Apogee Optimax Folding Utility Trailer Review

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Review of the Apogee Optimax Folding Utility Trailer

AJ: What's up everybody. It's AJ with etrailer.com. Today, we are going to be checking out the Apogee Optimax trailer. Now this is a aluminum trailer, that's going to help you carry that cargo wherever you need it. Let's say you don't have a big truck, or this is something that you can't load in the back of your truck. This gives you more room, but the main point is that it's aluminum, so it's lightweight.

You can easily pick it up and walk it around by yourself. If you don't have that extra room at your parking, like your driveway, you can just pick it up and walk it to the side of the house. But the other awesome thing is it folds up and becomes way smaller and easier to store. Let's check it out. Now it works great as a functional trailer, but I said it folds, so you're probably interested in how it works.

We're going to pull the pins here on the side. There's two here, and there's two on the other side. We've already pulled those just to save us a little bit of time.Remove these. Set them down over here, and you want to make sure you fold it in the right order. So we're going to go ahead and fold the backside first.

It's on a hinge. Easily comes up, goes into place right there. Now we're going to remove our locking pin just twist and then pull out. Nick it a little bit, and set it aside. Then we'll disconnect our 4-pole as well.

Now we're ready to tilt it up. Just a tip I want to give you before we start is make sure you undo the hook and loop fastener, and kind of put it up through the gap between the taillight and the frame. That's just going to hold it up out of the way because when we tell the front up, we're going to attach them on both parts of the frame to hold it up. Now, coming up front, then just go ahead tilt it up. It's really easy.The trailer will pull back just a little bit and I stepped on the tongue just so it didn't move on me. You don't have to do that. Folds up, then we going to wrap the hook and loop fastener around, which holds it together. Now you can probably see why I recommended undoing it before you fold it up, because it'd be hard to get it undone if it was still wrapped around here. I like that it is attached here. You don't have to worry about having these separate, so don't have to worry about losing them. They're always going to be there. We need to fasten it together like this. When you got to fold it up, and you got your pins, there's a place for them right down here.You just drop them in there. It also works to help keep this from backing out because it'll hit this pin before it fully unfolds on you, but you got the hook and loop faster. So, that's not going to happen. Remove the lock and pin from upfront so we can remove the tongue. Now this trailer will tilt back and forth on you. If it starts to go, it's going to catch itself on the wheels on the back. So don't worry about that. Something they did add with the trailer is these two points here I want to point out, there's one here and here and that's going to catch and attach to the trailer. So before you used to just leave the tongue out on the ground and you kind of set it around wherever you push this trailer. This way you can attach it to the trailer and it's up and off the floor and always with the trailer when you need it. So we are going to clip this in, down here at the bottom, or maybe clip the one in the top, and then work the one in the bottom.See, they're both in there. Now it's attached to the trailer and you can push it around wherever you need very easily. This way it takes up way less space in your garage or wherever you need to put it. If you put it on the side of your house, they do also offer a cover. You can throw it all over it, kind of out of sight, out of mind. That way you getting in trouble for having a big old trailer on the side of your house, just in case your neighbors don't like it. Something I definitely would suggest would be putting the pins back in their spots. You can see at the top here and the bottom, we put the locking pins back in there. Then on the sides we put the pins back in their spot. That way you just keep it all together.I'm really bad about losing things. So I kind of liked that you can do that, keep it all here. That way I don't leave half this stuff in one place. When I go to needed a trailer, I don't have any of the pins and then I can't use it. This keeps it all here and all together and it's mobile. So I can just push it against the wall in my garage. Taking a closer look at the bottom, just wanted to show you it comes with a stopper so that you can just pull the pin on this wherever you got it set in your garage, that you want to keep it. You can remove that, then drop it down, make sure the hole comes through at the bottom. You going to replace this pin. What that's going to do is take the pressure off of the caster wheel, but more so act as a stopper so that and you see, it's not going to roll as easily.You can still get it to move, but that's going to catch on that foot. So it's not going to roll out into your car or anything if you're parked next to it. There is one of these on each side. So whatever way you maneuver it in your garage, you can put the stopper down. So we've shown how it folds up, you can see how little space it takes up, but you probably won't know exactly how much space it takes up. We did some measurements. We did most of the measurements, including the tongue here. If you don't have the tongue, that's going to change things a little bit. But we figured since I got the clamps, this is where we're going to store it, that's what we're going to measure from. First is depth, so from the furthest point out would be here. So all the way back here, it would be 32 inches deep. Now for height, we go from the very bottom here to that foot, to the very top and that's 69 inches up here.Then width, would be from this. I think it was this wheel well here to the one on the other side and that's going to be 72 inches from side to side. Hopefully that gives you a better idea of how much space this going to take up from your garage. It's really not that much, very compact. I like that I could put my car in or my four wheeler right next to it, and you don't have to do that dance where you have to pull the four wheeler out and then to get the trailer or vice versa, you can just get whatever one out of the way you want. Now you're probably wondering how does it hold up when you're going on the road Now it is an aluminum trailer, so it's super lightweight put together by pins. Is it going to make a bunch of noise Is it going to be able to hold up to it I think so. We're going to hook it up to the car and see how much we can load in there and then see how it rides down the road.Now we're going to attach it to the ball mount. This fits two inch balls, and move this out of the way. There you go. Now, we are going to come back and attach our safety chains. Now, we're going to plug in the wiring. This is going to be the last thing. I got an adapter for my 7-pole to convert it so I can plug this in. What we're going to do is load up this