I like both metal and wood decks. Wood eventually needs replacing, is the only real drawback. My trailer (the one that got stolen in 2015!) was a 16' wood deck with a 3' diamond-tread dovetail, for a 19' 3" total load area. Four "D"-rings plus the "C"-channel frame meant I could hook anywhere and tie down securely. Mine looked much like yours, other than the floor difference. Looks like you have a nice one.
Yes, 18' is enough trailer for the vast majority of vehicle hauling, I agree.
I bought a used 16 foot Master Tow, only paid $2000 for it. Have had it now 13 years. Absolutely no problems, Have pulled it at 75MPH w/66 on back. Remember 10% of weight should be on tongue, And get a weight distribution hitch!!! Aluminum trailers are great but big money. Probably x2 of steel. My deck is solid, did not want an open. I also bolted two 6 foot E-Tracks near the wheel wells so it can also be used as a utility trailer. Use to drive Semi in the lower 48 so have a lot of straps for that purpose. I get 14-15 at interstate speed 65-70 behind my Dakota.I'm looking to buy a car hauler trailer. I have a habit of finding derelict or classic cars and have rented dollies and trailers for far too long.
There are a LOT of options so I am trying to make sense of all of it.
I will be towing with my 2007 Ram 1500 regular cab 2wd truck. Maybe on rare occasions, I'd use my 75 W200 Power Wagon.
I would prefer a used trailer but am open to whatever I can find. I am not in a hurry but I would like to have one as soon as I can find something that fits my needs.
I have no interest in buying another truck to tow with.
A buddy has tried to sell me his cobbled trailer and I have been as gentle as I can in telling him that I want something bigger. I want one sturdy enough to haul a B body or even a pickup truck if need be. It would be stupid to buy a 14 or 16 footer and then need to rent or borrow a longer one for a bigger car.
The ones I see with wood decks are cheaper but I think I want a steel deck. The dovetail design looks appealing. Electric brakes are cheaper than hydraulic. Are they good enough?
I'd like stake pockets so I could use the trailer for more than just cars.
Who is willing to chime in with some thoughts?