Best Trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by qualitylandscaping, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Need some input guys.

    We just bought another new Cat 236B skidsteer (approx. 7800lbs). Need to get another trailer for it.

    Looking at four different trailers.

    #1 Corn Pro Tag Trailer. 8x20 incl. 5' beaver tail. 12,000GVW $4,500.00

    #2 Belmont Machine Tag Trailer. 18' Full Tilt Deck. 12,000GVW $4,900.00

    #3 Belmont Machine Deck Over Tag Trailer. 20' incl. 5' beaver tail. 12,000GVW. $5,100.00

    #4 Corn Pro Deck Over Goose Neck Trailer. 25' incl. 5' beaver dove tail. 12,000GVW. $5,500.00

    Any opinion on type? I personally like the Goose Neck, but with no other goose neck trailers in our fleet, I'm second guessing it. Major concern is no other trucks have the hitch on them right now. It's not a major issue installing them $500/each but is it worth it?

    www.cornprotrailers.com
    www.belmontmachine.com
     
  2. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
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  3. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I will only buy from my dealer. I've been with this dealer since I bought my very first 5x10 trailer.

    Has taken VERY good care of us, and to be honest I don't shop around. I know there are cheaper prices out there, but I'm willing to pay for dealer support.
     
  4. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn LawnSite Senior Member
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    Start making the switch, I know we talked about how the hold more and ride better, park easier. If your worried about having to switch the whole fleet over now, as a stop gap I believe there is a tongue mounted ball extension you can get. This way if the truck with the bed mounted goose neck breaks, at least anyone can move the trailer who has a hitch.
     
  5. UNISCAPER

    UNISCAPER LawnSite Bronze Member
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    With A 7800 lb machine, you will be maxing the trailer simply by loading and driving the machine. There will be little room for an extra bucket, forks, etc. I would go up to 15,000 GVW and that way you got it covered.
    As far as style, you have to weigh out if you need the truck beds while pulling the machine. As far as trailering, hands down, goose neck rides better, pulls better, turns better, all in all easier on your truck.

    Tilt decks, we had a Miller tilt deck and also a Miller tilt deck that the front 15 was flat/stationary. That was the best of both worlds because you could keep other stuff on the flat part and tilt up to load machines. So, I'm inclined to say beaver tail/gooseneck, and add more GVW.
     
  6. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have ~1200lbs left. Could go up to a 14,000lb GVW which has 8 wheels instead of 4 and a heavier built frame. But I really don't think it's necessary, and any more weight is going to stress on the trucks pretty bad. This will most likely be pulled with our new 06' F-350 XLT 5.4gasser
     
  7. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Decided to go with the gooseneck. Having the hitch installed on 4 trucks next week.
     
  8. MysticLandscape

    MysticLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Why 4 tucks, thats a big investment, I could see maybe two trucks...
     
  9. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I considered doing all of them. 4 will cover mine and the three foremans trucks, so all of them can move it.
     
  10. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Here's what we ended up with!

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