Q&A

Touch of Class Trailer Sales, LLC. (TOCT) is an independent private owned distributor of Darkhorse Cargo (DHC) and Middlebury Trailers, Inc. (MTI). Touch of Class Trailers is committed to delivering Value… with Integrity and Honesty, exceeding our customers’ needs and expectations.  

TOCT distributes trailers in all 50 States except Hawaii and across Canada. If a customer needs shipment to their home or business, TOCT hires the best and most trustworthy contract drivers at the current shipping rate per loaded mile.

TOCT has successfully worked with the MTI (Middlebury Trailers Inc.) Brand for almost 10 years. Founded in 2004, MTI is a sister company to RC Trailers.  MTI is part of a large corporate structure of numerous trailer manufacturers and is located within the hub of the RV and Trailer industry in northern Indiana. MTI offers a full lineup of premium quality built steel and aluminum frame trailers.  TOCT has had great success in distributing the MTI Brand and will continue to work with them in the future. 

Darkhorse Cargo Trailers (DHC) is a new independently owned company founded in late 2019 and also located within the RV and Trailer industry in White Pigeon, Michigan.  TOCT is excited, after 2-3 years of research to add this second Brand to our trailer lineup. DHC is providing an excellent Value and pricing package with more standard features, fantastic Quality, Workmanship, Durability and Safety TOCT demands and our customers expect.                   

YES. TOCT sells both steel and all-aluminum frame enclosed trailers. In almost years of business, 90% of sales have been Steel Frame Trailers, 10% have been Aluminum Frame Trailers.                 

The steel or aluminum frame truly is what the name says – an enclosed trailer that can haul a combination of items - Classic cars, snowmobiles, ATV’s, motorcycles, racing cars, or personal belongings. Whether you are getting away for the weekend, hauling your favorite vehicle, or helping your business run more efficiently, the Combination Trailer does it all with a beautiful design, strength, safety and long lasting durability that exceeds your expectations and fits your needs and budget.                     

The Combination Trailer can be built in a Round Top or a Flat Top Model.  The Standard width is 8’ 6”. With a Bumper pull, we can build starting as low as a 14' Box and V-Nose to as long as a 30' Box and V-Nose. If we build a 26' Box, we recommend going with either Tandem 6000# axles or triple 5200# axles.  With a 28 or 30' Box for proper strength and balance, we must go with triple 5200# or 6000# axles.

TOCT now works with (2) different Brands.  In the Round Top Models, TOCT works with MTI (Brand) that has an even number trailer box size plus a 5’ V-Nose. There is a one piece aluminum roof with a Fiberglass Cap on the V-Nose. The front ramp door is 55" Wide.

In Flat Top Models, TOCT is working with Darkhorse Cargo (DHC) that has an even number trailer box size plus a 4’ V-Nose. The roof, including the V-Nose is one piece aluminum.  The front ramp door is 54-3/4" wide.                   

This depends upon what you will be hauling for payload weight. If hauling a car or pickup, a good rule of thumb would be to go with the standard Tandem 5200 lb. axles with an 18 - 24' Box + V-Nose. If hauling motorcycles, ATV’s or snowmobiles, tandem 3500# axles may be utilized, although consider the road conditions or terrain. For a 26’ Box + V-Nose, we highly recommend Tandem 6000# axles or Triple 5200# axles. For all models using a 28’ or 30’ Box + V-Nose, we must use triple 5200# or triple 6000# axles.                 

The Standard Interior Height in a Round Top or Flat Top Combination Trailer is 6’ 6”. There is a 3” rear ramp Door Header, and with the 4’ Beavertail at the rear of the floor, the Rear Ramp Door Opening is 6’ 3”.

In today’s market with higher cab heights on ATV’s, Razors, Side by Sides and other vehicles, we recommend going with 6” extra height so there is no problem driving your vehicle into the trailer on the rear ramp door.  Additional 12, 18 or even 24” Extra interior ceiling height as an option. Costs for each will depend upon length of the Trailer. 

As an example - with 6" of extra height, the interior ceiling height is 7' 0" and the rear ramp door opening is 6' 9" 

Please remember the floor near the front ramp door is flat, so the distance from the floor to the front ramp door header is not as high as it is in the rear of the trailer.                       

