Apogee Adapt-X 700 Folding Utility Trailer Review

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Review of the Apogee Adapt-X 700 Folding Utility Trailer


AJ: What's up everybody It's AJ with etrailer.com. Today we're going to be checking out the Adapt-X trailer from Apogee Trailers and this is going to be the 700 version. It's a folding trailer, so that means it folds up here in the middle and takes up less space in your garage or on the side of your garage. Now, right away I'm going to tell you it's a six by 12 trailer, so that's the space inside of it that you're dealing with, so you can think about what you're going to put in there. That's how much space you have, and it holds up to 2,700 pounds. So, also keep that in mind with whatever you want to load in here, that's what it can handle, so that's what you're limited to.

Let's check it out.You heard me say that it's a folding trailer. I'm going to jump right to it and fold it up so you can see how useful that actually is. First, I suggest going ahead and undoing the hook and loop fastener, that way it's ready to go when you need it. It's way easier to do it here than when it's folded up. Next, we'll come along the sides and pull the pins.

Now, we're going to do the same thing we're doing on the other side, just kind of work it out there, put the clip back in the other end here and set it aside.The other thing, we went ahead and chocked the wheels on it. That way, when we fold it up, it doesn't roll forward or anything. It doesn't go that far. It just moves a little bit, but for video purposes, we chocked the wheel and thought, you might want to know that at home too. Now this is the 700, so it's the bigger version of those, so it might be a good idea to get a second set of hands to help fold it up, but most importantly to help unfold it.

You just don't want it coming down too fast on you while you're undoing it.Another good thing is you can store your pins right here, and then they act as a stop or two. If it is to come back just a little bit, it'll keep it from folding all the way back out. I've come up front and pulled the pins on both sides on our front part that we're going to fold up. Before this, we've got to go down and unlock the first locking pin and then kind of work that pin back out.This one was in there kind of tight, so.. And that's something that will wear down over time for you.

