Trailer brand?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Larson Lawn Care, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am buying a 16' tandem open utility trailer and can't decide if I want the tubular sides or angle iron, then I'm stuck between Doolittle which is 2 minutes from my house or Big Tex? Doolittle runs between 2,000 and 2,500 and I'm not sure about pricing for Big Tex.
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  2. jequigle

    jequigle LawnSite Member
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    I got a quote from a Big Tex dealer and they where around $3500+ for a 16' tandem axle trailer. I went with an off name and I got square tube and I got mine for $2700 with all my options.
     
  3. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I called the big tex dealer, they want $2500 for the 7000 lb gross weight. It's not far off from the Doolittle which I was quoted around $2300 and its gross weight capacity is 5200.
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  4. Blade Runners

    Blade Runners LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Get square tube if you plan to bolt or weld racks to the top rails. Angle iron has to be braced or reinforced if heavier racks/equipment are mounted to it.
     
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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    If you add brakes to the second axle they will rate it for 7000.
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  6. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    That's good to know thanks
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  7. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    I guess I'm going for a 16' Doolittle
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  8. Kurt6845

    Kurt6845 LawnSite Member
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    I'd go for the Doolittle, though angle iron needs some bracing if you mount any heavy equipment brackets, the tube steel also weighs more. Your total GVWR is going to be 7000 at most and a 16' trailer will weigh anywhere from 800-1200 lbs empty. When it comes to hauling mulch and such, you want every pound you can get to be under the GVWR so you don't bend axles.
     
  9. Larson Lawn Care

    Larson Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks. The guy at the dealer days tandem axle tires wear down more than single especially when doing residential work in and out of neighborhoods. I've only had single axle, what do you think about the tire wear?
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  10. tfarris

    tfarris LawnSite Member
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    I got my trailer from this company called Tiger Trailers out of Texas. I got a 12foot by 6 foot double axle trailer for roughly $1750. I called around when i was wanting to buy and this was by far the cheapest. Very strong trailer, came with 2 inch tubes around the top, its built very strong!
     

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