Sprinter proximity sensors work, rear doors can be opened anytime, and it is a ladder.
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With a trailer you will pay more for tolls, often painfully more. It's based on the number of axles, not size or weight, and it's usually not linear. When your toll doubles because of that small utility trailer, you may have second thoughts!

You will also have a harder time finding a parking space and maneuvering in and out of tight parking lots. Backing a small trailer with a large, long wheelbase vehicle is tricky, even with help from a rear camera. Everything takes just a little longer when you're pulling a trailer.

I have no idea how your Travato is set up, but I can fit the spare for our RT Popular under the rear bed, freeing up the back for a large cargo box or trailer if desired. You're giving up storage for storage, so the net gain may be small. Upside is a surprising amount of space remains inside and around the spare for smaller items, just not bulky stuff. Without being certain of the exact model (I googled "Rollaway 2" and didn't get an exact match), consider whether it will prevent the rear doors from opening.

Tough decision!
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GeorgeRa: Interesting. I like it. Some questions:

How do you attach chairs, etc. to ladder.
Do you also have roof storage that the ladder helps you access?
Have you attached bikes to the ladder?
Finally, who's the maker on the ladder.

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GeorgeRa: Interesting. I like it. Some questions:

How do you attach chairs, etc. to ladder.
Do you also have roof storage that the ladder helps you access?
Have you attached bikes to the ladder?
Finally, who's the maker on the ladder.

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No roof storage, 300W of solar and Maxxair fan only.

For the grill I built a 1Ē 80/20 aluminum subframe permanently attached and mount with snap latches. Love it, takes seconds to deploy for grilling or to move it back for travel.
http://www.classbforum.com/forums/f6...rack-8953.html

I use these chair /bike holders
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

With these straps
https://www.amazon.com/ROK-Straps-RO...web_3022035011

Different bike holders
https://www.google.com/search?q=rv+l...=2560&bih=1248
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One of the best features of my van are my Aluminess deluxe boxes and the two 1UpUSA bike racks on top of them. I can carry a surprising amount of extra gear in the big boxes (including 2 inflatable kayaks at times). They swing away nicely for rear door access. They weren’t cheap but are worth every penny to me. One of the boxes can be replaced with a spare tire. I even have a thin 2 gallon spare diesel can mounted in the frame for the boxes.

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Thanks for your reply.
Is it possible for you to attach a picture of your set up to the thread?
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Thanks GeorgeRa!
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Chris,
I've got a 2015 Roadtrek 190P. I'm 1 month into a 4+ month journey.. Just added a stowaway 2. I have my rear tire in the "standard" continental tire carrier on the back. Stowaway shipped me a 7" extension and everyting worked great... It would also work with an Aluminess swing out tire carrier..
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