Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by mountaineer, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. mountaineer

    mountaineer LawnSite Member
    from WA
    Messages: 30

    Looking at these trailers. Wells cargo are too expensive, Haulmark seems more on budget.
    Any pros/cons with them?

    Are there reasonably priced rack systems for blowers and trimmers for inside?

    Also wondering if there is a better system for tying down the mowers than the floor tie-downs. Seems like a pain.

    Thanks for any ideas.
  2. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    I bought a 6 x 12 enclosed Haulmark with floor tie downs and it held up without any problems but I sold it to get a bigger tailer. I got it for $2700 brand new with interior lights also
  3. GG386

    GG386 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Here's some buying/comparison tips:
    Axles- torsion w/4" drop
    Framing- 16o.c. walls and floor
    Deck- 3/4 ply treated
    Walls- 3/8 ply
    Tie downs- floor (d rings) and sidewalls (e-track)
    Gvw- 10,000#
    Cargo door- 36"
    Lighting- 4 w/switches
    Roof hatch- 2
    Annodized corner posts- front and rear
    One piece roof
    Aluminum wheels

    This was the trailer specs (plus a few more) that I based my purchase on this week. I looked at them all- Pace, Haulmark, Horton, Interstate, H&H just to name a few. Most units are basically the same, with a twist here and there just to throw you off.

    Look at the standard features structural and cosmetic and see which one fits into your needs.

    Personally, this is my last trailer, so I put the hammer down on it.

    After about a month of driving around, e-mailing, web searching and talking to owners the winner is- CargoMate
    Couldn't beat there pricing, especially if you use there "package" deals.
  4. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,149

    Haulmark makes two different lines of trailer. One line is more price oriented and some of the quality is sacrificed. It may not necessarily be a bad trailer but just a little underbuilt IMO.

    Haulmarks better line of trailers is a very high quality trailer.
  5. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    Your CargoMate sounds a lot like the Atlas trailer I am getting ready to buy. I decided to go with the LCD light package as well, which gives you a nice chrome wrap around the back also.

    What kind of price was on yours if you don't mind me asking.
  6. GG386

    GG386 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58

    Come to think of it, I did order the LED lights, 6" added height, annodized rocker panel, and the rear hoop also- my bad

    By me for some reason, there must be 15-20 outlets for trailers of all kinds within a 20 mile radius- go figure. As you probably know, most trailers are made in your fine state or Georgia. It is a VERY competitive market, so a little wheeling and dealing will go a long way with your purchase- kind of like buying a new vehicle.

    As to Atlas, I knew they where out there, but I was very comfortable in my research and one more player was just that- one more player. Sounds like you've done your homework, so if your dealer is stand up guy AND has an in house repair facility, (just in case) you should be good to go. The whole ball of wax out the door came to just under 7K, including all those damn fees:dizzy:

    Given that my unit has overkill written all over it, but isn't image a part of a successful operation? Good luck on your hunt.
  7. Metro Lawn

    Metro Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,116

    I also went with a new 8x20 Atlas with the landscaper package (extra height, plywood on walls, roof vents, side vents, stronger rear ramp door, and extended tounge. Cost was $4899.00 new The Atlas seems to be as well made as my Cargo Mates. I guess we will see.
  8. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    I recommend the first thing anyone do with a new enclosed trailer is get the best coat of wax on the thing asap.

    I know everyone is anxious to get the inside done, I was too but if you don't you will regret it. I did not think to do that to mine so when it got dirty and I went to wash it the normal stuff came off fine but the road grime just wont without something like bug and tar remover. I have been told a good coat of wax out the door would have prevented that.

    I would hope some of the better brands would send you on you way already waxed but I would at least ask the question. Mine is a Interstate and it did not come with any wax on it.

    The trailer is just under 2 years old and I am also putting bracing under the plywood as the floor is spongy in some spots. The cables on the ramp door have just broken for the second time, the latch/lock on the side door has already been replaced, Misc. screws that look like rivets that hold the skin on have come out all over the trailer, one of the bolts that holds the latching mechanism on the ramp door has lost its nut inside the walls of the trailer. The tongue is also a pain to disengage it is always hanging up. I will spend the extra $$ up front next time.
  9. GG386

    GG386 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 58


    You made go to my office and look over my quote, I was under $6,400 with all the B******t fees, title blah, blah, blah. My bad AGAIN.

    Well, it's like I said, definitely a buyer's market out there. Just take a look at your accounts for this year- probably a little giving to keep them. It's a sign of the times, but that's for another forum!
  10. Prestige-Lawncare

    Prestige-Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 753

    Thanks for the reply so quick. The only thing you kinda missed on was my location. I am in central Indiana ... and so many of these (probably yours too) are made here in Indiana, most up in the Elkhart area.

    My quote on the trailer I mentioned, which also includes the Torflex axles and radial tires, and adding two (2) side vents, was $5295.00 The vents on the sides are $45.00 a piece ... but I was replacing the roof vent with those, so I'm not sure what he really charged me (or credited me on the roof vent).

    One thing for sure ... it's a nice trailer.

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