I just sold my trusty '74 chevy C20 pickup (sniff). Don't need that
hauling capacity anymore, besides it used gas just sitting there. I want
to replace it with a 4X8 or 5X8 open trailer. My car is rated to tow
What features should I look for in a quality trailer?
Years ago I had a 74 c-10,,3 on the tree and a 400ci motor from a
caprice,,that old girl would really rip! A friend borrowed it to run
to town,,came back with the speedometer broken and wanting to buy the
motor for His 4x4..
"What qualities",,sturdy,lightweight with centered wheels to
balance tounge weight of course..Wires should be in some sort of
conduit and easily accessed for future replacement..Easily seen tail/
turn lights..A cargo light(add on?)might be nice..When I say
"lightweight" it should'nt bounce erratically when empty at h-way
speed tho,,not that lightweight!
A compartment for spare tire,jack,tie-downs and basic tools is a
good option..stow away ramps are last but not least,,or a flip-up
single ramp like on a snowmobile trailer for loading riding mowers n
I still keep my trusty '70 Chev C30, I only use it a couple of times a
year and spend more on insurance ($100) than gas and tags combined, but
it's still cheaper than buying a trailer of decent capacity. I have to
haul 4' x 8' sheets, and occsionally gravel, etc. Uses no gas just
sitting there ;)
I'm debating the same situation with my wife. No not to trade my wife for a
I inherited a 98 Toyota Tacoma with 5,000 miles on it. My stepdad only used
it for plowing.
Its nice to have but its just sitting in my driveway 99% of the time.
I want to sell it and buy a trailer for those occasional trips for plywood,
My wife wants to keep it as a spare vehicle..
If it was not worth so much I'd keep it but its like having $10,000 or so
sitting in the driveway....
See if these guys have a rep in your area.
http://www.pjtrailers.com/trailers.cfm#Flatdecks the utility trailers are
partway down the flatdeck page. Go to www.pjtrailers.com for their home
these are well built trailers with sealed wiring systems, box frames, brakes
if you want, etc. etc.
Aluminum - about 300 lbs lighter. Go 4.5 x 8+ min size, easier to
load full sheets. I bought one like this a few years back. Easy to
move manually. Takes just a couple of minutes to hitch and you on the
road. When your moving dirt, etc, it's a lot more convenient because
you can roll a wheel barrel right up into the trailer. I'd have a
trailer even if I owned a pickup.
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