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Thanks again for the info! I did think of two more questions:

1) Other than popups, do any other trailers "fold down" to fit under a 7 foot garage door (22 ft long x 8 ft wide stall)? Although I like the idea of hard sides, I assume they precludes trailers from folding down to fit in a standard height garage door.

2) I found out that if I order the Toyota "Tow Prep" package along with the "Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness" accessory, that I will only get a 4-pin connector and no brake controller. Do all lightweight trailers have brakes? If so, I'm guessing I'll need to modify to a 7-pin connector and add a brake controller.

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1) Other than popups, do any other trailers "fold down" to fit under a 7 foot garage door
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Yes, try Trailmanor and HiLo


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GBlack wrote:

Thanks again for the info! I did think of two more questions:



2) I found out that if I order the Toyota "Tow Prep" package along with the "Trailer Hitch and Wiring Harness" accessory, that I will only get a 4-pin connector and no brake controller. Do all lightweight trailers have brakes? If so, I'm guessing I'll need to modify to a 7-pin connector and add a brake controller.

Thanks!

there are no factory brake controllers. You will have to run some new wires to make up the other connectors in a 7 pin.
brakes will depend on the model

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gregrc75 wrote:

GBlack wrote:

1) Other than popups, do any other trailers "fold down" to fit under a 7 foot garage door
Yes, try Trailmanor and HiLo
Also, A-liner/Chalet trailers (hard side, A frames).


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First, don't feel too badly about making a mistake. I bought a pop-up when I really wanted a hardside trailer. Even though the pop-up was cheaper, I just wasn't content. I went out and bought a hardside the very next camping season.

Second, I would also suggest buying the vehicle with the highest tow rating. Some folks say that you only want to tow 80% of your towing capacity. 80% of 3500 = 2,800 lbs. That is pretty limiting for a hard side travel trailer.

Finally, I suggest that you look at many different trailers. It would be a shame to make the same mistake twice. Do you really want canvas and all the work of a pop-up? If so, perfect! Do you really want a bathroom with a black tank, or would you be content with a porta-potty or cassette toilet?

You might consider making a list of "wants" (I wanted A/C, but could live without it) and "needs" (I needed a furnace for Minnesota camping). Then look at as many trailers as you can that are WITHIN both your towing capacity and your budget.

Good luck in your hunt for the perfect trailer for you!

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Yes, a few hard-sided trailers have been made that fit into a standard garage. But, mine was made in 1973 and I don't know of any that are currently made.

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