The Standard Distance between the Interior Wheel Wells is 82”              This is adequate for most cars and pickups.

The Height of the Wheel wells in a Standard Combination Trailer is 11.5”  TOCT provides a 54” Escape door as a Standard Feature to all Combination Trailers helping you getting out of your car door. easier. The lower portion of the escape door begins about 1” above the wheel wells.                

With more than 10 years of Sales Statistics, 50% of all TOCT Sales are  Combination Models with a 24' Box and V-Nose.

Over 30% are Combination Models with a 22' Box + V-Nose.

Thus over 80% of all TOCT Sales have been either a 24' or a 22' box          + V-Nose. 

10% are 20’ Box + V-Nose and 5% have been 26’ + V-Nose Models.

It really depends upon the size of your vehicles and/or Combination of vehicles you wish to haul at the same time                

50% of all TOCT Sales the past 24 months have been Mid Deck Combination Trailers. So becoming very popular. A Mid-Deck Combination Trailer has the same Standard Specs and features of a Combination Trailer except in production language, we classify the axles as 32 degree down start axles with hypo Brackets. In simple terms, this raises up the floor of the trailer so you have more ground clearance under the trailer and interior wheel wells are only about 5 - 5.5” high. Hypo brackets - means we round off the corners of the wheel wells so that you can actually drive a snowmobile or an ATV on top of the wheel wells if necessary. Cost of this requested option is $400-425 for any Combination trailer size. We also must use an adjustable front hitch with a Mid-deck which is $150.                   

We are asked this question all the time. The answer is yes, there are actually three ways: We can utilize 22.5 degree down start axles. This provides a reduction of the wheel well height by 2 inches. Not much but it may make a difference. Cost of this option: No Charge

We can utilize 32 degree down start axles. This provides a 3” reduction in height of the wheel well height (between 8-9”) and the shape of it is still rectangular. Cost: $300

If my car is still lower profile and I want to use the escape door, we recommend the Mid-Deck Option described above with 32 degree down start axles and hypo brackets. We also recommend using a 4' Aluminum Extended Flap-over option with large Bumpers on the rear ramp door to eliminate any entrance angle issues with your car. 

Another economical way many of my customers utilize is to put some 2 x 10 boards within the trailer to drive your car onto. If these do not work, can always use a winch option within the trailer.                 

If traveling to high snow areas, on rough country roads, want more ground clearance under the trailer, or simply want lower interior wheel well height, the Mid-Deck Combination Trailer is a great option for you. If concerned with the increased angle of entering your Mid-deck trailer, highly recommend utilizing the 4 foot extended aluminum flap-over option that includes large bumpers on the back of the ramp door and heavier cable springs.                 

20.5% of all TOCT Sales are Silver/Black Two-tone or Solid Silver 18.8% of all TOCT Sales are Red/Black Two-tone or Solid Red 17.0% of all TOCT Sales are Solid White. 12.0% are Solid Black = The above 4 total almost 70%. 8% - Brandy Wine/Black. 8% - White/Black, 8% are Pewter, Pewter/Black , or Charcoal, Charcoal/Black.?                 

23’ Steel Frame – 4000 lbs. Aluminum Frame – 3200 lbs. 25’ Steel Frame – 4300 lbs. Aluminum Frame – 3500 lbs. 27’ Steel Frame – 4500 lbs. Aluminum Frame – 3700 lbs. 29’ Steel Frame – 4800 lbs. Aluminum Frame – 4000 lbs. 31’ Steel Frame – 5200 lbs. Aluminum Frame – 4300 lbs.                 

DarkHorse Cargo and MTI provide a Limited 3-year overall warranty on the trailer from the date of purchase.          

TOCT usually has a limited number of Standard and Mid Deck MTI 27’ and 29’ Solid and Two-Tone Combination Trailers - with 6” Extra height in stock or in production at the MTI factory in Indiana.  If a trailer has recently been sold, another one is then scheduled for production.

