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yet another "should I buy this trailer" thread...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jekbrown, Dec 28, 2006.

  1. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    ok, check it out. Local guy has this trailer FS....

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    obviously it needs a deck put on it... but it looks like the material used for the frame is pretty damn beefy. The guy says the width (to the ends of the support thingies) is 7'. That'd be just right.... box in those supports, make some bent-tube fenders and roll with it. Only problem with the beast from what the guy said is that the deck part is only 16' long. I know, I know... a 24 footer would be way better... but I wonder if I could make this thing into a truggy hauler? Doesn't seem like it would be to hard to add a bit of length in the rear... maybe a couple of feet plus a dovetail?

    opinions/thoughts from the trailer gurus appreciated. Guy is asking less than 9 hundy...

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    Those axles look a little on the small side.
    The "frame" looks very beefy and very heavy;)

    As for the length 16' is PLENTY. Mine is 18' with a 2' DT and with the rig loaded I still have 3' in front of the truck.
     
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    garlicbreath 1/2 ton status

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    That thing better be cheap!
     
  4. Citizen Rider

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    Thats a trailer home frame. I just tore one down. Usually the axles are very tiny, and they run 3-6 axles under them to move them.

    GO LOOK AT IT! The home i tore down i expected the frame to be beafy as all hell...Not at all! It was actually about 3/16" thick, if not smaller.
     
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    Does it have brakes? If not- pass on it.

    Also, 5 lug wheels- the axles seem to be pretty small. Keep in mind both of those axles need to be able to handle the weight of the trailer plus your rig and any other gear you may want to load on it.- that can get up to and over 7000 lbs pretty quick
     
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    house trailer frames are very strong. my dad has a few trailers made from them, and with a good floor on it, he hauls backhoes on them. strong and lightweight. the I-beam theyre made from is high tensil strength steel.
    if you add to the rear of that one, you'll also have to move the axles back too, otherwise, it will wag real bad on you.
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    yeah, the axles might be on the light side... I dunno and neither does the seller. The frame certainly looks like its heavy. If those axles are 3500 pounders, I doubt that frame + my truggy would come under the specs limit...

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    I would try to buy it for $600 if it had brakes otherwise I would pass on it. You could always add axles with brakes on to it? They are pretty expensive though....
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    it has electric brakes on both axles...

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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    the guy seems pretty firm at $850. bummer. Good trailers are very hard to find around here. Almost all the tandem axle flatbeds I see are to short... or to narrow... or rusted piles of crap... or $893749835390853489. :(

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    I would buy it. I like that you could roll the K5 over the wheels. No fenders to worry about. The GVW has to be atleast 3500 for each axle. You could fab that trailer how you want it exactly, instead of how I am having to modify mine to make things work. Wave $800 cash and see if it flies?

    Besides your K5 isn't heavier than 7k is it?
     
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    His k5 isnt 7000lbs but his truck + trailer will be...
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    yeah, its a truggy so it'll be light for a full size truck on 1-tons... but I think that trailer is pretty heavy... and it wouldn't take much for the combined weight to hit 7k..

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