ATV. Joe is going to help us drive it up there. Now, because this trailer does tilt it to be a dump trailer, to dump things out, you do have to lift up this side to do that. What we came up with is we've just put small two by four there to hold it up. Joe is going to slowly a drive up. His wheels are just going to start to touch the gate and that'll hold it down as he drives it up. This will fall out. It won't be in the way, it'll be fine. So Joe, let's go.All right. So we're going to drive around the parking lot on our test course and kind of listen and look in the mirrors and see what we see what this trailer does. We we're driving around, initially, it was kind of loud just because I think it was an empty aluminum trailer, but with the weight of the ATV on there, you couldn't really hear it back there at all. We're going to go over the speed bumps. Now we'll go a little bit faster in the parking lot. It actually rides really quiet back there. We're not going over a bunch of bumps or anything. We're just on a flat surface of the parking lot. But yeah, I was worried about the pins and stuff moving around. It doesn't look like there's a bunch of movement back there either. I'm looking at the mirrors and kind of watching it. It's a trailer but the relief brings help if all those speed bumps we went over helped absorb some of that bounce. So you didn't see it jumping and crazy like. Well, you we're there with me on the ride. I think it did pretty good.I was a little skeptical because it's a smaller trailer and all those pins, like I said, I thought there'd be rattling or much more noise, but with it loaded and the weight on there, you didn't even know it was back there. Right away, I want you to know that it's eight feet long by four feet wide and this trailer can handle 1,984 pounds. Keep that in mind when you're kind of wondering what you want to load up in there, that's the space you have to work with and how much weight you can actually load onto this trailer. Let's check out how it's going to come to you when you get it and how you can get it off the pallet and get it right in your garage. This is how your trailer is going to arrive at your house when you order one. It's on a pallet, folded up and strapped down.So I'm going to go through the process of what you're going to need to do once you get yours. First off, I'm going to cut the bands that are holding it down to the pallet. That way we can lift it up off there and unfold it. So I'm going to go one by one, you cut them. We are going to how you get the tongue out of here. I'm just set aside. I've got my friend Zach here, he's going to help me out. We're just going to lift it up, and get it upright. Now we are ready attach the tongue of our trailer. I'm going to go ahead and line up the holes, here and here, and the channel in on our tongue. Then we'll come back through with this pin to get it in place. So the pin at the ready, you just slide the tongue in there, keep an eye on it from the side. Make sure you line up those holes. That's about right there and you come back in with the pin and put it through.Just like that. Then we can put our lock on the other side. Now you'll get two of these pins that have the locks on the end of them, and they're both going to be used on the tongue. So, we put this one here and that's to be on here and locked at all times we we're going to go use the trailer. There's a warning sticker right here and it tells you that, so just keep that in mind. This is where we're going to run the other pin through when we've pulled this down and that bracket meets this bracket. Now it's time to unfold it. We're going to come here and undo the hook and loop fasteners. There's one on each side, so we are going to hold on to it.So now it's not going to tilt when I let go of it until I start to tilt it forward, then this section is going to go down. So let's go ahead and do that. I'm going to go on the other side so you can get a better view of what's going on. I'm just going to tilt the trailer forward and that's going to lower the front. You going to see these two brackets meet right here. That's where we're going to install our next pin. Now we've got that pin in, we can attach our 4-pole. We got one end that's going to be on the bottom of the trailer here and one's going to be on the tongue. You just connect them like you see. Now we did have an issue where this was bent in a little bit. What I did was I grabbed some pliers, squeezed down and it kind of opened up that hole a little bit and then I was able to plug it in. Now, we're going to fold down the backside. Once the tongue is installed, it's going to help weigh it out, that way there's no issues.We'll just pull back on it like we did on the front. Slides right into place. We'll come back along with these pins. They're longer than the other ones we we're using, so you'll be able to tell the difference pretty easily, and they'll go through the sides. It's like I had to rotate just a little bit to get it through, but it went through pretty easily. We'll put our pin on the inside and that one's in place. We're going to do the same thing on the other side. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this trailer. It really did a good job when we hooked it up and put the ATV on there. It was quiet, like I said, but there are some things that bothered me a little bit. Like the pinholes don't always line up. You have to fight them just a little bit, which it's just a little bit in the grand scheme of things. The fact that it folds up and get pushed aside and hidden in the garage. That's a big upside. So maybe messing with some pins isn't that big a deal.It's got the lights that are LED. They're a little dim, but again, the lights are installed when you get this, it's all put together. It works. You don't have to do any of the wiring, so that's also a big plus. I mean, not putting this trailer together is really outweighing all the criticisms I have because I've done the other trailers that you had to put together, and it's nice just to fold this one out and be done with it. Another thing would be the open side design on the trailer. It looks nice. If you're going to use it for an ATV, it probably doesn't matter at all. But if you're actually wanting to use the trailer as a dump trailer or load it with mulch or gravel or something like that, you can't do it because it's got the open side. Sure, you could use a tarp or something like that, but they do make accessories that you can add on later on that put sides on the trailer.So I would recommend doing that. That way you can use it for everything you would want to use a trailer for. Another thing it doesn't really have, if you add the side panels I guess, is it doesn't have tie-down points then right now. Sure, we can wrap it around these rails. But if you add those sidewalls up, you're not going to be able to do that. Plus it's helpful just to have a few more just at the base of it probably, put them here and you can get those separately as well and install them. So, you can modify the trailer to fix those problems, if they're problems for you. Well, I hope this helps. Thanks for hanging out.

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