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PostPosted: November 1, 2019, 9:05 pm 
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Hi everyone,

Just wondering how creative people have been in transporting their cars. Right now I am transporting my car in a 7x12 cargo trailer but I'm not enjoying that and looking for ideas. Has anyone used a panel van? Or some other option?

it seems that it is possible to fit a Seven into certain types of cargo van. I'm a little light on details but found the attached picture in a forum post from across the pond. The three most likely candidates for vans in North America would be the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit and Ram Promaster (LWB version in all cases). Unfortunately they all advertise a rear door opening width of approximately 61.5" and I think I would need around 64" to squeak the car through. I am considering that I may be able to modify that opening to be wide enough to fit the car. One forum post I found mentioned a Caterham Race team, McMillan Motorsport, has done this. I reached out to them and was told that they were out at an event but I hope to be able to get some details on how they fit their cars after they are home.

The other issue here is the cost of the van itself vs the cost of a trailer. Obviously a van has more to it, but I was a little shocked to see just how expensive they are. A well-used Promaster in my area will go for north of $20K CAD. Not very locost!

I'm curious to hear what others are doing, and what other options may be out there!


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PostPosted: November 2, 2019, 1:06 am 
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I know where you could get a running 70's Ford moving truck with a box on the back somewhere around 20-24' long. The guy is only asking $500.
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Despising trailers for moving cars is why I have an 81 Chevy 3500.
Not enclosed, but I'm not moving Ferrari's. :wink:

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The cost of purchase, the cost of insurance and the cost of maintenance is what keeps me from going the single-purpose vehicle route. Excluding a vehicle, I have no "creative" alternatives to a trailer. Maybe call a towing company each time? :mrgreen:

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How about building a special purpose flatbed on an old pickup?

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PostPosted: November 2, 2019, 10:53 am 
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Lonnie-S wrote:
How about building a special purpose flatbed on an old pickup?

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To build on that idea an old rollback from a towing company might work slick. If you keep your eyes open for one with the right price.


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How about a Cutaway/Box van from Uhaul or Penske? Our Church Pastor bought a Uhaul when he moved from Calif. to Ark. Resold it in Ark so the move only cost him a few hundred bucks. The guy that purchased it used it for his business for about 10-12 years before he passed on. I still see it running around Mtn. Home, AR from time to time.

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PostPosted: November 2, 2019, 5:08 pm 
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Yeah I've been considering a deck truck or cube van. I was hoping that I could buy something like a single cab F250 and replace the bed with a long enough box, but it doesn't look like the wheelbase is long enough for that.

For the record, one of the reasons I am trying to get away from a trailer is so that I can sell the Nissan Xterra I am using as a tow vehicle. It's also my daily driver, and I was hoping to get back into a car for better mileage and the possibility of ice racing in the winter. I don't have enough room to store a dedicated tow vehicle AND a trailer, so I started looking for ways to combine the two.


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You might look at 1-Tons. Better chance of finding a LWB model. A long bed crew-cab would have the wheelbase you need, and I'm sure there are some commercial single cabs built on that chassis!

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I've previously spent some time contemplating going the 'other' direction with creative trailer alternatives...Rigging up some mounting points (and an installation method) to throw a torsion beam axle under the frame, hang an a-frame/tongue off the nose, and plug into the tail lights.

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PostPosted: November 6, 2019, 4:53 am 
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Justin,

I built something like that for my Laser sailboat about 40 years ago. It was flimsy as all get out. Until you strapped the boat on it. Towed like a dream. Pulled it with a Fiat X-19.

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Thanks, Larry. Glad to know I'm not crazy...Or rather, that I'm not the only crazy one. :cheers:

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I'm fond of this one:

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Haha, that thought has crossed my mind too!

Right now one option I am considering is a 'bubble van'. There's a company called Unicell that makes fiberglass bodies for chassis vans and from their documentation it seems like it might just barely fit a Locost. I have found a few nice looking examples under $6k CAD, but all in eastern Canada. I suppose I wouldn't be above flying out there and driving one back, if I really thought this was my best bet.


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PostPosted: November 10, 2019, 9:07 pm 
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Well, if your intended cargo will fit, that Bubble van looks like it might be a pretty slick way to go! :cheers:

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