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Old March 14th, 2013, 01:22 PM   #1
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I have the ability to buy a trailer anywhere in the Midwest and get it back to MI as I travel all over for work. Does anyone have any recommendations on where to get a 16'-20' enclosed trailer with extra height? It seems quite a few are built in IN, but every time I find a dealer online it seems they are shipping it to where they are (usually 5-800 miles from IN) and that is an extra freight charge I could get away with not paying. That boosts the price to 7-8k.

I see them on Ebay with p/u in GA for about 5k and they look really nice. This is doable, but GA is a little more difficult for me to get to.

Are there any brands to stay away from? It is something that won't really be used often, but I want it reliable.

I am looking for a fairly basic trailer, as I can add stuff later that I want.
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i got mine at becks in st johns. it was the best price i found for an all aluminum trailer.
i was very happy with my sale, and my trailer.

my friend went there to have a custom one built, and was not happy with them.
so he bought elsewhere.

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i got mine at becks in st johns. it was the best price i found for an all aluminum trailer.
i was very happy with my sale, and my trailer.

my friend went there to have a custom one built, and was not happy with them.
so he bought elsewhere.
All aluminum I am pretty sure is out of the budget. I am seriously considering buying one on ebay in GA for the 5k and just picking it up. It wouldn't cost me anything but the food and a hotel room to go get it.

I have an inquiry in to Becks since they are close, but they have not responded yet.
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Old March 17th, 2013, 10:44 AM   #4
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The two places I get trailers from:

MSI: http://www.mobilestructures.com/

Tek works: http://www.techworkstrailers.com/

Not sure how far away Elkhart is for you but if you have cash you can usually get a great deal depending on what they have on the lot.

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I bought my Haulin from a dealer in Toledo. (name escapes me) However, I was allowed to pick it up direct from the manufacturer and saved a few hundred bucks.

On that note, I would not buy a Haulin again. The paint on the frame was not good and started to have rust break through right away. I also had a huge problem with galvanic action between the aluminum siding and the frame. I would look seriously at the higher end name trailers.

One other note, no matter who and what you go with, make sure you do a few things.
- Get the RV latch on the side door.
- Go with the extended tongue.
- If you don't see the need for a 4' side door, go with a 3'. Interior wall space is important.
- I think it's worth it to get it prewired and insulated ceiling. I had determined where I wanted my work bench and they installed the plugs in custom locations where I wanted them.

I weighed the cost difference of wiring & insulation and decided it was worth the up front money.
Good luck.
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I bought my Haulin from a dealer in Toledo. (name escapes me) However, I was allowed to pick it up direct from the manufacturer and saved a few hundred bucks.

On that note, I would not buy a Haulin again. The paint on the frame was not good and started to have rust break through right away. I also had a huge problem with galvanic action between the aluminum siding and the frame. I would look seriously at the higher end name trailers.

One other note, no matter who and what you go with, make sure you do a few things.
- Get the RV latch on the side door.
- Go with the extended tongue.
- If you don't see the need for a 4' side door, go with a 3'. Interior wall space is important.
- I think it's worth it to get it prewired and insulated ceiling. I had determined where I wanted my work bench and they installed the plugs in custom locations where I wanted them.

I weighed the cost difference of wiring & insulation and decided it was worth the up front money.
Good luck.
Granted its a open trailer, but father inlaw has had a haulin trailer for the whole 6 years I have known him, has stored it in the weeds the vast majority of the time, and it still looks brand new.

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I went with a Storm Mfg trailer from Johns trailer sales in Toledo, OH...it was priced right ($5200 OTD for a 24x8.5 with upgraded wheels and tires), and is decent quality. It didn't have all of the interior options as some of the higher end race trailers, but that was fine with me because I finished the interior myself how I wanted it done. I'm not sure about the extra height, but I would bet that they can order whatever you want. I did a lot of shopping around before I ordered mine, and Johns had the best prices.




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I bought my Haulin from a dealer in Toledo. (name escapes me) However, I was allowed to pick it up direct from the manufacturer and saved a few hundred bucks.

On that note, I would not buy a Haulin again. The paint on the frame was not good and started to have rust break through right away. I also had a huge problem with galvanic action between the aluminum siding and the frame. I would look seriously at the higher end name trailers.

One other note, no matter who and what you go with, make sure you do a few things.
- Get the RV latch on the side door.
- Go with the extended tongue.
- If you don't see the need for a 4' side door, go with a 3'. Interior wall space is important.
- I think it's worth it to get it prewired and insulated ceiling. I had determined where I wanted my work bench and they installed the plugs in custom locations where I wanted them.

I weighed the cost difference of wiring & insulation and decided it was worth the up front money.
Good luck.

Johns trailer sales?

I got my enclosed from them and had the same option to pick it up in Indiana from the manufacturer.
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Yup. John's in Toledo.
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I bought a 26' gooseneck for work through a dealer here in Mi and picked it up at Wells Cargo in Elkart from Wells. You just need to find a dealer that is willing to do that
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Thanks so far guys, I think I might have enough to research, as I am not planning on doing anything until June or July.
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I bought my Haulin from a dealer in Toledo. (name escapes me) However, I was allowed to pick it up direct from the manufacturer and saved a few hundred bucks.

On that note, I would not buy a Haulin again. The paint on the frame was not good and started to have rust break through right away. I also had a huge problem with galvanic action between the aluminum siding and the frame. I would look seriously at the higher end name trailers.

One other note, no matter who and what you go with, make sure you do a few things.
- Get the RV latch on the side door.
- Go with the extended tongue.
- If you don't see the need for a 4' side door, go with a 3'. Interior wall space is important.
- I think it's worth it to get it prewired and insulated ceiling. I had determined where I wanted my work bench and they installed the plugs in custom locations where I wanted them.

I weighed the cost difference of wiring & insulation and decided it was worth the up front money.
Good luck.
I believe it was John's Trailers, I bought one about a year after Jim from their shop in IN. I had similar pain issues with mine, but one additional paint issue which was the painted alum. siding started to peel, and was not covered with any warranty.

oh yeah, one other upgrad I would suggest is the axles, it wasn't much to go up to 5100lb rated axles, and with the weight of an enclosed, you really hit the limit fast with the 3500's

it took about 1 month from when I ordered it, for them to have it ready for me.

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Mine had the 5100# axles too.
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