You just get a couple of turns on it and it starts to work its way out pretty good. With that removed and set aside, we can take the pin off the latch here, and then we're going to release the latch. Now be careful here, this is what you would use it for to do it as a dump trailer. So you would just throw this, it's undone and then you can tilt this top section up.If you had the back session down, it would automatically tip up for you to help you dump it. Before we undo our latch, I recommend undoing our four poles right here and it's the same thing if you're going to use a dump trailer, you want to disconnect this before you lift this up. It's going to disconnect itself anyway, that's why it's designed this way, but just save you the headache of doing it first. And we'll go over for a latch, pull out the pin and then throw the latch.Now we're going to tilt up the front, just like we did the back. The folding in place, did the same thing with the pins. Go ahead and replace those. Just as an extra safety there. I'm going to do that on both sides, and then connect the hook and loop fastener here on the sidebars. Just another way of helping it stay together and help you out when you're moving it.Now here at the second locking pin, just go ahead and remove it. Now be careful, make sure you put one arm underneath the tongue because when you pull this pin out, the tongue is going to want to fall down, and this might be another section where it's good to have a second set of hands because it does help to have somebody lift up on that handle to get the tongue up and even. It's easier to get the pin in, in the first place when you're installing it and probably easier to get it out, but I'm just going to grab it here and I'll hold on to it myself. Got that pin out, kind of work it down, and now we've removed the tongue.You can see the brackets here and up here, and then on the tongue you have what connects those brackets on this side, here at the base and there's one up here at the front. Those are going to slide into those brackets and hold the tongue onto the trailer. That way it's all one complete thing when you go to put it in your garage or on the side of your garage. Now, if you don't want to hang up the tongue up there, that's fine. It's probably pretty easy to put this at the front of your garage or the side. It's kind of out of the way, because there's just a bar. But if you want to keep it all together, this is a good option. Just like that.Now, even though the 700 is pretty big, you're still only one person. I suggest going to the back and just adding a little bit of pressure back here on this bar. You tilt it up and then you can easily just push it around. I want to store it towards the wall, so we're just going to go towards the wall. I'll lay it back forward on the front stops. Now your trailer is much more out of the way than it was before. You can see it folded up, but how much space does it actually take upWe're going to go with height first. It's going to be 89 inches tall with the tongue attached, 84 inches tall without the tongue. So that's if you're leaving that on the ground, that's just up here. It's going to be 48 inches deep, so that's how much space it takes up this way. So if you need to wedge it between a four wheeler and a trash can, you can measure that out or just move the trashcan and get in there between the wall and the four wheeler, and it's going to be 102 inches wide. And that's this way from fender to the outside of the other fender.The whole trailer's made out of aluminum, so that's good because it's lightweight. You saw me moving it around. It makes it a lot easier for me to tilt it and move it, than if it was made out of straight up steel, that'd be way heavier. Another bonus to it is, if it doesn't fit in your garage like this and you have it on the side of your garage, you can leave it outside and the elements aren't going to bother it. You're not going to have any issues with the aluminum. It's not going to corrode or rust on you.With it being made of aluminum, like I said, not only is it easy to move around when it's folded up, but it's easy to move around when it's unfolded. You can just grab the handle easily, walk around with it, get it wherever you need it to, to hook up to your vehicle. Now speaking of hooking up to your vehicle, we have a two-inch ball, so that's what it's going to work with. You've got the last year, with a pen. Pop this up, set it down, lock it in place, replace the latch.We also have safety chains here and you want to go criss-cross those underneath your vehicle. It also has the four-pole wiring all intact. It's all ready to go for you. It's just going to be really easy to hook it up to your vehicle and go. Speaking of that, we're going to actually hook it up to my vehicle, head outside and load up the ATV.We have the gate lowered, which folds out and acts as a ramp, so it makes it easier when you're loading up your ATVs. You don't have to worry about getting ramp attachments or anything like that to load it up. It's good to go once this is down. So now Joe is going to be driving the ATV out for us. Joe, we're ready.The Adapt-X 700 includes four tie-down points in each corner of the trailer. Now they are a little spread out, but you can make your own and add on to them and we suggest maybe adding them closer to here in the middle, but not too close to that gap. That way you can still fold up. You can add them there, that way you just have some extra tie-down points where you need them. It might be good to have one here and there, that way you can get this a little further. You might be able to fit something else back there and tie it down as well.Now we're leaving our parking spot with it loaded. So far, I don't hear anything. We're going to go over a speed bump, so you'll hear it there. Hear it a little bit. But again, it's a speed bump, so. That extra weight on there really pushes that down and makes way less noise. Let's go back inside and check it out.You saw me undo the gate outside when I was getting ready to get the ATV on there, but I want to show you a closer look at it. You have the same pins that are in the latch up front. You can just undo those and undo these latches. You can tighten them down if you feel like it. Just turning this gets it a little bit tighter each time. See how tight that is now Then pop it off and make sure you keep your fingers out of the way as you pop it off. You probably don't need it that tight, so I'm going to loosen it back up the way it was, but that's an option if that's something you want to do.Now, it folds out, so go ahead and grab it here. Let it fold out like that and set it on the ground. It also has stops here to keep it from folding in too far. It just helps reinforce it when you're driving up that ramp. The gate measures four feet, but it's good because it folds up. So when you fold it back up to put it in place, that's not four feet of gate hanging up here and rattling back and forth as you're driving. It folds into itself, that way it's not that high up and essentially it's just out of the way.And additional feature it has, is it works as a dump trailer as well. So you come up here, I've already taken out the pin and the lock and the clips, so just throw this latch and that releases the front portion of the trailer. Now keep one foot on the tongue and you can lift up here and it easily tilts up and it'll dump your mulch or your gravel, whatever you're carrying down here out of the trailer, which just makes it easier to unload that kind of stuff instead of being in the trailer and shoveling it with buckets yourself. This will help guide it down there so you can use the shovel and just bring it down or guide it down. It's way easier than shoveling.Now there's one thing that I will note, is it will probably be a good idea to have a tarp that maybe extends past the trailer that you can lay across the gate. That way, when you are dumping that gravel or that mulch, it doesn't fall in between that gate and then just makes a mess there in one big clump. You want it to be able to dump in a specific spot, so maybe that tarp being down like that, it'll help just slide along those rails and it won't be a problem.Also, you'll notice back here, the lights. There's lights and reflectors all around the trailer. That's awesome that they're included and