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What open trailer to get?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Howey09, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. Howey09

    Howey09 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 40

    Well Ive been getting prices on New 7x16 open trailers for this upcoming season. Ive narrowed it down to two trailers now and need some opinions. Both have there pros & Cons.

    First Trailer :

    7x16 Sure-Trac tandem axles (3,500 both breaking axles) Trailer sides and top are all tube. Sealed lights, D rated tires (New) 4' rear gate
    Total Price= $2,270 cash W/5' gate 2,370

    Second Trailer :

    7x16 Angle Iron sides Tandem axles (3,500 both breaking axles) 4' gate and 2' dovetail ramp.
    Total Price= $2,100 cash

    I know sure-trac makes a nice trailer and tube is stronger then angle iron. But a dovetail ramp is nice for my ztr. Trailer will be used for mowing and landscaping. What trailer would you guys choose?
  2. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    There is many places in OH and MI that sell 16ft tandem trailers cheaper than that! I bought my 16ft tandem brand new for $1000, well, actually $950, and it was $50 extra for the 4ft gate. I can get you the name of the place if you are interested. It has worked fine for me. It is an angle steel trailer and yes, it has brand new wood on the deck too! I checked around before buying it and many places were asking $1800 up to over $2500 for a basic 16ft tandem axle open trailer with a gate!!! These people must be on drugs to ask that much!! Its an open trailer for Gods sake!
  3. 360ci

    360ci LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 995

    Cheaper than that???? Damn. A 7x16 in Canada with tandem 3500lb axles runs close to $2800-3000 depending on paint/coats, etc. Plus options such as higher sides, front box, spare tire, etc. MikeKle - post the link!

    Keep in mind $2K to me is a great price for an open trailer in basic form. It takes a lot of materials and man hours to put one together. A 3500lb axle alone is $200+tires and wheels. Times two axles is at least $800 for rubber wheels and spring axles when all told. Plus fabbing it all onto the trailer, etc. I don't think I'd charge less than $3K if I made trailers on my own.
  4. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    They do not have a website that I know of. It is Classic auto and trailer sales in Westville OH. Phone number is 937-652-1903. They are brand new trailers, but do not have brakes, they have tandem 3500 lb axles. They are angle steel trailers, not square tubing though. The gate is extra too, but mine only cost $1000. I am going on my second season and it is working great. Since I only haul WBs, I really dont need brakes, but they sell different models of trailers, and I believe they do have one with the larger 5200lb axles and brakes. Although Im sure it would be cheaper than any other place for it. That just proves those places selling 16ft open trailers for $2200 and up are price gouging so they make huge profits! If I paid $1K, then the dealer is probably getting them for around $500-$600. But they are fine with taking less profit then the other guys, and they sell these trailers left and right, when I went, they only had one trailer left in the type I wanted, they had sold out that quickly.
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I'd stick with the one with all tube steel. Angle iron has way too much flex to it.
  6. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    Depends on the angle iron and trailer make. I've seen tube trailers break their welds from not being flexible enough. And if built right in the first place, the frame and not the rails would be carrying the load. But then I guess that's why our trailer that is a 6X16 weighed 1900+ pounds to start with.

    Although on the way back south, we will have to pick up a new axle set. Had a bearing failure at 65+MPH on the WV Washboard, uh, Turnpike and it still managed to keep the wheel on the last 3 miles to the last travel plaza south of Charleston, WV. No idea other than the pounding the road gave it going thru Beckley for the failure as the bearing temps were checked last at Wytheville, VA and were good.
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Yah well mine certainly isn't flexible with all tube including the cross pieces under the floor. Sorry to hear about bearing.
  8. GravelyNut

    GravelyNut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,594

    It's a tradeoff. Too rigid and welded tubes crack. To light and the steel angles crack. Or you get excess wear at the spring shackles and eyes. Something has to give over time.

    I had planned on replacing the bearings when I got back down south as they've got nearly 21K miles on them. May just get 2 new axles as they come complete minus tires for $233 each with springs and brakes included.
  9. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,253

    Those $1000. trailers I mentioned are made of all angle steel, but they use really thick and large for the main frame rails,I believe they are 5"x5"-1/4" or 5/16" thick. There is a little flex to it, but there really should be some flex on the trailers we use, even huge equipment trailers are built to flex to some degree. Look at any empty flat bed semi truck trailer, They have a huge bend in them, so when they are loaded, it becomes flat and level. My $1000. trailer weighs 1520 empty.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Wow, my 6 x 12 is only 820 pounds. I lift the tongue and roll it around even on turf and gravel areas by hand pretty easily.

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