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What do you guys think about this trailer

Discussion in 'Tow & Trailer' started by JK5, Feb 9, 2004.

  1. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I'm considering this Trailer.. /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif

    http://www.appalachianmfg.com/DECKOVER.htm

    What do you guys think???
     
  2. BIGJ

    BIGJ 1/2 ton status Author

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    It looks like a decent deal. I prefer not to go with deckover axle trailers my self, just to keep the COG lower when towing. Other than that, check to see if it has a bulldog coupler. The price may not be competitive in other areas, but it's about right for where I live, maybe even a little high.

    BIGJ
     
  3. 83ZZ502_Jimmy

    83ZZ502_Jimmy 1/2 ton status

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    Looks like a pretty good deal. I would also say to get a Bulldog adjustable hitch setup.

    John
     
  4. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    [ QUOTE ]
    I prefer not to go with deckover axle trailers my self, just to keep the COG lower when towing.

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    I hear yah...
    I was thinking the same thing..
    Last year...
    we pulled my rig with a between the wheel trailer...
    It was just a pain to drive over the fenders..

    Do you think I'll get that much more wind resistance??
     
  5. BIGJ

    BIGJ 1/2 ton status Author

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    Not sure exactly how much more wind resistance you would get, but I have noticed a difference towing with different height trailers in similar conditions.

    Just get some heavy duty fenders you can drive over, then loading is a breeze. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif 1/8" steel would do with some bracing, and 3/16" would be optimum and still not be too heavy. There's a local shop in my area that makes some flat "jeep" style trailer fenders for $100. They work great. There might be something similar in your area, or maybe you can get some fenders made and then have the trailer shop weld them in.

    We debated the same things before my trailer was built. Originally it was only going to be used for hauling the blazer, but now we use it more for hauling cars and junk than the blazer. There's no way a car would fit on the deck over we were going to make without a big dovetail and some LONG ramps.

    BIGJ
     
  6. 6.2Blazer

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    For wind resistance, having the towed Blazer another 12" higher would make a significant difference, and the faster you go the more of a difference it will make.

    For my low-deck trailer, I simply stacked 3 wood 4x4s on top of each other, bolted them together, cut them to shape to match the fenders, and then ran 1 lag bolt through the fender to hold them. These ramps can be removed with one bolt if needed and when the back tires pulls up against them the weight distribution is perfect. I originally was planning on this being temporary but it works so well I will probably keep it as-is. When camping season rolls along I am going to run 2x6 boards to make a little basket in between the fenders and haul my firewood in there.
     
  7. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Thanks for ALL the advice guys...

    I just ordered a special car hauler/trailer..
    10,000 GVW
    2- 6,000 lb axles/brakes on both/15" "D" rated tires
    diamond plate deck 98" wide/82 between the wheels
    with channel drive-on fenders..

    [​IMG]

    Kinda like this..but BEEFED up!!!
     
  8. Seventy4Blazer

    Seventy4Blazer 3/4 ton status

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    how long did you end up goiong?

    im having my trailer built next week. will take about 3 weeks.
    looks a bit like this one.
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    26 foot long, no dove tail, 12klbs in axles. with a gooseneck a deck over is nto as big of a deal. especialy since i dont have a windo in my blazer.

    im getting it and the brake controller, hitch installed for about 4500.00.
    grant
     
  9. Boss

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    Sounds like a nice trailer man. How much you getting it for? If you don't mind... /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Grant... I'm jealous! /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif /forums/images/graemlins/bow.gif
     
  11. JK5

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Sounds like a nice trailer man. How much you getting it for? If you don't mind... /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

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    Thanks... /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
    $2750...I got the Bulldog coupler included too!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    It's 18' with a 2' dovetail.

    I looks like I'm going to Paragon, Badlands, Wellsville,
    Telico and Lake Alma this summer...
    maybe I'll see you there!!! /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
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    Yours is nice too, much nicer than mine. Oh well, mine gets the job done, and I paid 1300 for my 7500 lb 16' new...
     
  13. BIGJ

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    That's a good deal considering the mods to the trailer, and the dual brake axles. Post some pics when you get it if you can.

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    BIGJ
     
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    You will certainly see me at Paragon & Tellico this summer, no doubt!

    That does sound like a good deal.
    I talked to folks at Kaufman trailers the other day (in NC), and they quoted me $2625 for a 18' + 2' dove, wood deck, two 5200 axles with brakes and a spare tire. But no drive on fender.

    Both sound like good deals. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Anyhow, hope to see you on the trails this summer...
     
  15. JK5

    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Thanks for bringing up...the height issues..
    I wanna tow some cars too!!!

    I'll have some pics..in 10-14 days.. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    JK5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    [ QUOTE ]
    You will certainly see me at Paragon & Tellico this summer, no doubt!

    That does sound like a good deal.
    I talked to folks at Kaufman trailers the other day (in NC), and they quoted me $2625 for a 18' + 2' dove, wood deck, two 5200 axles with brakes and a spare tire. But no drive on fender.

    Both sound like good deals. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    Anyhow, hope to see you on the trails this summer...

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    Those are pretty sweet prices for around this part of the country...
    I've gotten quotes for $3500... /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif

    Well..I'll be looking forward to seeing you guys at Tellico
    and Paragon!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  17. laketex

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    FWIW, Dan's been driving over his cheapo stock fenders for a year now, but they're starting to look kinda beat down, especially after I slid on them loading my truck by myself in a snowstorm. However, some redneck in Arkansas gave him a set of drive over fenders which should get installed this spring.
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    Bryan
     
  18. Seventy4Blazer

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    Russ, its gonna be nice, but some things may turn out so i have to barrow the cash to get it. ill know the end of next week.
    Grant
     

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