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Trailer, or No Trailer, That Is The Question!

Posted in Best of, Cool Stuff, General, Road Trips, Roads, Top of the Heap by MrAngry | March 15th, 2011 | 5 Responses |

*Photo Credit: Chuck Goolsbee

Owning a classic car means you fall into one of two categories; those who use a trailer or those that don’t. When I first bought my Charger way back when, I made a vow to myself that I would never, ever trailer it as I feel that cars were meant to be driven and enjoyed, not rubbed with diapers. Some owners however feel that the road is not a place for these machines. This generally happens after they’ve sunk thousands upon thousands of dollars into them. Back in the day I would’ve made a stink about trailering a car, but the older I get, the more I can relate to their thought process. If you’ve ever restored a car then you’re well aware that a paint job alone can cost upwards of $20,000. Combine that with a redone engine bay, suspension components and a new interior and it’s not hard to see how a good restoration can run well upwards of $100,000 depending on the car.

Trailer Queen

Spend that kind of money in one shot and it’s easy to see why you’d want to keep it off the road. However, at the end of the day, regardless of the dollar value attached to it, these are only cars and they were meant to be driven. I agree that sometimes it would be nice to throw them in a trailer and tow them behind a nice comfy pick-up truck. Then I think about all the adventures I’ve had, the miles I’ve traveled, and the people I’ve met and realize that if my car were in a box, none of that would have ever happened.

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5 Responses

  1. I’m with you on that. It would be good to put my rig in a trailer if the weather is snotty when I’m headed somewhere to show it off.
    I drive mine though and it’s only been on an open trailer three times and that includes the first time when it didn’t run yet. The other two times were when I was headed to enter it in indoor shows. I have driven it across the United States and back. The adventure is what it’s all about! I have about 25,000 miles on my old 37 Chevy truck in 5 years.

  2. J D Stadler says:

    Reminds me of the bikes I see going down 95 to Bike Week, on trailers. Seriously?! Talk about defeating the purpose. I say DRIVE AND ENJOY (and if you’re worried about the money you’ve sunk into it, get good insurance)

  3. Alec says:

    No trailers please! cars were built to be driven not hauled

  4. Jason Wilson says:

    None of my cars have ever been trailered. They are all quite competent drivers. Much more fun interacting with folks that way. I can understand the need, if weather or great dstance, warrants the need of a trailer.

  5. Vincent Donatacci says:

    I can only speak for myself, but I am one of those people lucky enough to be able to do my own repairs and construction on my own vehicles and I have had a few custom cars and trucks in the past and still own a custom truck. My point is after spending time and money building, customizing, restoring, or working on my car I want to enjoy the fruit of my labor. I also like to show it off and hope others like what I have done to my vehicle while I drive down the road. Although, Trailering to a long distant show does give you peace of mind knowing your pride and joy is safely tucked away in the “Box” behind you. Also, you don’t have to clean off the road grime for the show.