NEVER buy a US Cargo Trailer AGAIN

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Gman2310, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. Gman2310

    Gman2310 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 332

    trailer is 2 yrs old, less than 200 miles on it. Used originally to store classic car and take it to a car show. Take it to my sign guy, gets one side done, no problem, however side two, look at the paint fly off. The decals wouldnt even stick to the trailer, he had to pull everything off. I call US Cargo today, they tell me too bad, soo sad. I can drive trailer 10 hrs for their sheet metal manufacture to look at it and then they can decide what to do, but most likely i am beat. Take a look. First pic is the bad side, second it the way it is supposed to look like


  2. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
    from earth
    Messages: 2,408

    I find it hard to believe that US Cargo's fault. Why did the other side stick?
  3. Gman2310

    Gman2310 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 332

    maybe defective sheetmetal, bad batch. IDK, but they should honor their product. Its not like its a cheap trailer, its a $6900 trailer. I could see if the trailer was maybe five years old, two years old with 200 miles. I have a pace trailer that is 10 years old, lettered two years ago by the same guy, same exact lettering, i dont have any paint flaking from that trailer.
  4. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
    from earth
    Messages: 2,408

    Defective? If so, than how in the hell did the paint stick? Honestly, I think your vinyl guy may have f'ed up the prep work, or something in the section of vinyl used was corrupt.
  5. rcslawncare

    rcslawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,684

    Id talk to the vinyl guy, you would think paint from other spots would flake off too, not just the lettering.
  6. NorthTXlawnguy

    NorthTXlawnguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    In the pics i see lots of trees. Was the trailer parked near trees on the side the paint is flaking? I am just wondering if over a couple of years tree sap and the like got on that side and degraded the paint???
    This is just an idea.
    If I had the time/$ I might be tempted to drive it to them and then at least argue to get it taken care of. If they take care of it your opinion of them might change greatly.
  7. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    seriously? do you guys know how vinyl is applied? you spray the trailer with a mixture of water and soap, most of the time you can just use water then press the vinyl on and squeeze the water out, voila!

    this is a paint prep error, the sheet metal wasnt properly prepped prior to painting, thats why the paint is flaking from when the vinyl guy was taking the backing off the vinyl
  8. Gman2310

    Gman2310 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 332

    Protouch has it. The vinyl guy is a good friend. The pics were taking from the driveway. He's lettered at least 6 trucks for me, not to mention numerous racecars. He's never seen rhis before. And I've mangled up some race cars. I think it might have been poor prep on paint as well. But for a company that large to just say ohwell, you can drive 11 hrs and maybe our supplier will do something is a little crazy
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  9. zabmasonry

    zabmasonry LawnSite Senior Member
    from C. VT
    Messages: 315

    Don't think that it should have done that, but . . .

    which side of the trailer was in the sun when in was parked.
  10. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,847

    Funny - my sign guy did that as well - not for me but the trailer looked terrible. Cargo said so be it - you could of used the wrong soap, sat in the sunn all its days on the lot but the other side looks great. Just my story.

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