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Old 12-14-2011, 10:07 PM   #1
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Trailer Ideas??

I don't do a lot of heavy hauling and I'm not even sure I want enclosed or just open flat-bed with ramp. The main thing I do is haul firewood, lawn mower and Harley. Just looking for ideas.

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Old 12-15-2011, 06:29 AM   #3
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Take a look at Harbor Freight. Mini Harbor Freight (type) Trailer Ultimate Build-Up Thread - JeepForum.com
Here are some more ideas: Jeep trailer, let's see em!! Whatcha got?

I found mine on CL.
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I found an old pop-up camper on CL, stripped it down to the frame (there wasn't much left to strip), added a bit of angle iron for more horizontal support, then attahced 3/4" PT plywood for a floor and sides. I have ramps for the tractor and use it for yard stuff, firewood, and helping friends with furniture and stuff. Total cost was around $300, and I can fix/replace most anything with scrap lumber or other stuff I have around the shop.
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I searched Craigslist forever and nothing really got my goat. They were either too big, too small, too busted up, and too expensive. I wanted something for weekly dump runs and that I could also take on family camping trips and mountain bike trips. I also wanted low maintenance and fuss. So I ordered this one.

LittleGiant-Xpand Enclosed Sport Utility Trailer™ hauls cargo, luggage, ATVs, lawn and garden, and more - Let's Go Aero - LittleGiant-Xpand™- 7' Torsion: Enclosed Sport & Utility Trailer

Gotta say I'm pretty impressed so far. I took me awhile to get it put together but now that it's hear I'm stoked to have it. I can't wait to put it through it's paces.
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I searched Craigslist forever and nothing really got my goat. They were either too big, too small, too busted up, and too expensive. I wanted something for weekly dump runs and that I could also take on family camping trips and mountain bike trips. I also wanted low maintenance and fuss. So I ordered this one.

LittleGiant-Xpand Enclosed Sport Utility Trailer™ hauls cargo, luggage, ATVs, lawn and garden, and more - Let's Go Aero - LittleGiant-Xpand™- 7' Torsion: Enclosed Sport & Utility Trailer

Gotta say I'm pretty impressed so far. I took me awhile to get it put together but now that it's hear I'm stoked to have it. I can't wait to put it through it's paces.
Watch your weight rating on that trailer if you are into firewood. 1500 lbs on a trailer that size happens faster than you think.
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Don't buy a harbor freight trailer... I sell trailers for a living. I work for Carson trailer. Buy a good brand trailer or you will be sorry. Its not a decent trailer unless it has a 3500# axle and 15 inch 6 ply tires... any trailer with smaller tires and axle is a joke.
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:24 PM   #8
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I actually own a HF trailer, the 4x8' heavy duty version that can haul 1700 lbs. It's a very nice trailer and I'd trust it just as well as any other comparable trailer. I assembled it myself and took the time to repack the bearings (as you should) and have put over 4,000 miles on it without any issues. I've hauled everything from quads to a complete 4.3 V6 with transmission and transfercase along with other items on it. I've probably hauled somewhere around 1300 lbs on it for 250 miles without issues. The longest trip I took it on was from Houston to Indiana, about 1,100 miles. The hubs stayed cool and it's been a great trailer for me.

So from personal experience I can vouch for the HF trailer.
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Don't buy a harbor freight trailer... I sell trailers for a living. I work for Carson trailer. Buy a good brand trailer or you will be sorry. Its not a decent trailer unless it has a 3500# axle and 15 inch 6 ply tires... any trailer with smaller tires and axle is a joke.
Keep in mind that a 2 door Wrangler can only tow 2000lbs to begin with.
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:29 PM   #11
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The harbor freight trailers are made in China.. whenca bearings goes out most times you have to replace the axles because of lack of parts...
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I find a lot of good trailer deals on craigslist, especially if you're not looking for something huge. The one I use regularly (6x10 open with 1 foot high side rails) was only $450 on CL two years ago and needed nothing. I don't use it often but it's nice to have when I need to haul more weight (double axle nice) or more stuff than my S-10 can handle.
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:55 PM   #13
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how much firewood and how often are you going to tow it. that would tell me what i need and the quality it needs to be.
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The harbor freight trailers are made in China.. whenca bearings goes out most times you have to replace the axles because of lack of parts...
That's just not true.

