You can always store the trailer at an open strage area for a reasonable rate if you don't have the room.
Good point, but not entirely true around here. There is a waiting list for parking at the only storage facility that is close my condo and I pass every day. Once in, a space is like $120/mo and the gate is only open 6A - 10PM, which is outside of many of the times I would be hitching up and returning. All "lit" storage facilities in town are like that. There is another yard close by, but it's got a padlock, rabies-filled guard dogs, and a bunch of rusty, beat-up heavy equipment on overgrown dirt and grass. Not sure that would work out but I admit haven't inquired... Besides, around here, nothing beats the convenience and security of having the parking space BE where you live.
Why don't you just haul the wheels/tires in the towed car?
Good point. And that may be the answer. But here's why I've looked for ways around it.
1) Stinking/greasing up the car -- yeah, even with the Totes, it happens-- the sole saving grace of this rusty 240 is its nice leather interior. And Miami has a little thing called heat and humidity...
2) when the car is sorted and I want to drive it to work, take out some friends, etc., I'll have zero ground-level place to securly store the tires.
a) I guess I could buy a commercial tire caddy and someonehow try to stuff them in my tiny condo's tiny closet or tiny balcony, but getting anything approaching big and heavy in and out of my archaic building is a difficult, time-consuming, and totally inconvenient process.
b) Maybe I could throw them in the tow vehicle/DD, but anything outside of a full size van I wouldn't have the space in the cargo compartment, and now you stink up that vehicle, and have the tires packed in haphazard. A truck could work, but the tires would need to be on a proper rack (i.e., keeping the tires vertical, not touching anything and making flat spots, nor scratching the rim lips). And, a $2,000 cap would be needed to keep the tires out of the sun and arms-length of knife-wielding hoods. FWIW, ever tried climbing in and out a truck's cap?
c) Maybe I could gang-chain the tires to the nearby fence, but I doubt my resident condo nazi nor the local knife-wielding hoods would approve.
d) Guess I could just move into a house with an acre of land and a garage, but oops I bought during the boom and I'll be "underwater" and stuck with this turd of a condo until 2012 or later, I'm sure.
So I GUESS I have options....[:|]
More to the point, I spent a few hours doing a simple 3D model of my 240 in ACAD over the weekend. Now I gotta find time to try to model the trailer rack around it --given Mastertow's limited published trailer specs -- then dimension it, print it, and send it to my local mastertow distributors, see if they'll build it AFTER I buy.
Ultimately, the only reasons this is coming up is that there's a good possibility my daily beater is going to NEED-need replacement well before I actually have the car done and ready and need a trailer. I'd like to think there's the possibility I could go from 21 mpg (current 2.4L Tacoma) to an 17-18 mpg 2.7L 3500# MTW PreRunner Tacoma, not an 11mpg cargo van. Plus, I'd like to know whether I have to budget or finagle for another, more accessible parking space, if the dolly doesn't work out. See how many things the tire rack affects?? [:S]