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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-18-2018, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Trailer Size?? Please help

Decided to buy a 2018 teryx 2 tomorrow so I will need to have a trailer to pick it up when they get done assembling it in the next day or so.

Iíd like to fit the trailer and teryx in my garage so Iíd like to get the shortest possible trailer while still having a safe trailer with good tongue weight once the Teryx is loaded.

Iím going with a 6í wife but can I get away with a 10í trailer or do I need a 12í for good trailer weight distribution?

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6x10 it will have to be loaded backwards if using a gate. 6x12 if loading it forward. I have a 6x10 with a gate but I cut the gate down to be able load it forward. Now the gate folds up underneath the bed.


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6x10 it will have to be loaded backwards if using a gate. 6x12 if loading it forward. I have a 6x10 with a gate but cut the gate down to be able load it forward. Now the gate folds up underneath the bed.


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Forgive me if I'm wrong but I would assume with a 6X12 that the Teryx could be loaded forwards or backwards? I have a 6X12 and have loaded it forwards with no issues. Haven't tried it backwards yet...

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Forgive me if I'm wrong but I would assume with a 6X12 that the Teryx could be loaded forwards or backwards? I have a 6X12 and have loaded it forwards with no issues. Haven't tried it backwards yet...


You are right. I just didnít say it. I assumed the OP understood that it could loaded forward or backwards on a 12 foot long trailer.


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yeah I would be more worried about actually fitting the teryx on the trailer and through the garage door. There's not a chance in hell that's going to work unless you have some really tall garage doors. 12ft or longer would be ideal. I have a 14' and there's plenty or room but easily would have worked with a 12'. I would pass up on the 10' unless you already have a 10 foot trailer.
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yeah I would be more worried about actually fitting the teryx on the trailer and through the garage door. There's not a chance in hell that's going to work unless you have some really tall garage doors. 12ft or longer would be ideal. I have a 14' and there's plenty or room but easily would have worked with a 12'. I would pass up on the 10' unless you already have a 10 foot trailer.


I agree with that. I already had a 10 foot so Iím just dealing with it for now. 12 is better for sure. Iíve been shopping for one actually. I want aluminum but dang them prices are high.


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Weight disbribution is usually not an issue between a 10' or 12' long trailer, rather it is the length of the machine which can become an issue if you have a fold up style rear gate. Keep in mind that a T4 is around 8" longer overall as compared to a T2 that the OP states he bought. Per the spec sheet a stock T2 is just under 10' overall length so it should fit on a 10' trailer without any issues, where as a T4 is longer than 10' because of the rear bed overhang. The rear bed on the T4 is why you need to back it on the typical 10' trailer to get the fold up gate closed. This allows the bed to overhang the front of the trailer.

Overall I typically recommend the longer trailer, in this case 12', if at all possible unless there is an issue with storage space for it. You rarely hear anybody say they wish their trailer was a little bit smaller. I know on my 12' trailer the little bit of extra room allows me to pack gas cans, coolers, and other items either in front or behind the Teryx.
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I have a 12' dovetail with a short gate. The Teryx fits perfectly with the back wheels right at the dovetail transition. To be honest, I wish I got the 14' simply because it would be handy on longer trips out West for extra gear. If i didn't have the dovetail, 12' would be perfect but I do like the easy transition on and off the trailer.
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Ok. I thought the t2 and t4 were the same length. I apologize for misinforming everyone on the trailer lengths for the t2. Thank you 6.2 for clearing that up. Learned something new today.


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Keep in mind that a T4 is around 8" longer overall as compared to a T2 that the OP states he bought. Per the spec sheet a stock T2 is just under 10' overall length so it should fit on a 10' trailer without any issues, where as a T4 is longer than 10' because of the rear bed overhang. The rear bed on the T4 is why you need to back it on the typical 10' trailer to get the fold up gate closed. This allows the bed to overhang the front of the trailer.
Uh... are you looking at the right year T2??? My 2016 T2 measures 11 foot 4 inches with bumpers on.

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Uh... are you looking at the right year T2??? My 2016 T2 measures 11 foot 4 inches with bumpers on.

The specs I quoted are straight off the Kawasaki website for the 2018 model year.
T2 overall length = 118.1" , 9'-10"
T4 overall length = 125.4", 10'-5"
Wheelbase is the same.

Guess I never actually measured either but the numbers seemed reasonable. I know on a 12' trailer if I pull my T4 on so there is just enough room on the rear to close the gate I can just get a decent size cooler between the front of the machine and the front of the trailer. And obviously a T2 is shorter overall than a T4.....again never measured them but based on pictures and seeing them in person I would estimate the rear bed is about 7" shorter.

That is interesting to hear some real world measurements. Do you have aftermarket bumpers front and rear?
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The specs I quoted are straight off the Kawasaki website for the 2018 model year.
T2 overall length = 118.1" , 9'-10"
T4 overall length = 125.4", 10'-5"
Wheelbase is the same.

