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The published weight on a Douglas 32 is listed as 11,900 lbs. This was the Douglas 32's CCA rated weight. CCA rated weights were a dry weight with minimal gear. This is a heavily customized version that has had its hull and deck beefed up, a volvo diesel added instead of the original Atomic 4, custom mast tabernacle, and additional addition stays and rigging.Even with the tanks empty it would not be hard to get up to 13,000 or 14,500 lbs with sails, gear, etc.
If I remember correctly the trailer for my Laser 28 weighed 2,300 lbs. This boat would obviously need a heavier trailer so lets assume roughly 2,600 lbs.
Your "average pick-up truck or SUV" weighs in at roughly 5,000 to 6000 lbs. So even at the low end of the numbers, we have an all-up tow weight (13000+2500+5000) of somewhere around 20,000 lbs or more, which is well beyond the towing capacity of your "average pick-up truck or SUV". It is true that you can buy a 3/4 ton and larger pick-ups that can handle this capacity, but even so most 3/4 trucks are not designed for long haul trailer capacities in the range that we are talking about here. William was talking about renting a pick-up and, at least around, here most rentals are half ton trucks.
In any event, I had a chance to look at the listing that William is considering. The trailer is listed as a "yard Trailer", which does not exactly sound like it is suitable for long hauling.