Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

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Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by NorthSouth » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:24 am

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Please disregard this question. A couple wise members have already answered it for me. We are going with an open trailer.

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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by Steve Jelf » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:43 am

Yes, just barely. Length, front tire to rear fender = 138", so you have only 6" to spare. Width, hubcap to hubcap = 68", leaving 2" on each side. You would need to move the car in and out very slowly and carefully with a winch. I would go a little wider and longer with the trailer.
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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by BE_ZERO_BE » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:52 am

You would have to fold the windshield as well.
Even then, some enclosed trailers may be too short.
Does the trailer have a car door/ramp or is it the barn door style.
The top will have to be disconnected from the rear sockets as it normally hangs over the back of the rear seat when it is down.
It will be very difficult to get inside and tie the car down.
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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by NorthSouth » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:55 am

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Mr Jelf,

Thank you for your useful reply. I now understand that the total length, "front tire to rear fender = 138"" or 11'-6".

However, in theses smaller enclosed trailers the T's top must be put down to get a touring car inside. Therefore, in order to close the rear ramp-door I would need to determine the total length of the car with the top down which would be longer than the measurement front tire to rear fender, wouldn't it be?.

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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by NorthSouth » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:06 pm

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Hey Bob,

Thank you for your wise observations. I didn't think about how I would go about "tying down" the front of the car in such a confined space. I did, however, recognize that an enclosed trailer would make stuffing the T full of luggage, wheelchair, walker, cold and warm weather gear, etc for my father much more difficult. Therefore, after digesting your comments I now believe that, because of our tow capacity limitations, we are better off with an open trailer.

Note: I am going to change my original post now because the MTFCA Forum will not allow it to be deleted.

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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by George Hand » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:13 pm

I have 2 trailers that are 7' tall because of the windshield height of my Model T open express & the height of my Model T pickup top (also a non Ford body) they are not car trailers but cargo (car trailers are wider-and I like the visibility being narrower than car trailers). One is a 14' Alumna made in Iowa all aluminum floor, tailgate & sub frame, the other is a 16' Snapper made in Georgia, plywood floor and tailgate, it was half the price of the Aluma and half the quality, Both allow me storage for two of my Modal T's. Both are two axle trailers, you could get away with single axle, but the two axle for me is safer. I drive them in and out most of the time, not much side clearance and I have to crowd a little to the left and suck in my gut when I get out. If the trailer has small cables on the tailgate get two pool noodles slit them lengthwise and slip them over the cables when you load they will help you by making it more difficult to catch a fender on a cable while going in & out, ask me how I know. To answer your question 12' is a little short, as you still half to hook up straps and tie downs.


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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by JEC » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:32 pm

If using a flat bed trailer be careful in using a cover.
I hauled my 28 model A a long distance covered with a cheap hardware store tarp and rubbed the paint off in spots on the fenders.

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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by George House » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:07 pm

Why don’t you buy my 7’ X 14’ X 7’10” tall for only $4,500 ? Can be pulled by a 1/2 ton truck.Picture with my centerdoor loaded. Also load the ‘14 runabout with top up.
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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by Quickm007 » Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:51 pm

I have the same trailer than George and I really like it. I trailed my 1911 Touring with it and work perfectly.

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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by George Hand » Sat Mar 28, 2020 12:02 pm

I have towed my 1912 open express & the 1920 Touring each to Virginia from New York (just under 500 miles each way) in my open 16' cargo trailer and even towing a car to a regional show it take a long time to secure including removing loose or possibly parts I gave up and bought the first of my 2 cargo trailers. They tow harder because of the wind resistance but provide a safe haven from the weather for a least 2 of the T's and save me lots of time loading, going to shows and return.

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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by George House » Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:46 pm

...but if you’re determined to tow an early Ford (with rubber bulb actuating the brass horn) in an open trailer - REMOVE THE RUBBER BULB first. And don’t ask me how I know 😞
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Re: Will a 1915 Touring w/ top down fit in a 6'x12' enclosed trailer?

Post by SurfCityGene » Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:19 pm

I'll never have another narrow trailer with wheels on the outside BUT That trailer with high top is certainly a deal at that price and SO much better for your T trailering in wind and bad weather. My thought is the wide trailers offer so much more inside and the width is the same except for the mirrors going down the freeway. On tours I most always use my trailer as a garage at night. So what's a little wind resistance? Its the same just like when your driving the T!
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