Is there such thing as trailer overkill?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by GreenerSideLC, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. GreenerSideLC

    GreenerSideLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    I am looking at 2 trailers, both are 7 x 16 and heavy duty. one is a Holmes trailer and looks to be a little stronger built- it has all boxed/tube steel sides/rails and the tongue has some additional cross bracing. it is heavier and cost about $700 more. They both have led lights and the ramps are the same. is it worth the extra money for the added strength and weight? If it helps Im hauling 2 ZTRs and the trailers have 7000 gvwr.
  2. TORO07

    TORO07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    I spent about 10 hrs one day looking for a 7 x 16 open trailer.Traveled about 200 miles round trip.I found a lot of trailers but I bought one that I could stand at one corner and try to push it down.It moved very little compared to the ones that would move over one foot when I pushed on them.Overall I found alot of trailers that were cheap built and very few that was built like I was looking for.With everything I buy I try to get the best built equipment even if it cost more.My opinion is to by the better built trailer.The 700.00 over the amount of years you plan to use it MINUS the down time you will be dealing with welding and patching the cheaper trailers is well worth the extra money.
  3. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    Cheaply built trailers will cost you money in the end. I bought a tube frame 6x10 and after one year I had to have it rewelded and strengthened. I am buying a angle iron next... but I am going to buy slightly used and end up paying about the same or less.
  4. Marek

    Marek LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,388

    I wouldnt buy a used trailer unless it was a real deal.By the time you put tires on it , brakes and fix everything else thats wrong you are right at the price of a new one,not to mention the state inspection.What are you you towing it with, you dont want something that is way over kill.
  5. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    Slightly used. I found a 6x12 that was less than 5 months old that was used 4-5 times for $650... it looks to be built better than the one I paid $1000 for.
  6. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    what?!?:dizzy: you mean to tell me that a tube trailer is stronger than an angle iron?
  7. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,149

    IMO it depends on how long you plan to keep it.

    If you plan on keeping it for a while spend the extra $$$
  8. Lawnworks

    Lawnworks LawnSite Fanatic
    from usa
    Messages: 5,407

    I am getting angle iron next time. My tube frame is pretty thin metal.
  9. njones

    njones LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    it depends what you want to do with it were you live in the dakotas theres a lot of room small town about 30000 i do not hand my grass my trailer for most of you would be over kill 12 dump trailer with 15 deck on front ever thing is remote side gate and the dump i use it for mowing halls 2 walkers 1 60 gravley and 2 push mowers on the deck or i can load the skidsteer on the back run it through the dump box on to the deck and pick up a load of dirt or rock
  10. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    I always thought the tube stock would be a more rigid trailer but I guess with the price of steel like it is these manufacturers are cutting corners where they can. I know I took my trailer in to the dealer for some repairs and he told me that I need to hang on to this trailer as long as I can because they just don't make them with that heavy of material anymore. He had thought that one gate assist would work until he realized the material was a lot heavier than he thought.

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