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What makes a trailer

Discussion in 'Trailers' started by cat320, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. cat320

    cat320 Charter Member

    Nov 7, 2003
    OK to start this thread off Here is a question.What makes a trailer a good trailer? When you go looking for one many different manufactures with different axels different frams etc.Weather your geeting a small dump trailer or a large backhoe.So what's every one opinion on what makes a good one?
  2. wroughtnharv

    wroughtnharv Charter Member

    Nov 17, 2003
    self employed maker of things
    Wylie, TX
    It's got to trail straight. The brakes have got to work smoothly. And the lights need to be of the low maintenance kind too. I hate hooking up to a bud's trailer and having the "Mr officer sir please give me a ticket" flag hanging out from the get go like you do when a light is out.

    I used to believe a gooseneck was the cat's meow. But for the last couple of years I've been using a pintle pull and have found it even better for my situation.

    I like having the bed of the truck available and since I can't see the bed I like being able to back in and hook up in one shot.

    Of course having the 2003 C5500 that can turn around inside of itself makes a big difference too. I used to have a 3500HD that required eight lanes of road and both sidewalks for a U turn. The new truck turns tighter than most pickemups.
  3. triaxle

    triaxle Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2005
    CEO Mid-sized Grading Company
    Cleveland, GA
    Haulmark of Quality

    Understand your trailers weight rating. Some manufacturers tell you how much the trailer and load can weigh, others rate only the load so two trailers rated the same may actually be rated for different load capacity.
    Ask if the company has engineering supporting the trailer weight rating

    Axle quality varies significantly. Stick with a name brand and check parts availability. Dexter has a good rep.

    Examine the welds carefully. If you don't know welding, get a welder to look at trailer construction with you. A trailer builder near me uses after school high school boys to weld their trailers. Quality control of welding is typically better with name brand products.
    Ask about the quality of steel, obviously a trailer of T-1 or 130 steel would be harder and stronger than a trailer made of lesser steel. How quickly the frame edges get torn up from chains demonstrates the greater wear factor of lower quality steels. They also bend and break easier.

    Happy Trails