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Tough day today!

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by C4chris70, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. C4chris70

    C4chris70 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 499

    Approx 2 year old enclosed (covenant cargo) trailer had welds break today along front frame of trailer causing considerable down time. Contacted manufacturer only to be told to tow my trailer with a broken frame from central Florida to Georgia to have them take a look at it because my dealer had gone out of business. The manufacturer was to call me back today with a list of dealers I could take it to closer to me, but failed to return the call.

    I was forced to make some temporary repairs myself so I could work tomorrow. Upon removing wood walls I found very thin frame rails had actually cracked in half. Also worth noting only visable rails were painted, as the supports behind the wood were left unpainted and very rusty. The $1500I saved will end up costing about $6000 within 6 months, if this poorly made trailer makes it that long. It seems they cut corners wherever possible during construction.
     
  2. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    It seems like there is no build standard for enclosed trailers. I have seen so much junk out there its ridicules. Next time you are looking at trailers look underneath them. If you see shoddy wire job, rusty unpainted frame and rough cuts, I'd just walk away.

    Pace makes a commercial unit that's halfway decent. Along with Classic manufacturing, and the ever expensive FeatherLite trailers.
     
  3. Grass Happens

    Grass Happens LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    what about wells-cargo? they seem to be popular, but are they any good?
     
  4. bone1

    bone1 LawnSite Member
    from ga
    Posts: 202

    oh man sorry to hear. who is the manufacturer? i just bought an enclosed from a manufacturer out of florida.
     
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,654

    So, what's the problem?
     
  6. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    LOL ... !!
     
  7. E & J Pro Turf

    E & J Pro Turf LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 122

    "Buy the Best and only Cry Once"

    We all learn the hard way.
     
  8. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 912

    I hate to say it but i bought one of the cheapest enclosed trailers made a 6x12 (CARRY-ON) and ive been beating the hell out of it for over 2 1/2 years and had no troubles... I quess i got one that wasn't made on a Monday or friday???
     
  9. C4chris70

    C4chris70 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 499

    The worst part is that I can not even get someone from covenant to return a phone call regarding the problems. They could care less. A satisfied customer tells a friend, and a dissatisfied customer tells everyone. That is what I plan to do!
     
  10. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,370

    That's about the only option you have at this point !!
     

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