Guess I never actually measured either but the numbers seemed reasonable. I know on a 12' trailer if I pull my T4 on so there is just enough room on the rear to close the gate I can just get a decent size cooler between the front of the machine and the front of the trailer. And obviously a T2 is shorter overall than a T4.....again never measured them but based on pictures and seeing them in person I would estimate the rear bed is about 7" shorter.

That is interesting to hear some real world measurements. Do you have aftermarket bumpers front and rear?
OK, so I need to eat a little crow.

Yes, I do have aftermarket bumpers on front and rear, so I went out and re-measured and I found an error in my numbers.

The 11 foot 4 inches is actually what my Toy Hauler will hold and not the length of my bike. My apologies, I got confused on which numbers I was looking at. The actual length of my T2, with after market bumpers front and rear, is 10 feet 6 inches, or 8 inches longer than that stock as listed above.

I am still surprised that the T4 is that much longer as the bed on the T2 is significantly larger than that on the T4. Maybe Barefoot and I should get our bikes side by side for some real world comparisons? (hint-hint)

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Virginia hawk, looks like we both got humbled. Haha. But what I said is true for what itís worth on the t4.


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The 12 foot isn't significantly harder to tow than a 10 foot. Therefore, storage is the consideration here. I brought my Teryx to my summer place on a Trailers Plus 12 aluminum trailer. The extra space allowed me to slide an extra lawn mower (needed up here) at the front of the trailer and a small step ladder under the UTV. I made the most of the space!!! Good luck with what you decide. NOTE if you can afford the aluminum model it sure is easier to move around. This old, fat guy, really likes that part!!! LED lighting sold me also...

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10ft will work I used an 8ft to pick mine up originally and it was not bad but swayed quite a bit
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Another particle of food for thought. The longer the trailer, the easier it is to back it up
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The trailer in question has prob been bought since the question was asked 4 days ago ; but , I'm gonna ad my 2 cents . I bought a 5x10 trailer back in the early 2000's to haul my quad and what ever else I may want . At that time , I was doing a remodeling project ; and , everything I went to haul , the trailer was 2' too short . We tend to "adapt" to what we have , so in my case the longer stuff was placed on top of the front so it would fit (the rear gate was not removable) . I ended up selling that trailer ; and , I told myself if I ever bought another trailer it would be at least 12' long . Whenever I bought my rhino , we have a 5x8 that I used to haul it on...until I modified the gate , it would only fit backed on . I made brackets so the gate wasn't straight up when closed Ö.the rhino would fit pulled on then ; but , I found it pulled better with the bike backed on . When I bought my T2 last summer , I had to go on a trailer "hunt" , because it obviously wouldn't fit on the 5x8 . I looked at a lot of different mfg's 6x12's...cheaply built trailers aren't cheap ; and , well built ones are even more expensive . I entertained the thought of spending the extra $$ on an aluminum one ; but , the extra work of any future repairs (think cracks) made me stay with a steel one . I ended up going with a 6x12 Big-Tex...it is very well built , has a spare tire carrier , led lights , 2x8 wood for the floor (some mfg's use the thinner decking boards) , and 15" 6 ply tires .
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The above post is a good one regarding trailer quality. I've helped out several people with very little to no trailer experience over the years select the proper model which includes looking at a lot of different manufacturers. What I have found is that cheaply built trailers really are not that much cheaper price wise as compared to a well built quality trailer. We have several chain stores that sell trailers that are built light with mediocre build quality and crappy paint. However for a relatively small amount of extra money you can go to a true trailer store and buy a much heavier and better built trailer with a good powder coat finish. But when it comes to trailers a lot of people only look at the price and not what they are getting for the money.

For the post about using an 8' trailer, you could squeeze a current gen T2 or T4 on one but it would likely have to be a completely flat deck with no rails on the front or gate on the back. The wheelbase (center of front tire to center of rear tire) is over 7' which means that parts of both the front and rear tires would be hanging over the deck. If you measured from the front edge of the front tire to the rear edge of the rear tire you are over 9'.
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Donít get anything smaller than 12 foot. Buy it right the first time. Should have looked at aluminum because of weight, kinda hard to move trailer tongue by hand.


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Donít get anything smaller than 12 foot. Buy it right the first time. Should have looked at aluminum because of weight, kinda hard to move trailer tongue by hand.


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This was my thinking. The aluminum is MUCH lighter so easier to move around. For as much as I will use it I do not anticipate any problems. Plus it came with a warranty so I am protected for a while. It was about 600 more than a steel unit but won't rust and I anticipate that I can get that money back if/when I need to sell it. Good luck.

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My trailer for my T4 is ft. If I need to carry more I have one of those hitch mounted cargo carriers. My trailer has a large ramp with the Gorilla lift on it. I still have lots of area to carry other things.
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Tongue weight

Iím about to get a trailer and saw this thread. I donít have the most capable tow vehicle at the moment and my biggest concern is keeping tongue weight at 200lbs or less. Any suggestions on length and brand that will give me some wiggle room to find the sweet spot? Max tow capacity is 2600 lbs so trailer should be under 1000 lbs. and no, a new tow vehicle isnít possible right now. I just blew 16k on a new Teryx 4 seater.
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