Originally Posted by herler
Actually, truth be known, three thousand dollars buys a FULL Aluminum 12 foot long single axle trailer.
By full aluminum I mean even the floorboard.
Forget enclosed and double axle trailers, all those things are good for is eating up profits.
They make the truck get HORRIBLE fuel mileage for one.
Two axles means you'll go through close to three times the tires.
These things are all you see in Europe, with their costs they can't afford steel trailers.
The initial cost is high but after that, the single axle aluminum trailer costs far less.
An aluminum trailer is a whole thousand pounds lighter than their steel counterparts.
That's just for starters, the floor never has to be replaced because it's not made of wood!
This one in the picture weighs 600 pounds empty.
They hold about as much as their steel counterparts.
Seriously??? No offense intended. But that thing is a piece of crap. No weight bearing capacity, so first time I throw a few yards of bark mulch in there, it's overweight and breaking the axle. All we ever did with our single-axle trailers was bend or break the axles every 6 months or so. Who cares if you're saving money on tires and gas when you're bending axles all the time? I know. We did it.
Then there's the fact that the sides don't really hold anything in.
There are no trimmer racks, blower racks, tool cages, tool holders (for shovels, etc.). And since it's aluminum now I have to try to figure out a way to weld to aluminum to add all these things. Which is a huge pain in the ass. Aluminum can easily warp, crack or bend or simply not allow the weld to stick.
I guess it would be good for someone hauling around one big mower and a trimmer and a blower - if you don't mind the last two items flopping around a lot while in transit. But otherwise, that trailer is one of the worst ideas I've seen for a LCO operation, IMO. That would never work for us.