But your point is still valid, in that there is NO way I'd buy a HF trailer. You get what you pay for.
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Hauls what I need. Lawn tractors, firewood, fat chicks. Cannot see it but has a drop down ramp.
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Looks allright.. howvmuch did u pay for that? Is it a 5x8?
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Old 12-15-2011, 11:04 PM   #17
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This is probably what I'm leaning toward. Light and durable and I guess I really don't need a covered trailer.


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Hauls what I need. Lawn tractors, firewood, fat chicks. Cannot see it but has a drop down ramp.
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I don't do a lot of heavy hauling and I'm not even sure I want enclosed or just open flat-bed with ramp. The main thing I do is haul firewood, lawn mower and Harley. Just looking for ideas.

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A 5x8 trailer with side walls is what you'll want. Get either a tilt trailer or fold down ramp. You'll get better mpg with the tilt trailer
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The harbor freight trailers are made in China.. whenca bearings goes out most times you have to replace the axles because of lack of parts...
They carry the bearings in stock at HF.
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They carry the bearings in stock at HF.
Yeah, but those bearings will wear out as soon as you put them in your shopping cart.
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Really? My trailer is from HF and works fine, and the bearings are solid on it. But I guess, since it's China, it must be automatically crap.
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Looks allright.. howvmuch did u pay for that? Is it a 5x8?
5x8 ,13 inch wheels, mesh deck, full fold down ramp, lockable cargo- tool box on front. paid 900.00 at Loewes.
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Really? My trailer is from HF and works fine, and the bearings are solid on it. But I guess, since it's China, it must be automatically crap.

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I have been looking for a trailer as well. I traded in my gas guzzling chevy pickup on my JK and now need a trailer. It seems you always need to haul something, in my case light stuff like yard debris.

Been looking at this trailer- Voyager Series™
Gonna go and check it out, don't know the cost, but it looks like what I want.
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here's one of my Bantams......it's amazing what the original basic trailer will do!!!

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Well, I got a folding tilt bed 4X8 trailer....Only I didn't get a Chinese Commie made one, mine's made in "Tai one on" .
Yea, it's got the itty bitty wheels and tarz.... I have replaced the bearings once and they are available at any auto parts store....Most all bearings have numbers on em that interchange.
I put 2 ft side boards on my trailer to haul lots of bulky stuff, 3/4" plywood deck, mine is a folding tilt deck, nice to load lawn tractors, quads and bikes.
I bought this cheapo trailer ($180.00 ) to pull behind my lawn tractor and haul oak and maple leaves and rotten apples and brush for the compost or burn pile.
Last year I started haulin Fire Wood, My wood is FIR and I gotta make a 15 mile run one way to get a load. I stack it in the trailer and it's a little over the two ft side boards, with 90Lbs in the tarz, it hauls just fine, but ya can't go very fast 50 is about fast enough, keeps the bearing speed down.
Granted, a better trailer can be found and if ya look around somebody in your area is probably building them close by. I'd sure do a little "Networking" and find one... Check out your local Craigs list too... "BH"
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I went and looked at the Iron eagle trailers in my area, thought they were just a distributor but are actually made here in Fairview, Oregon.

The pictures on their website just don't do justice to seeing them in person. They are a sweet looking trailer. I ordered a 4x8 which was $1440 and after a couple options were added it brought the price to nearly $1600. You can get electric brakes if you want, it is a 200 dollar option. Anyway it will be done in several weeks and I will post some pictures.
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I have a Jeep trailer if you are interested in it PM me.

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