Enclosed trailer difference between brands?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Axl, Apr 7, 2012.

  1. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
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    Can somebody clarify as to what or if there is any difference between enclosed trailer brands...(sure trac, royal cargo, wells cargo, haulmark, etc)

    I am not talking about comparing entry level trailers to fully equipped ones, Im referring to similarly speced (16" OC walls/floors, Landscape package, etc.)

    Is there a difference when going from one company to the next as I have been trying to price out trailers and have gotten quotes from 7k-10k.

    Options im looking at are 16"OC walls/floors, screwless exterior, 10k gvw, extended tongue, thicker plywood walls, heavy duty treated floor, etc.
  2. jnrogers

    jnrogers LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Posts: 219

    I have researched these over the past several years. I bought an outback from Pace and it is ok but I wished I had bought one with the landscape package that is a little more commercial grade. Wells Cargo is the best on the market but you will pay good money for those but then they are worth it. Which ever brand you pick try and get the ones for commercial duty you will be happier in the long run. The brands I liked the best are Wells Cargo, Haulmark, Homesteader(Hercules). Pace used to be a good trailer but have been bought out so I was told.
  3. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,322

    do you think your gona seriously write a check or just kick the tire and say "it sure looks pretty" ?
  4. OnaLawn

    OnaLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 57

    Whatever you get make sure the side door has the latch on the side and not the flushed lock because take a flat head screw driver and all your stuff can easily be some yahoos
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  5. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 780

    It all comes down to specs. The cheaper trailers have thin walls and fall apart fast.

    After doing the research we bought a united uxt and upgraded a few things on it. We were so confident about this purchase that we drove 12 hours to go pick it up from the factory.

    2 years later... we love it.
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  6. TruSomethingOrOther

    TruSomethingOrOther LawnSite Member
    Posts: 171

    I have a 7 x 16 enclosed landscape trailer from Pace I bought back in 2005 and I love it. It's the Summit series (which they no longer have). Double 3/8" plywood on the walls, e-track about waist height on both sides of the walls full length, vents, lights, added extra height to it so I could stand up straight in it (6' 6" inside height), torsion axles, electric brakes, load stabilizers on the rear of the trailer (for when not attached to a truck), heavy duty ramp door. Paid $6700.00 for it brand new. Had it ordered. I'm in the market for a bigger enclosed as I am now outgrowing this one and I wish they had this same series. I will say this trailer is heavier than most.
  7. jetta

    jetta LawnSite Member
    Posts: 223

    we use us cargo because at the time they are the only ones w/ green treated floor but look at all the doors and hinges for level
  8. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 454

    We just bought a new snowmobile trailer, enclosed, and looked at all of them.

    There is a huge difference in trailers.

    One, there are tons of companies making trailers now. They are here one day, gone the next. Try to go with a trailer company that will be around in a year. We just had our dump trailer repaired under warranty, 2 years later. The back hinges failed.

    Take a good look at welds, etc... some of them are only spot welded and shoddily at that.

    Also take a look at the walls and base of the trailer. Is it rigid construction or is it just a cube resting on top of a flat bed trailer?

    Axles is another good one to look at. Some of them use small axles and shitty brakes.

    Also, flooring is good to look at. More important with the snowmobiles. Go with a synthetic plywood flooring with warranty. It's all good to say you can just change the plywood when it rots, it's only $300 in wood - it's a pain in the ass.

    Also, I find it worth getting the inside of the trailer finished if you're a neat freak like me. Way easier to clean flat panels then aluminum and struts.
  9. rstan2010

    rstan2010 LawnSite Member
    from Troy MI
    Posts: 116

    What brand trailers have you been pricing? I'm looking at getting a 20' soon and been shopping around just not positive what brand to go with.
  10. Axl

    Axl LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    same here...priced out sure trac & Royal cargo

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