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Old February 22nd, 2013, 11:25 AM   #61
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Mine meets everything you are looking for except axles and possibly price. I would not let it go for any less than $2500. Specs and pics are listed on page 2.

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Old February 22nd, 2013, 11:34 AM   #62
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HillBilly, I wouldn't mind a fixer upper however I can't find anything with a decent frame.

I have a few questions though, are the mobile home axles serviceable and where do you find replacement wheels and tires? Dexter clearly states that they are non serviceable and they don't offer any replacement parts. I figure you can find bearings and seals at a parts store, but I have no idea where you would get brake parts.
Some of mobile home axles that you get now are not serviceable, they have found it cheaper to buy new one time use axles than buy serviceable axles. My grandpa has a trailer that uses the serviceable axles and he gets parts down at the local travel trailer dealer. His axles have been cut and narrowed using a jig that also put a little bit of an arch in them when welded back up. It has hauled a fork lift so heavy that the truck and trailer rolled through the first stop sign he came to. Like hillbilly said they can be tricky get figured out but once you do they are extremely strong.
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Hillbilly,

That is an AWESOME post! Thanks for typing all of that out. I completely gave up researching after finding the Dexter information coupled with rumors I've heard. But now I have found quite a bit of information that supports everything that you have said. BillaVista also has a nice wright up as well. http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billav...er/Trailer.htm


Thanks again, it has opened up quite a few options for me.
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Old February 22nd, 2013, 12:24 PM   #64
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Mine meets everything you are looking for except axles and possibly price. I would not let it go for any less than $2500. Specs and pics are listed on page 2.

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...=245936&page=2
Yeah its going to be too light of duty for my blazer. Thanks though
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Old February 23rd, 2013, 12:19 PM   #65
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Old February 24th, 2013, 11:33 AM   #67
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Old February 24th, 2013, 02:44 PM   #68
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Friend of mine was looking at possibly selling his trailer. I know its an 18ft with drive over fenders and brakes. Its got 3500lb axles though. I dont see why you would need anything more than that. My blazer with 8in lift, 33s, and a v8 only weighs 5100lbs
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I ended up going to take a look at that craigslist trailer I posted; it's a nice heavy duty trailer but it's waaayyyy too skinny for my needs so i'm sure it's too skinny for you as well
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I ended up going to take a look at that craigslist trailer I posted; it's a nice heavy duty trailer but it's waaayyyy too skinny for my needs so i'm sure it's too skinny for you as well

And it has house trailer axles.
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Old February 24th, 2013, 06:30 PM   #71
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That is an AWESOME post! Thanks for typing all of that out. I completely gave up researching after finding the Dexter information coupled with rumors I've heard. But now I have found quite a bit of information that supports everything that you have said. BillaVista also has a nice wright up as well. http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billav...er/Trailer.htm


Thanks again, it has opened up quite a few options for me.
No problem man. I didn't really have anything to do, so glad I could be of some help. Normally I don't really give 2 shits enough to type out that much, but every now and then I go nuts.

I just really get disgusted sometimes. It seems like our hobby is getting more and more geared towards those with more $$ than brains. The guys that have been into wheeling before me, will say over and over that This hobby used to be a poor mans game. It doesn't seem like that any more. More and more it seems like certain parts of this hobby are purely geared only towards those who have $$. I like to bring reality back to the table and remind people that with a little elbow grease, you can get things done on the cheap, just as well, if not better than the guys with deep pockets.
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been following this thread awhile and now i feel i should pitch in. 10 years ago my dad purchased a trailor from the weeds in some guys back yard to haul my mud truck on. It is a mobile home frame and axles. We probley put several thousand miles on it hauling my 5000 pound mud truck then once i moved on to jeeps i bought it from him. I put new bushings in the springs and repacked all the bearing and in the 5 years ive owned it i have had zero issues. The axles have been awesome and parts are pretty easy to come by. As far as tires, i have been running the FOR MOBILE HOME USE ONLY tires as i can get them for free and ive had 1 blow out. But i was surprised how well the other 3 handled it saftly till i could get off the highway. Mine has brakes on one axle and when they worked it was sweet but they have quit working and i havnt looked into why yet. Just figured id back up everyone else trying to help by saying these styles trailors can be had cheap and are great for the money.
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Old February 26th, 2013, 01:12 AM   #73
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Mine meets everything you are looking for except axles and possibly price. I would not let it go for any less than $2500. Specs and pics are listed on page 2.

http://www.greatlakes4x4.com/showthr...=245936&page=2
Man that's a nice trailer , If I had the money that would be mine !!!!
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Old February 26th, 2013, 11:30 AM   #74
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And it has house trailer axles.
So? mobile home axles doesn't mean it's a POS, it's a good solid trailer, just too skinny

I used to have a 8'x18' trailer made from a mobile home that towed 9,000lbs great, now it tows between 6-7k lbs, hasn't had one issue in nearly 3 years
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Old April 9th, 2013, 02:10 PM   #76
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Old April 9th, 2013, 02:28 PM   #77
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Hillbilly,

That is an AWESOME post! Thanks for typing all of that out. I completely gave up researching after finding the Dexter information coupled with rumors I've heard. But now I have found quite a bit of information that supports everything that you have said. BillaVista also has a nice wright up as well. http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billav...er/Trailer.htm


Thanks again, it has opened up quite a few options for me.
x2 Some good trailer info. there......
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Old April 9th, 2013, 02:53 PM   #78
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One thing to think about with mobile home axles....parts are not as accessible.....parts for standard trailer axles are pretty, well, "standard"....parts can be had almost anywhere.....mobile home axle parts are little tougher to come by.....not a huge issue at home, but turns into a huge issue when your broke on the side of the highway 4 states away.

I went through this whole mess trying to find a trailer....ended up building mine out of the remains of an 83 jayco camper....it took some time and thought in building and people called me an idiot....but at the end of the day i have a 1100$ in a 20' x 90" 5th wheel deckover trailer with two 4500lb brake axles, new tires / wheels, new treated deck, new wiring/lights ect....with my truck on it it still weighs less than it did as a camper and i have drug it all over the eastern half the country with zero issues

You can get alot of trailer for your money if your willing to put in some elbow grease
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Old April 10th, 2013, 02:42 PM   #79
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Wadey,
Im headed down to snag a few of these this weekend, most of them are new or newer, $150 a piece if I get four! Let me know if your in, anyone else who might happen need them let me know and I can pick them up for ya. Im in Mt pleasant until friday then headed home down 127 south to 94 towards ann arbor.
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