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New Apogee Adapt-X 4x8 ft folding aluminum trailer.


John E Davies

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EDIT 10/14/23. I returned the trailer due to multiple issues, a new thread with pics, commentary and videos is here:

https://forum.expeditionportal.com/threads/apogee-adapt-x-folding-utility-trailer-cool-design-big-fail-in-the-execution.241264/

I won't be adding any more content here, but I will be happy to discuss. JD

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New aluminum folding trailer.

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The sides are reflecting the dark ground, they are shiny silver.

https://apogeetrailers.com/folding-aluminum-trailers/

https://www.etrailer.com/tv-review-apogee-adapt-x-300-folding-utility-trailer-at44fr.aspx

I found it for $2000 off MSRP, paid $3388 out the door (no sales tax in OR, I have to pay that when I register it in WA. I love the design and the build quality and the attention to details, but holy cow, it is sure noisy on lumpy pavement. It sounds as if it is going to explode, even with 450 pounds of ballast. I use a hitch quieter on the ball mount, I tightened the coupler nut and put nylon ties onto every little rattly part like the pivot pins. They do not mention this in the fancy marketing material. This is a really rare trailer in the USA, I think they are not selling a lot, eTrailer.com USED to carry them, but no longer does. Mine is a 2022, I have not seen any 2023 models listed except in the Home Country, Canada. I guess more Canadians need the folding feature for winter storage, plus they are a little cheaper there too. I have not read any user reviews except for a couple of “Gee I really like this.” And “Gee this is really cool, my ATV fits fine!” This thread will change that. I will post lots of pics and info as I learn more.

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Fixed their home page:

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I do not intend to carry a 2000 pound ATV all the time, this is for box store and landscaping trips. I do not want this to turn into another bottomless pit of mods, like “Mouse”, but was considering adding this. It uses the existing axle and hubs, unlike their Independent suspension version.

Timbren Silent Ride 3500 lbs

I am concerned that the rubber dampers may be too stiff, the trailer has a max payload of 2300 pounds but normally will be less than 1000. If the dampers from the smaller 2000 pound kit can be swapped in easily, that would be a possible solution. Does anyone have direct experience with this Silent Ride system?

I just got home yesterday afternoon, 700 mile round trip to the dealer in two days, and I am a bit wiped. I could do that a lot easier when I was 30… I need to do some crawling around and measuring.

John Davies

Spokane WA

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Sweet little trailer.  The folding feature is very cool.

What are your plans for it?

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6 hours ago, Wandering Sagebrush said:

John, I have a similar (Aluma) trailer that like yours is truly noisy.  The majority of the noise on the Aluma is coming from the folding ramp.

No play in mine at that location:

 

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There is a bigger one up front holding down the front of the bed. It dumps. I had a couple of Destaco clamps holding down the lid on my old off road trailer. You need to size them by available space (dimensions) and the anticipated load.

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https://www.destaco.com/clamping/manual.html

John Davies
Spokane WA

 

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If I close my eyes, I can imagine an Ollie in that spot….

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I think I will call this trailer “Mousie”. 

John Davies

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Looks like a really nicely built trailer. I have several utility trailers from a 4x6 foot box trailer that I built back in the 1990's to carry camping/SCUBA gear in to a 7x18 foot flatbed.

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Getting ready to leave on a rafting trip on the Buffalo NR in Arkansas, April, 2003.

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9 hours ago, ScubaRx said:

In Gardner, MT at the North Entrance to Yellowstone NP - September, 1997.

Very cool set-up.  Nice build-job!

 

9 hours ago, ScubaRx said:

I built back in the 1990's to carry camping/SCUBA gear

FYI:  We just got back from a Pensacola dive trip last week - planned to hit the USS Oriskany about 22 miles south of Pcola at 180+ feet.  But hurricane Idalia had other plans for us.  We'll give it another shot next time.

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7 minutes ago, MAX Burner said:

planned to hit the USS Oriskany about 22 miles south of Pcola at 180+ feet

Better you than me - I never "liked" anything over +- 100 feet!

 

12 hours ago, John E Davies said:

I can imagine an Ollie in that spot….

 

About the same - aluminum frame, well built, durable, compact.......

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Well, this started out VERY badly, but ended fairly well, the trailer turned out to be crap, pardon my French, and i was able to get a full refund (eventually, after five weeks) from the dealer. I started a new thread at Expedition Portal. I am interested in reading some of their remarks, I think it will be entertaining, Please go here (free to read, I am not sure about viewing attachments without joining (and that too is free), let me know about that please.):

https://forum.expeditionportal.com/threads/apogee-adapt-x-folding-utility-trailer-cool-design-big-fail-in-the-execution.241264/

John Davies
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1 hour ago, John E Davies said:

I am not sure about viewing attachments without joining (and that too is free), let me know about that please.):

Yep - pics are viewable.

Shame - it WAS pretty though.

Bill 

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