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Old April 17th, 2012, 11:00 PM   #1
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Well i will be need a trailer if i want to do any wheeling this year since the blazer is no longer road legal. Im wondering where to look for either a used or a fair priced new trailer. Im looking for something in the 16-18ft range, wood or steel deck, not open center, tandem axles with breaks. Anybody have any idea what something like that would go for?
Im also debating building a trailer from scratch. What would be the pros and cons of each?
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Old April 17th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #2
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Buy a wrecked camper, reinforce, deck, ?, Profit
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Old April 18th, 2012, 05:21 AM   #3
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Well that kinda what i had. I shared ownership on one we did that too but we had some disagreements with it and now its being bought out from me. So now i need to come up with something soon. The problem i find with doing that is that by the time you buy the camper, strip it down, reinforce it and all that you have more money and time invested than if you just bought a factory built one or I build my own
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Old April 18th, 2012, 05:25 AM   #4
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find a old flatbed that needs work and give it some tlc, you could make your own ramps, dovetail, fenders, what every you need.
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I built mine from a 83 jayco camper. 18+2 new treated deck, 4 new tires and wheels, two 4500lb axles both with brakes, all new led lights, all new wireing, ect, ect....i have less than 1200$ in it and it tows awsome. Its a little heavy (2720) but it and my trailrig together weigh less than the camper did according to the title.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 07:16 AM   #6
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I will add that I just bought the rolling frame, not the entire camper.
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Personally, i found a cheap trailer and fixed it up the way i wanted. With as much steel goes for these days your better off to buy something cheap and tweak it than buying raw steel.

I have a 20' gooseneck that i have about $1600 into and it has 4 new tires ($600), the trailer i started with was sold at about scrap price.
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Personally, i found a cheap trailer and fixed it up the way i wanted. With as much steel goes for these days your better off to buy something cheap and tweak it than buying raw steel.

I have a 20' gooseneck that i have about $1600 into and it has 4 new tires ($600), the trailer i started with was sold at about scrap price.
Now you need to throw a few hundi down and put some brakes on at least one axle.
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i think i have decided on just building one. I can also build it exactly how i want it. Not worried bout the cost of the steel since i have a connection and get a good deal.
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Check out Johnsons supply and surplus down in white pigeon...they always have a add in the back of the auto rv trader....they have everything you will need at rock bottom prices. They even have pre made new surplus frames.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 03:14 PM   #12
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alright thanks. I will have to give them a call.

Does anyone know the name of the place in indiana? I have heard for two people now that they have the best prices by far on axles in any size. I think its just across the border.
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Old April 21st, 2012, 04:17 PM   #13
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I have looked at the plans from Northern Tool and wondered how well they were designed. Just a though to give you a starting point and a complete BOM. Also I believe law requires breaks on both axles for car trailers greater than 6000lb GVWR.
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You will be shocked at how fast the materials will add up if you build from scratch. Figure every last thing you can think of, then add 25% on top of that and you might be close. Just buy a used one. A few years ago I started pricing one out to build for for trailjunkie and it added up quick. I also get a great deal on steel through work. He decided it was cheaper to buy something that was already done.
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You will be shocked at how fast the materials will add up if you build from scratch. Figure every last thing you can think of, then add 25% on top of that and you might be close. Just buy a used one. A few years ago I started pricing one out to build for for trailjunkie and it added up quick. I also get a great deal on steel through work. He decided it was cheaper to buy something that was already done.

Totally agree with Chad on this..........just sayin'
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http://www.trailerplans.com/index.ph...emart&Itemid=2

another option....
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i still have to draw something up and get an estimate on the steel. It may cost more than buying a used one but this way i have a new one for a lot less. Plus all the used ones ive found lately either are not the size i need, need tires, needs to be redecked, no brakes or they want way to much for them.Being able to get a really good price on steel, tires and possible axles i think it will be better just to build one. Plus it will be exactly how i want it.
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Old April 22nd, 2012, 03:45 PM   #18
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I built my trailer, a few years back having a few good connections and getting my axles and suspension components used. There was a place near my house called tisdales trailers and they buy wrecked trailers and part them out. well i bought two axles, with tires, and the complete leaf spring set up for 500$. But when all was said and done i had about 2200$ into my trailer. But when you look around you find out that you can get what you want for less...

http://windsor.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehi...AdIdZ373573456

Great example of the cheap, almost new trailer. And with only a couple hundred bux more you make it every thing you want.
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I've bought 2 trailers in the last 2 years, one got stolen.

Build an ugly ass one to prevent it from being thieved. Although buying new is super easy, show up tell them what you want, wait 2 weeks for it to get built. Pick it up and continue on. No welding, no cut fingers, no stitches, etc.
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buy one, buy local, http://www.bnmtrailersalesinc.com/

make sure you get a 10k rated trailer, a 6k or 7k will be overloaded much quicker than you think
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