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5 foot gate worth the extra $200 on a new PJ trailer?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by plc87, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. plc87

    plc87 LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 119

    I'm upgrading equipment this year and just purchased a new 60" Hustler Z and am buying a PJ 77"X14'. My trailer guy was trying to talk me into upgrading to a 5 foot gate instead of a 4 foot; he says it makes a big difference in ease of loading which i dont think i disagree with but is it worth the extra couple hundred bucks??????? Also anyone have anything good/bad to say about PJ trailers?
  2. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    I would try to talk him down a lil to maybe like $150 but I would think it would be worth it. 60" ztr is a beast and for the extra few bucks itd be worth it.
  3. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    I cant say much for the gate upgrade, as I didn't know there was such a thing. I've owned 2 PJ l/s trailers and I have a PJ dump trailer. I've had great luck with them, no major complaints. Common problems such as keeping the lights and brakes working (never had a trailer that didn't give me wiring fits). I like the removable side rails on the landscape trailers. The wire mesh on the rear gate has a tendency to break welds with the constant loading/ unloading of the mowers on the un-braced sections, I've added a few lengths of angle iron to support the outer section of mesh, though it adds a few pounds to the gate when lifting it.
    Hope it helps, good luck with your decision. :waving:
  4. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    $200. for an extra foot of gate length is a total rip off!! That is only about $20. in extra steel if that much, and they are wanting $200? That is definitely gouging! I would report his ass!
  5. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    yea, I wouldn't pay over 100 for that option if that. I don't thing its a big deal to have a 4ft ramp.
  6. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    i would get it! tht foot makes a difference in the angle of goin up into the trailer
  7. pclawncare

    pclawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 991

    I agree that the extra foot will make a big difference but not for 200 extra. Id take it to a fab shop they could add the extra foot for prob a hundred bucks
  8. plc87

    plc87 LawnSite Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 119

    I'll have to talk to the dealer and see what the deal is behind it as to why it's almost 200 bucks (180 if i remember right). I'll also look into getting another foot welded on but i'm worried about it looking stupid since the PJ trailers are powder coated black and wouldnt match the extra foot. Thanks for the input!
  9. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
    Messages: 1,818

    If the dealer wants to sell you the trailer bad enough, he will come down on the overkill price of $200. But like others and I said, its definately worth it when your loading a big mower like a 60ztr. With all walk behinds or small zs it'd be different but worth it in the long run.

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