We are currently working with DarkHorse Cargo (DHC) in also providing a limited 24, 26 and 28' Models, both Standard and Mid Decks to be in Stock at their factory in White Pigeon, Michigan.

TOCT will at times have a very limited number of Combination Trailers at their location in Minnesota.  Please check with us for availability.

Since TOCT markets Combination Trailers all across the U.S. and Canada, each TOCT customer has the opportunity to customize and special order their trailer to the desired specifications and requested options. 

               

Once a trailer order is secured with a Visa or MasterCard deposit, the order is sent to the factory and put into their production system. Production specs are produced along with Schematic CAD drawings. TOCT then receives an email on each trailer order and we check it over making sure there are no mistakes. If all is correct, TOCT then emails each customer the production specs per trailer category and the CAD drawings for approval. If a customer wishes to add further options, or wishes to slightly change or move something, this is the time to do so. Nothing goes to production scheduling without customer approval. This eliminates any surprises and is a good check and balance system. Once the trailer has been approved, factory management places the trailer into an online production schedule and provides TOCT when it will begin welding. Once started, it normally takes a week - 10 business days to finish online production.                 

Since TOCT is now working with both DarkHorse Cargo and MTI Brands, during busy production schedules the above process can extend. If there are numerous customized options to be completed like 110V LED Electric packages, Rubber Dot Flooring, intensive cabinet packages, awnings or other items, it could take from 1-4 additional weeks to complete. Please ask TOCT when considering a customized trailer how long it will take to finish production to meet your deadlines. Thank you.                     

A. Aluminum wheels upgrade

B. Spare wheel & radial tire and Interior Spare Tire Carrier

C. E-Track

D. Flooring options

E. 110V LED Electric 30 or 50 amp Package

F. Electric Jack, and 12V Battery, Box & wiring all 12V together

G. Awning with Weatherguard                

For MTI Brand: 

A. Black Star Aluminum Wheels

B. Mods Aluminum Wheels

6-Bolt for 5200# Axles, 8-Bolt for 6000 and 7000# axles 

For DarkHorse Cargo Brand:

A. Liger Star Aluminum Wheels               

E-Track is an economical and easy way to properly tie-down multiple items within your trailer, either on the floor or to the walls. 

There are two types of E-track - either recessed and welded to the frame or surface mounted E-track.  Recessed E-track is much stronger and constructed during online production so that it is flush with the floor or walls.  Surface mounted E-track is an after-market product and must be properly fastened on top of the surface, so it is not flush with floor or walls.

Both DarkHorse Cargo and MTI has an attractive E-Track style that is recessed and welded to the frame during online production.                

The standard floor in an MTI Trailer used to be called Advantech. It is now called Engineered Flooring. It is ¾” thick, layered and waterproof. 

The standard floor of a DarkHorse Cargo Trailer is 3/4" thick Plywood. Treated plywood is available with both companies.

The three most common flooring options are quite different. Rubber Dot Black Flooring is probably the best overall flooring. Black Rubber Dot pattern is strong, one piece, non-slippery and installed after online production has been completed. Easy to clean.

Black Nudo Flooring – little more economical than Rubber Dot. Black Nudo has a small raised pattern and a black underside layer that protects the bottom of trailer floor from the elements below. Installed during online production. Non-slippery and easy to clean.

Black & White Checkered or Marble Flooring – Linoleum product. Want that racing look? Black and White Checkered flooring has a great look. Can be slippery when cold and may show oil stains.                 

Yes, this option is available. If you want that smooth seamless look, especially if you desire detailed graphics for your business, we highly recommend also going with a .040 aluminum thickness upgrade, as it is stronger, makes for a better bonding process during online production, and will make your trailer look beautiful. ****Please Note – colors available for a .040 aluminum thickness upgrade are limited to Silver, Red, White and Black.                 

For steel wheels, the torque to tighten is 90 foot pounds. For Aluminum, either Liger Star Wheels, Black Star Wheels or Mods, the torque is 120 foot pounds.

*****Note – Per warranty policies – it is the responsibility of the customer to check their wheel lugs as stated on the warning sticker on the trailer. For safety and peace of mind, keep checking your trailer wheel lug nuts often so they are properly secure and tight.