Yeah, that's a really good idea. I would do that, but I don't have the money or the need for a trailer that size. This trailer looks perfect behind my Loyale.
I could probably get away with not registering it, for a while. As it sits, you can see my car's license plate no problem. But yeah, I do need to get a plate for this trailer. At least insurance is optional on trailers in Washington....
After I wrote my previous post, I got excited and installed the hitch last night. Installation was a lot simpler than I thought! The u-bolts in the bumper were 20x easier than I had anticipated, and drilling into the smuggler's compartment was just as easy. Wiring was pretty straight-forward too.
I did a test drive last night, and found I had some electrical problems.
1) The euro ball moves around slightly inside the receiver, and when it does, the lights turn off on the trailer. Have to unplug the 4-pin connector and plug it back in to get lights again.
2) If I have the brakes and one turn signal on at the same time, the headlight/taillights will stop working (although the brake lights and turn signals still work).
This morning, I have fixed it though.
1) With the ball mount moving around, I fixed that by running another ground wire from the trailer to my car. It's easily removable, so I can take it off when I disconnect the trailer.
2) I improved the power connection and the ground connection on the taillight converter in my car. It seems to have fixed my brake/turn signal dilemma.
Did some driving with the trailer this morning. Its... interesting. Unless I'm turning fairly sharply, I can't see the trailer in any of my mirrors, while looking back, or looking out the window. I can't feel
the trailer either. It's so lightweight, it doesn't affect my car's acceleration, braking, turning, etc. at all. I mean, I'm not gonna take a turn at high speed and slam on the brakes, but I really don't even notice the trailer behind me, haha.
It's also tricking my mind. I'm used to the long, heavy trailers in truck simulators and whatnot. I keep making unnecessarily wide turns when towing this. And wow. Reversing this trailer is quite a chore! Again, it's so light and small, so it's very sensitive to steering inputs and jackknifes easily. Not to mention the visibility, again. Especially
in my driveway. Blindside reversing is nearly impossible to do, since you can't see if it's jackknifing or not. At a certain angle, you can see the trailer in the side mirror, but until you get to that angle, all bets are off, haha. My driveway is extremely difficult to reverse into, considering it's at a downward slope. But after three tries, here is my first successful reversing job into my driveway: