(Speedhauler Tilt bed in background compared to an 18' dovetail ramp trailer.... hmmmm.... which do you want?)
I answer this question for people about 50 times a
day and thought i would write a quick note on the front page of the
site to help speed things up. The short answer is.... get whichever one
makes you comfortable.
If I thought that either one were inferior, I wouldn't sell it. The real
question is whether you don't mind picking up and carrying ramps around
to load and unload trailers or if you don't mind standing at the front
of the trailer and pumping up the hydraulic lift on a tilt trailer for
about 45 seconds.
(M/T Tilt Speedhauler in up position)
Both trailers do the job they are intended to do and I just personally
like the fact that i don't have to worry about losing anything with a
tilt trailer. Ramp type trailers have two loose ramps that store under
the deck. That means that they can be lost or stolen.. and that can
really stink after you've driven 150 miles to the race track, a show or
the job site.
(18' dovetail trailer with ramps in place)
On the other hand, yes... the tilt trailer stays in the tilted position
when you are loading, which means that your vehicle must stay stationary
on a slope for the 20 or 30 seconds it takes to get out, jump off the
bed and let the tilt cylinder down. If you don't have a good parking
brake or whatever you are hauling can't sit on a 10% slope in gear for
up to a minute, then maybe you need to get a ramp type trailer... or you
need to fix your machinery, but that's a personal choice I guess.
One from 1995... one of the very first tilts Curtis ever built being
tested with a big block Camaro. We've sold about 50,000 of them since
this one and they all seem to work perfect!
I have loaded thousands of things on both trailers in the last 20 years
and I have grown to love the tilt trailer the best. Why? Because I love
the fact that i have the entire bed to aim for when loading and I have
the entire width of the trailer at ground level behind me when I am
unloading something. Nothing is more terrifying than backing off of a
trailer and KNOWING for that one sickening instant that your left rear
wheel just fell off of the ramp... crash, crunch, ouch.On a tilt trailer
that cannot happen and that makes it a winner in my book.
"But Craig, I haul junk cars and most of them don't run!"
Ok... if you are serious about hauling junk cars, spend $300 on this
sweet removable 2,500lb rated 2 speed mechanical winch with 35' long
steel cable and once again, a Speedhauler trailer is your best scrap car
choice. At that price we even have it built on an easy to use removable
mount, so you can remove the winch and store it in your shop when not
using it. Suddenly, hauling non running vehicles is not a problem on
So... we're back to the circular beginning of the question. Should you
invest your very hardly earned money on a Speedhauler or fall back on
the old style ramp type trailer.
Once again... the choice is completely yours in my opinion.
Hope I helped you think it over a little, though.