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Old 06-09-2015, 05:38 PM
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Utility trailer, which is the best brand for the money, if there is such a thing.

I had been thinking my next car might have to be a truck or at least a wagon or SUV due to the amount of stuff I find myself lugging around from time to time, then the thought hit me about just getting a small utility trailer, using it when I need to and putting it under the house (house is on stilts) when I was done with it.

So is there a better brand or one I should stay away from?
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Old 06-09-2015, 05:42 PM
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Im a big fan of Aluma brand Aluminum trailers. Half the weight of steel trailers, solid floor, lighter tailgates, LED lighting, Bearing buddies and great strong axles. You can pick them up, if you shop around, for just a little over a comparable steel solid deck trailer of same size. I paid just a tad over $1000 for my 4.5 X 8 and $1650 for my 6 X 10 footer. Single axles both of em. You can buy optional Aluminum side boards for them.

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Pretty too! Thanks
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They are indeed. Here is the 10 footer working... The 8 footer is an ideal size for a single ATV which is what it is primarily used for. But I haul other things with them of course. I keep the bed of my truck too full of tools to use it for hauling things. And loading onto a trailer is just easier and safer.

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I had broken one of the hub caps (dust cap) when this one was taken. Contacted the company and they sent me two new ones free. Good customers service.

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Old 06-09-2015, 06:03 PM
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I'd mostly use it for sheet rock, paint, general hardware. If they hold that atv they will hold anything I'm going to use it for.
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
I'd mostly use it for sheet rock, paint, general hardware. If they hold that atv they will hold anything I'm going to use it for.
that one is the 6 X 10 footer. Also of note is that the tailgate will fold forward and onto the bed. For storage or hauling longer stuff. Its actually down in the picture of it hauling wood.

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A truck is probably one of the most used tools I own. I wouldn't be without one.

I also own a 6x12 Elite brand utility trailer that I use 2-3 times a week. I wouldn't be without one.

However, if I could only have one, it's be the truck hands down. It is just to versatile to do without.
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Cphilip,
What is the weight of your ranger? I've been looking at the Aluma trailers but considering an enclosed trailer also.
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Cphilip,
What is the weight of your ranger? I've been looking at the Aluma trailers but considering an enclosed trailer also.

1350 pounds dry as best I can find. It's a 2014 Polaris Ranger 900 Browning Edition.

And the Trailer is rated at 2200 pounds. Its the Aluma model 7210 and weighs 450 pounds. http://www.alumaklm.com/item/12-7210...y-trailer.html

Both of mine has the 14" Aluminum wheel upgrades.

Let me just warn you to shop around. My local dealer wanted MSRP like it was set in stone. I went over to Commerce Ga and that guy deals. He came off like a prom dress.
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You can just buy a regular old steel framed one used. There's not a lot that can go wrong with one. Every now and then, slap a coat of paint on it. And if you did need to fix it, just fire up the welder. No big deal. I got a 3000 lb capacity trailer. It's 5 × 14. Not much to do to keep it ready to go.
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I have a Load Rite 5x10 (model UT510) that has been put through it paces the last few months. 3500 pound axle and 15" wheels make a difference for me with 75 mile trips.
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I brought this subject up a couple months ago. I need(ed) one for lawn care purposes. I ended up finding a used 6x12 on Craigslist to $600. I did end up putting 2 new tires and 1 wheel on it and keeping the decent one I had as a spare, so I'm in it for $750 total now. We discussed just how much use I thought it may really get...Even with a driving a truck I still use it every week. It also moved the girlfriend to a new apartment a couple weekends ago and is fixing to move me to Charleston in a couple weeks. It has a metal floor which has been okay. I would've preferred a wood floor and that's what I'll do to it when the time comes that the metal floor is coming up too much.

Here was my thread for your reading pleasure.
http://www.thehulltruth.com/dockside...-trailers.html
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This brings up a good point. Most of us that have owned Metal Mesh floor trailers will advise you not to get one unless its a extra good deal. They simply flex too much. Many end up putting some sort of solid floor over them.
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Where I always find the metal floor to be a problem is the breakover point when coming up the ramp. Always a good spot for a mower deck to catch/drag a little. Once it starts coming up just a little, it's only a matter of time before the whole thing comes up as the deck grabs it a little more every time you load it. Causes it to curl up at that spot. Often happens just the same on the gate's mesh for unloading.
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