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Holbs

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08-02-2016 07:33 PM

Topic tags/keywords: trailer

I’m on the hunt for a new utility trailer. Have never owned one before. I have a 2001 dodge ram 1500. Been looking at 8” ones while also seeing the 12’ ones for a couple hundred more. Majority of use will be 4×8 MDF or plywood. Occasionally, auction finds and general household use. Those with 8’ cargo trailers, ever wish for 12’? Those with 12’ trailers, ever use all 12”?
Almost feels like a table saw purchase as in in I do not know the ins and outs of trailer use.

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bigblockyeti

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#1 posted 08-02-2016 07:41 PM

I have neither, mine’s 10’ and the tongue adds about 4’ if I need to haul something thin like a lot of rebar. Weight capacity is another big factor, whatever you think you’ll want to haul, you want to make sure it has springs, axle & tires under it that will support the weight. Some 12’ trailers start to offer tandem axles which can make the ride nicer for you in the truck and the cargo in the trailer, but they’re more expensive, more maintenance and far more difficult to maneuver by hand vs. tow vehicle.

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#2 posted 08-02-2016 07:44 PM

I use a 12’ landscaping style trailer with metal sides, and a cage over the tongue. It hauls most everything I need, and longer stock can ride in the ladder rack on the side. Mine is a 5000# single axle trailer. It will haul about 500-600 b.f. of dry hardwood in a load.

It turns remarkably well. I have used 16’ flatbeds and they are a pain.
I think 12’ is the sweet spot for what I do.

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 08-02-2016 08:25 PM

Mine is also 10’, and there are a few times I wish it was twelve. But even more importantly: mine has the 3500# axle, and there are LOTS of times I wish it was 5000#. No way would I want an 8’.

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#4 posted 08-02-2016 08:45 PM

I own a 14’ V-nose enclosed that doesn’t get used much because it is a PITA to maneuver (double axle…single would be easier I think). Bought a 10’ open a few months ago. You looking at enclosed or open? Enclosed have the benefits of keeping stuff dry but the price goes up a lot. If you want that then go with the ramp door (I didn’t and regret it). The open trailer works great…new designs will let the ramp gate fold into the trailer bed so length of material is not a problem (other than perhaps you need a red flag if stuff extends more beyond the trailer…used to be 24”...dunno know now).

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#5 posted 08-02-2016 09:05 PM

Mine is 16’x6’
Occasionally I wish I had a 12’ just to be a bit more “handy” with quick trips, etc, but the 16’ really comes in handy with rough sawn lumber runs and dealing with links of steel drill pipe and other standard length steel items.

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#6 posted 08-02-2016 09:06 PM

I have an 8’ for a couple decades, and have rarely longed for a larger one. Whenever I need to haul stuff longer than 8’, I pull the sides off and screw down some 12’ 2×10s to the bed, and it works fine for short runs. If I had a larger trailer I would find occasions where the extra capacity came in handy, but I don’t have the space for a longer trailer and it hasn’t been an issue for me in all these years, so I’m happy to just stick with an 8’.

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GR8HUNTER

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#7 posted 08-02-2016 09:55 PM

mine is a 10’ long by 5’ wide …... never wished I had a longer one but definitely a wider one ….... like 6’ X 12’ .......... oh well live and learn …....LMAO

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#8 posted 08-02-2016 09:58 PM

For a couple hundred bucks you will kick yourself for buying the 8 footer. Might take awhile but it will happen.

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#9 posted 08-02-2016 10:09 PM

I bought a 16’ flat with 2’ dovetail and can haul 8,000 lbs. I realize this is vastly bigger than you’re talking, but I bought such a big one because I wanted to be able to do everything from haul a cabinet to haul a bobcat. I love having this trailer. I have wanted one for 10 years. So, I would say buy bigger than you think you need. If you buy just what you think you need, within 6 months you’ll want it to be bigger. Buy the longer option, but a single axel will be far more maneuverable by hand.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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jkid

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#10 posted 08-02-2016 11:01 PM

It doesn’t matter every “friend” and relative will want to borrow it or have you haul it !!!! ( Sorry one smart a** in every crowd! )

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crank49

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#11 posted 08-03-2016 12:36 AM

I have a 5×8 and I pull it with my Suzuki SX4 hatchback.
The trailer is larger than my car, but works rather well.
There have been a few times I wanted to haul 16’ lumber and couldn’t.
I did haul 500 board feet of cherry from the saw mill about 8 miles to my house.
That was a challange because most of the boards were 11 ft long.
I let the ramp/tailgate down, loaded the boards hanging out the back, tied them down in the front, then pulled the ramp op to the bottom of the boards. This worked, but just barely because it was putting a negative load on my hitch. Car drove like hell.
Bottom line, wish I had gotten a 10 ft.

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#12 posted 08-03-2016 01:05 AM

Somebody once said, “Go big, or go home.”

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#13 posted 08-03-2016 01:09 AM

thanks guys for the input. My financial situation only allows me to afford a $1500 trailer on the infamous Home Depot CC. Else, I would wait for a local auction or craigslist :)
I took a gander at the HD trailers in person on my way home from work. Here are the two I am considering:
5x10 2250lb payload Tarter Gate trailer

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the 6x12 2070lb payload Tarter Gate trailer

I assume uses the same axle just one is a larger flatbed (added weight to the trailer means less for payload).
Upon purchase, HD even does the registration & title & temp tags for $40 or so.
Being in Nevada farmland area, the trailers on craigslist are on par with these price tags. Maybe I’ll flip a coin between the two and see who wins. Oh.. the price difference is $300 from $1197 to $1497.

-- Yes, my profile picture is of a Carpenter Bee! The name is derived from the Ancient Greek "wood-cutter"

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#14 posted 08-03-2016 11:20 AM

I bought a 5×8 utility trailer with the ramp years ago. It was one of the best investments I have made. It was great for moving kids to college, taking lawn tractor for service, hauling wood a many other things.

The only issue is that you need a place to park it. The majority of the time the 8 foot length works for me.

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#15 posted 08-03-2016 11:55 AM

12’

16’ even better they have tandem axles.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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