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Old 06-18-2017, 09:47 PM   #1
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What is the opinions on long distance transport of a 31 Sport Coupe on an open trailer. Facing front? Facing rear? Any advice on taking care of the canvas top?

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Old 06-18-2017, 11:09 PM   #2
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I like to drive mine on the trailer, so it is facing forward.
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Old 06-19-2017, 02:20 AM   #3
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Why facing rear ??
If you drive your car you don't drive backwards I supose ?
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Old 06-19-2017, 03:32 AM   #4
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Mine faces forward and I have found I require weight forward to reduce fishtailing while driving on highways.
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Old 06-19-2017, 04:19 AM   #5
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Engine weight of your coupe should be forward of the trailer axle group for better tracking.

Depending on how far you are going and the profile of your tow vehicle, the wind will likely buffet the canvas top. Rigging a 1/4" piece of plywood should protect it. Add sheet foam/sponge material between plywood and canvas to prevent chafing. Use several straps to the running boards to hold the plywood in place.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:28 AM   #6
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Facing forward. Top could become a problem at highway speeds. If top is old or worn, I would recommend enclosed trailer. Damage could happen very quickly.
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Old 06-19-2017, 06:35 AM   #7
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I always face the car forward. For long distance, I suggest a piece of cardboard over the windshield, and a piece of cardboard over the radiator, to protect from small stones thrown up by trucks. Tie it down by the axels, not the body or frame.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:07 AM   #8
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Facing forward, and I agree with Bill, cover the radiator and windshield with cardboard or a folded tarp. I've trailered my Roadster many times and have yet to have a problem with my top, but it's in pretty good shape. I did meet a fellow Model Aer on the 2013 MAFCA Annual Tour whose top fell apart while trailering, so it can be an issue.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:03 AM   #9
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I always face the car forward. For long distance, I suggest a piece of cardboard over the windshield, and a piece of cardboard over the radiator, to protect from small stones thrown up by trucks. Tie it down by the axes, not the body or frame.
That is why I asked, concern with radiator, headlights and windshield. The top is excellent condition and I want it to stay that way.
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If top is old or worn, I would recommend enclosed trailer.
I have a 32' enclosed 5th wheel car hauler but I feel it would be overkill for a Model A, plus it's a real pain when refueling, parking in a restaurant or a hotel parking lot so I am planning to order a 14' car hauler to make things easier. I am planning to go from GA to Gettysburg next month but I planning to travel quite a bit both driving and trailering in the near future.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:14 AM   #10
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When I do trailer my As I try to keep the speed down, and often stay off the interstates. I do not want to trust the roof, visor etc to 70+ MPH winds. On one occasion that I didn't have a choice, I placed a good quality car cover over the coupe with a soft blanket under it and some cardboard over the roof and strapped it down tight to the car, not the trailer. This way I didn't have the suspension, while the car was bouncing on the trailer, moving the cover over the paint etc. Worked very good.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:20 AM   #11
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I am planning to order a 14' car hauler
I would suggest that you go for an 18' rather than a 14'. A 14' is adequate for a Model A, but further down the road you may wish that you had opted for an 18 footer when you go to haul something a little bigger.
Don't ask how I came up w/this.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:22 AM   #12
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Towed our roadster front facing with the top down. Traveling at 100km+can cause a lot of strain on the old tops. Cardboard on the Rad and Windshield is a good idea
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:01 PM   #13
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I would suggest that you go for an 18' rather than a 14'. A 14' is adequate for a Model A, but further down the road you may wish that you had opted for an 18 footer when you go to haul something a little bigger.
Don't ask how I came up w/this.
I have access to larger trailers if I need more space. The main point with a smaller trailer is parking in parking lots without having to depend on 6 or 8 empty spaces ( especially if I arrive late at night when they are pretty much full... Don't ask how I know). LOL

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Old 06-19-2017, 01:05 PM   #14
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My wife just suggested that I put stretch wrap over the top... sounds like it may work as extra insurance..

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Old 06-19-2017, 01:29 PM   #15
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We wrapped the cab with plastic shipping wrap and then tape over the top of the wrap to hold it in place. Covered the headlights too..

Borrowed the hitch mount mud flap bar from my neighbor....we tried to stay at about 60 mph..
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Old 06-19-2017, 01:41 PM   #16
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My 1931 Sport Coupe was delivered me on a trailer facing forward to ensure the correct weight distribution. After a journey of over 500 miles it arrived in perfect condition save for a few too many flies on the leading edges.
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Old 06-19-2017, 08:45 PM   #17
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After a journey of over 500 miles it arrived in perfect condition save for a few too many flies on the leading edges.
We drove a little over 250 miles Saturday and I still have to clean the bugs and quail feathers from the radiator. I think the quail saw my quail radiator cap and wanted a closer look.

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Old 06-19-2017, 08:59 PM   #18
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Have the A pull the trailer with some fancy pretty car on it...the A will be very happy! Work horses these old A's are.
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This is a 20' aluminum tilt trailer. Plenty of room for a tool box. There's a winch with a remote control inside the tool box. Packed up a ready to go to Lincoln for the Speedster Reunion.
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A guy in our club bought a used Mobility van, made the rear a large door, so he can now haul his Model A inside. Once unloaded he can sleep inside the van. Looks like a nice outfit, and easy to park.
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Old 06-20-2017, 03:03 PM   #21
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A guy in our club bought a used Mobility van, made the rear a large door, so he can now haul his Model A inside. Once unloaded he can sleep inside the van. Looks like a nice outfit, and easy to park
I have given some thought about a small box van and doing a conversion but I need to spend my time on my 2 project A's.

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Old 06-20-2017, 03:16 PM   #22
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I trailer a Sport Coupe. I protect the top with a mini cover just above the belt line. This is the second year for it with good results.
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We wrapped the cab with plastic shipping wrap and then tape over the top of the wrap to hold it in place. Covered the headlights too..

Borrowed the hitch mount mud flap bar from my neighbor....we tried to stay at about 60 mph..
How was the Uhaul rental trailer? I was going to investigate that route..
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Old 06-20-2017, 04:00 PM   #24
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I just sold my 28 Sport coupe. haled it 1000 miles facing forward, stayed 70 and under. No damage. But the guy I sold it to had to take a bunch of bugs off the car.
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I strap it down, all four tires, facing forward,
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