they're already wired for you. They are a little dim. It'd be nice if they we're just a little bit brighter, but it's better to have them. That way if somebody is behind you at night, they see some sort of light. They see the trailer, they know when you're hitting your brakes and they know when to stop too.Well with the dim lights, there's a few other critiques and that's getting your hands in there for the pinholes and stuff. Right here is a good example, there's not a lot of room. Whichever way you put the pin, this is kind of in the way of the lock. And then the pin over here, there's not a whole lot of clearance for your hand. It's a minor thing. You'll get used to it the more you do it. Even with this little pin here, there's not a lot of room to operate that stuff, but it is all functional and it's not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things because the trailer comes to you all put together on a pallet, folded up.So that saves you a bunch of time of putting the whole trailer together. I've put together a bunch of trailers, it's very time consuming. You follow instructions, but very time consuming. This one doesn't take you very long to unload it and you can get to using it way quicker. You just have to follow some step-by-step instructions and we're going to do it too, so check out how we did it.This is what it's going to look like when it gets to your house. It's going to come on this pallet, strapped down so you're going to have to go through the steps to get it off that pallet. Now we've done this on a few trailers before, so we know the drill. You just watch us and that'll help walk you through it, but I do suggest reading the instructions before you continue on, just because it's a good idea to see what you're getting into. I know I do it better when I watch somebody else doing it, but read the instructions first and then watch the rest of our video and how we take it off the pallet.First up, we're going to cut these bands and then remove the plastic. When you're cutting the bands make sure you step aside, no staying near it because it's going to pop up a little bit. So I'll step back here, cut the strap, and we're going to do the same thing over here. With those cut, now I can start working this plastic up and off of the trailer.The next thing you want to do is remove the foam on the corners, so I'm going to go all around and do that. You can undo that, it's tied up in a knot. Undo that and just slowly unwrap it. You can cut it if you want it to make it faster. You're going to come back to the side, just pull off the cardboard off the fenders. I'm going to set that aside and then we can cut the two straps on the front. Same as before, you want to stand aside as you cut them. And also this tongue is zip tied to the trailer, so you don't have to worry about it falling down when you cut these. It's not holding them, it's cut. You can see a zip tie here and there's a bunch at the top holding in place.With our cutters and a second set of hands, Zack's going to help us out. I'm going to cut this zip tie first, he's going to hold onto the tongue so I can cut it at the top and that way it doesn't fall down when I'm cutting it. Let's just do the first one. Okay, so now that's cut. Go ahead and cut this one up top. That's one of them. There's one more. All right, now it's loose. Got it Zack: Yep. AJ: Cool. Thank you. Now all we need to do is cut these zip ties to get the wiring loose. Kind of set it out of the way and we're going to do same thing for our pins here. Just to remove the bag, set these sides because you're going to need them in a second when we go to attach the tongue.We're going to take our drill and unscrew all of these blocks underneath here. Now, they're not going to come out right away so I got the hammer to knock out the block once we unscrew them. I'm going to go down the line, do the first and the second one, skip the third one, do the fourth one. Zack's helping me again. He's going to hold the trailer and make sure it doesn't tilt. But we want to get all these blocks out of the way, we can tilt it backwards and move to the front.We've already removed the other ones. This would be the last one. Zack's going to hold up on the trailer so it doesn't fall backwards. He's going to lightly lower it after I knocked this block out. Now we're going to attach the tongue. You get it straight with where you're going to attach it here, it usually helps. There might be a little bit of friction. If there is, that means that the tongue is not straight. So go ahead and go to the end, grab it by the handle and kind of adjust there until it slides in easily like this. Then you just line up the hole in the back. So it looks like you need to go forward just a little bit. That looks good. I'm going to lift up this hand and try and get this pin through. You can add the lock on the other side, remove the key.Upfront, we're going to repeat the process of removing the blocks and this time we're just going to go ahead and do them in order. We take our pins and store them here, just so that when we're undoing the hook and loop fastener, if this does come back, these are going to catch it and it won't fully come down. So we'll move over here to the hook and loop. Zack's on the other side doing the exact same thing. I'm just going to undo it. And once we do that. The other trailers that we did, they we're small enough to where I was able to do this myself, since Zack's here, I might as well be safe than sorry. He's going to help me slowly lower this down into place.Make sure you align this square with this square here. Let it sit over the top there and then you can latch it and that's going to keep it in place. But you've got to remove this pin down here before you do that. I'm still holding down on this so it doesn't pop back up. Let's get it a little tighter. Now it's secure. Now we remove the pins that we installed earlier and we can tilt down the back.Now we're going to run our pin through here and lock it on the other side. You kind of have to work it just a little bit. Actually, I think it works better the other way so let's try that. Yep, slides in a little bit more. Kind of just twist the pin back and forth as you're pushing it through there and it'll go through. Remove our key and lock it in place. Now we'll run our pins through the sides, and we're going to keep it from folding up. Add our pin, and we're going to do the same thing at each one of these corners of the trailer.Something that might help you out, I suggest just removing this front block. It makes it easier for. It's going to make it easier for you when you go to pull the trailer off the pallet. Come back with a hammer and knock that out. Now we've knocked those blocks out, with the blocks out of the way it's going to be easier to maneuver the trailer and get it on your ball mount, and just pull it off the pallet in general.So go ahead and lock that down. We'll add our clip in. You got to push down on it a little bit more, might even help to pull the trigger to get it at that angle. There we go. Now it's on there. You want to cross your safety chains too. Hook them up to your hitch. You got a converter for or four pole to my seven pole on my vehicle.That's all it takes to get it up off that pallet and ready to use. Really not that bad. The hardest part was probably knocking out those blocks after you unscrewed them on both sides, and that's part because it's time consuming, the other part because the trailer's tilting back and forth, but it's going to stop on those stops and catch itself. Either if it leans this way or backwards, it'll be fine. And as long as you have that second set of hands to help just hold the trailer in place, everything's going to be all right.Now, it is way better than putting a trailer together from scratch, that's for sure, when it comes folded up like that. Those steps. Sure, there's a lot of steps, but way easier than all the steps that it takes to build one of these. I think whatever one of the Apogee's you go with, they all fold up and they take up way less space folded up in your garage or on the side of your garage, than they would if you just had this trailer sitting on the side of your house or trying to find a spot for it.Well, thanks for hanging out and I hope this helped.


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