Looking for a trailer

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by ArvanBrosLandcare, May 2, 2011.

  1. ArvanBrosLandcare

    ArvanBrosLandcare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    what brands can anyone recommend or warn against? I've looked at a few kinds but none of the manufacturers websites post prices so its hard to get an idea of whats what. not sure if some are cheaper just because aluminum vs. steel or if something i'm overlooking.
  2. Lawn Pawn

    Lawn Pawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from zone 3
    Messages: 568

    It's a big learning curve if you are not mechanically inclined to sort through the quality issues of trailer construction. Welds.... wiring.... coatings.... hitches... tires.... decks.... structural integrity... and it goes on and on.

    Look at the trailers of some lawn care companies you respect, see what they are using. I'm thinking they would be happy to speak with you concerning theirs.

    Iv'e bought about ten or more trailers over the years and right now own five. I'm solo... but I like a trailer for every purpose. Practical for everyone.... maybe not.

    Love aluminum.... but I am not set-up for welding it, so I only have one aluminum.

    Not really answering your question I know! Gotta do your homework and decide what's gonna work for you.

    I would say..... start out with a good quality used trailer..... as opposed to a shiny new cheap piece of crap. You will have resale down the road when you up-grade.... and you will up-grade!

    Good luck.... REALLY some good deals on Craig's List.... just gotta keep looking.
  3. FuturePilot4u

    FuturePilot4u LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    If u buy aluminum you can not go wrong.
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  4. jbkitley

    jbkitley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    Hey Arvan- You and I are in the market at the same time. You have to go to a dealer's site to get pricing. Have you checked out this one- www.trailersplus.com Lawn Pawn- I've seen the deals on craigslist too, but finding it harder to finance a used one, and i think it will be better tax wise to go with a new one. Any advice?
  5. FuturePilot4u

    FuturePilot4u LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    I looked at steal the other day and realize I am spoiled from my aluminum trailer and will never buy a steal!
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  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Have any of you Aluminum trailer owners have any problems with them long term?

    I've heard horror stories of metal fatigue/bending on them and wasn't sure if it was a wive's tale or not.
  7. FuturePilot4u

    FuturePilot4u LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    Lol...non at all...I have never heard 1 story!
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  8. jbkitley

    jbkitley LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    It depends if it has an aluminum frame or a steel frame. An aluminum body on a steel frame was bad news for me in a horse trailer. Had something to due with metals reacting.
  9. FuturePilot4u

    FuturePilot4u LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    hmm...i only buy PURE aluminum, not 1 issue

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