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Old 06-15-2013, 10:30 PM
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trailer school me

its getting to be about that time where i stop using my family members trailer and buy my own.
i don't know if it is me or maybe my area but i cannot, for the life of me, every time i look, for the past 3 months, find a trailer in my price range that suits my needs. it seems like everything i see is an overpriced homemade hunk of crap, or just out of my price range.
i'm looking for a 5x8 or more, with 3500 lb axle/s, and a flip down loading ramp for 1200-1400, am i crazy or just unlucky?
i'm going to be using this for about 50/50 mower hauling and landscaping.
i don't know what companies have good reputations for beefy trailers other than triton makes good aluminum ones but i couldn't afford one anyways im sure, and all i know to look at is the quality of the welds.

could anyone point me in the right direction?
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:52 PM
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You should be able to get a new one for that, never mind trailers are high dollar up there. http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/for/3872984015.html http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/fod/3837363016.html http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/for/3839520193.html http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/grd/3868565602.html
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:13 PM
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i have looked at all of those and #1 and 3 are okay but #1 is a single aluminum neck and the axles are def not 3500# rated so i would worry about putting any weight on it and #3 is also a single bar neck, even with the 3500# axles id worry about any real weight. the other 2 are junk to me, they just don't fit my needs.
i see trailers on ebay in my price range more suited to what i want, or i could drive 6+ hours to buy one http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/grq/3871922827.html , i just cant find anything like that locally. where do i look?
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:26 PM
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I'm not sure, maybe a trailer dealer would have some. I don't understand why they cost so much up there. How far of a drive over to Minnesota, maybe they are cheaper in that direction.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:44 PM
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http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=400508968748

These are far south of you but your price expectations are in line with where we are here. (KY) sounds like if you want to drive you could get more for your money and still buy new.
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Old 06-15-2013, 11:56 PM
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Always go a size or two bigger than you think you'll need. Better to have a trailer be too big for what you're hauling than too small.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:22 AM
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It's kind of odd how certain parts of the country are trailer deserts where the selection is paltry and the prices are high. I'm from Maine which is a trailer wasteland but live in Texas which is trailer central. The trailer triangle in east Texas around Mount Pleasant is home to Big Tex (#2), PJ (#1), and a bunch of other trailer companies. You may have 50 manufacturers in east Texas and another 50 spread around the state. You probably have more trailer made here then the rest of the country combined. I've had Pace, Elliot, Rhino, PJ, and C&M trailers.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:41 PM
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i have looked at all of those and #1 and 3 are okay but #1 is a single aluminum neck and the axles are def not 3500# rated so i would worry about putting any weight on it and #3 is also a single bar neck, even with the 3500# axles id worry about any real weight. the other 2 are junk to me, they just don't fit my needs.
i see trailers on ebay in my price range more suited to what i want, or i could drive 6+ hours to buy one http://chicago.craigslist.org/sox/grq/3871922827.html , i just cant find anything like that locally. where do i look?

http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/mcy/3847840819.html

Better to get a bigger trailer than a small one.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:16 PM
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If there is a dealer near by,You should be able to get a 5x8 Big Tex 30SA brand new with a ramp in that range. Every trailer I looked at either had no weight capacity, paper thing angle, expanded metal decks that were peeling up, or some other serious issue. Mines been beat on for 8 years, and still looks pretty good.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:15 PM
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It's a drive but I got my 7x14 here and couldn't be happier.

http://www.johnsontrailerco.com/single_side_rails.php
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