Good thread with some solid advice. Myself, I run an 18' Aluma trailer and I double tow it behind my fifth wheel. The trailer is exceptional quality and I was willing to pay more for it. If you can afford it, and want to buy a trailer only once until you need a bigger one, get an Aluma and don't look back.
That said, it is a luxury and you don't need it.
As for strapping, I have not yet punched the holes in the Aluma deck to run over-the-tire straps. I used them on my last trailer and they are the way to go. But, until I get the gumption to punch holes or run e-Trac, I run the straps through the wheels. By pulling/holding the Teryx forward and backward with quality straps, it cannot go anywhere and the suspension isn't compressed during the tow. You have to be intentional about not cranking them down so hard that you tweak the wheels. I have run thousands of miles safely doing this, on interstate speeds and on bad dirt roads. Machines never move a bit. And to clarify, I only do this when pulling multiple machines and I lose the space for the normal strapping to rear and front hooks.
*100% agree with checking your straps early in the drive. They'll usually settle a bit and need that initial re-tighten. Good luck.
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